This weekend brings an international flavor to the festival circuit, with the Caribbean Carnival, Latin American Folklore Fest and Maryland German Festival offering worldly ways to celebrate outside. Elsewhere, check out jazz in the BMA’s sculpture garden or celebrate 20 years of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum.
Friday, July 12
Sad Summer Festival: 2 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The show features bands including State Champs, Mayday Parade, The Maine and more.
Summer Sounds: 6 p.m. at Belvedere Square. Vertigo Red provides the music at this week’s edition of the outdoor music, food and local shopping event.
Jon Wood Band: 6-9 p.m. at Quarry Lake at Greenspring. The leader of the Psycho Killers and PHOAM plays a free gig of solo tunes.
Twilight Swim: 7 p.m. at Patterson Park Public Pool. The 21-and-older swim night features music by DJ Nitro. $5 admission.
Better Than Ezra: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The ’90s alt rock heroes perform downtown, with openers Brett Newski and the No Tomorrow.
Taste of the First 2019!: 7-9 p.m. at Mobtown Brewing Company. Councilman Zeke Cohen shows off some of the eateries in his district. Participants include Sophia’s Place, Thai Street Kitchen, Old Boy Korean Eatery, Charmed Kitchen, Angeli’s Pizzeria and Duck Duck Goose.
Firefly Walk: 7:30-9 p.m. at Cylburn Arboretum Association. Dr. Abner Lall leads an educational talk and walk through the arboretum’s grounds.
BIG Time with Lisa Snowden-McCray: 8 p.m. at BIG Theatre. The improv comedy troupe performs sketches based on the life of the editor-in-chief of the Baltimore Beat.
Bring It! Live: The Dance Battle Tour: 8 p.m. at The Modell Lyric. Coach D and the Dancing Dolls bring the Lifetime show to the stage.
Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Five: 8 p.m. at Mobtown Ballroom. The Philly band headlines a night of swing dancing.
“8 Short Plays”: Through July 21 at Mercury Theatre. The “surreal vaudevillian variety show” features work from Theresa Columbus in collaboration with Sarah Jacklin.
Cerebral Sorcery with David London & Francis Menotti: Through July 14 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The two eccentric magicians solve riddles and perform a series of vignettes.
Friday Night Magic: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. Rapper DDm hosts a night of house, club, disco and other genres with South of Boundary, DJ Pancakes and J Stash.
Saturday, July 13
Voices of History Street Fair: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The event features “drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling, spoken word, art and first person oral history presentations of museum wax figures.”
2019 Maryland German Festival: July 13-14 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Check out traditional food, music and dancing.
DC/Baltimore Caribbean Carnival. July 13 and 14. at Lake Clifton Park. The event kicks off with a parade, then moves into a festival featuring The Legendary Image Band and Shorwayne Winchester on Saturday. Sunday features a family day and concert.
Celebrating Carl Grubbs at 75: 4-8 p.m. at Motor House. The saxophonist performs music of the Visitors and from his latest project, Inner Harbor Revisited.
“Mad Rad Soft”: An Exhibition Opening: 5-9 p.m. at Waller Gallery. The exhibit, curated by Joy Davis, features the works of Ada Pinkston, Ana Teixeira, Darius Johnson, Desmond Beach, Elana Casey and Sienna Kwami, whose works show “different perspectives of the femme identity and forms.”
Bey & the Beat: A Beyonce Karaoke Fundraiser. 6-10 p.m. at Baltimore Center Stage. Sing Beyonce’s hits courtesy of K-Notes Presents, and raise money for local independent journalism from the Baltimore Beat.
The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Award Ceremony: 7 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. See who wins the $25,000 fellowship as part of BOPA’s annual competition.
Jazz in the Sculpture Garden: Matana Roberts: 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The saxophonist and clarinetist known for socially conscious music plays an outdoor show at the BMA.
“Slow Drip”: 7-10 p.m. at Resort. The group show includes works by Adam Amram, Morgan Blair, Amy Boone-McCreesh, Michael Dotson, Rachel Hayden, Terry Hoff and Cody Tumblin.
20 Year Anniversary Celebration and Art Show: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Station North space celebrates two decades of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum with a music bill topped by Lazlo Lee and the Motherless Children and artists from the last 20 years.
Dungeons and Drag: 8 p.m. at The Ottobar. Embrace dystopia with performances by Mason Dickson, Desiree Dik, Sextia N’Eight and Whimsy Thrift, and music from DJ Pancakes and DJ Neska. Costumes are encouraged!
Trillnatured presents: Available. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. Local artists come together in the Blue Room.
Sunday, July 14
Latin American Folklore Fest: noon-5:30 p.m. at Patterson Park. The festival features Latin American groups from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.
Opening Celebration “Every Day: Selections from the Collection”: 1-5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The event includes a clay sculpture workshop, meet-and-greets with local artists Joyce J. Scott and Stephen Towns, spoken word performance by Lady Brion and more.
Strut UR Mutt: 5-8 p.m. at Checkerspot Brewing Company. The parade heads to BARCS, then gathers at the brewery for a costume contest, meet and greet with dog providers and more.
The Night Brunch: 6 p.m. at South Point. The nighttime brunch goes to the weekend, and heads down to the water in Port Covington.
The HUGO Ball: A Dada Soiree: 6:17 p.m. at the Peale Center. Celebrate the 105th anniversary of the birth of the Dada (anti)art movement.
Godsmack: 8 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The nu-metal heroes play by the water at Inner Harbor.
- Artscape arrives July 19, with the theme Discover and music from SWV, The English Beat and James Brown Dance Party.
- UNION Craft Brewing celebrates 7 years on July 27.
- Fluid Movement brings The Water Ballet to Druid Hill Park Pool on July 27-28 and Aug. 2-4.