Labor Day Weekend Events Calendar: Billie Holiday Music and Arts Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival, Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest

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Sticking around town this weekend? There are plenty of events to close out the summer, celebrating Billie Holiday, black femmes in film, comedy and more. Plus, check out music from local bands like Lower Dens’ two-night album release, and a trio of Baltimore luminaries at Current Space.

Friday, Aug. 30
2019 Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest: through Sept. 1 at the Parkway Theatre. The festival features more than 50 films focusing on black femme filmmakers and protagonists. Works include Numa Perrier’s “Jezebel” and B. Monet’s documentary “Ballet After Dark.” Plus, a pitch competition.

Baltimore Comedy Festival: through Sept. 2 at various venues. The festival of laughs brings comedy to venues like Motor House, The Crown, Ottobar, Zissimos and more.Image via Facebook.

Maryland State Fair: through Sept. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Hop on the Light Rail for the annual gathering of animals, fried food vendors and farmers. Enjoy food, games, horse racing and music from Hanson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lo Cash and Night Ranger.

Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry Show: through Sept. 1 at Baltimore Convention Center. The summer antiques show returns for its 39th year, with vendors selling furniture, textiles, estate jewelry, porcelain and more.

Live Lunch with Lower Dens: noon at WTMD. The Los Angeles-via-Baltimore indie-pop band stops in at the Towson radio station’s studio for a live set ahead of the release of “The Competition.”

Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. Ricky Wise & the Dirty Unit provide the music at the local Friday fest.

Peach & Dahlia Festival: 6-9 p.m. at Prigel Family Creamery. Enjoy live music, crafts and, of course, ice cream.

Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. The party peloton rides through the streets with the theme of Wet Hot Baltimore Summer. This month’s after party is at Old Line Spirits.

Pennsylvania Avenue Cinema: 7:30-10 p.m. at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. Part of the Billie Holiday Arts and Music Festival, the event features a screening of the film, “Lady Sings the Blues.”

Joey DeFrancesco Trio: Through Aug. 31 at Keystone Korner. The jazz organist celebrates the new album, “In the Key of the Universe.”

The Palovations: Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at Arena Players. The four-piece vocal group runs through a set of Motown classics. Plus performances by DJ GrandMixer DXT, comedian Howard G and singer Angela L. Bryant.

Ash Code: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The band combines darkwave, noise and electronic music. SYZYGYX and Dark Narrows join the bill.

Surfer Blood: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Florida indie rock band makes a stop in Baltimore, on a bill with Raindeer, PLRLS and The Natvral (which is Kip Berman from The Pains of Being Pure at Heart).

Frisky: 10 p.m. at The Crown. The dance party features music from N’Dinga Gaba.

“Perfect Arrangement”: Through Sept. 2 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Topher Payne’s play mixes comedy and drama as “two All-American couples are forced to stare down the closet door.”

“The Way Out”: Through Aug. 23 at Baltimore Theater Project. The original work is “aimed at investigating the cultural, biological, and stigmatic impact surrounding suicide.”

Saturday, Aug. 31
Billie Holiday Music & Arts Festival: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Robert C. Marshall Recreation Center. The event features a Cadillac parade, outdoor history and a celebration of the musicians that played on Pennsylvania Ave. Lafayette Gilchrist, Carolyn Malachi and the Joe Cooper Project headline a full slate of performers.

Free Bowling and Skating: 1-6 p.m. at Shake and Bake: Neighborhood Sun and UPC Westside CDC present a free event at the family fun center.

The 3rd Annual CM.BALL: 2 p.m. at The Bambou. The ice pop business CM.POPS hosts a full day of music, art and food headlined by Trillnatured, Ayymello, Dre Thompson, Ducky Dynamo and Kotic Couture.

HOPPY Hour: 4-8 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. Movement Lab hosts a Jumping Fitness takeover at the brewery, with cardio training followed by a cold beer.

Milo’s Misfits: 6-7:15 p.m. at The Undercroft. The puppet show for all ages starts off nice and orderly but becomes chaotic.

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Horse Lords, Wume, Smoke Bellow, DJ Lexie Mountain: 7 p.m. at Current Space. The Baltimore bands team up for an outdoor show to send off summer.

Metal Mutiny: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The lineup features Master Sword, Fire in Elysium, Emerge a Tyrant and more.

The Emo Show: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage: Maryland bands play emo and pop-punk classics for crowd singalongs. Plus, photo booths, themed drinks and more.

Better Off Dead: 9 p.m. at the 8×10: The Baltimore band paying homage to the Grateful Dead plays in Federal Hill.

Lower Dens Album Release: Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Rituals: The indie pop band plays two nights in Station North to celebrate the release of “The Competition.”

Amanda Glasser, Daisy The Great, No Hair, Marceline Death Ray: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. Check out a bill mixing folk, pop and indie in Station North.

Will You Say That I Am Mad?: 9 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Poe’s Magic Theatre presents “a special evening of mayhem, mystery, movies and magic.”

Sad & Boujee: An Emo + Trap Rap Dance Party: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. Grotzy Versace spins a mix of rock and hip-hop.

Deep Sugar Labor Day Weekend / Last Days of Summer: 11 p.m. at Factory 17. Lisa Moody, Wayne Davis and Mookie Brock are on the decks for the all-night party to celebrate the end of summer.

Sunday, Sept. 1
Abbi Kadabra Birthday Bash: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Of Love and Regret. OLAR celebrates the first anniversary of drag brunch, plus the birthday of the hostess.

Soil to Sanctuary Market: 12-3 p.m. at 430 E. Belvedere Ave. The market supports black farmers and business owners.

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Free Outdoor Show: 3 p.m. at The Ynot Lot. Turnstile, DDm, End It and Truth Cult play Station North, with donations and a portion of proceeds from merchandise sales going to Healthcare for the Homeless.

Last Call for Summer: 4-7 p.m. at Bond St. Social. Open bar for $22 sends off the summer.

Sunset: 5-10 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. The season finale of the Sunday event features LoveGrove & Guillermo Giraldo.

Can I Kick It? 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. “Predator” screens, and gets a live score from Shaolin Jazz.

Labor Day Eve Party: 9 p.m. at The Charles Baltimore. Drink specials plus music from Evan Wilder keep the weekend going.

Joy Postell: 10 p.m. at Ottobar. The show also features Baby Kahlo, DJ Dam Kham and Station North Sadboi. Entry is free with an RSVP.

Monday, Sept. 2
Labor Day Cookout: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at Sagamore Pendry. The pool deck at Fells Point has an all-you-can-eat menu for $100.

“The Graduate”: 1 p.m. at The Senator. Mike Nichols’ 1967 classics screens in North Baltimore.

Labor Day Picnic: 2 p.m. at Riverside Park. Local members of the Democratic Socialists of America are gathering for the family-friendly event.

End of the Season Dog Swim: 5 p.m. at Patterson Park Public Pool: $5 gets your canine a dip to close out the summer.

WWE Monday Night Raw: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The professional wrestling event brings the ring to Baltimore.

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