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Shannon and the Clams, Dirty Fences headline first batch of U+N Fest bands

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Shannon and the Clams. Image via Facebook.

Oakland garage band Shannon and the Clams, New York rock group Dirty Fences and locals Smoke Bellow and Romantic States are among the first batch of bands announced for this year’s U+N Fest.

Weekend Events Calendar: Charm City Night Market, Pigtown Festival, Cherry Hill Arts and Music Festival and more

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SQUEAKness (via Pigtown Main Street)

The city’s cross-section of cultures is on full display with the Night Market at the former site of Chinatown, and festivals celebrating Polish and German heritage across town. Plus neighborhood festivals spotlight Pigtown, Belair-Edison and Cherry Hill. Elsewhere, check out the BMA’s new exhibit with Mark Bradford, or some of the best in local music at Baltimore magazine‘s festival. Here’s the rundown:

I Heart City Life Happy Hour at Creative Alliance with Live Baltimore – October 5

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Live Baltimore October Happy Hour
Photo Credit: Creative Alliance Facebook

City Life is the only life for us. Live Baltimore is raising a pint to their love for the city with a happy hour at Creative Alliance on October 5 from 5-8pm. October’s event celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. For a $10 donation you will receive a commemorative pint glass and one free beer. The first 100 guests to register will receive the third glass in the 2018 series as their take-home pint glass.

Event Pick: Try some Filipino pulutan to go with those drinks

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Photo via Calasag pop-up

We all love a good snack to pair with a cocktail or an ice-cold beer, but in the Phillipines these appetizers—called pulutan, derived from the root word “pulot,” which means to pick up—are part of the culture.

Event Pick: Abell comes together for its annual Community Street Fair

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Photo via Abell Improvement Association

It’s always exciting to see a neighborhood’s merchants and residents come together for their own unified festival, but it adds a new layer when that celebration is a decades-old tradition. Exhibit A: The Abell Community Street Fair, which today marks its 45th year of raising money for the neighborhood’s improvement association.

Event Pick: The grand opening of Baltimore Spirits Company’s new home at Union Collective

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Courtesy of Merchant Professional Services

It’s a new era for the company formerly known as Baltimore Whiskey Co., with a new name to match its roster of locally made batch liquors and a larger distillery to produce all of it. The new headquarters, part of the made-in-Baltimore hub Union Collective in Medfield, officially opens its doors to the public today.

Weekend Events Calendar: Defenders Day Weekend, Baltimore Seafood Festival, Butchers Hill Flea Market

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Image via Facebook.

With Hurricane Florence bearing down to the south, a few cancellations have come through. Yet the creative energy goes on with festivals featuring pinball, podcasts and more. Plus, there are new theater openings, a big flea market in Patterson Park and a block party in Abell. Check out the weekend plans:

Baltimore is going to throw a parade for Hall of Famer Ray Lewis

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Image via Ray Lewis’ official Facebook page.

Linebacker Ray Lewis began his half-hour Hall of Fame induction-cum-motivational hype speech in Canton, Ohio by shouting: “Baltimore! Baltimore! We in the building, baby!”

It was indicative of the former Raven’s relationship with the city: Lewis played the entirety of his 17-year career here, bringing home two Super Bowls. And while that love affair was tarnished with murder charges in 2000, after which the city and organization stood by him, and his more recent hypocrisy on the anthem protests, after which many did not, the bond between Lewis and Baltimore has remained unbroken.

Baltimore’s trash wheels are getting their very own festival, with food trucks and lots of beer

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Flyer via Healthy Harbor Initiative

The cult dedicated to Baltimore’s premier floating, garbage-eating machines will likely grow this fall, with a planned fan festival offering all-you-can-drink beer, food trucks and art inspired by the two web-savvy harbor cleaners.

HampdenFest 2018 in Photos

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Photo by Tedd Henn.

Despite a steady rain, whose presence has seemed to affect so many events this summer, HampdenFest went on as planned. Check out our photo gallery of the damp Saturday fun as people braved the weather to see the bands play and the toilet bowl racers race at the annual end-of-summer street festival in the Hampden neighborhood.

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