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Baltimore’s Little Italy is a cozy neighborhood with great food. But when it comes to the country that inspired the community, you can’t forget art.

The spirit of the Renaissance is set to be on display in the neighborhood this weekend at the Madonnari Arts Festival. The Sept. 30- Oct. 2 is quite literal about taking art to the streets. On Friday morning, the event kicks off with 50 artists creating chalk paintings on the blacktop.

Amid the creation, roving opera singers and Shakespearean actors are set to wander throughout the crowd. Plus, there’s music.

Sunday offers a big closing. Columbus Celebrations is set to parade from Key Highway and Light Street. And we’re not sure what a recreation of The Beatles’ famous rooftop concert has to do with Little Italy, but the Apple Scruffs’ performance sounds like an awesome way to close out a Sunday.

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.