Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland State Fair, Maryland Renaissance Festival, Vegan SoulFest, Dog Days of Summer

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This weekend, there’s plenty to do in the city. Bring the dog to get cleaned up and party, check out locally made films or explore vegan and Japanese culture. Outside the Beltway, a pair of the state’s biggest events get underway. Make the most of it:

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Charles Village Pub reopens: now-2 a.m. at the Charles Village Pub. The local staple known as CVP is making a triumphant return after more than three months of being shuttered by a grease fire. Owner Tony Weir says his bar is offering drafts for $4 through Sunday, along with some giveaways throughout the weekend.

Brews and Board Games Pop-Up: 4-7 p.m. at Parts & Labor. While the Remington butcher stopped smoking meat, the bar is still open. Enjoy some tabletop games and drink specials before the place closes for good.

Sunset Happy Hour Cruise: 5 p.m. at Sandlot. Baltimore Water Taxi sets sail from Harbor Point for a late summer voyage.

Farm to Mat: 6-9 p.m. at Atwater’s Canton Crossing. Stretch out for an evening of outdoor yoga, locally sourced food and drinks from Oliver.

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Ladies Night with Lou Catelli: 6-10 p.m. at The Food Market. The unofficial mayor of Hampden is guest bartending at one of The Avenue’s culinary strongholds.

Battle of the Brands: 6:30 p.m. at B-More Kitchen. The Govans accelerator space for food entrepreneurs hosts a battle royale of tasty options, providing a smorgasboard for attendees in the process.

A Night With Newton Vineyard: 6:30 p.m. at Magdalena. Sample the varietals from a Napa Valley winemaker. Mr. Dino Altomare will discuss the “Nature by Design” philosophy of the vineyard while guests sip.

Summer Soiree: 7-11 p.m. at Sagamore Pendry. The elegant evening inside the Plank-owned luxe hotel doubles as fundraiser for Fells Point businesses and beyond. Featuring live music from the Swinging Swamis, eats and drinks from Fells Point establishments and fashion from local designers.

Art/Sound/Now: 7 p.m. at Walters Art Museum. In collaboration with the High Zero Foundation, Suldano Abdiruhman and The Compositions play inside the gallery space at the Mount Vernon institution.

Artland – Music Meets Art: 7-10 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. The Artists Compound moves into Mt. Vernon Marketplace to showcase a trio of artists, interactive activities and a scavenger hunt.

“Operation Finale”: 7 p.m. at Landmark Theatres Harbor East. Sneak a special preview screening of this soon-to-be-released film on the capture of Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, starring Ben Kingsley and Oscar Isaac.

Harbor East: 20th Birthday Party: 7 p.m. at Lululemon. Check out some exclusive fashion, and grab some libations for a late summer celebration.

The John “Papa” Gros Band: 8 p.m. at the 8×10. The New Orleans pianist makes a stop in Federal Hill for a funky set, just ahead of the release of his second solo album.

Flicks from the Hill: 9 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. The 2018 season of screenings on the side of Federal Hill is winding down. “Hidden Figures” rolls this week, with free pilates before the show.

Multicult, Heads, LIP, Thought Eater: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The German noise rock band Heads swings through town to share a bill with locals Multicult, LIP and Thought Eater.

A Night of Japanese New Wave and Obscure: 10:30 p.m. at The Crown. DJ Doki Doki Jeff, Mae and FunDAD dial back to the ’70s and ’80s, with music and video projections.

Friday, Aug. 24
Maryland State Fair: Aug. 24-Sept. 3 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Head to Lutherville-Timonium to see the animals, ride the rides, eat the food, take in horse racing and more.

The International 8 Pubstomp: 3 p.m. at Myth and Moonshine. esports fans gather to watch big tournaments like all sports fans. Head to the Canton pub to watch gamers play Dota 2 before an arena-sized audience on a pair of projectors. Myth and Moonshine will have food and drink specials.

Brats and Beer: 4-7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. The name says it all. Enjoy the Bavarian favorites in the historic Lutheran church’s outdoor garden.

I Heart City Life Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. at LB Skybar. Love the city? Now’s your chance to shout it from the rooftop of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Live Baltimore has some pint glasses for early arrivers, as well.

Vegan Takeover IV: Aug. 24-25 at Paulie Gee’s. As part of Vegan Restaurant Week, the Hampden pizza spot is eliminating meat and dairy from its menu to show how tasty vegan options can be.

The Soul Magnets Music Party: 6 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. Head over to the Abell neighborhood for a Friday night with beer, a food truck and music.

Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. The New Romance brings all the ’80s hits to the Friday night outdoor concert series, featuring local vendors.

Dino Disco Birthday Bash: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Port Discovery. The children’s museum and the website (cool) progeny celebrate their birthdays with special programming and cupcakes.

Short Cutz Show: 7-9 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. A live storytelling jam with 10 stories featuring 10 black women on the theme “I’m Every Woman.” Baltimore Ceasefire’s Erricka Bridgeford, radio host and academic Dr. Kaye Whitehead are among those scheduled to appear.

Towson University Night: 7 p.m. at Camden Yards: Time to show up for the Tigers in the land of birds. Special packages at the baseball game include an Orioles hat with Towson colors.

The Local Oyster Stout Documentary Low Budget Screening Party: 7 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. How does bivalve get in your beer? Check out a film on Waverly’s oyster stout, made in partnership with True Chesapeake Oyster Company.

Letitia VanSant. Photo by Shervin Lainez.

Letitia VanSant: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The local folk hero headlines a bill with Toronto’s The Young Novelists.

Homegrown: Rob Smallwood Live: 8:30 p.m. at Fells Point Corner Theatre. The Baltimore-born comedian returns home to provide a glimpse of his life in L.A. Valacne Michael Pressley and Ronald James open.

Cult Cravings: “The Atomic Cafe”: 9:30 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. The 1982 film brings some gallows humor to nuclear warfare.

Disorder – A Tribute to Joy Division: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. Fun Never Starts hosts a send-up to the post-punk legends.

Big Gay Sci-Fi Dance Party (and Book Release): 10 p.m. at Ottobar upstairs. Celebrate the launch of “Broken Metropolis: Queer Tales of a City That Never Was.” Betty O Hell performs, sci-fi films play onscreen and DJ Sylent Hill & MC Dwyer provide the music.

Saturday, August 25

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Maryland Renaissance Festival: Weekends from Aug. 25-Oct. 21 in Crownsville. Opening weekend arrives at the village of Revel Gove. Grab a steak on a stake and mingle with merrymakers performing, crafting and riding.

Babes & Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sagamore Pendry. Bmore Babes, a community of entrepreneurial women, celebrates growth by hosting a Summer Sendoff Soiree. A special announcement is planned.

Vegan SoulFest: noon-7 p.m. at Clifton Park. Explore the animal-free world to cap off Vegan Restaurant Week. The event features food, cooking demos, speakers and live music headlined by Mya.

iCarre Festival: noon-4 p.m. at Cold Stream Recreational Center. Black Professional Men Inc. holds a festival to address wellness topics, bringing together nonprofits from around the city.

Tails and Ales: noon-4 p.m. at Monument City Brewing. Charm City Roller Girls is posting up for the afternoon for a dog washing event. Free beer included while the canine gets cleaned up.

Station North Flea Market: noon-4 p.m. at Windup Space. The last-Saturday shopping stop offers a chance to spend the afternoon browsing local goods.

Community Resource Fair and Summer Block Party: 1-4 p.m. at Belair Road and Parkside Drive. Mayor Catherine Pugh’s office hosts the event to provide youth with information about employment, health, expungement and more.

2nd Annual Picnic Fundraiser: 2-5 p.m. at Whitelock Community Farm. Head to Reservoir Hill for a pig roast with food from local chefs. Blaqstarr provides the sounds.

Summer Mix ‘n Mingle: 4-7 p.m. at Restorative Response Baltimore. Support the work of the Woodberry-based conflict resolution and community organization with an afternoon of games, treats and music from DJ Trillnatured.

Summer Fest Baltimore: 5-8 p.m. at McHenry Row. Volo City hosts an afternoon of lawn games, slip ‘n slide and dance parties. Plus, free beer.

Grunge-A-Palooza: 5 p.m. at Rams Head Live. An evening of tribute bands covering your favorite ’90s flannel-wearing rockers like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Foo Fighters.

Adult Swim 2.5: 6-10 p.m. at Patterson Park Pool. Hang by the pool with crabs and bottle service.

“Gina Pierleoni: What Makes Us (Us)”: 6 p.m. at Creative Alliance. It’s the opening for a show that displays work from a collection of more than 300 portraits.

Food, Film, Japan 2: 6 p.m. at The Crown. Check out the 1953 film “Where Chimneys Are Seen” while eating food provided by The Crown.

Get Steady: 6:30 p.m. at Suspended Brewing Company. The funk band performs at one of the city’s newest breweries.

“I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America”: 7-9:30 p.m. at Area 405. Ui-seng Francois directs a play based on the photo essay displaying luminaries such as Angela Davis, Cicely Tyson and Katherine Dunham.

sPLeeNCoFFiN 15th Anniversary: 7 p.m. at Windup Space. The Baltimore DIY label releasing music and art brings together more than a dozen bands from around the Mid-Atlantic.

Psychedelic Circus: 8:30 p.m. at Charm Nightclub. Electronic music provides the backdrop for stunts like aerials, hooping and juggling.

Leo & Cygnus: 8 p.m. at Windup Space. The Annapolis indie band releases a new single. Del Florida and Kavoossi open.

Lovenotes: 9 p.m. at The Elephant. Discuji and Kevin Naidura provide the music upstairs at the Mount Vernon destination.

Sunday, August 26
Classic Car Show: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Head down by the harbor to check out some sweet older rides on display from the Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America.

Dog Days of Summer: noon-5 p.m. at Birroteca. Dress up the pup for an afternoon out to raise money for local animal charities. Plenty of activities for the dogs, and drinks for the humans.

Locals traveling on the Big Jump. Credit: Side A Photography.

Big Jump Block Party: 2-6 p.m. at Druid Lake Drive. The bike and pedestrian friendly path from Reservoir Hill to Remington opened recently. Celebrate with food, music, interactive art and group rides.

“Baltimore’s Strange Fruit”: 2 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Release party for the documentary looking at the intersection of food, race, class and land in the city.

Tribute to Jobim: 5 and 7 p.m. at An Die Musik. Vocalist Rose Moraes performs the work of Brazilian bossa nova legend Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Hummingbirds in the Trenches Film Screening: 6-9 p.m. at Impact Hub Baltimore. The film follows Baltimore writer Kondwani Fidel, exploring his life in the city through four poems.

Charm City Filmmakers presents A Night of Shorts: 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Check out seven screenings of shorts from Baltimore filmmakers.


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