Weekend Events Calendar: Hot August Music Festival, Lindy 500, Red Bull Amaphiko Festival, Baltimore Fashion Week

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New Orleans rock band The Revivalists headlines the Hot August Music Festival. Image via Facebook.

This weekend, get out on the streets for block parties and focus in on festivals that showcase fashion, dance and social entrepreneurship. Plus, there are options to grab some time by the pool or an outdoor movie before summer gets too close to the end. Here’s the lineup:

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Lindy 500: Aug. 16-19 at Mobtown Ballroom and Ideal Arts Space. The four-day dancing event features competitions in Lindy, solo jazz and endurance, plus “Mix and Match.” The events also include workshops with instructors from Baltimore and beyond. With music by Michael Gamble and the Mobtown All-Stars.

Dinner in the Woods: 5 p.m. at Patapsco Valley State Park. A five-course dinner including wine pairings benefits City Seeds, the social enterprise catering business providing culinary training.

Hi-Fi Happy Hour: 5-10 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. Noiseboy spins pop and new wave records at the event organized by Save Your Soul and Hidden Volume Records.

Young Blood Artist Talks: 7 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. A group of five artists, currently showing work as part of an exhibition featuring recent Master’s of Fine Art graduates from schools in the Baltimore area, present and engage in a Q&A.

A still from “Lady Vengeance.” Image via IMDB.

Baltimore Korean Movie Series: 7 p.m. at Parkway Theatre. The Korean Cultural Center of Washington D.C. is presenting free films at the Station North cinema. The latest is “Lady Vengeance,” a psychological thriller directed by Park Chan-wook.

Reels and Reads: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Highlandtown art spot and Ivy Bookshop are pairing a film and a book exploring similar themes, with discussion led by community members. The first edition pairs the movie “Corazon” with “The Heart,” by Maylis de Kerangal.

“Consent”: Aug. 16-26 at Spotlighters Theatre. The play, written by Glennyce Lynn and directed by Andre Tittle, “takes place in a very near future where civilians volunteer to undergo traumatic medical testing in exchange for ‘favors’ from the government.”

Pics in the Park: 8 p.m. at Center Plaza. The outdoor screening features a marathon of “The Office” (American edition), with holiday-themed episodes playing on a Christmas in July theme. (It had to be moved to August because of rain.)

Flicks from the Hill: 9 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. The outdoor film series at Federal Hill features “Sherlock Holmes,” as portrayed in 2009 from director Guy Ritchie. Head over early for a free fitness bootcamp and mystery rock painting.

Friday, Aug. 17
Summer Block Party: 5-9 p.m. at McHenry Row. World of Beer hosts a block party featuring brews from Founders, food trucks, games and music from Practically Einstein.

Black Violin: 5 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The hip-hop/classical crossover duo plays a concert downtown.

Wine & Wags: Barkaritaville: 6-8:30 p.m. at Maryland SPCA. The outdoor event includes pet-friendly vendors and activities, along with food, beer from Union Craft Brewing and music from Ken Kolodner and Rachel Eddy.

Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. The Friday night festival features music from local cover band Crushing Day alongside local vendors.

Peabody Composition and Improvisation Summer Camp Concert: 6:30 p.m. at Reginald Lewis Museum. Baltimore City youth participating in the weeklong music workshop program perform improvisational works.

The Medicine Show: 7-11 p.m. at Arena Players. The Red Bull Amaphiko Festival teams with Be Free Fridays for a night of storytelling from Baltimore artists and social innovators.

Twilight Swim: 7 p.m. at Riverside Park Pool. The 21+ night at the South Baltimore park’s pool features music from DJ Nitro.

RISK! Live in Baltimore: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. A live show of the podcast featuring untold personal stories, hosted by Kevin Allison.

Wyclef Jean. Image via Heads Music.

Wyclef Jean: 8 p.m. at Power Plant Live. The hip-hop artist and former Fugees member plays an outdoor block party concert that also includes Edjacated Phools.

4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m. at The Windup Space. The funk, disco and soul dance party features guest spots from DJ Es and DJ Matpat.

AniParty Vol. 2: 10 p.m. at The Crown. Anime Song DJ Night offers music from popular anime series, provided by 4 DJs.

Saturday, Aug. 18
Baltimore Fashion Week: Aug. 18-19 at Columbus Center. The Fashion Umbrella Foundation event showcases 13 designers on the runway at Inner Harbor. Plus, workshops on tattoo art and staying trendy on a budget.

Thrifting Tour & Meetup: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Tightfisted Fashion. The thrifting experts at the Old Goucher store Tightfisted Fashion will share their tips on finding the best wares and lead a tour of four local consignment shops.

Hot August Music Festival: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at Oregon Ridge Park. The full day of jams features The Revivalists, Trampled by Turtles, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The Marcus King Band and the Cris Jacobs Band.

Family Fun and Art Day: 11 a.m. at the League for People with Disabilities. The facility at 1111 E. Cold Spring Lane is being transformed by Art with a Heart, Make Studio and Karina Café. The day features art-making activities.

Taste of Paris – Baltimore: 11 a.m. at Marie Louise Bistro. A guided tour shows off the best of French style at stateside locales. The walking tour of boutiques and bistros in Mt. Vernon features a style session.

“Tokyo Story”: 11 a.m. at the Charles Theatre. Yasujiro Ozu’s 1953 film, about an older couple visiting their children in post-war Tokyo, screens as part of the Charles Revival Series.

Baltimore Black Heritage Festival: noon at Morgan State University. The celebration of the black experience concludes a weeklong series with family-friendly activities, workshops, food and music from Jahiti and Bossman The God.

6th Annual Summer Plein Air Show: 3-6 p.m. at Crystal Moll Gallery. The Federal Hill gallery hosts an opening reception for the show. Featuring works by 32 artists creating outdoors, with a live demo and wet paint sale.

Maryland Folk Metal Fest IV: 4:30 p.m. at Ottobar. An all-evening lineup with bands that combine traditional folk and heavy metal. Helsott and Winter Nights headline.

Luv’s Art Project Block Party: 6 p.m. at Hollins Market. The Red Bull Amaphiko Festival includes a community celebration, with an all-female music lineup representing Baltimore and Philly club scenes, including TT the Artist, DJ Diamond Kuts and DJ Trillnatured.

Patrick Swayze in “Dirty Dancing.” Image via IMDB.

St. Patrick Swayze Day: 6 p.m. at Frazier’s on the Avenue: The Hampden hangout will be playing movies starring the ’80s heartthrob, and serving up themed food and drinks in the side bar.

The Summer Ever After Tour feat. All Time Low and Dashboard Confessional: 7 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. Local pop-punk heroes All Time Low share a bill with heart-on-their-sleeve rockers Dashboard Confessional.

Pirate MacBeth: A Fundraising Event: 7 p.m. at Cohesion Theatre Company. See an adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic for the high seas, and raise money for the immersive theater troupe. Plus food, drinks and dancing.

Explosion of Expression: 7:30 p.m. at Motor House’s Showroom Cafe. Words Unleashed features poetry from six artists, plus R&B performances.

Harbor Nights Vol. 2: 8 p.m. at Swim Club. The poolside event in Canton brings music provided by DJ Impulse, mystical Tarot readings, cocktails and games.

Let’s Go Crazy!: 9 p.m. at 1919. The Fells Point bar hosts a night of music from bands performing the songs of Prince, with Katie Bowers Band, Krunchyfunkstein and EvM and the Brash.

Skin Tight Soul Party: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJ Pancakes and DJ Landis Expandis spin rare groove, soul and funk.

Sunday, Aug. 19
Makers’ Market: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Peale Center. Local artists and artisans sell their work at the downtown cultural institution. It’s just a block from the JFX Farmers Market.

Wild Edible Field Trip: 9 a.m. at Herring Run Park. Nick Spero hosts a walk to discover what plants are available on the summer menu, and lessons for sustainable foraging.

Grace Kelly, right, and Anthony Dawson in “Dial M For Murder.” Image via IMDB.

“Dial M for Murder” in 3-D: 10 a.m. at the Senator Theatre. See Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller, in which a tennis player frames his unfaithful wife, on the big screen and in 3-D.

Hamilton Cat Cafe: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mutt Mart. The city may no longer have a permanent cat café, but here’s a Sunday pop-up option for feline bonding. Grab some coffee and meet some friends seeking adoption through AARF.

Water Mystery Lab: 1 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Michel Anderson of Blue Water Baltimore explores the properties and importance of water with experiments and stories in this kid-friendly presentation.

Sunday Summit: 4-8 p.m. at Station North. This installment of the Red Bull Amaphiko Festival offers a series of conversations and performances exploring social innovation and business at the YNot Lot, Motor House and Impact Hub.

Film Fatales: 4 p.m. at Parkway Theatre. A screening of works by Morrisa Maltz includes “Ingrid,” a documentary about a woman who left behind a life as a fashion designer to live in the Oklahoma woods and make art. “Odyssea,” a short film, also screens. Q&A with the director follows.

Rooftop Pool Party: 5 p.m. at Four Seasons. Do summer in style in Harbor East with music from DJ CYD and light fare from the poolside bar and grill.

Sunset: 5-9 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. A down-tempo option for ending the weekend, with grooves from CheakyWillie.

Jazz Night: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Bassist Ed Hrybyk celebrates the release of a new album, “Bright Moments.” Plus, music from Kris Funn’s Corner Store.


  • The Sagamore Pendry hosts a Summer Soiree on Aug. 23 to bring together Fells Point food, drinks and fashion.
  • Vegan SoulFest is back at Clifton Park on Aug. 25 with a full menu of vegan food, speakers and more.
  • The Drink Local Festival features Maryland-made beverages, food and products at Rash Field on Aug. 25.
  • The 2nd Annual Baltimore Comedy Festival returns with five days of stand-up at multiple venues.
  • Legendary Japanese pop punk band Shonen Knife returns to Ottobar on Sept. 1.
  • Hampdenfest returns to The Avenue on Sept. 8, with The Plimsouls announced as a headliner. Start getting the toilet racer ready.

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