A group carries an “Elder Pride” banner during the 2019 Baltimore Pride parade in celebration of LGBTQ+ Baltimoreans. Photo credit: Baltimore Pride/TUTshoots.

It’s Baltimore’s time to shine this Pride Month! Although Baltimore has already had some Pride events throughout June, this weekend marks the city’s official celebration of LGBTQ+ Baltimoreans, including the Pride parade, high heel race, performances and more.

In addition to Pride-related events, there will also be several festivals and other gatherings where community members can enjoy wine, beer, food, art, music and more. The Natural Hair Care Expo also celebrates 20 years in Baltimore this weekend.

Make some plans by checking out this weekend’s lineup:

Baltimore Safe Haven Fundraiser, Thursday, June 23, 3-9 p.m., Ministry of Brewing. Ministry of Brewing is hosting a fundraiser for Baltimore Safe Haven, a trans-led drop-in wellness center in Baltimore which provides food distribution, mobile outreach supplies, transitional housing and vocational training programs. The brewery will donate $1 from every pint of Kolsch that they sell.

Bromo Art Walk, Thursday, June 23, 5-9 p.m., Bromo Arts District. Experience the Bromo Arts District during a night of artistic performances, exhibits, and open studios. Curate your own tour and visit the 20+ participating creative groups. Register here for free tickets.

Natural Hair Care Expo, Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26, Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel. Baltimore’s Natural Hair Care Expo celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. The expo will feature a range of vendors and classes from hair care, skin care and beauty professionals and non-professionals. Whether you’re looking to change up your look or learn how to care for your hair better, the expo is here to help.

Arts & Drafts, Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 11 a.m.-6 p.m, Guinness Open Gate Brewery. The second annual Arts & Drafts Summer Music & Arts Festival will feature more than 60 regional artists from a variety of media, including pottery, woodworking, stained glass, acrylic and watercolor painting, mixed media, and more. There will also be musical and dance performances all weekend. The festival’s hosts, Baltimore County Arts Guild and the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, collaborated on two beers that will be released during the kickoff concert.

Wine & Food Festival, Saturday, June 25, noon to 6 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The annual Wine & Food Festival has moved from the Inner Harbor to the Timonium Fairgrounds. Enjoy drinks and food, listen to live music from regional bands, and shop vendors.

Baltimore Pride Parade, Saturday, June 25, 1-3 p.m., Charles Street. Baltimore Pride is back to celebrate the city’s LGBTQ+ community! The parade may be the main event – taking over Charles Street on Saturday afternoon – but there’s plenty else to do this weekend, including the high heel race, panel discussions, performances and more. Check out this year’s Baltimore Pride events lineup here.

Wine in the Wilderness, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, 5:30-8:30 p.m. both days. Sip some wine and take in the beauty of nature at the Maryland Zoo. Visit bobcats, farmyard animals and the zoo’s new animatronic dinosaurs exhibit. Listen to live music while enjoying wine and snacks. Tickets support the zoo’s animal care and conservation projects.

Jazz Sextet, Saturday, June 25, 7 p.m., An Die Musik. Jazz, gospel, swing, funk and blues swirl together in this concert.

The Ultra Concert, Saturday, June 25, 7-11:30 p.m., MAP Technologies. The concert will feature performances by Chase Ultra, Elle Monae, Street Scott, Ashley Sierra, Title and more. Entry costs $15, plus $5 if you want to play video games.

Mount Vernon Tour, Sunday, June 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place. Monumental City will lead a tour of Mount Vernon, showing attendees historic landmarks and sharing stories about the neighborhood. Fitting for Pride Month, Mount Vernon was at one time one of Baltimore’s main hubs for the LGBTQ+ community.

A Musical Odyssey, Sunday, June 26, 4 p.m., George Peabody Library. A Musical Odyssey explores more than 400 years of literature to show how music and the written word have intersected throughout history. The event will include the works of Edgar Allen Poe, William Shakespeare and more. Register for free tickets on EventBrite.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at marcus@baltimorefishbowl.com...

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