Weekend Events

Flicks from the Hill film series returns to American Visionary Art Museum

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Photo courtesy of the American Visionary Art Museum.

After pausing its outdoor film showings for two years during the pandemic, the American Visionary Art Museum is bringing back their Flicks from the Hill film series throughout the month of July.

Baltimore Weekend Events: Fourth of July Fireworks, Cherry Hill Festival, BSO Performances, and more

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Fourth of July fireworks in Baltimore. Photo by jankgo via Flickr Creative Commons.

It’s Fourth of July weekend in Baltimore, which means fireworks, festivals and fun with family. The city’s fireworks show at the Inner Harbor, which was cancelled the past two years due to the pandemic, will resume this year. This weekend also brings a plethora of music events, from raga jazz to chamber music to soul music to a Grateful Dead tribute.

Check it all out with our Baltimore weekend events calendar:

Where to watch Fourth of July fireworks, parades and more around Baltimore

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Ports America Chesapeake 4th of July Celebration. Photo by Jim Schuyler, via the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

Maybe you’re looking for somewhere to “ooh” and “aah” as light and color burst across Baltimore’s sky. Or, if fireworks aren’t your thing, maybe you’re searching for alternate events for Fourth of July. Either way, there are plenty of options this weekend.

From the return of the Inner Harbor fireworks after two years, to parades, festivals, races and more, here’s a look at Fourth of July events around Baltimore:

Baltimore by Baltimore festival returns to Inner Harbor on Saturday with comedy, music and more

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Members of Eat the Cake Band perform at the Baltimore by Baltimore festival in June 2022. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

Comedian “Big Fred” Watkins will be bringing big laughs to the Inner Harbor this weekend in the latest installment of the Baltimore by Baltimore festival series.

Photo Gallery: Baltimore Pride Parade 2022

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2022 Pride Parade in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo: Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography)

The return of the Baltimore Pride parade after two years drew thousands of LGBTQ+ Baltimoreans to Charles Street on Saturday.

While the celebration of Charm City’s queer community was a joyous occasion for many, it was also tinged by a ruling the day before from the U.S. Supreme Court, which on Friday overturned the 1973 case Roe v. Wade that federally protected abortion rights.

Associate Justice Clarence Thomas also wrote in a concurring opinion that the Court should reconsider cases related to contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage.

Still, parade participants and spectators alike took Baltimore Pride as an opportunity to express themselves authentically and unapologetically in the midst of growing concerns over the fate of LGBTQ+ rights.

View our photo gallery from photographer Carl Schmidt/Federal Hill Photography:

Baltimore Weekend Events: Baltimore Pride, Wine & Food Festival, Natural Hair Care Expo, and more

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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:

Join The Ivy Bookshop this Saturday for Hong Kong Poetry In Translation: James Shea And Dorothy Tse (With Don Berger)

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Join co-translators James Shea and Dorothy Tse as they share Hong Kong poetry from Moving a Stone: Selected Poems of Yam Gong (Zephyr Press) at The Ivy Bookshop on June 25 at 2:00 p.m. Yam Gong is a leading Hong Kong poet who blends philosophical inquiry with everyday life. Using shifting tonal registers, he refashions borrowed language, including English song lyrics, Cantonese wordplay, Chinese folk stories, news reports, prayers, and slang. Born in 1949, Yam Gong (pen name of Lau Yee-ching) is widely respected in both experimental and traditionalist circles in Hong Kong’s literary community. This bilingual volume is the first book-length collection of Yam Gong’s poems in English, drawing from his most important work over the past forty years.

Baltimore Sons and Baltimore Songs This Friday at The Ivy Bookshop – a Celebration of Dean Bartoli Smith and Steve Martel

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The Ivy is thrilled to celebrate Dean Bartoli Smith’s poetry collection, Baltimore Sons, with an outdoor concert on our back patio this Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. Dean will be joined by local musician Steve Martel.

Baltimore Washington One Carnival to celebrate Caribbean culture July 9-10

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Students from God’s Little Cherubs Elementary School dance in traditional Carnival attire during a press conference Wednesday at City Hall. Image via Charm TV Baltimore/Facebook.

After pausing festivities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baltimore Washington One Carnival is returning this summer, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced during a press conference Wednesday.

Where to celebrate Baltimore LGBTQ+ Pride with the parade, panels, performances and more

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A Pride flag, the word “Pride” in rainbow lettering, and other decorations adorn the hood of a car in the 2019 Baltimore Pride Parade. Photo courtesy of Baltimore Pride Facebook/TUTshoots

Baltimore will be awash in a sea of rainbows this week as the city’s Pride Parade returns Saturday to celebrate LGBTQ+ Baltimoreans – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and other sexual and gender minorities.

But in addition to the parade, there are tons of other Pride events that you won’t want to miss out on.

Lucky Dog Day June 25 at Star Bright Farm

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You Lucky Dog, it’s your day! Fresh-mowed paths through the fields and woods to explore; intoxicating lavender scents in the air as you watch the purple harvest; fresh bunches of lavender to purchase and take the smell home with you; delicious food and drink to savor from your picnic blanket and the alluring farm market to sniff around for glorious finds.….

Baltimore Weekend Events: AFRAM, Hairspray, Maryland Toy Expo and more

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Baltimore’s AFRAM Festival will return to Druid Hill Park with performances by Ne-Yo, Yung Bleu, and more. Photo by Baltimore AFRAM/Facebook.

In honor of Juneteenth and the celebration of Black and African American cultures, Baltimore’s AFRAM festival returns to Druid Hill Park this weekend with musical performances by Ne-Yo, Inayah and more.

This week, the Broadway tour of the iconic Baltimore musical “Hairspray” is also visiting the city it’s set in. Plus, Baltimore is continuing to celebrate Pride Month with a special Stoop Story and other Pride-related events.

You won’t want to miss what’s going on in Baltimore this weekend:

Ne-Yo, Yung Bleu, Inayah, El Debarge and others to headline AFRAM; AFRAM Restaurant Week returns

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This year’s AFRAM headliners include Ne-Yo, Yung Bleu, Inayah, Rotimi, Le’Andria Johnson, El Debarge, and The O’Jays. Image courtesy of AFRAM.

Ne-Yo, Yung Bleu, Inayah and El Debarge will be among some of the artists performing at this year’s AFRAM Festival in Druid Hill Park during Juneteenth weekend June 18-19.

Lavender Fest is Back at Star Bright Farm – 6/18 and 6/19

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Join Star Bright Farm on Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th for Lavender Fest, our favorite weekend of the year!

A day of food, music and fun – bring the whole family, leashed furry friends included – for a beautiful time out on the farm. The lavender will be in abundance and we will have fresh bunches for sale in our Barn Market! Both days will feature tractor rides and a walking tour of the farm with Farmer Peter (times to be announced).

Tickets from now until Thursday 6/16 are $15 – prices will raise to $20 starting Friday 6/17!

Hunt Valley Towne Centre’s Summer Concert Series returns on June 10!

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BYO lawn chair or blanket and join us on Main Street every Friday night from June 10-August 19, 7:30-9:00pm for live music from local bands.

Check out this year’s lineup:

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