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16 can't-miss events in Harford County this spring

16 can't-miss events in Harford County this spring
Shop for specialty plants, garden ornaments and antiques at the Ladew Garden Festival on May 4. (Handout)
March 1-10

‘Urinetown: The Musical’

Phoenix Festival Theater presents the three-time Tony Award-winning musical about a Gotham-like city where the government bans private toilets, forcing citizens to pay admission to use public facilities. A hero rises up and plans a revolution to set the people free. Times vary. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $16-$20. 443-412-2211 or harford.edu.

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March 2

Chocolate Brew and Wine Tour

Includes a discounted food menu, a drink at each pub, giveaways and chocolate from Coffee Coffee, Flavor Cupcakery, La Cakerie, Newberry Cafe and Sunny Day Cafe. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Downtown Bel Air. $45. 443-823-1797 or downtownbelair.com.

March 9

Night Reflections

Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra will perform Bach’s “Second Orchestral Suite,” Brahms’ “Fourth Symphony” and English composer David Osbon’s “Dearly Ransomed Soul.” 7:30 p.m. Bel Air High School, 100 Heighe St., Bel Air. $10-$20. ssorchestra.org.

A Taste of Maryland

Gourmet caterers provide food and wine tastings. Proceeds benefit the Bridging the Gap Activity Centers that provide before- and after- school care. 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St., Bel Air. $50. 443-528-1697 or belairmd.org.

March 15-16

Harford County Barns art exhibition

Artist Joan Henderson Hodous showcases her paintings of barns in Harford County and offers a lecture. Opening reception on March 15, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. $35. Public exhibition and artist lecture on March 16, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $15. Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St., Bel Air. 443-567-5216 or mdcenterforthearts.org.

March 23

Hat Run 50k

Serious runners take to Susquehanna State Park for an ultra-marathon on mostly unpaved terrain. Four stream crossings and 4,300 feet of climb make it a challenging course. 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Steppingstone Farm Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Road, Havre de Grace. $85. hatrun.com.

April 6

After D’Arc Gala

At this Fundraiser for the Arc Northern Chesapeake, a nonprofit that helps people with differing abilities, partygoers will enjoy dinner, an open bar, silent and live auctions, live music and dancing with an “under the sea” theme. 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Maryland Golf and Country Clubs, 1335 East MacPhail Road, Bel Air. $150. afterdarc.org.

April 12

‘Charlotte’s Web’

The classic novel by E.B. White comes to life on stage as part of the BGE Family Series. The musical tells the story of Wilbur, a young pig on Zuckerman Farm, and his budding friendship with Charlotte the spider. 7 p.m. Amoss Center at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $10-$16. 443-412-2211 or liveatharfordcc.com.

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April 13

Kite Festival

Join a day of kite flying in the park with food and music for the whole family. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rockfield Park, E. Churchville Road and Shamrock Road, Bel Air. Free. 410-638-4550 or belairmd.org.

Romancing the Chrome

Car enthusiasts and collectors come together for a show with more than 250 cars and hot rods. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jarrett’s Field, 3719 Norrisville Road, Jarrettsville. $15-$20 to enter a car for a $500 grand prize. romancingthechrome.org.

April 27

Harford County March for Babies

Join a 2.5-mile walk to support fundraising efforts for the March of Dimes nonprofit. 9 a.m. Black Eyed Suzie’s, 119 S. Main St., Bel Air. Free. marchforbabies.org.

Spring Fling Big Band Dance

Join an evening of dancing with music provided by the Bel Air Community Band Jazz Ensemble. Includes light refreshments. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St., Bel Air. Free. 410-638-4506 or belairmd.org.

May 4

Celebration of Cultures

Family-friendly day features cultural performance traditions, including belly dancing, martial arts, Scottish dance teams and more. Features local art, cultural booths and fare tables, along with a children’s garden including crafts, face painting, interactive performances and storytelling. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St., Bel Air. Free. 410-836-0333 or belairmd.org.

Ladew Garden Festival

Shop for specialty plants, garden ornaments and antiques from more than 45 vendors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. 410-557-9570 or ladewgardens.com.

May 4-5

Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival

Over 100 artists exhibit and sell their art. Includes carving competitions, children’s activities, food, retriever demonstrations, silent auctions and more. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 5. Havre de Grace Middle School, 451 Lewis Lane, Havre de Grace. $10. 410-939-3739 or decoymuseum.com.

May 17-19

‘Snow White’

Harford Dance Theatre performs Walt Disney’s “Snow White.” Follow Snow White as she encounters the seven dwarfs, the jealous queen and her handsome prince. Times vary. Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air. $12-$16. 443-412-2211 or harford.edu.

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