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Event Pick: The Windup Space turns into gamer central

The original Nintendo Entertainment System with the original Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunter combo. Photo by Yagamichega, via Wikimedia Commons.

Baltimore is a good place to be a gamer. We’ve got devoted shops for role-playing, board and trading card games, collectibles and a swath of video games both old and new. We even have a music festival reserved for bands covering everyone’s favorite video game soundtracks.

TLC, Toots & The Maytals, ZZ Ward will headline this year’s Artscape

Photo via Facebook.

R&B favorites TLC, reggae group Toots & the Maytals and blues rocker ZZ Ward are the music headliners at this year’s Artscape, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts announced today.

The group Garth Fagan Dance will also perform at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric during the festival.

Event Pick: Join (or watch) a crowd of kayakers traverse the harbor in the annual Floatilla

A shot of the 2016 Floatilla, via Healthy Harbor Initiative.

With the latest test results pointing to a decline in the concentration of fecal matter concentrations in Baltimore’s waterways, there’s arguably never been a better time to take a paddle out on the city’s “crown jewel.”

Event Pick: Take in a photo essay about Baltimore at a historic Mt. Vernon mansion

Flyer via Facebook

Here’s an engagement that should capitalize on any local’s love for Baltimore’s impressive architecture and the tremendous history its streets hold: The opening of a photo exhibition all about Baltimore’s blocks, hosted at a grand, early-20th century mansion in Mt. Vernon-Belvedere.

Weekend Events Calendar: HonFest, Tour dem Parks, Hon, Greek Folk Festival, Feastival, Outdoor Concerts Open

HonFest. Photo via Facebook.

Let’s hope the weather holds, as Baltimore-area residents have lots of reasons to get outside this weekend. There are chances to see the city by bike, boat and beehive. Big festivals are gathering people in neighborhoods like Hampden, Greektown and Northwest. Plus, it’s as good a chance as any to check out some of the area’s choirs. Enjoy:

Event Pick: Musicians Wendel Patrick, Lafayette Gilchrist and Susan Zhang discuss their trade

Wendel Patrick/Kevin Gift. Photo via Facebook.

Kevin Gift has seen and done just about everything in local music, releasing and producing hip-hop music under the name of his late twin brother Wendel Patrick, releasing jazz under his own name, teaching hip-hop at the Peabody Conservatory, creating the improvisational series the Baltimore Boom Bap Society and serving as the composer and producer on the WYPR show “Out of the Blocks,” to name a few things.

Event Pick: Baltimore Improv Group highlights women, gender non-conforming performers with ‘Our Time’

Logo courtesy of Baltimore Improv Group

Fresh off of XFest, a comedy festival highlighting women, trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming performers, the Baltimore Improv Group is opening its stage for a night of “femme-power comedy.” 



Harbor East Fit+ FestivalThe 6th Annual Fit+ Outdoor Fitness Festival takes your workout to the streets of Harbor East! Enjoy FREE fitness classes hosted by The MAC, Under Armour Brand House, lululemon, and Charm City Run! From yoga to boot camp and beyond – these perfectly timed sessions allow you to sample multiple classes throughout the morning.

Event Pick: The 12th annual Blockenstein, Highlandtown’s massive yard sale and cookout

Image via Facebook

If you’re familiar with the specific type of satisfaction the savvy secondhand shopper gets from digging through people’s stuff at yard and estate sales, finding bargains on everything from kitchenware to new outfits, then Highlandtown is your spot for today.

Weekend Events Calendar: Taste of 3 Cities, St. Anthony Italian Festival, Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival and a Southern Gothic Gala

Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival
Federal Hill’s Jazz & Blues Festival on SUNDAY, June 3rd from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. FREE PARKING at Stadium Square located at 160 W. Ostend Street 21230

Festival season stays in swing this weekend, with food trucks amassing in Patterson Park and gladiators in the streets of Little Italy. Meanwhile, anniversary celebrations abound. Plus, the city’s jazz aficionados will have their pick of sets, from the Sculpture Garden to Federal Hill. Several places will be holding benefits to help the victims of the flood in Ellicott City. Find a list here.