Labor Day Weekend has arrived. It may feel like the finish line to the summer is approaching, but there are plenty of happenings to keep the good vibes coming. The weekend gets off to a roaring start with a food truck rally and Bike Party. For those who aren’t heading to the beach, sample the Baltimore Comedy Festival, peruse the Summer Antiques Show or try out the new BeatMarket.
Baltimore Comedy Festival: Aug. 30-Sept. 3. The festival brings laughs to multiple venues around the city, with a mix of stand-up, improv and more.
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show: Aug. 30-Sept. 2. Go beyond vintage at this sprawling show with art and jewelry from the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Maryland State Fair: Through Sept. 3 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Head to Lutherville-Timonium to see the animals, ride the rides, eat the food, take in horse racing and more.
Sour Fest: 5-11 p.m. at Delia Foley’s. The Federal Hill spot will have specials on sour beers and goses, with a few on draft.
Dear Globe’s Coffeebar Celebration: 6 p.m. at Dear Globe Coffee. It’s a grand opening party for a new spot at 827 N. Howard St., with music, Haitian cuisine and, of course, coffee.
WWOD Happy Hour: 6 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. Get a guided tour of Mt. Vernon Place and the Washington Monument led by the Friends of Maryland’s Olmsted Parks & Landscapes.
Dear Summer – Happy Hour and Mixer: 6 p.m. at Brew House No. 16. Stoop Nerds get ready to send off the summer. Includes draft beer and rum specials.
Sound Garden 25th Anniversary Double Feature: 7 p.m. at Parkway Theatre. The Fells Point record store celebrates a quarter century with a pair of contemporary classics about hanging out in record stores. Cusacks are up first with “High Fidelity” starting off the evening, followed by a trip back to Rex Manning Day with “Empire Records.”
Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins: 7:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The Beltway battle is only an exhibition game, but it marks the last tune-up before the NFL season officially gets underway. That means a last chance to impress for players trying to make the team.
Fundraiser for Baltimore Design School: 8:30 p.m. at The Crown. Yume, Pelvis Presley, Infinity Knives and Micah E. Wood all perform a benefit for the Station North design school. A DJ showcase closes out the night.
Flicks from the Hill: 9 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. The outdoor film series on the side of Federal Hill offers a chance to remember how the ’90s goofed on the ’60s as it screens “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” Race Pace Bicycles hosts a pre-flick ride at 6:30 p.m.
Sissy Spacek 20th Anniversary Tour: 10 p.m. at No Land Beyond. The experimental grindcore band with 30 albums to their credit celebrates 20 years with a Baltimore show. Beastmaster and Bodies also perform.
Friday, Aug. 31
Food Truck Rally: 5-9 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. The South Baltimore waterfront is the gathering spot for 16 food trucks, with local vendors and family activities along for the ride.
2nd Annual C.M. Ball: 6 p.m.-6 a.m. at EMP Collective. Celebrate the end of summer with an all-night party that includes music by Blaqstarr, Dyyo Faccina, Them Animals, DJ Trillnatured and others, as well as art projections, games and more.
Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. The summer concert series features music from honky tonk act Ruthie and the Wranglers, plus local food and vendors.
Baltimore Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. The roving celebration of bicycle culture heads out on a Purple Friday ride, winding its way to M&T Bank Stadium.
Live Music with Jacob Panic: 6:30 p.m. at Monument City Brewing. The Highlandtown brewery features pop-folk stylings from the Maryland banjo artist, plus food from Mexican on the Run.
Interactive Movie and Dance Party: “Footloose”: 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Work out all the teen angst all over again right along with Kevin Bacon on the big screen.
Boilermaker Jazz Band: 8 p.m. at Mobtown Ballroom. Swing into Friday night and Labor Day weekend with a local Lindy Hop favorite.
Resonant Rogues/Violins of Baltimore: 8-10 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. The Hollins Market theater welcomes an Asheville folk act and local jazz violinists.
Sorted! Labor Day Dance Party: 9 p.m. at Of Love and Regret. DJ LoveGrove, JMack, and Guillermo Giraldo spin through the Canton beer destination. Plus, food and drink specials.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at R. House. The local market has over 70 local vendors, with a portion of booth fees benefitting the Baltimore Child Abuse Center.
Baby Buggy Walk: 11 a.m. at Lake Montebello. Parents are invited to walk and bring strollers as Baltimore Healthy Start spreads info for Infant Mortality Awareness Month.
Maryland Renaissance Festival: Weekends through Oct. 21 in Crownsville. The village of Revel Gove heads into the fall season. Grab a steak on a stake and mingle with merrymakers performing, crafting and riding.
Fiesta del Sol: 1-5 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing. The end-of-summer celebration features tacos from Clavel, music from James Nasty and pools and sprinklers. Don’t worry about arriving late, because the Yacht Rock All-Stars will help glide into the evening.
BeatMarket: 1-5 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. Producers will be on hand allowing attendees to browse their collections. Come to shop or just sample the cuts.
The Emo Show: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The emo throwback circuit continues with local bands paying tribute to pop-punk heroes like All Time Low, Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco.
Anthony Hamilton: 7:30 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The R&B singer behind hits like “Charlene” and “Freedom” performs. Free your mind for openers En Vogue.
“Wasted”: 8 p.m. at Center Stage. It’s opening weekend for Kat Woods’ play exploring one night’s drama.
Satanic Panic: Mazes and Monster: 8 p.m. at Reverb. Tom Hanks wasn’t always in great movies, and this is an example. Friends can help make it better.
Shonen Knife: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Japanese pop-punk progenitors come to Baltimore. PLRLS, Manners Manners and The Creachies open.
Lovenotes: 9 p.m. at The Elephant. The upstairs party at the Mt. Vernon destination’s speakeasy features music by Discuji and Ex Ex Ex.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Back to School Teacher Appreciation: All morning at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. As kids get set to head to the classroom, let’s take a moment to celebrate the teachers who are dedicated in the classroom.
“The Big Lebowski”: 10 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. Get up early to hang with The Dude.
Of Love and Regret Drag Brunch: 11 a.m. at Of Love and Regret. The Canton spot debuts a new drag brunch hosted by Abbi Kadabra. Drink specials and brunch buffet.
Alonzo’s Memorial Picnic 2018: 1-8:30 p.m. at the Rosedale American Legion. The Baltimore Blues Society hosts a day of music. Billy Price & Friends, Ursula Ricks, Lil Red & The Renegades, Mark Wenner’s Blues Warriors and Linwood Taylor & James Mabry perform.
2 Year Anniversary Celebration: 4-8 p.m. at Fringe Baltimore. The Remington hair salon invites the community to enjoy tie-dye and burgers. BYO white shirt.
Baltimore Hip-Hop Bar Crawl: 4:30 p.m. at Station North. A group of DJs guide a group along for hip-hop sets at The Depot, Montego Bar & Grille, The Wind Up Space and The Crown. Plus drink specials and vendors at each spot.
Sunset with LoveGrove and Cheech: 5 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. The DJs pair for a late summer set by the side of the Jones Falls in Woodberry.
Loose Ties: 5-7 p.m. at Roland Park Pool. A full band will be poolside to help forget that summer’s ending.
Silent Beach Party 2: 6 p.m. at Sandlot. Three DJs will be spinning at the same time, but you have to pick up headphones to channel the corresponding sounds.
Monday, Sept. 3
Labor Day Celebration: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Port Discovery. Get ready for school as the children’s museum hosts a full day of educational activities.
Labor Day Brunch: 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at The Point in Fells. Celebrate the day off with $15 bottomless Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, sangrias, screwdrivers or Natty Bohs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be food, too.
$15 Bottomless Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Avenue Kitchen & Bar. Enjoy bottomless Bloody Mary’s and mimosas along with the restaurant’s brunch fare.
Have a drink on Of Love & Regret: noon-4 p.m. at Of Love & Regret. The bar is offering one free Stillwater draft with the purchase of a Stillwater brew.
- WTMD closes out First Thursdays for the year with tune-yards and Wild Child on Sept. 6.
- The 2000s sketch comedy show “Wild’n Out” returns to Royal Farms Arena on Sept. 7 with host Nick Cannon.
- Hampdenfest returns to The Avenue on Sept. 8, with The Plimsouls announced as a headliner. Start getting the toilet racer ready.
- More than 150 vendors are expected to set up shop at the Butchers Hill Flea Market & Craft Fair on Sept. 15.
- Get ready to shuck and pick at the 5th Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival on Sept. 15.
- Local hair metal gods Kix headline Rams Head Live on Sept. 15.
- Charm City Night Market gathers on a block of Baltimore’s historic Chinatown to celebrate the city’s Asian American culture on Sept. 22.
- Reading ahead, the Baltimore Book Festival returns Sept. 28.