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    Get Up & Go: Fests, Fests and More Fests!



    When it rains, it pours. Or maybe more accurately: when it’s warm and sunny, suddenly there’s tons to do. Get out this weekend for some of spring’s first great festivals and enjoy all that the weekend has to offer.

    Spring Is Coming (Really): Lineups Are Out for Firefly, Sweetlife, Preakness Infield Music Festivals

    McCarntney in Maryland. He'll be close in June.
    McCartney in Maryland. He’ll be close in June.

    A snow day is a perfect day to bring some visions of spring into your life. Area music festivals offer the perfect jumpstart, and, fortunately, some of the larger gatherings announced their lineups this week. All three are out of control, so we’ll let you compare side-by-side:

    Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend



    Get Up & Go!

    Well, if you’re lucky enough to have tickets to see the O’s play, clearly, that’s where you’ll be this weekend (and by the way, do you have an extra ticket?). The rest of us will just have keep busy some other way, like taking advantage of this weekend’s amazing shopping opportunities, Oktoberfest, and watching some good old fashioned pig racing. Hey, it could be worse.

    If you do in fact want to kick off your weekend German style (that is, with some ale and sausage) head down to Das Best Oktoberfest and taste all the beer, wine, and schnapps you can handle.

    If you want all the revelry but with fewer beers to choose from and more pig races to watch, hit up the 13th Annual Pigtown Festival. It’s super family friendly, with circus acts, pumpkin painting, and other non-beer-oriented activities all day long.

    There are also trunk shows and sales galore—particularly in Mt. Washington, where they’ll be hosting the Mt. Washington Village Block Party on Sunday. Plenty of fall fun to be had for families, kids, and bargain hunters alike.

    And for those looking to get out of the city a bit to see some of fall’s colors, you can head to Distillery Lane Ciderworks in Jefferson for their Explorers Festival. There will be lectures, bee-keeping demos, hard cider tastings, live music and more—all in a gorgeous farm setting.

    13th Annual Pigtown Festival this Weekend



    catch of the day fish (2)What was once simply the 13th Annual Pigtown Festival is now a  “Street Carnival & O’s pre-party.” It’s not the only local event that has changed its name/location/tag-line based on the Os’ not-exactly-anticipated success this season. But of course, it’s a nice change to have to make. And it gives us all the more reason to get out this weekend and celebrate in one of the city’s great neighborhoods. The family-friendly festival will feature live music all day long from the likes of Super Bueno, Da B’more Brass Factory, and more. There will be food aplenty from Sausage Barons (perfect if you haven’t gotten your Oktoberfest quota in yet), Little Italy Sausage, Pizza di Joey, Smokin’ Joe’s Barbecue, HarborQue, Breaking Bread and Dangerously Delicious Pies. And it wouldn’t be a local fest without Heavy Seas Brewing on hand. They’ve got an exclusive “pigtail ale” (not made with real pigtail, we hope), and with a special wristband, you can enjoy as much as you can drink (responsibly). 

    Fells Point Fun Fest


    fells point

    catch of the day fish (2)Fells Point is always fun, but one weekend a year, it is especially fun. Or at least the neighborhood marks the weekend with a giant festival, the Fells Point Fun Fest, where everyone goes out, seamen style. With its focus on celebrating Fells Point’s maritime history, the festival includes dock tours and the opportunity to take a day sail on the Pride of Baltimore II. All “funlubbers”—as the festival organizers put it—can also enjoy entertainment throughout the neighborhood, including old fashioned magic by Eric Henning as well as performances by jugglers and absolutely astounding hula-hoopers. But wait, there’s more!

    Baltimore Book Festival Pages Inner Harbor



    Now that the Star-Spangled Spectacular has folded up, the Inner Harbor will have to buckle down and get its nose back in the books. The annual Baltimore Book Festival offers a new way to thumb through the city’s best-known destination from Sept. 26-28, boasting new programming for kids, more than 200 author appearances and…free samples!

    HampdenFest comes to… Hampden



    catch of the day fish (2)It never fails. Every year, we see posters and billboards go up for HampdenFest and we’re like, “wait, didn’t that just happen?” This is followed a minute or two later by, “Oh no, wait. That was HonFest.” But what’s the difference? And why do we need two? Don’t both fests celebrate the totally quirky loveable weirdness that is Hampden? Sure, one has lots of scary ladies (and non-ladies) in sky-high, neon beehives and the other has toilet bowl races, but are these two things really appealing to very different demographics? We kinda doubt it.  Nevertheless, the more, the merrier, we say.

    Harvest and Crush Grapes for Dove Valley Wine


    Dove Valley Wine

    catch of the day fish (2)Did anyone else grow up thinking that wine was made when vintners filled barrels with grapes and then stomped them into juice with their feet? That may have happened once upon a time, but certainly it’s not the way these days. But still, creating wine from what begins as grapes on a vine is a lot of work– and yet, it can also be a lot of fun. So we’re overjoyed that Dove Valley Wine is opening up their rows of vines to volunteers– and offering us all the chance to help with the harvest. And to make it even more fun, they’re throwing in lunch and a bottle of wine to take home for all those who volunteer. Does it really get any better?

    Civic Works’ Urban Farm Food Fair This Saturday


    Urban Farm Fair

    catch of the day fish (2)It truly is harvest time here in Maryland, and thanks to the amazing work of local gardeners and urban farmers, that’s just as evident in the heart of the city as it is out in the rolling countryside. There’s so much food being grown and harvested right here in Baltimore that it kind of blows our minds, actually. Almost every local urban farm is always happy for volunteers and to provide folks with information and education about growing your own food, organic farming, and nutritious, seasonal eating. And nowhere is that more apparent than at the Real Food Farm’s annual Urban Farm & Food Fair– an outright celebration of all things urban farming.

    Baltimore Loses Virgin FreeFest


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    Another one of Baltimore’s major events bites the dust: yesterday evening, organizers announced that the Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a huge music festival that has taken over Merriweather Post Pavilion every September since 2009, will not take place this year. (Before that, it was at Pimlico, called the Virgin Festival, and was not free.)