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The Waterfront Partnership Presents the Harbor Harvest

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Harbor Harvest

catch of the day fish (2)Fall fun is all over the place this season, but you don’t need to go to the country to get your fill. While hay bales, pumpkin-picking, and cider-drinking are staples of the season, sometimes getting out of the city to find them can be more of a chore than is proper. This weekend, you can head right on down to the harbor and find all your fall must-dos right in the comfort of the city. On Sunday, October 19th, the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore is bringing it all to us with its  7th Annual Harbor Harvest at West Shore Park.

Fells Point Fun Fest

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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!

Rodgers Farms Corn Maze, Pumpkins and More

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 Corn Maze

catch of the day fish (2)All corn mazes are pretty cool. That’s true. Even the most astute adult with an excellent sense of direction can find themselves genuinely lost inside of one, wandering for hours, trying to crack the code. But not all corn mazes are created equal. Some are cool, and others are just mind-blowingly amazing. Like, how do they design that? And then, how do they actually make it happen? And then, how can they be sure it will look so great from above? And then who is flying in a helicopter or whatever to take that amazing picture? And then, is that really what I’m wandering around, lost inside of? We don’t have the answers to these questions, but we do know where to find the coolest corn maze around.

HampdenFest comes to… Hampden

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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.

Art and Nature Classes at Eden Mill

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Eden Mill

catch of the day fish (2)Whether you’re looking for a mid-week jaunt to get the kids outside, or simply want a change of scenery yourself, a trip out to Eden Mill Nature Center is certainly a must at some point this summer. Though temporarily closed for tours due to renovations, the mill is still home to an abundance of art and nature programs for children and teens, and some of the most charming (and fruitful) fishing spots around. If this sounds like what you’re craving, you could head out for Wednesday’s Art with Sticks and Twigs class, aimed at the 4-7 year old set.

Baltimore County 4H Fair

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4H county Fair

catch of the day fish (2)It’s just not summer without a visit to a county fair. Even (or maybe especially) for city slickers, a trip to the county fair is a reminder of all that’s wholesome, joyous, and a little bit dirt-stained. It’s a perfect place to take the kids for the day—with all manner of livestock there for the ogling and petting. The whole family can watch (or take part in) agriculture-related competitions—one of the grand traditions of any county fair thanks to 4H. If you don’t exactly have a prized hog you’ll be showing, or if your backyard zucchini doesn’t look like it’s going to tip the scales as a record breaker, you can always win at the cake auction—or PP&B Bingo.

Learn to Make Ice Cream at the Patterson Park Library

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Ice cream

catch of the day fish (2)The Enoch Pratt Free Library is inviting you to, “celebrate America’s independence by learning to make homemade ice cream.” While the exact relationship between ice cream and our nation’s founding does elude us, we’re not going to quibble, since that might result in us not getting to learn how to make the stuff or enjoy the fruits of those labors. We’ll just settle for knowing that ice cream was in fact brought here from Europe during colonial days and that founding fathers such as Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson were known fans of the stuff; which we suppose you could extrapolate to mean that ice cream basically fueled the American Revolution. In fact, that’s probably a pretty safe assumption to make. Wouldn’t they need a nice cold treat after trudging through battlefields in knee-high boots and wool uniforms? Surely.

Summer Sun & Fun through Father’s Day at Village of Cross Keys

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Father's Day Events

catch of the day fish (2)It’s not too often that an event comes across our desk that truly defies categorization. And so we tend to file events like this under Never-Mind-The-Details-Just-Make-Sure-You-Go. We all know that a fantastic summer is full of outdoor festivals, grilled amazingness, and casual warm-weather shopping. Father’s Day weekend means time with kids and family, and that perfectly warm weather that drives you outside for juicy burgers and brightly colored popsicles. Well, the Village of Cross Keys Summer Sun & Fun event (which starts on Thursday and runs through Father’s Day) has all of that (really, all of that) and more. Much, much more. A strolling balloonist. A barbershop quartet. Tarot card readings. Free yoga. Flag Day’s history told by storytellers in period dress. An ice cream social. Grilling tips from the experts at Whole Foods. Cupcake decorating for kids. Do we really need to go on? Probably not, but we will. Because seriously, Cross Keys was already far and away one of our top shopping hot spots; but this time, they’ve really outdone themselves.

This Sunday: Art Outside

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Art Festival

catch of the day fish (2)You know summer is afoot in Baltimore when the city begins to overflow with fabulous outdoor festivals. One of our very favorites? Art Outside—the day-long festival that recaptures the spirit of the historic outdoor festival that was held on Sundays around the Druid Hill Reservoir during the 1950s and 1960s. Last year’s festival was such a hit that it’s literally back by popular demand, and will be held this Sunday, May 18th. About last year’s festival, one visitor raved, “To see the diversity of attendees melding among the art, entertainment and sheer fun – all within a unique and naturally picturesque setting in the city – was a welcome breath of fresh air.” With reviews like that, these folks must be doing something very, very right. They’ve got one of our favorite outdoor settings in the city, and a selection of the best artists and artisans around. But what’s more, they’ve got the true spirit of what an arts festival should be—a celebration of creativity and community that’s fun and inspiring for all.

Y of Central Maryland’s Healthy Kids Day

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healthy kids day at the y

catch of the day fish (2)So, yesterday we brought back the old, “let’s make it Earth Day everyday.” And today really is Earth Day (happy Earth Day!). But now that we know that the good folks at the Y of Central Maryland are gearing up for Healthy Kids Day, we kind of have to ask: shouldn’t we make it Healthy Kids Day, everyday? Hmm… probably. But April 26th is a good place to start. And with a free festival that’s fun for kids and their families, we’re thinking it will probably be pretty easy to get into.

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