Our musts from this month's calendar of events.
May 3-4. Mt. Vernon Pl. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. 410-274-5353. flowermart.org. Enjoy two days of flowers, live entertainment, and those deliciously sweet-sour lemon sticks as more than 100 vendors take over Mt. Vernon plaza around the Washington Monument for this annual springtime festival.
15th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race
May 4. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. 10 a.m. Free. 410-244-1900. avam.org. Don’t miss this wacky, one-of-a-kind race that features imaginative human-powered works of art racing on land, through mud, and over deep harbor waters for the chance to win “The Grand East Coast National Mediocre Champion” award and other fun honors like the “Next to Last Award.”
May 7-12. The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1 and 6:30 p.m. $35-130. 410-547-SEAT. ticketmaster.com.
Based on Green Day’s multi-platinum album of the same name, American Idiot is an energy-filled rock opera that tells the story of three lifelong friends. Look forward to hearing familiar hits like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” and “Wake Me Up When September Ends.”
Brew at the Zoo
May 25-26. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park. 1-7 p.m. $17-108. 410-396-7102. marylandzoo.org. Raise a glass in support of The Maryland Zoo as this family-friendly event offers unlimited beer and wine sampling, food vendors, all-day admission to the zoo, and music from six live bands.
May 29. Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave. 7:30 p.m. $49.75-70.30. 410-547-SEAT. ticketmaster.com. Prepare yourself for non-stop laughter as producer, co-writer, and star of the hit comedies Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Zookeeper, and Here Comes The Boom Kevin James hits the stage at the Lyric for a night of comedy.