For those staying in town, this weekend marks a good chance to live the local life, summer-style. A host of bands are playing the city’s clubs, locals are rallying for peace with fun events for another Baltimore Ceasefire weekend, and there are chances to enjoy delectables in outdoor environs from Vegan Soulfest to Frosé in the Park. Plus, Solange Knowles’ film debuts at Lexington Market.
Friday, August 2
Chesapeake Bay Balloon Festival: Aug. 2-4 at Triple Creek Winery. The event in Cordova, Md., will bring color to the skies with more than 20 hot air balloons, opps for tethered rides and flights, and a glow to close out each day.
Baltimore Restaurant Week: Through Aug. 11. The annual event brings deals at nearly 100 restaurants across the city.
BronyCon: Through Aug. 4 at Baltimore Convention Center. It’s the last gallop for the convention gathering fans of “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” Featuring panels, a marketplace, screenings and more.
Baltimore Improv Festival: Through Aug. 4. The show features comedy performers from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Headliners include Fuck That Shit (a comedy team), The Cast, The Stepfathers and Asian AF.
The Water Ballet: Through Aug. 4 at Druid Hill Park Pool. Fluid Movement brings the synchronized swimming show to the public pool, celebrating 20 years of performance.
Black Entrepreneurship Weekend: Through Aug. 3 at Mazelee. The conference, networking event and trade show features workshops, seminars and a chance to make new connections with vendors and startups.
Roy Ayers: Through Aug. 4 at Keystone Korner. The master of the vibes comes to the Harbor East jazz club for a weekend of shows.
SStC Block Party 2019: 12:30-2:30 p.m. at 4236 Pimlico Road. Celebrate solidarity with neighbors in Park Heights for Baltimore Ceasefire weekend. Featuring youth vendors, live entertainment, a DJ, a marching band, dood and more.
SOBO Sunsets: 4 p.m. at South Point. The Friday night event by the water in Port Covington features music from Squaring the Circle.
Summer Subway Series: 4:15 p.m. at Charles Center Metro Station. Amid a lockout, Baltimore Symphony Musicians play in the community. Joined by brass, Lura Johnson will be playing a piano donated to the station.
First Friday Art Walk: 5 p.m. at Highlandtown Arts District. It’s Literary Night, with local authors popping up at galleries throughout the Southeast Baltimore neighborhood.
“Stranger Things” Night: 7 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The O’s take on the Blue Jays, and fans with a special ticket package get a bobblehead inspired by the Netflix series.
Dope Body: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The local noise rock band plays a bill with Wume and Pearl.
No Thank You: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The Philly band comes to town for a show with Boat Water, Sleeve and Baby Carrots.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. Claude Money of Boston’s Soulelujah heads down for a guest spin at the monthly dance party featuring soul, funk, R&B and more rare cuts.
“Little Shop of Horrors”: Through Aug. 17 at Motor House. ArtsCentric presents the re-imagined edition of the sci-fi musical with gospel, pop and rock.
“Brain Sucking Aliens from Beyond the Moon”: Through August 4 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. A B-movie-style sci-fi epic comes to the stage.
Saturday, August 3:
29th Street Hoops: 3 on 3 Community Basketball Tournament: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Barclay Elementary/Middle. Teams of three of all ages and skill levels face off for the fourth straight year in a tournament celebrating peace over violence.
Solange Knowles’ “When I Get Home”: 11 a.m. and noon at Lexington Market. The BMA hosts two screenings of the director’s cut version of Knowles’ new film, set at a futurist rodeo.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery Anniversary Party: 11 a.m-10 p.m. at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. The Halethorpe outpost of brewing giant Guinness celebrates its first year in Maryland with Frankie Ballard providing the music, treats from Charm City Cakes and a new brew with Grand Cru.
Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Music Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Francis Neighborhood Center. The community festival features resources on jobs, education, health and more. Plus, music from Jonathan Gilmore & The Experience, a kids’ art corner and back-to-school giveaway.
Vegan Soulfest: 12-6 p.m. at Clifton Park. The Better Food Foundation presents the sixth celebration of vegan living with food, nutrition experts and cooking demos. Plus, music from April Sampé.
The Charmery Turns 6: 12 p.m.-11 p.m. at Charmery locations. Ice cream and TV combine as the Charmery marks a half-dozen years of scoops with a sitcom-themed bash featuring seven new flavors.
Maryland’s Cinderella: Archaeology of the Belvoir Slave Quarter: 1-3 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Dr. Julie Schablitsky, chief archaeologist of the Maryland Department of Transportation, presents discovering a stone slave quarter outside Annapolis.
11th Anniversary Birthday Bash: 2 p.m.-close at Hudson Street Stackhouse. The Canton bar features drafts, giveaways and more.
BarkHappy Baltimore: Life’s a Beach Summer Pawty: 3-5 p.m. at Sandlot. The benefit for Baltimore Humane Society offers plenty of giveaways and a chance to relax with all the friends.
Fort McHenry Crab Feast: 4 p.m. at Fort McHenry. The feast on the monumental grounds features Maryland crabs, BBQ and drinks from Key Brewing and Atlantic Wines.
Beach Lights: 4 p.m. at South Point. DJs including James Nasty, Benny Billian, Shawn Q Cusick, DJ WHO, McWavy and Haptik perform, along with a light show from Luminate Productions.
#WeAreBaltimore Youth-Led Block Party: 4-8 p.m. at Eager Park. The main event of the two-day showcase features performances from local youth, food, giveaways and more.
Micah E. Wood with Live Band: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The local musician headlines a full-band show with Romantic States, DYYO Live!, Eyas and Station North Sadboi.
Sunday, August 4:
Field Day in Herring Run Park: 9 a.m.-noon at Herring Run Park. Top-Notch Kidz & Runners4Justice host a morning of field games, hula hooping, nature walks, art and more at the urban oasis in Northeast Baltimore.
Safe Streets Grand Opening and Free Family Festival: 12-5 p.m. at Woodbourne-McCabe Safe Streets. The York Road event closes out Ceasefire weekend with a ribbon cutting, food, moonbounce and more.
Bring Your Own Board Game Day: 12-8 p.m. at Nepenthe Brewing Company. The monthly event offers a chance for tabletop games at the Hampden brewery.
Frosé in the Park: 4-8 p.m. at The Garden Party in The Rotunda. Catherine’s Family and Youth Services hosts sippin’ summer fun in Hampden.
Concert in the Park: 6:30 p.m. at Patterson Park. Cimarrón, of Bogota, Colombia, plays the concert series on Pagoda Hill.
The Holy Circle: 7:30 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore noise rock band celebrates the release of the album “Sick With Love,” and kicks off a tour. L’Avenir and Painted Mirror open.
- AFRAM Festival celebrates African American culture with live music and more on Aug. 10 and 11 at Druid Hill Park.
- Moonrise Festival touches down at Pimlico Race Court on Aug. 10-11.
- The Orioles host a crab feast on the field at Camden Yards on Aug. 17.