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.

Overcast weather be damned, the event should bring hundreds out to enjoy more than a dozen bands and artists playing live (among them indie rock outfits James & the Giant Peach and Cora Sone) on two stages, art vendors, a crab feast, a clothing swap, a silent auction and free books courtesy of The Book Thing. Another staple happening: The Children’s Parade, which sends the kiddos out marching this year to a theme of bugs (more cleverly dubbed “Abell A-buzz!”).

And of course, there will be beer from Peabody Heights, wine from The Wine Source and food from Farm to Charm, One Day Café and Wilde Thyme, among others—not to mention local bakers selling their sweets in a bake sale.

Here’s a map to guide you through all of the festivities.

noon-5 p.m., 3000-3200 blocks of Abell Avenue, website.

Ethan McLeod is a freelance reporter in Baltimore. He previously worked as an editor for the Baltimore Business Journal and Baltimore Fishbowl. His work has appeared in Bloomberg CityLab, Next City and...