For the first time in four years, there will be a February 29th—that’s right, we are starting off a new decade with a Leap Year!
Leap Year Day
According to Western history, Julius Caesar supposedly introduced the Romans to the “Leap Year.” The dictatorial Emperor was not in-sync with fellow world leaders and Caesar, completely confused, then demanded for a new calendar—at once!
Caesar’s new-and-improved calendar, stolen from the Egyptians, utilized the new “Leap Year,” but, the calendar was still wrong! Caesar and his “consul’s” calendar was based on the calculation that a year lasted 365.25 days. They overestimated the solar year by approximately eleven minutes. However, no one seemed to care and the calendar was thus adopted. To make up for lost time, the first Roman calendar in circa 46 BCE included an additional two months.
The Catholic Church was absolutely livid and, due to concerns over Easter, Pope Gregory XIII modified the calendar to be the Gregorian calendar that we know and use today. Because Earth really takes 365 days 5 hours 48 minutes and 46 seconds in order to complete its journey around the sun, we add February 29th to the calendar once every four years to make up for the additional time.
What To Do With Your Extra Day In Baltimore?
With this extra day of the year, we encourage you to spend your time out-and-about in Baltimore! Below are some great events happening on Saturday, February 29th!
A Big Beer Leap Year at Checkerspot Brewing Co.
From noon until 4:00 p.m., join Checkerspot Brewing Co. for their special beer sampling.
You can also look forward to their unlimited pours of their limited-edition beers, including: Golden Strongman, Jean Quad, Barrel Aged Jean Quad, and more!
General Admission Tickets for $35 and VIP Tickets for $50 may be purchased here.
Bond Street Social is right near your home at 1305 Dock Street! So, don’t miss out on this close and fun Leap Year party!
For $29, Bond Street Social is hosting a Four Hour Premium Open Bar, from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., with premium mixed drinks and cocktails, domestic bottled beer, and in-house reds and whites.
Purchase your ticket here!
Leap Day Release at Oliver Brewing Co.
On February 29th, Oliver Brewing Co. is releasing their new canned beers in honor of this Leap Year! So, stop by from noon until 6:00 p.m. at Oliver Brewing Co. to try:
- I Wish I Was At The Yard, a pale ale
- Fruit Can Man V3, a sour ale with cherries and raspberries
- Undulatus, with oat and milk sugar
- The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be, a double dry-hopped IPA
- And, Apple Cobbler Fruit Shake, a nitro sour ale with apple, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg!
Dizzy Cow Pizzeria will also be attending with their infamous wood-fired pizza!
Leap Day Party at Diamondback Beer
Diamondback Beer is hosting their Leap Day Party from noon until 11:00 p.m.! You can look forward to live music by Nate & Friends, all-day $5 pint specials, and the beer tour and tasting programs!
They will also be releasing their new Barleywine, which has been aged for the past sixteen months!
Purchase tickets for their beer tours here.
Leap Year Party at The 8×10
Join LITZ and Desmond Jones at The 8×10 from 8:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m., for a spectacular Leap Year Party!
Don’t miss out and purchase a $15 ticket here.
Rare Wines on a Rare Day at Back Yard Baltimore
To celebrate 366 days, Back Yard Baltimore is hosting a tasting of rare and unique wines! So, grab some friends and join Michael J Cavanaugh on a wine journey!
This won’t even happen again until 2024, so purchase a ticket!
Enjoy Your #LeapYearDay!
We hope that everyone has an amazing Leap Day and takes some time for themselves! Besides, this February 29th will be on a Saturday!
P.S. Did you know that people born on Leap Day are referred to as Leaplings? And, the odds of being born on Leap Day are 1 in 1,461!