What was once simply the 13th Annual Pigtown Festival is now a “Street Carnival & O’s pre-party.” It’s not the only local event that has changed its name/location/tag-line based on the Os’ not-exactly-anticipated success this season. But of course, it’s a nice change to have to make. And it gives us all the more reason to get out this weekend and celebrate in one of the city’s great neighborhoods. The family-friendly festival will feature live music all day long from the likes of Super Bueno, Da B’more Brass Factory, and more. There will be food aplenty from Sausage Barons (perfect if you haven’t gotten your Oktoberfest quota in yet), Little Italy Sausage, Pizza di Joey, Smokin’ Joe’s Barbecue, HarborQue, Breaking Bread and Dangerously Delicious Pies. And it wouldn’t be a local fest without Heavy Seas Brewing on hand. They’ve got an exclusive “pigtail ale” (not made with real pigtail, we hope), and with a special wristband, you can enjoy as much as you can drink (responsibly).
Since the Pigs are expecting a large crowd this year (thanks to the good mood we’re all in because of the Os) they’ve introduced not only the $20 unlimited drink wristband, but also a VIPig package for those looking to turn it up a notch. But for all attendees there will be pie eating contests, games, pumpkin decorating, and more! And this year, for the first time, Washington Boulevard will be totally transformed into a street festival with circus aerial acts, strolling entertainment, carnival games, and even an old fashioned dunk tank (do we get to dunk that annoying Royals mascot? We hope so…). And of course, it wouldn’t be the Pigtown Festival without the traditional “running of the pigs,” which will take place throughout the festival, and just might be as entertaining as this weekend’s games.
The 13th Annual Pigtown Festival takes place Saturday, October 11, 2014 from noon to 7pm. For more information, visit www.pigtownmainstreet.org.
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