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This weekend, get out to see some music at the Hot August Music Festival or, for the food-inclined, check out the Muslim Food Festival and Vegan Restaurant Week. There’s also a new jazz club opening on Howard Street, a crab feast on the field at Oriole Park and more. Here’s the full list:

Friday, Aug. 16
Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week: Through Sept. 1, restaurants around the city are offering up animal-free options. Diners get to enjoy and vote on a favorite.

Bentley’s Grand Opening: 4 p.m. at Bentley’s. The restaurant, lounge and jazz club opens on Howard Street’s Antique Row with a happy hour, ribbon cutting and live music.

Pride in Baltimore Happy Hour: 5-9 p.m. at Full Tilt Brewing. The happy hour celebrates the city and benefits Live Baltimore.

Summer Block Party: 5-9 p.m. at World of Beer. McHenry Row hosts the last block party of the season, with UNION Craft Brewing providing the local beer. Plus, a dunk tank, music, games and the Chesapeake Food Works food truck.

3rd Fridays Canton: 5 p.m. at O’Donnell Square Park. Space Taco and Pop Rocks provide the music to start the weekend.

Sips and Ships: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pier 1/301 E. Pratt St. Drink some rum, learn about the history of the spirit, celebrate with cannon fire and support the upkeep of Baltimore’s historic ships.

Dinosaur Pile-Up: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The English alt-rock band plays Station North on a bill that includes RKN Love and Heavy Wire.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio: Through Aug. 18 at Keystone Korner. The Hammond B-3 organ master comes to the Harbor East jazz club for a weekend run.

Twilight Swim: 7-11 p.m. at Clifton Park Pool. The 21 and older swim night features music by DJ Nitro and food.

Strangelove – The Depeche Mode Experience: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The L.A.-based band recreates the hits of the electronic band, dating from the ’80s to today.

Romantic States: 7 p.m. at Current Space. The local minimalist indie rock band performs ahead of the October release of the group’s sixth album, “Ballerina.” Hellp and Salt Woman open.

Sisson Street Park Movie Night!: 7:45 p.m. at 2701 Sisson St. Bring out a blanket, lawn chairs and snacks for an outdoor screening of Pixar’s “Up.”

Photo via Creative Alliance

Kim So Ra: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Korean percussion master is a specialist on the Janggu. She leads a quartet in selections, including Honam Province Jeongeup folk music.

DuckyDynamo Presents: (you)SB: Open Ducks: 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at The Depot. DJ Ducky Dynamo opens up the decks for a DJ open mic, inviting others to come spin.

Hot August Pre-Party: 8 p.m. at Power Plant Live! The Hot August Music Festival kicks off with a set from Talking Heads tribute band Psycho Killers.

Saturday, Aug. 17
Solange Knowles’ “When I Get Home”: 10 a.m. at Lexington Market. The BMA hosts a second day of screenings for Knowles’ film, described as “a futurist rodeo that lifts up the narrative of black cowboys.”

Big Sticky Summer Hampden Sidewalk Sale: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. along The Avenue in Hampden. Dig through finds from the North Baltimore neighborhood’s merchants, including vintage clothes, jewelry, books and more.

Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival: Aug. 17-18 at Little Italy. Enjoy a sausage-eating contest, parade, bocce, games and plenty of Italian food in Baltimore’s historic Little Italy.

49th Annual Marcus Garvey Day Parade & Festival: 10 a.m. at Harlem Square Park. The parade celebrating the black nationalist and activist ends with a festival featuring art, music, vendors and games.

Hot August Music Festival: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. The big summer festival features headliners Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Turkuaz and Billy Strings, and plenty of others.

Pups & Pancakes Brunch: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Can Company. Head down for brunch and treat your pooch to a wash, nail clipping and treats.

Muslim Food Fest: noon-10 p.m. at Islamic Society of Baltimore. Al-Rahmah School Educational Trust hosts the halal food festival with live games, entertainment and a grand bazaar featuring 50-plus vendors.

Whiskey on the Waterfront: noon at Sagamore Spirit. Grab some food from Farm to Charm and drinks from Rye Street Tavern while Big Infinite and the Timmie Metz Band play outside the Port Covington distillery.

Kegs and Corks Beer and Wine Festival: 1 p.m. at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds. Fifteen wineries and 15 breweries get together to pour samples. Plus, arts and crafts vendors, food and more.

Photo via Bar Crawl Unlimited/Facebook

Margarita Crawl Baltimore: 2-8 p.m. at Power Plant Live! Sample margaritas at eight venues around the downtown spot, with drink specials at each.

MTR The Network 10th Anniversary: 3-5 p.m. at BIG Improv Group. The podcast hosts a live recording to celebrate a decade.

“Processing Time” Opening Reception: 4-7 p.m. at Gallery Blue Door. Artists Michaela Flatley and Kristin Panousos open a new exhibition on Park Ave. Flatley works in abstract painting, while Panousos’ work is inspired by graffiti art.

Maryland Folk Metal Fest V: 4:30 p.m.-12 a.m. at Metro Gallery. The fifth year of the festival features eight bands combining timeless melodies and metal.

“Wet Hot American Summer”–A Staged Reading: 5-8 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. Single Carrot’s Screen2Stage series offers a trip to Camp Firewood for a reading. Plus, camp and field day activities.

Crab Feast on the Field: 6 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The O’s are away, but fans will have a chance to crack crabs on their home field. Special ticket package required.

Baroness: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The Savannah metal band makes a stop downtown, with local hardcore group War on Women playing first.

The Creachies, TheDead Ringers, True Dreams, Gorgeous: 7 p.m. at The Undercroft. The Remington DIY venue hosts a lineup of pop and garage bands from Baltimore and Brooklyn.

The Smashing Pumpkins & Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The ’90s alt-rock icons behind “Today,” “1979” and “Zero” share a bill with the latest project from one of Oasis’ Gallagher brothers.

Corey Glover: 7 p.m. at Fish Head Cantina. The Living Colour frontman headlines a bill with RAYNE, Indianhead and Water on Mars.

Garbage Bag Ball: A Trashy Gala: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Labs. Guerilla Front Theatre presents an eco-conscious party with Baltimore artists. It’s got an avant-garde recycled fashion show, local bands, junk food and more.

Drake Night! w/ DJ ADMC: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. A night of dancing to songs and mixes featuring the 6 God, hosted by Pittsburgh’s DJ ADMC.

Bmore Hip Hop Karaoke: 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at Le Mondo. Celebrate local emcee Ellen Gee’s birthday as she co-hosts the monthly hip-hop karaoke party on Howard Street with Eze Jackson and DJ Harvey Dent. Free food while it lasts.

Skin Tight Soul Party: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. DJ Discuji spins at the dance party, hosted by Landis Expandis.

Sunday, Aug. 18
Baltimore Downtown Farmers Market & Bazaar: 7:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. underneath the JFX downtown. Head to the underpass at the food of 83 to grab some fresh produce and grab a prepared meal from the Curryshack.

Charity Bocce Tournament: 10 a.m. at La Scala Ristorante Italiano. Head to Little Italy for a bocce competition, with proceeds benefitting Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

“Weird Science”: 10 a.m. at the Senator Theatre. A morning screening of John Hughes’ “Frankenstein”-inspired teen sci-fi about two misfits who program a magical woman out of thin air by hacking into a government computer.

Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr

Walking Tour: Mount Vernon Place and Monument Climb: 10 a.m. at Mount Vernon Place. Historic preservation nonprofit Baltimore Heritage leads a tour of the picturesque square and a climb up the Washington Monument’s 227 steps.

St. Patrick Swayze Day: All day at Frazier’s on the Avenue. For another year, the Hampden bar has themed specials to honor the actor, and is playing Paramount Network’s Swayze marathon. A new doc screens at 9.

Afro Fashion Fusion Show: noon at R. House. Models, stylists, designers and more gather at the Remington food hall.

Mud Day: 2-4 p.m. at Lake Roland. An afternoon of muddy everything–painting and sculptures, games, an obstacle course and a pit–just for the kids. Email registration required (details in link).

Baltimore Queens of Poetry: 3 and 7 p.m. at Arena Players. Celebrate the spoken word with local luminaries Gail Danley, Meccamorphosis, Shelly Says So, Rebecca Dupas and Lady Brion.

7-Year Celebration: 3 p.m. at Of Love and Regret. The Brewer’s Hill/Canton corner bar celebrates seven years in business with half-off drafts and 25 percent off food, plus music and games.

Mojo Bozo’s Electric Circus, Minus Drag, Medusa Disco, Anti-Planet: 6 p.m. at Joe Squared. An evening of punk, surf and other rock at the Station North beer and pizza spot.

Madonna’s Birthday Dance Party!: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. “Express Yourself” and celebrate the Queen of Pop’s 61st birthday. No cover and discounted drinks for the first hour.


  • End of Summer Soiree arrives at Sagamore Pendry on Aug. 22.
  • In the Stacks returns to George Peabody Library on Aug. 21 with classical music in one of the city’s architectural wonders.
  • Lower Dens celebrate a new album with two nights at Rituals on North Ave. on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.