May means festivals that celebrate hot air balloons, sheep, wine and much more! Make sure you've got your calendars nearby, because you'll be making lots of plans as you go through this list!

Special Events:

May 4 - Spring Winemaker's Dinner at Aida Bistro & Wine Bar

May 5 - Family Naturesphere Night at Robinson Nature Center 

May 5 - First Friday Howard County Edition- Small Business Resources/Networking at Jazz's Island Soul Cuisine

May 5 - Lunch Date with History with Bessie Bordenave at Howard County Historical Society Museum & Library 

May 5 - Bob Brown Puppets Presents "Old MacDonald" at Slayton House Theatre

May 6 & 7 -  Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival at Howard County Fairgrounds

May 6 - Columbia Spring Fest 2017 at Ale House Spring Festival 

May 6 - Howard County Cup Races at Pleasant Prospect Farm 

May 6 & 7 - Teddy Bear Farm Visit at Clark's Elioak Farm 

May 7 - Native Plant Palooza at Robinson Nature Center

May 7 - The "TI" of Piglet, The TAO of Pooh Literary Tea at Elkridge Furnace Inn

May 12 - Flashlight Egg Hunt at Robinson Nature Center 

May 12 - May 14 Equus Film Festival at Clark's Elioak Farm 

May 13 - 17th Annual Mid- Maryland Celtic Festival at Mount Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds 

May 13 -  Historic Ellicott City Walking Tour at Howard County Historical Society 

May 15 - May 21 American Craft Beer Week at Manor Hill Tavern 

May 18 - The Spirits Pub Tour at Howard County Historical Society 

May 18 - May 20 Preakness Balloon Festival  at Howard County FairGrounds

May 19 - Spring is Growing open house at Sharp's at WaterFord Farm 

May 20 - 142nd Preakness Stakes at Kloby's Smokehouse 

May 20 & 21 - Spring Craft Weekend at Clark's Elioak Farm 

May 20 & 21 - Wine in the Woods at Symphony Woods Park 

May 26 - Ladies Night Out- Sunset Hike & Campfire at Robinson Nature Center 

May 27 - Movie Night at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

A group enjoying a concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Music & Performing Arts:

Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Toby's Dinner Theatre 

May 6 -  The XX w/ Sampha at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 12 - Ryan Adams & Band w/ Jenny Lewis at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 13 -  Candlelight Concert " Manuel Barrueco & Beijing Duo " at Smith Theatre- Horowitz Performing Arts Center 

May 14 -  DC101 Kerfuffle at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 19 -  Dierks Bentley w/ Cole Swindell, and Jon Pardi at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 20 -  Symphonic Pops at The Columbia Orchestra 

May 24 - Bon Iver w/ Hiss Golden Messenger at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 25 - Sigur Ros at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

May 26 - The Chainsmokers w/Kiiara, Lost Frequencies, and Emily Warren at Merriweather Post Pavilion 

Checking out the art at Columbia Festival of the Arts Weekend FestivalCurrent Art Exhibits:

Gail Holliday  Wilde Lake Poster Exhibit- Columbia's 50th

Gail Holliday was instrumental in bringing James Rouse's vision to life when Columbia was first being developed.As the artist in residence for the Rouse Company, she created silkscreen prints for each neighborhood of Columbia. This special Gail Holliday exhibit at Slayton House will feature posters dedicated to the image of Wilde Lake. 

Reconstructions- Howard County Arts Council 

Reconstructions features work by multimedia artists Zac Benson and Jason Hughes. Benson's three-dimensional forms are created with abandoned and discarded materials, while Hughes repurposes currency as his primary medium. 

Resident Visual Artist Exhibit- Howard County Arts Council 

Resident Visual Artists Exhibit 2017 features recent work created by artists who have studios at the Center for the Arts: James Adkins, Stanley Agbontaen, Joan Bevelaqua, Myungsook Ryu Kim, Art Landerman, Diana Marta, Brendan Nass, Joyce Ritter, Jerme Scott, Alice St. Germain-Gray, Andrei Trach, Jamie Travers, Mary Jo Tydlacka, and David Zuccarini. The artist work in a variety of media including oil and watercolor painting,drawing, fiber art, and glass bead-making.