It’s finally spring and we can get out of the house! This month brings us a film festival, neighborhood parties, a horse race that’s kind of a big deal and another great networking event from Jmore.

Here are our picks for the top things to do around Baltimore this month.

Maryland Film Festival 2019
Maryland Film Festival 2019 (Image courtesy

Maryland Film Festival 2019

So many movies to watch in four days! How will you ever decide? Attendees have 100s of shorts, docs and feature films from which to choose. There are world and North American premieres. There’s the traditional John Waters selection (“Mom and Dad”) and there’s plenty of Jewish-interest or Baltimore-interest flicks on the schedule for your viewing pleasure.

Station North, May 8-12

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Arts & Drafts
Arts & Drafts logo (Image from

Arts & Drafts

The crafty among the Jmore staff try not to miss a Charm City Craft Mafia event, so we were particularly stoked to discover there’s going to be one right down the street from our offices. Where else can you shop for awesome handmade goodies, drink beer from Union Craft Brewing and get flowers for your mom all on a Friday night?

Union Craft Brewing, May 10

Another intimate conversation with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (Handout)
Another intimate conversation with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (Handout)


Everyone’s favorite longtime friends Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen are back for another intimate conversation. They’re promising “deeper talk and more shallow tales.” Cooper and Cohen will interview each other and take audience questions in this unscripted interactive look at pop culture and current events.

Hippodrome Theatre, May 11

RemFest 2019 poster (Handout)

RemFest 2019

This one is not to be confused with the one in Crownsville where you make much merriment and drink more mead. RemFest is a celebration of all things Remington with vendors, food and family-friendly fun!

Remington, May 11

Baltimore's Cylburn Arboretum
Baltimore’s Cylburn Arboretum (Photo by Amanda Krotki, Jmore)

Cylburn Market Day

This Baltimore tradition informally marks the beginning of the season and is a great opportunity to enjoy one of Baltimore’s oft-overlooked treasures. This plant and craft sale includes flowers and garden gifts that would make the perfect presents for Mom. There will also be food trucks, live animals, face painting and more.

Cylburn Arboretum, May 11

JBiz Meet-Up

We had such a good time with everyone at last year’s professional networking event that we’re doing it again. So, come meet up, eat up and drink up while schmoozing with Baltimore-area business and community leaders. We can’t wait to meet you.

Green Spring Station, May 14

Also see: JBiz Meet-Up Event Photos

Pimlico: Home of the Preakness (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

144th Preakness Stakes

A Northwest Baltimore stalwart since 1870, The Preakness Stakes are more important than ever this year. Get out there and show everyone why we should keep the event at Pimlico Race Course. The weekend includes Black-Eyed Susan Day (5/17), an infamous InfieldFest headlined by Diplo (5/18) and, oh yeah, that horse race that could determine if there will be another Triple Crown winner (5/18). Giddy up!

Pimlico Race Course, May 16-18

Also see:  The Future of Preakness and Pimlico Race Course

Great Van Fleet (Photo courtesy Facebook)

DC101 Kerfuffle

The music fest includes performances by Greta Van Fleet, Young the Giant, The Revivalists, Tom Morello and more. Nothing quite says summer like a day-long music party outside at Merriweather. Rock on.

Merriweather Post Pavilion, May 19

Also see: Merriweather Memories

"Mr. Know-It-All," by John Waters (Handout photo)
“Mr. Know-It-All,” by John Waters (Handout photo)

John Waters book signing

The Pope of Trash, John Waters, will be at Atomic Books to sign his latest, “Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.” The book features all his favorites: Divine, Mink Stole, Kathleen Turner and Patricia Hearst and includes never-before-seen photos form his own collection.

Atomic Books, May 25

“Queens Girl in the World”/”Queens Girl in Africa”

Caleen Sinnette Jenning’s two plays, performed in repertory for the first time, capture the black American youth experience at different moments of historical relevance. “World” tells the story of a young black girl in 1950s Queens who attends a Jewish private school in Greenwich Village. “Africa” further chronicles her adventures when her family moves to Nigeria following the assassination of Malcolm X. Dawn Ursula and Erika Rose star, respectively.

Everyman Theatre, “Queens Girl in the World,” May 7-June 23 and “Queens Girl in Africa,” May 14-June 23

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