The Baltimore FlowerMart will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the area surrounding the Washington Monument.
The Baltimore FlowerMart will be 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the area surrounding the Washington Monument. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

FlowerMart

Baltimore's most genteel tradition is getting something of a new look this year (to cater to a younger crowd, we're told), with more food and drink options, live music and author talks. But don't worry, there'll still be flowers, outlandish hats and lemon sticks. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the area surrounding the Washington Monument, at Charles and Monument streets. Free. flowermartmd.org.

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Featuring pinata-making demonstrations, food tastings and a generally festive good time, under the auspices of Artesanas Mexicanas, a collection of native Mexican women living in Southeast Baltimore. Noon Saturday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library Southeast Anchor branch, 3601 Eastern Ave. Free (donations requested). creativealliance.org.

The Maryland Film Festival runs Wednesday through next Sunday at the Parkway and other locations in the Station North area.
The Maryland Film Festival runs Wednesday through next Sunday at the Parkway and other locations in the Station North area. (Handout)

Maryland Film Festival

For the 19th time, but the first in its new home in the renovated 102-year-old Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, cineastes throughout the Baltimore area will gather to see the best in new, independent, often cutting-edge cinema. This year's schedule, kicked off with the traditional opening-night shorts program (8 p.m. Wednesday at the Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., $125), includes an early look at Barry Levinson's latest, "The Wizard of Lies" (4 p.m. Thursday); "Roar," presented by John Waters, a 1981 movie about lions, tigers and other wild animals that took 11 years to make, left 70 crew members injured and ended the marriage of star Tippi Hedren and director Noel Marshall (7:15 p.m. Friday); and local filmmaker Theo Anthony's documentary, "Rat Film" (7:25 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and 10 p.m. Saturday). Some 40 features, documentaries and shorts programs are on tap for the festival, which runs Wednesday-next Sunday at the Parkway and other locations in the Station North area. Tickets for most films are $12. mdfilmfest.com.

The xx

Enjoy some of the best of British indie pop, with doubtless plenty of tracks from their latest release, "I See You." Also on the bill: Sampha. 7 p.m.; Saturday at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $40-$55. merriweathermusic.com.

The Towsontown Spring Festival will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday in the area surrounding Courthouse Square.
The Towsontown Spring Festival will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday in the area surrounding Courthouse Square. (Jen Rynda / Patuxent Publishing)

Towsontown Spring Festival

Fifty years old and still Baltimore County's biggest annual party, a sure harbinger of spring and the rare chance to enjoy Courthouse Square and its surroundings without having to dodge all the cars and other traffic. With food, music, vendors, carnival rides and hopefully lots of sunshine. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday in the area surrounding Courthouse Square, at Washington and Pennsylvania avenues. Free. towsontownfestival.com.

'Building an Inclusive Baltimore: A New Lens for Inclusion'

Leaders in conflict resolution, behavioral science and the arts offer insights and discuss ways to "spark strategies for cultural organizations to more meaningfully engage with and reflect their communities." 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. artbma.org.

Baltimore Wine and Food Festival

More than 150 wines, spirits and beers will be available for sipping, plus food (including food trucks), live music and — for your display shelf at home — a souvenir glass. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Rash Field, 610 Light St. $39-$90. bmorewine.com.

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The Kinetic Sculpture Race goes through Canton, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Patterson Park, the Inner Harborand other places of wonder on Saturday. (Kaitlin Newman / Baltimore Sun)

Kinetic Sculpture Race

Welcome to Charm City's silliest good time, as dozens of outlandish, pedal-powered contraptions battle for land and water supremacy over a course that takes them through Canton, Fells Point, Federal Hill, Patterson Park, the Inner Harbor and other places of wonder. Starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at the American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Free. kineticbaltimore.com.

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Pawject Runway

Not only a pet fashion show (and you can never have too many of those, right?), but also a chance to meet some of the pets available for adoption from the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS). Among the celebs who will help the animals strut their stuff: the Ravens' Lawrence Guy, Ryan Jensen and Carl Davis, plus former Raven Torrey Smith and mixed martial arts fighters Dan Root and Dave Daniecki. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $25-$75. pawjectrunway.org.

Charm City Comedy Festival

Two weeks, 33 shows, more than 350 performers — so much funny, in so little time. The first week (Wednesday-May 7) is devoted to comedic pieces — short or long form, sketch or musical improv. Week two (May 10-14) will feature standup. And the laughs will flow freely. Includes workshops, for those looking to improve their own funny. In the CCCP (Charm City Comedy Project) space upstairs at Zissimos Bar, 1023 W. 36th St. $10-$80, depending on how much you want to see or do. charmcitycomedyproject.com/festival.

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