Welcome, summer. The Solstice means plenty of daylight to get out and soak in the happenings around town. This weekend features some unique local music experiences, with BSO’s New Music Festival heading to various venues among the highlights. The festival schedule remains strong with celebrations of Latino culture, getting fit, Chesapeake crabs (and eating them) and World Refugee Day, among others. Enjoy.
Raise a glass to fighting trash! 5-8 p.m. at Monument City Brewing Company. A pop-up benefitting Trash Free Maryland, with Molina Pizza and Cream Cruiser on hand. B. Willow is bringing the greenery.
Brews & Views: 6-9 p.m. at 1310 Point Street. Head to Harbor Point to take in some sweeping scenes of the harbor, bar service from Dooby’s and food from Wild Thyme and Urban Oyster. Plus, music from Edjacated Phools and Grayson Moon Band.
Baltimore Korean Movie Series: “Secret Sunshine”: 7-9 p.m. at The Parkway Theatre. The latest screening in a free series from the Korean Cultural Center in Washington D.C. features a 2007 drama from Lee Chang-dong.
The Bridge returns to the 8X10: 8 p.m. at the 8X10. The Baltimore jam band is getting back together this weekend. The Cris Jacobs-fronted outfit is recreating three already-legendary shows from the Federal Hill music club. Grand Ole Ditch opens.
BSO New Music Festival: Chamber Music Concert: 8-11 p.m. at Peabody Conservatory. The celebration of contemporary music heads to music school with selections from Thierry De Mey, Du Yun, Dan Visconti, Osvaldo Golijov and James McMillian. Marin Alsop conducts.
Movie in the Park: “ET”: 8 p.m. at Riverside Park. The city’s Rhythms and Reels heads to South Baltimore for Steven Spielberg’s classic. Stay up late for the big finale, because it’s the longest day of the year.
Friday, June 22
The Summer Solstice Gathering: 5-10 p.m. at The Rotunda. More than 15 food trucks head to Hampden to mark the beginning of summer. Admission is free, and the event features live music and vendors.
Food Truck Rally: 5-9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Another lineup of food trucks is posting up at the BMI in Locust Point for an evening by the waterside, with vendors, family activities and music from Grayson Moon.
The Bird is the Word: Orioles Magic From the Archives: 6 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. Remember when the Orioles were good? It may seem like a while ago at this point. Fortunately, the WJZ-TV archives (preserved by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Moving Image Archive) can go back to the days of Cal, Brooks, Frank and more. Free screening.
Art After Hours: Afropolitanism: 8-11 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The BMA’s Friday night events offer a chance to see the museum in the evening hours and make some art while observing the great works. This edition celebrates the current exhibition of Jack Whitten’s sculpture works with music, make-your-own laser-cut wearables and bookmaking.
Smoke Bellow and Raw Silk record release: 7 p.m. at The Compound (UPDATE: The show has been moved from Current Space). Enjoy a dual record release show in one evening from the electronic specialists and sitar-cello-vocals-electronics combo, respectively.
Back to Back to Black: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Remember Jones recreates Amy Winehouse’s 2007 album with a 12-piece band, and opens with some soulful originals.
BSO New Music Festival: Chamber Jam: 8 p.m. at Motor House. The BSO goes to Graffiti Alley for a concert led by vocal percussionist Shodekeh, with performances from Mind on Fire and Du Yun and OK Miss.
Saturday, June 23
Harbor East Fit+ Festival: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Harbor East. The 6th Annual Fit+ Outdoor Fitness Festival takes your workout to the streets of Harbor East! Enjoy FREE fitness classes hosted by The MAC, Under Armour Brand House, lululemon, and Charm City Run. From yoga to boot camp and beyond – these perfectly timed sessions allow you to sample multiple classes throughout the morning. Enjoy a live DJ, nourishing food & drink offerings, giveaways, raffle prizes & more.
Charm City Crab Run 5k: Starts at 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field in the Inner Harbor. As you finish your race you will find yourself immersed in the largest Crab, Wine & Beer Festival in Charm City with over 50 beers to choose from along with Food Trucks, Arts & Crafts, and enjoy the sounds of live music on the Main Stage. If you’d like to eat crabs you can purchase them ala carte or select the VIP – All You Care To Eat Option. Teams are encouraged and there will also be a costume contest. All runners are welcome to stay at the Festival through the first session (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Get Crackin’ and Get Runnin’ cause this will be the CRABBIEST part of your Summer.
Earth Treks Hampden Grand Opening Party: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. at Earth Treks Hampden. The bouldering gym is one of the first spots to open inside Medfield’s new Union Collective. To celebrate, grab a half-price day pass and check out some demos. Plus, sample vendors at the Collective like Union Craft Brewing and Vent Coffee Roasters.
Beatles Family Festival: 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at WTMD. Saturday Morning Tunes pays tribute to the Fab Four with an indoor/outdoor festival. Leading the singalongs are Beatles reggae cover band Yellow Dubmarine. Grab coffee, a pic from the photobooth and a bike ride.
Bikes and Beers Baltimore 2018: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing. The other side of Union Collective hosts a massive bike tour through town, with options for a 15- or 30-mile ride. They’ll have beer, music and food awaiting all attendees upon return.
Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Rash Field. Head to the harbor to take part in Baltimore’s pastime of picking crabs on a weekend afternoon. The fest is “all you can taste,” with plenty of crustaceans and 50 beers available. Plus, live music, crafts and more.
Baltimore’s World Refugee Day Festival: noon-3 p.m. at Creative Alliance. American artists and makers who recently resettled in Baltimore gather in Highlandtown. The family festival has art-making, a market and food from Eritrea, Nepal, Syria and beyond.
Mess Fest: noon-4 p.m. at Maryland Science Center. Sometimes making new discoveries means rolling up your sleeves and covering the lab in all manner of substances. The Maryland Science Center goes museum-wide with such an endeavor. Along with gooey, slimy concoctions inside, the roof will be the scene of a Coke and Mentos blast.
“The Daily Show” Writers Stand-Up Tour: 7 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Four writers from Comedy Central’s send-up of the news step out from behind the camera and onto the stage to deliver some laugh lines themselves. With David Angelo, Matt Koff, Joseph Opio and Kat Radley.
Other Colors, Elephant Micah, Small Sur, Sky Axe: 7-11 p.m. at the Current Space. Will Ryerson of Other Colors plays a solo set of indie-pop and shares a bill with indie folk artists Elephant Micah and Small Sur.
LatinoFest in Baltimore: June 23-24 at Patterson Park. EBLO presents the 38th edition of the local celebration of Latinx culture. Featuring music including salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, reggaeton, duranguense and mariachi. Plus, art displays, cuisine from numerous countries and family fun.
Live at the BBQ: 6 p.m. at Motor House. Head to Graffiti Alley for a street party featuring live 1 vs. 1 b-boy/b-girl battles and Korean soul food. With Eze Jackson on the mic and DJ Fleg.
Mai Bar Summer Launch Party: 6 p.m. at R. House. It’s time to dust off the floral printed shirt to welcome the summer cocktail menu at R. House. B. Willow will be on-hand with the actual flowers, both in a photo booth and through a lei-making workshop.
BSO New Music Festival: Symphonic Concert. 6 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Start the night with the BSO off with a block party with food trucks and a DJ, then head inside the hall for works from James MacMillian, Kevin Puts, Du Yun and Dan Visconti.
Greasy Hands album release show: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The funky Baltimore band is celebrating its debut album, recorded at Mobtown Studios. The Visions and McWavy open.
Sunday, June 24
Baltimore Women’s Classic: 7:30 a.m. at Rash Field. The harbor plays host to a 5K and kids fun run, benefiting local nonprofit Cancerve. Stick around for the post-race festival.
Sew Bromo: Mad Hattress Tea Party: 3 p.m. at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Relive the toil and glory of Baltimore’s garment district at the design studio of dressmaker Elsa Fitzgerald. Along with partaking in a tea party, participants will learn how to make a flower lace hair fascinator.
Sunday Sounds in the Park: 4-7 p.m. at Union Square. Hollins Street hosts live music on a Sunday afternoon, courtesy of the Royal Wigs. Plus, free popcorn.
Songs of Peace and Justice: 5 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church. The Baltimore Men’s Chorus offers its summer concert series, performing works in a variety of languages with a single message of unity.
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys Cajun Dance Party: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. One of South Lousiana’s most accomplished accordionists, Steve Riley is a worthy representative to carry the torch for this unique brand of folk music. The experience isn’t complete without a turn on the dance floor.
Black Composers Forum: 6 p.m. at An Die Musik. The event observes Juneteenth, marking emancipation from slavery. Poet Shane Cromwell joins a combo playing original work, weaving together the blues and history. WEAA’s Doc Manning moderates.
The Diplomats – Dipset Forever Tour: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey return to the stage to play their early aughts hip-hop hits.
- Baltimore Bike Party: The last Friday of the month is coming around again. This month’s theme is Pride Ride, heading to Old Line Spirits in Highlandtown.
- Fourth of July is coming right up, America. It’s time to start getting ready for American Visionary Art Museum’s Pets on Parade, making plans to see BSO at Oregon Ridge Park or picking a spot to check out the fireworks on the harbor.
- Artscape arrives the weekend of July 20-22 in Station North. The free arts festival stretches out in the city, and always has plenty of offshoot events. This year’s festival is the year of no theme, and headliners include TLC and Toots and the Maytalls.
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