This weekend brings a number of festivals combining neighborhood and cultural celebrations, including the Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy, Locust Point Festival and the Baltimore Ukranian Festival. On the stage, concerts include Cardi B’s long-awaited headlining turn at 92Q’s Royal Farms Arena festival, and a free Future Islands show at Union. Here’s the full lineup:
Friday, Sept. 6
Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival: Through Sept. 8 at Little Italy. The Italian street painting celebration gets out the chalk in the historic Baltimore neighborhood to create colorful new masterpieces. Plus, enjoy al fresco dining from area restaurants, music and more.
Lindy 500: Through Sept. 8 at Mobtown Ballroom. Dance the weekend away with more than a dozen instructors teaching all the right moves, and competitions to test against the best.
Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival: Sept. 6 and 7 at Creative Alliance. The festival features quick and dirty films in a celebration of creative sexual expression. It’s designed to change views on the making and viewing of porn.
Countdown to Kickoff: 5 p.m. at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The Ravens celebrate the start of the season with a party that includes player appearances, food trucks, football drills, music by Here’s to the Night and Petty Coat Junction, and more.
Fun on the Waterfront: 5-8 p.m. at Harbor Point. The Plate Scrapers ramble into the plaza at Harbor Point for a free Friday outdoor concert.
Meow Hour: 5-8 p.m. at Mutt Mart. The Hamilton yappy hour features music from Bedlam Brass and Hamilton Train Wreck, with proceeds benefiting Feline Rescue Association.
Sandlot’s Grand Finale: Teacher Appreciation Party: 6 p.m. at Sandlot. The Harbor Point beach spot closes out the season with a trio of events, kicking off with a Teacher Appreciation Party featuring Neil Paul, plus games and Heavy Seas Beer.
Walking Tour: The Lost History of Frederick Douglass: 6-7:15 p.m. Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park. The tour highlights the lost history of the famous abolitionist and Maryland native.
Make Studio POP Gallery Opening: 6-8 p.m. at Trohv. Artists from Make Studio display their work at the Hampden home and gift spot. Welcome it in style with a chance to meet the artists on Friday night.
“The Journey Continues”: 6-8 p.m. at the Eubie Blake Cultural Center. The audio-visual exhibit highlights the work of Lawrence Burney, the journalist who publishes the Baltimore music zine True Laurels. The exhibit includes new clips with local artists.
First Friday Gallery Opening: 6-9 p.m. at Charmed Life. Artist Kevin Scheuing opens a new show at the Harford Road gallery, plus music from DJ Ray.
“Shut it Down”: 7-10 p.m. at Red Emma’s. Lisa Fithian presents a guide to civil disobedience and stories from protest movements over the last several decades.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation: 7 p.m. at Mother’s Federal Hill Grille. The New Orleans funk band led by the trombone of Big Sam steps into Baltimore. Openers the DC Meters offer the music of another group of New Orleans legends.
Uniform: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The post-industrial dystopian cyber-punk duo is joined by Gloop and Curse.
Ultrafaux: 8 p.m. at 8×10. The Baltimore gypsy jazz specialists play a South Baltimore set alongside Mondawmen and Michelle McHugh.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. The monthly soul night and dance party is back, with guest appearances from DJ Jazzy Jas and Stacy T.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Baltimore Ukranian Festival: Sept. 7 and 8 at St. Michael Ukranian Catholic Church. The Southeast Baltimore festival brings entertainment, food, dance, a pierogi-eating contest and more.
The codex club Store Opening Party: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. at codex club. After winning the Remington Storefront Challenge, the store offering clothing, home goods, stationery and more celebrates in the North Baltimore neighborhood.
Locust Point Festival 2019: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at LaTrobe Park. The South Baltimore locale celebrates with food, live music, vendors and more.
Vino in Vogue: noon-4 p.m. at Harbor East. Wine tasting and shopping are on the agenda for an afternoon throughout the district.
Quadruple Beer Release: noon-6 p.m. at Oliver Brewing Company. Four new beers are available at the Northeast Baltimore tasting room, including hazy IPAs, a double IPA and a sour ale.
Future Islands: 2 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The Baltimore band is back in town with a free show to work out some new material. The bill also features Joy Postell, Smoke Bellow and DJs Jason Willett and Jay Bum. Plus, food on-site and a trio of Charmery flavors.
Billie Holiday Jazz Concert: 2 p.m. at Lafayette Square Park. The inaugural outdoor concert event features vocalist Sheila Ford, trumpeter Sean Jones, a set from Jamal Moore Trio and more.
Opening Reception: “Hidden Paths”: 3:30 p.m. at Cardinal. The reception opens an exhibit with work from Miguel Braceli, Susie Brandt, Graham Coreil-Allen, J$Fur, Malcolm Peacock, Ada Pinkston and Todd Shalom. To kick things off, Shalom will lead a tour of Bolton Hill and demonstrate how to create walking art.
Sandlot’s Grand Finale: School is Back: 4 p.m. at Sandlot. The beach spot’s closing weekend continues with a performance from Rufus Roundtree and a pop-up from Cocina Luchadoras, plus college night.
Park After Dark: 7 p.m. at Patterson Park. The camping event returns to the Southeast Baltimore park.
Kelli Frances Corrado: 7 p.m. at The True Vine Record Shop. The Seattle experimental pop artist comes to town and shares a bill with Nicky Smith, Contacts and Albert Bagman.
Paulo Gregory: 7:30 p.m. at An die Musik. The guitarist and pianist offers “A Taste of Cohado” with percussionist Benzel Baltimore and bassist Steve Zerlin.
Tecla’s “It Is Now Official TAKEOVER PARTY!: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The rock club’s new owner celebrates with drink specials, a drag competition and music from DJ Pancakes.
Sunday, Sept. 8
Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at CCBC Catonsville. In a new location this year, the festival features artists, makers and more.
“Close Encounters”: 10 a.m. at Senator Theatre. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic gets the big-screen treatment on a Sunday morning.
Viet-Cajun Crawfish Boil: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. The Houston-originated crawfish style combining Vietnamese and Cajun ingredients is boiling in Abell, courtesy of Man V. Pho.
Ravens at Dolphins: 1 p.m. The new NFL season starts on the road for Baltimore, but there will be plenty of spots around town with the game on to watch with friends.
Sandlot’s Grand Finale: Sunday Funday: 2-5 p.m. at Sandlot. Lies from Granny closes out the season at Harbor Point.
Big Band Sundays: 3 p.m. at Paulie Gee’s. The Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra returns with swing and early jazz music.
Submersive’s 4th Birthday Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. at Checkerspot Brewing Company. The theater company celebrates four years with snacks, a raffle and, of course, plenty of beer. They’ll also roll out a new membership program.
Punk 4 Pups: 6 p.m. at Ottobar. Local groups Strong Zero, Old Bay Thrashers, Paperback Tragedy and Urban Crater play a benefit for BARCS.
Erik Ruin and Friends: Improvisations and Projections: 6:30 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. Close the weekend in three acts offering music, stories, projections and more.
92Q End of Summer Jam: 7 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The spring festival is now in a new season, but Cardi B is still the headliner on a lineup that includes Yo Gotti, Blocboy JB, Moneybagg Yo, Blac Youngsta, BLUEFACE and more.
- The Baltimore Seafood Festival returns to Canton Waterfront Park on Sept. 14.
- Abell Community Street Fair arrives in the neighborhood Sept. 15.
- Charm City Night Market is back at 200 Park Ave. on Sept. 21.
- Get the toilet bowl racer ready. HampdenFest speeds in on Sept. 21.
- UNION Oktoberfest arrives Sept. 28.