Feeling like winter is dragging on? Well, luckily there are chicken nuggets. This weekend, the poultry form is celebrated with a fest all its own. Plus, check out gypsy jazz, crafts and Baltimore’s version of Mardi Gras. Here’s the lineup:
Friday, Feb. 21
Charm City Django Jazz Fest: Feb. 21-22 at Creative Alliance. In the spirit of jazz great Django Reinhardt, expect two nights of guitar, fiddle and general “gypsy jazz” stylings in Highlandtown.
American Craft Show: Feb. 21-23 at Baltimore Convention Center. The American Craft Council brings more than 600 vendors offering jewelry, clothing, furniture and more.
MICA Grad Show I: Opening Reception: 5-7 p.m. at MICA. Students from the Teaching MAT program debut a monthlong show at the Lazarus Center.
Sickle Cell Record Release Show: 7-10 p.m. at Ottobar. Alex Briscoe’s current experimental/garage/punk solo project headlines a bill with Pearl, Life Puzzler, Fuchsia Casual and Turd Merlin.
The Emo Show: Albums to Cry For: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Check out local bands playing tribute sets to Yellowcard, Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, Taking Back Sunday and Weezer.
Tommy Stinson: 7 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. The former bassist in the iconic punk group The Replacements plays a solo acoustic set.
Symphony in the City: 8-10 p.m. at New Psalmist Baptist Church. Members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra perform a free concert featuring the works of Beethoven, Price and Jessie Montgomery.
Bloomer: 8 p.m. at North Ave. Market. The Baltimore- and Philly-based power pop band performs two sets. Plus, unlimited arcade game play.
Urban Olympics: 8 p.m. at Patterson Park ice rink. The winter games features human curling, shootouts, Hungry Hungry Hippos on Ice and more.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Druid Hill Park Bird Watching Walk: 8-9:30 a.m. at Druid Hill Park. The Patterson Park Audubon Center leads a walk of Baltimore’s largest park. The group has binoculars to share.
Meet the Author: Antero Pietila, “The Ghosts of Johns Hopkins”: 11 a.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library Roland Park. The longtime Sun journalist and author speaks on the life of Hopkins and how his institutions have shaped the city.
Classical Mash-Up: 11 a.m. at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Beatboxer Christylez Bacon and electric cellist Wytold remix classical music favorites.
Genius Guice Studios Opening: noon-7 p.m. at Genius Guice Studios. The Black Genius Art Show opens a new art space. Ribbon cutting at noon.
Black History Celebration: noon-5 p.m. at the Arch Social Club. The event spotlights two Maryland abolitionist icons, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Brian Olds, the founder of Black Speakers Network, serves as master of ceremonies.
Looking for Bald Eagles in Loch Raven Reservoir: 1-4 p.m. at Loch Raven Reservoir. Biologist Nick Spero leads a walk to spot bald eagles and other species of birds.
True Laurels—A Gallop Through Time: 2-4 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Lawrence Burney, founder of the local music zine True Laurels, screens the 2004 documentary “We Are Arrabers” and talks with a few former arabbers.
TEN: 2-7 p.m. at Make Studio. The gallery celebrates its 10th year with the opening of a show featuring the work of in-house artists, plus food from Gertrude’s, UNION Craft brews, music from DJ Redlocks and more.
Nuggetfest: 4-8 p.m. at Nobles. Join local podcast the City That Breeds to celebrate the chicken nugget by eating lots of them, and maybe having a dipping sauce contest.
Beer Release with Few Spirits: 5:30-11:30 p.m. at Wet City. The beer bar and spirits maker release “Few Peaches in a Barrel,” a sour aged with beaches in Few bourbon barrels.
Mariah Garnett: 7:30 p.m. at the SNF Parkway Theatre. The Los Angeles filmmaker kicks off the theater’s Breaking Codes on emerging artists. Garnett’s work “blends documentary, narrative and experimental filmmaking practices.”Santa Librada, F City, Gingerwitch and The Selkies: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. Head to Charles Village for trans-fronted rock, soul punk and more original local sounds.
Putter tour kickoff: 8 p.m. at Rituals: Bar and Venue. Send off the local indie band, plus opening sets from June Pastel and Cora Sone.
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: 8 p.m. at An die Musik. The jazz group performs for the venue’s 16th Annual Black History Month Celebration.
Jimmie Allen: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The country singer heads to Power Plant Live! Sam Grow opens.
Fight Night at Game: 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at Game. The sports bar hosts a watch party for Wilder vs. Fury II.
Mardi Gras Festival: 9 p.m.-midnight at Power Plant Live! New Orleans-style color and culture comes to downtown, complete with king cakes, masks and a parade.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Female Troubles Drag Brunch: 11 a.m. at Mother’s. The Federal Hill destination has drag queens and brunch. $10 to get in.
Shirley Yoo and Qing Li: 1 p.m. at Annunciation Cathedral. The Peabody faculty artists offer a violin and piano concerto.
Crazy Horse Family Elder and Author Visit Baltimore: 2-4 p.m. at Baltimore American Indian Center. Crazy Horse elder Floyd Clown Sr. and author William Matson discuss their book “Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life and Legacy.”
Mac ‘n Cheese Cookoff: 2-5 p.m. at Fish Head Cantina. Bring some mac, or come ready to try samples. Cash prizes are on the line.
Baltimore House: 2-7 p.m. at 12 S. Calvert St. DJ Spen, Thommy Davis and Teddy Douglas spin for five hours. Micfreak and Kade Young open.
Listening Party 36: Tongues and Fingers: 3:30 p.m. at Dutch Courage. Baltimore Kissa Society hosts a listening dedicated to the powers of the sax, with tunes from John Coltrane, Gato Barbieri, the Brecker Brothers and others.
Barguments Drunk Poetry Slam: 7-10 p.m. at Ottobar. Barguments hosts a night of poetry, read by writes, someone else or completely improvised.
The Wonder Years: 7 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The Pennsylvania pop punk band makes an appearance downtown. Free Throw, Spanish Love Songs and Pool Kids open.
Strike Anywhere: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Richmond hardcore band behind beloved albums like “Change is a Sound” and “Exit English” performs. Praise, Nø Man and Mercy Union open.
Griselda: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Buffalo, NY hip-hop trio of Westside Gunn, Conway and Benny The Butcher performs.
Queer Stories: 8 p.m. at The Crown. The LGBTQ+ storytelling series debuts with Ti Coleman, Anthony Newman, Em North, Marquise Holt, Maria Gable and Maria Gabriela Aldana, plus an open mic.
Howlin Rain: 9 p.m. at Joe Squared. The Oakland psych rock band comes to town in support of “The Alligator Bride.” Sunwatchers and the EFFECTS open.
- Frozen Harbor Music Fest arrives at venues across Inner Harbor from Feb. 29-March 1
- Women of the World Festival is at Notre Dame University of Maryland on March 7.
- Baltimore’s St. Patrick Parade marches downtown on March 15.