10 Things to do in Baltimore This Weekend: Ravens Preseason Opener; AFRAM Kicks Off; Free Comic Book Day

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The heat is stifling in Baltimore this week, which might suggest the dog days of summer to some. But the Baltimore events calendar has plenty of activity. A beloved summer festival and pro football return. There are chances to check out live music and historic trains. Plus, free comics.

Art Sound Now: Patrick McMinn: 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 12, virtual. The Walters Art Museum series combining music and art from its collection continues virtually. McMinn, a composer, sound designer, and multimedia artist, performs a 20-minute concert inspired by the Florentine painting “Ideal City.”

AFRAM Festival: August 15-22. The City of Baltimore’s celebration of African American arts and culture kicks off a week of virtual and in-person programming. On Sunday from 6-8 p.m., tune in as Mayor Brandon Scott and Chef Sean Guy of Water for Chocolate cook their favorite meals for a virtual Sunday dinner event.

A History of Woodberry: The Heart of Industry in the Jones Falls Valley: 1 p.m. on Friday, August 13, virtual. From flour mills to the industrial chic of today, Nathan Dennies recounts the past and how it informs the present in the North Baltimore historic district of Woodberry. It’s part of the Virtual Histories series from the Baltimore Architecture Foundation and Baltimore Heritage.

Caligula Blushed + Dead Letter Office: 8 p.m. on Friday, August 13, at Baltimore Soundstage. Relive the glory days of college radio when tribute bands to alt-rock icons The Smiths/Morrissey and REM take the stage at the Inner Harbor music venue.

Free Comic Book Day Baltimore 2021: 12-6 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, at Atomic Books. The Hampden shop is participating in a national event that includes comic book giveaways. It will have more than 50 free titles, and 20% off many others.

Baltimore Ravens vs. New Orleans Saints: 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, at M&T Bank Stadium. Football is back, for an unofficial game, anyway. In preseason action, the local NFL team takes the field for the first time. Whether the on-field action counts or not, it’s a chance for fans to get the tailgating muscles in shape.

Cyrus Chestnut: 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, at An Die Musik Live! The Baltimore jazz pianist will pay homage to his late father Deacon McDonald Chestnut. In-person and livestreaming viewing options available.

Summer Tiki Party: 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 14, at Old Line Spirits. Looking for tropical vibes as the August heatwave wears on? Head to the Highlandtown distillery for island cocktails, plus food by Sobeachy Haitian Cuisine and Corazon Helado.

Unwed Sailor: 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, at The Crown. The Seattle-based post-rock band makes a stop in Station North. Dosser and Red Sammy open.

Founder’s Day 2021: 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 15, virtual. The Peale Center celebrates its 207th birthday. Rembrandt Peale established the Peale Museum back in 1814, and it has been revived in recent years. Join a virtual event that features a tour of recent renovations, a reflection on WYPR’s Out of the Blocks series from host Aaron Henkin and artist Lauren Muney demonstrating silhouette cutting.

Diesel Days: August 14-15 at the B&O Railroad Museum. Locomotives are steaming into Southwest Baltimore for a two-day display. The two-hour train ride and trackside tour features more than a half-dozen workhorses on display.

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