Attendees enjoy 2015 Charles Village Festival. Photo courtesy of Charles Village Festival.

The Charles Village community will celebrate all that makes their neighborhood home at the annual Charles Village Festival.

The two-day event will take place Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the corner of Charles and 29th streets in the Wyman Park Dell. 

Whether you’re a fan of soul music, funk, jazz, blues, rock & roll, or folk, the main stage will cover a wide range of genres with live performances from several local bands and artists, including Lafayette Gilchrist and Community Groove.

A secondary stage will have community performances and presentations on display as well from dance troupes to jump-rope groups.

Vendors will feature local crafters including handmade jewelry from Out of Africa, handmade soaps, bath bombs and skin care from Towson Soaps, hand crafted journals made of reused paper from Moongirl Handcrafted, and many more. 

Indulge in local food vendors from smoked meats and seafood with Neopol Savory Smokery to getting your deep fried fix with Fun-O-Kakes and Fried Chicken.  

The residents of the Charles Village neighborhood will also welcome festival guests to the 40th Charles Village Garden Walk. For years, attendees have been given the opportunity to tour the charming gardens and various outdoor spaces of community members and gardeners who help “define the neighborhood’s character,” officials say. 

The Charles Village Recreation League provides sports and structure for Baltimore’s youth with an emphasis on “fun, skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship.” The organization, in conjunction with the festival, will host free soccer activities on Saturday. Coaches and parents will lead games, drills, and scrimmages for children ages 4-9.

For the first time ever, the festival will welcome pets of all types to participate in a pet parade. Prizes will be distributed for best costume, best non-dog pet, best method of locomotion, and best pet and owner look-alike. 

All proceeds from the event will go to benefit The Charles Village Civic Association, The Village Learning Place, The Friends of the Wyman Park Dell and The Charles Village Rec League. All organizations that support the preservation and progress of this community. 

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Latrice Hill

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