Pigs race in the “SQUEAKness” at a previous year’s Pigtown Festival. Photo courtesy of Pigtown Main Street.

Festival season continues in the city with a celebration recognizing one of southwestern Baltimore’s most historic communities.

The 20th Annual Pigtown Festival will welcome thousands of residents and visitors to occupy five blocks of Washington Boulevard on Oct. 8 from noon to 7 p.m. 

The family-friendly event will offer free activities, including a KidZone with hat-making by The Tattered Hatters, interactive entertainment with live animals from Ferrets and Friends, environmentally sustainable craft-making presented by SCRAP B-more, baseball lessons from Baltimore Urban Baseball Association, dance performances, an appearance from the Oriole Bird, and more. 

There will be live music from local bands Rufus Roundtree & Da B’More Brass Factory, Tony Waddy’s Hot Mess, and Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomers.

Shop from over 80 vendors, eat from countless local food trucks, and visit the beer tent to purchase wine, beer, cocktails and the signature drink Pigtown Crush.

Attendees can even enter to compete in a pie-eating contest, featuring pies from Pigtown’s gourmet grocery store Culinary Architecture, and cheer on their favorite pig at the highly anticipated “Squeakness” pig races.

“This is our 20th Annual Pigtown Festival. We’re working hard to make it the best yet,” said Daniel Khoshkepazi, Main Street Manager at Pigtown Main Street. 

Proceeds from the event will benefit Pigtown Main Street. The non-profit organization works to preserve and strengthen the Pigtown community through events, support for small businesses, and clean, green, and safe initiatives.

To learn more about the Pigtown Festival click here.

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Latrice Hill

Latrice Hill is a Baltimore native and Morgan State University graduate who loves all the great things this city has to offer. She worked with WMAR 2-News as an Assignment Desk Editor before she joined...