Towson Spring Festival

Four stages of live music, tables upon tables of handmade crafts, an array of delectable foods, an antique-car show, numerous inflatable rides and various games -- where to begin at the Towsontown Fine Arts and Crafts Spring Festival? The annual festival takes place Saturday and Sunday throughout downtown Towson.

Hours are extended this year, and the layout of the festival grounds has changed a bit. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free program from any of the show vendors upon entering the festival. The program includes a two-page map of the grounds and a vendor listing.

Washington Avenue is now the food court area and still offers the old favorites -- from pit beef to cheese steaks to roasted corn. The children's area is now on Susquehanna Avenue. Children can meet Tony the Tiger, take pony rides, hop around the moon bounce, enjoy face-painting and more.

Visitors will also find an expanded selection of arts and crafts this year. Towson Business Association, sponsor of the event, has invited regional artists to display their wares. And music will be offered on four stages, with performers ranging from Great Train Robbery to Bottles of Blues to Kustom Blend.

The Towsontown Fine Arts and Crafts Spring Festival runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday in downtown Towson, from York Road to Bosley Avenue and from Susquehanna Avenue to Allegheny Avenue. Free. Call 410-825-1144 or visit www.tow

'Sense of Smell Day'

Visit the 12th annual "Sense of Smell Day" at the Maryland Science Center Saturday and be overwhelmed by scents. Through an array of educational activities, the event will teach children and adults about the importance of the sense of smell.

Visitors can take part in or watch the Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, participate in a Smelling Bee, a Jelly Bean Test and an S.Q. (Scent Quotient) Test. Also, a dog from the Chesapeake Search and Rescue Dog Association and one from the Baltimore City Police Department's K-9 unit will demonstrate their amazing smellers. In the Kids' Room, children can enjoy smell-oriented stories, smelly play dough and a game of Stinkiest Family Foot.

The program "Scent Science Live!" will explain the science behind smelling and will delve into the connection between taste and smell, how smell alerts people to danger and how scents improve our moods.

All visitors will receive free scent-oriented giveaways and prizes, including candles, bath products, scratch-and-sniff stickers and pencils with scented erasers.

The "Sense of Smell Day" runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St. Admission $11.25-$15.75. Call 410-685-5225.

Mad Hatter's May Fair

Mad Hatter's May Fair at Port Discovery Sunday features live entertainment from the kids' musical group Imagination Movers, interactive performances by the Kindersinger, Build-A-Bunny workshops and catered food from Linwoods. Bob the Vid Tech will emcee the event. Proceeds will assist Port Discovery's educational programs and services for needy children and families.

The Mad Hatter's May Fair takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. Tickets are $100; $50 for children 2 and up; free for ages under 2. Call 410-864-2669 for tickets.

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