Weekend Events Calendar: Live music for First Thursday, art for First Friday, Vegan Marketplace on Saturday, Bubble Parade on Sunday

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The Sun Ra Arkestra. Courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Fourth of July is in the books, but the party isn’t over yet. Celebrations continue across the city this weekend with outdoor concerts, art openings, dance parties and even a parade. Enjoy the weekend.

Happening tonight
Noris soft opening: 4-11 p.m. A new sushi and ramen spot has taken over the space that for years housed the Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar in Hampden. Tonight marks the eatery’s soft opening, with a limited menu and cocktails on offer.

Splash City Open Swing at Sandlot: 5 p.m. at Sandlot. Work on your golf swing right at the water’s edge. Buy a bucket of biodegradable golf balls to hit into the harbor.

WTMD’s First Thursday Festival: 5:30 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park. This month’s lineup features music from Lake Street Dive, The Suffers and Soul Island Rebels. Plus, beer from Brewer’s Art.

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Druid Heights Community Mural Presentation: 5:30 p.m. at 2140 McCulloh Street. Check out a preview of murals created through [email protected], a five-week apprenticeship employing 65 youth to create new street art.

Opening reception for Liza White, John Johnson and George Eppig: 7 p.m. at The Alchemy of Art. Local artists specializing in photography and painting are featured in a new exhibition at the Fells Point gallery. DJ Ducky Dynamo spins on opening night.

Mondo Baltimore: 7 p.m. at Windup Space. Check out a pair of film screenings including cyberpunk shorts and “V World Matrix,” a 1999 film which is distinct from red-pill, blue-pill “Matrix.” Karaoke follows.

Image via Cirque de Soleil website

Cirque du Soleil Crystal: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Acrobats on ice. It’s happening for the company’s 42nd production, which is in Baltimore through the weekend.

Gin and Jokes: 8:30 at Joe Squared. The comedy night presented by Baltimore Whiskey Company features New York comedian and writer Noah Gardenswartz. He’s a writer for TV shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Comedy Knockout” who’s also been featured in stand-up specials on the other side of the camera.

LGBT STEM Day Celebration: 6 p.m. at Grand Central. July 5 marks a series of events around the world to recognize accomplishments and diversity in science, tech, engineering and math fields. The Baltimore Diversity celebration at Grand Central is hosted by the Postdoc Alliance of the Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association.

Friday, July 6Photo via Highlandtown Main Street

First Friday Art Walk5-9 p.m. at Highlandtown Arts District. Pick up a map at a Highlandtown gallery and check out what Southeast Baltimore’s creators are working on. Highlights include The Bra Show at Y:Art and a reading featuring six authors.

Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. The Friday night outdoor concert series features Nelly’s Echo, the soulful combo featured on Season 3 of “The Voice.”

First Friday Films: 6 p.m. at McHenry Row. “The Sandlot” screens outside Iron Rooster, with drinks from Jailbreak Brewing and family fun on offer until the sun goes down.

“Diaphanous Shades”/”Sweet Sweat”: 7-10 p.m. at Current Space. The opening reception for two exhibits. In “Diaphanous Shades,” Brian Barr and Lauren Rice explore the potential of collapse. “Sweet Sweat” is a solo exhibition from Lindsay Bottos looking at past relationships.

Baltimore Square Dance in Hampden: 7:30 p.m. at Ideal Arts Space. Grab your partner or come to meet a new one. The evening of live square dancing features music from Jake Gillie, with Janine Smith on the call. BYOB.

Beyond Bodyslams – The Rematch: 7:30 p.m. at An Die Musik. Gary Michael Cappetta uses a mix of storytelling and footage to share his experiences with professional wrestlers.

Bollymore: The celebration of the South Asian diaspora features music by Buttress, Nikilad, HI$TO and Raw Silk. Plus free samosas.

Charm City Bluegrass Festival Reunion Show: 8 p.m. at 8×10: Bluegrass bands get back together a couple months after the annual festival. Featuring Haint Blue, the 18th St. Band and the Jordan August Band.

RAM from Haiti performs. Photo via Creative Alliance.

A Haitian Celebration Dance Party: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Highlandtown arts center hosts Haitian voodoo rock outfit RAM, visual artist and musician Tetpwav and dancer Sodotutu.

Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. DJ Mad Squirrel makes the trip up from D.C. for Party Lights, a night dialing back to the 50s and 60s. Plus, residents Rob Macy and Baby Alcatraz.

Parade (Summer Blowout Dance Party): 9 p.m. at Factory 17. New York DJ and producer John “Jellybean” Benitez is in town for the all-night house party.

Saturday, July 6
Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House. More than 70 local makers and artists hawk their wares, benefiting Camp Kesem at Johns Hopkins University, a student-run summer program for children who have had a parent with cancer.

Vegan Marketplace: noon-6 p.m. at Thrive Baltimore. Local vendors show off animal-free products in categories like clothing, jewelry and food.

Community science lab open house: 1 p.m. at BUGSS. The Baltimore Under Ground Science Space offers a chance to check out what it’s experimenting on, and learn more about its classes.

Photo via Baltimore Streetcar Museum

Dedication of Baltimore Traction Car 554: 2-5 p.m. at Baltimore Streetcar Museum. The 1896 streetcar is being welcomed again at the Jones Falls Trail-side museum after a big restoration project. Take a ride and grab a refreshment for the occasion.

Party in the Park: 3-7 p.m. at Whitelock Community Farm. The Society of Excellent Women hosts a picnic party with Wild Thyme Food Truck, Wight Tea Company and more.

Pier Jam: 4-7 p.m. at Broadway Pier. Head to the end of Fells Point for Salsa Bachata dancing with tunes from DJ Raj and DJ Lucho.

Jazz Odyssey: The Sun Ra Arkestra: 5-9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The museum’s sculpture garden is the backdrop for avant-garde jazz from the group once led by the cosmic cavalier Sun Ra himself.

Yappy Hour: 6-9 p.m. at Harbor Point Central Plaza. This outdoor gathering goes out to the dogs with activities and vendors for the canine set, but there’s music and food for humans as well.

BARCS Annual Crab Feast: 6-10 p.m. at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. The fundraiser for Baltimore’s animal rescue and shelter features an all-you-can-eat menu of seafood specialties and other local favorites.

ZOMES Record Release: 7 p.m. at Current Space. Outdoor show alert: The Baltimore/Stockholm duo of Asa Osborne (Lungfish) and Hanna Olivegren celebrate a new album with Zooanzoo, Hellp and Nicole Mazarakis.

Summer Reggae Party: 7 p.m. at Zen West. Miles and the Fresh host a Saturday jam at the York Road spot with Edjacated Phools. Plus, live art.

Folkal Point: Andy Bopp: 7:30 p.m. at An Die Musik. Fresh off a First Thursday performance, The Myracle Brah leader brings power-pop stylings to the singer/songwriter series.

Snakes: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore country rockers headline a bill in what could be their last show. Also on the bill are Raindeer, Strawberry Sleepover and Spooled Up.

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Baltimore Plays: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: 8 p.m. at Arch Social Club. Local musicians pay tribute to Lauryn Hill’s enduring, Grammy-winning album, now 20 years old. Performers include Christen B, Joi Carter, Marc Avon Evans, QueenEarth, Karin Dominique and Black Root.

Lovenotes: 9 p.m. at The Elephant. The second-floor party for music lovers features DJ Landis Expandis.

Sunday, July 7
“Jaws” screens at The Senator Theatre: 10 a.m. No biggie if you missed the annual Fourth of July tradition of watching this classic, violent shark tale at the Senator. It’s back this morning (and again on Monday and Tuesday) to make you really think twice about getting in the water this summer.

Photo via Global Bubble Parade

Baltimore Bubble Parade: 1 p.m. at Roosevelt Park. Everyone loves bubbles, and this local iteration of the global event looks to blow through the streets. Meet at the skate park, then head down W. 36th Street (aka The Avenue) in Hampden.

Lighthouse Point Summer Sounds: 1 p.m. at Lighthouse Point. The Sunday afternoon festival by the harbor in Canton features music from Patrick & the Swayzees with vendors, food trucks and family-friendly activities.

Happy Nappy Day: 1-8 p.m. at Gwynn Oak Park. The 16th annual event features poets and performers, as well as family-friendly activities.

Bases of Love: 2 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The film chronicles Baltimorean and former Minnesota Twins player Gregg Branch as he gives back to the community after losing his soulmate.

Day Party: 4-8 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. The monthly series of warm-weather DJ sets from DJ Fleg and James Nasty is back. Dig some summer sounds from the pair with some Hampden-made craft beer and sausages from Snake Hill.

Riverside Concert Series: 5 p.m. at Riverside Park. Chopteeth Afrofunk headlines the outdoor concert series with food, ice cream, beer and wine on offer.

All-American Musicale: 6:30 p.m. at Corner Community Center. Baltimore Musicales offers an hour of music from works by Leonard Bernstein, Richard Rodgers, Aaron Copland and more.

Caveman and Bam-Bam: 9 p.m. at Holy Frijoles. The Detroit duo offer up some primitive rock and roll. Hamilton Outlaw opens.


  • 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.
  • AFRAM Festival returns to Druid Hill Park in Augst, with a full weekend of activities including musical headliners Ella Mai, Dru Hill, Jacquees and VaShawn Mitchell.
  • David Byrne, legendary frontman of the Talking Heads, brings the American Utopia Tour to Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 28.

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