February 9 & 10

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

2018 Nominee, Instrumental Player of the Year – Mandolin; 2016 & 2014 IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year; Grammy Nominees. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen continue their hot streak, racking up yet another IBMA nomination in a long string of IBMA nominations and wins over the past several years including Banjo Player of the Year (Mike Munford) and Momentum Award (Chris Luquette).
Live recording event Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday 2pm. 7:30pm. Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster. www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

February 10

Stop, Swap and Save Bike Fest

The East Coast’s Largest Indoor Bicycle Swap and Consumer Expo. Thousands of discounted cycling and fitness products, product demos, prizes and giveaways, special events and more. Beat the cold and kick-off your spring cycling season at the SWAP! Admission with thousands square feet of everything that cycling has to offer. Whether you’re looking for road, mountain, triathlon, BMX, vintage, new or used, there’s something for everyone!
9am-2pm. Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster. www.stopswapandsave.com.

February 16

Cabin Fever Art Show

This indoor fine art and craft exhibit will showcase the Nature inspired work of our local artists. A $1 admission fee per person will be collected at the entrance of the Nature Center. Proceeds from our art show are used to help support the Piney Run Recreation and Conservation Council. Vendors will be on hand and local artists will be displaying their artwork throughout the Nature Center and the Yurt. Light refreshments will be served.
11am-4pm. Piney Run Park & Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville. ccgovernment.carr.org/recpark/pineyrun.

February 23

IBR Bull Riding

International Bull Riders (IBR) was established in 2001. Since its inception, the IBR has sanctioned hundreds of events. Each year IBR pays over $100,000 in prize money and awards. The northeast is alive with exceptionally vigorous bull riders, and it is the IBR’s goal to provide generous prize money, impartial judging, outstanding livestock, and a triumphant victory for an International Bull Rider!
Doors open at 5pm; Bull riding begins at 7pm-10pm. Carroll County Agriculture Center, Shipley Arena, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster. www.carrollcountyagcenter.com.

Carroll’s Got Talent

Come and cheer on your friends and neighbors as they perform and vie for cash prizes in this annual competition!
3pm & 7:30pm. Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster. www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

February 24

Oscar Nominated Shorts

See what all the Oscar buzz is about when you view these mini-movie-masterpieces! You’ll see all of the live action and animated shorts before the awards are presented later that evening at the Academy Awards. The collection of live action films will be screened first, followed by a 15-minute intermission, and the evening will conclude with the nominees in the animated category.
1pm. Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster. www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.

March 2

blues master guy davis

Grammy nominee Guy Davis is considered to be “America’s greatest link to the blues right now” (Windsor Star). His recent albums have been nominated for a Grammy, as well as for Best Acoustic Artist and Best Acoustic Album by the Blues Music Association, while his album Kokomo Kid was named Acoustic Record of the Year by Blues Blast Magazine – just some in a long string of awards.
7:30pm. Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster. www.commongroundonthehill.org.

Penguin Random House Book Fair

One of Carroll County’s favorite community events, the Penguin Random House Book Fair has something for everyone including discounted new books, children’s activities, featured authors and more! The Book Fair is devoted to literacy and education and helps to raise much needed funds for student scholarships at Carroll Community College.
9am-4pm. Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Rd., Westminster. www.carrollcc.edu.

March 3

Maple Sugarin’ Festival and Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy the annual festival and enjoy pancakes with real maple syrup, learn how to tap a maple tree, create a few crafts to take home, enjoy living history demonstrations, and so much more.
$5 parking fee; breakfast available until 2pm for $4 per plate. 10:30am-3pm. Bear Branch Nature Center, Hashawha Environmental Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster. bearbranch@carrollcountymd.gov.

March 9

9th Annual Celtic Canter 5K & Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day 5K that benefits local charities Access Carroll and Target Community and Educational Services. The 8th annual Celtic Canter takes place in historic downtown Westminster with a picturesque start/finish. Downtown Yoga will host a warm-up session in front of the library starting at 8:30am. After the race enjoy a post-race party, awards ceremony and Irish celebration complete with pub crawl, live music, vendors, and activities for children.
9am. Historic Downtown Westminster. www.celticcanter.org.

March 23

Carroll County Farmers’ Market “Spring Fling”

75-100 local vendors with fresh eggs, organic meats, gourmet foods, nuts, honey, jams and jellies, Spring pansies and garden plants, herb plants, Spring garden bouquets, home baked goods including cakes, scones, breads, cookies and pies. Quality handmade crafts and fine arts.
8am-2pm. Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster. www.carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com.

March 23 & 24

Children’s Story Book Tea

Join us for a themed three–course tea in the cozy Victorian setting of the Carroll Tea Room. After tea, enjoy a guided tour through the Farmhouse by a costumed docent or other activities as noted.
Reservations by March 8th. Sat. 11am & 2pm; Sun. 2pm. Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center Street, Westminster. www.carrollcountufarmmuseum.org.

March 29 – 31

CCAC’s Spring Production – A Year with Frog and Toad KIDS

A cast of talented young Carroll County actors take the stage in this adaptation of the children’s books and the beautiful Broadway musical. This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog, and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons.
Fri. 7pm; Sat. 1pm & 4pm; Sun. 1pm. Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster. www.carrollcountyartscouncil.org.