Performers don costumes at a previous year’s Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival. Photo courtesy of Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival.

This weekend offers multiple opportunities to celebrate your culture or learn about a different one, including festivals honoring Caribbean, German and Latin American cultures. Plus, enjoy summer fun with watermelons, bubbles and more.

Check out the events lineup and make some weekend plans:

WTMD First Thursday, Thursday, July 7, 6 p.m., Canton Waterfront Park. Music starts at 5:30 p.m. with sets from Landis Expandis and DJ Daniel Biltmore. On the main stage, Skribe will perform from 6-6:40 p.m., followed by Jeremy & the Harlequins from 7-8 p.m., and Cody Brooks from 8:20-9:50 p.m. The festival will feature an assortment of food vendors to nourish attendees while they listen to good music.

Tank ft. Carl Thomas, Thursday, July 7, 7 p.m., The Lyric. Spend an evening with R&B artist Tank, featuring fellow R&B singer Carl Thomas.

Episcopal Convention, Friday, July 8 through Monday, July 11, Baltimore Convention Center. The 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in Baltimore this weekend.

German Festival, Saturday, July 9, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. Celebrate German heritage with food, drinks, music and dancing at the Maryland German Festival. Free admission for children under 12 with a paying adult, AND for anyone who dresses in full tracht — traditional German attire.

Caribbean Carnival, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10, Clifton Park. The Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival will return this weekend. Watch the parade featuring masqueraders, drummers, stilt walkers, floats and steel bands. The festival will also feature live music, performers, Caribbean food vendors and more. Read this Baltimore Fishbowl article to learn more.

Watermelon Festival, Saturday, July 9, noon to 5 p.m., Braglio Farms. Biting into juicy watermelon slices is the perfect way to spend a warm summer day. Braglio Farms’ second annual Watermelon Festival will feature plenty of watermelon-related food and drinks, including watermelon cocktails and beer. Eat from a variety of food trucks, shop at more than 25 local crafters and makers, listen to live music, play games and more.

Bubble Days, Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, June 10, noon to 4 p.m., Maryland Science Center. Put your bubble-making skills to the test by creating giant bubbles and trying to put a hole in a bubble without popping it. Bubble artist Casey Carle will host his show Bubblemania.

Latin American Artisan Market, Saturday, July 9, 3-7 p.m. Tianquiztli, the Free Latin American Artisan Market & Festival will showcase exotic Latin American fruits. Learn how fruits like guava, sapote, prickly pear and others are used in snow cones, ice cream, popsicles, jellies, juices, cakes and more. The festival will also feature performances, art vendors and food vendors celebrating Latin American cultures.

Lafayette Gilchrist, Saturday, July 9, 7 p.m., An Die Musik. Pianist and composer Lafayette Gilchrist will present a solo piano performance. Gilchrist’s music incorporates jazz, hip-hop, funk and go-go music. His compositions have been part of the soundtracks of several of David Simon’s series, including “The Wire,” “The Deuce” and “Treme.”

Justus Proffit, Careen and Ajola, Sunday, July 10, door 7 p.m., Joe Squared. Listen to performances by Justus Proffit, Careen and Ajola.

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Marcus Dieterle

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