Event Pick: Swing by the Vintage & Handmade Market at R. House

R. House, Lyft’s most frequented local restaurant destination in 2017. Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

R. House’s food hall setup is all about choice, and that is doubly true today when the Vintage & Handmade Market sets up shop. More than a dozen vendors and makers will be selling their wares, a group that includes the jewelry company Falling Branch Studio, the printmaker Beertanicals, vintage fashion purveyor Hemlock Vintage and the mixed-media artist Vanaadon Creations, just to name a few.

Event pick: TT The Artist and DJ Trillnatured—plus Philly’s DJ Diamond Kuts—play a block party in Hollins Market

TT the Artist. Image via Facebook.

If a free Saturday night summer block party in one of Baltimore’s more interesting historic neighborhoods isn’t enough to grab your attention, ther’’s this: Modern-day Baltimore club stars TT the Artist and DJ Trillnatured and Philly radio star and remix queen DJ Diamond Kuts are providing the soundtrack.

Event Pick: Heavy Seas releases its Honey Ale with Cherries

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With the temperature this time of year still climbing up into the 90s, as it’s supposed to today, a refreshing, drinkable beer is still very much a necessity. It’s far too early for those heavier pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers soon to be leering from the shelves of your local liquor store.

Weekend Events Calendar: Hot August Music Festival, Lindy 500, Red Bull Amaphiko Festival, Baltimore Fashion Week

New Orleans rock band The Revivalists headlines the Hot August Music Festival. Image via Facebook.

This weekend, get out on the streets for block parties and focus in on festivals that showcase fashion, dance and social entrepreneurship. Plus, there are options to grab some time by the pool or an outdoor movie before summer gets too close to the end. Here’s the lineup:

Event Pick: A quartet of ‘The Office’ Christmas episodes, screening outside downtown

Photo by Chris Haston, via IMDB

Die-hard “The Office” fans have cycled through the binge-worthy series enough to know the equally vital and disastrous role of alcohol in Dunder Mifflin Scranton’s holiday parties. But it’s unlikely that they’ve seen them all back-to-back, outdoors, in the dead of August.

Event Pick: The Peale Center celebrates Founder’s Day with tours, performances and more

Photo by Preservation Maryland, via Wikimedia Commons

On Aug. 15, 1814, the painter Rembrandt Peale opened the Museum and Gallery of the Fine Arts on Holliday Street, the first building in the United States constructed specifically as a museum. The inaugural exhibit included a mastodon skeleton excavated by his father, portrait artist Charles Wilson Peale, as well as military artifacts and stuffed birds, animals and fish.

Event Pick: The Orioles host ‘Game of Thrones’ night

Image courtesy of the Orioles.

For the Baltimore Orioles, the Red Wedding came on July 31, when second baseman Jonathan Schoop, reliever Darren O’Day and starting pitcher Kevin Gausman were traded away. Those deals, following the earlier trades that shipped shortstop Manny Machado and closer Zach Britton out of Baltimore, cemented the Orioles’ status as a rebuilding team.

As prudent as those moves were, it sapped the club of many of its familiar names. Case in point: Gausman, the player featured on tonight’s “Game of Thrones” bobblehead, seated atop a flying dragon, isn’t even here anymore.

Event Pick: Animal Collective member Deakin plays a solo set at the Parkway

Deakin. Image via Facebook.

There’s a lot going on right now for Animal Collective, the psych-pop band with roots in Baltimore County, as the group prepares the release of “Tangerine Reef,” an audiovisual album set to “slow pans across surreal aquascapes of naturally fluorescent coral.” Per Rolling Stone, it was recorded here in Baltimore, at a studio where Josh Dibb, aka Deakin, works.

Event pick: Monument City Brewing releases a double IPA that helps fight pollution

Image via Monument City Brewing’s Facebook page

In Baltimore’s frustrating, worthwhile fight to keep trash and human waste out of city streets, parks and waterways, local breweries are stepping up to support the cause. Peabody Heights made its mark in the last couple years with two smartly branded brews to benefit the Healthy Harbor Initiative. And Southeast Baltimore’s Monument City Brewing is following suit this summer and fall, starting today with the release of a new double IPA–the first in a series of three–raising money for Trash Free Maryland and Blue Water Baltimore.

Weekend Events Calendar: AFRAM Festival, Muslim Food Fest, Black Label Expo

Local group Dru Hill is just one of the headliners at this year’s AFRAM Festival. Image via Facebook.

There are slight signs of fall as preseason football gets underway, but we’ve got plenty of ways to ignore back-to-school. This weekend’s festival lineup has plenty of cultural celebrations, from AFRAM in Druid Hill Park to the Muslim Food Fest. Meanwhile, in the streets, Dooby’s celebrates its fifth anniversary in Mount Vernon. And there’s a couple rum options, from a roof to a distillery. Check out what’s going on: