This weekend offers plenty of chances to have some fun and raise money for a worthy cause–often at the same time. There’s some signs of back to school, but equally plenty of chances to pick crabs, enjoy some ice cream and hang out with dogs. Soak it in:
Baltimore Ceasefire Weekend Kickoff: 5-7 p.m. at Loyola York Road Initiative. A peace march unites the community to call for a halt to violence during the 72-hour stretch. A healing fair with yoga, meditation and entertainment follows.
WTMD’s First Thursday Festival: 5:30-10 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park. Soul singer Bettye LaVette headlines the free outdoor concert series, plus more music on two stages from The Family Crest, J.D. Wilkes and the Legendary Shack Shakers and Heartless Bastards singer Erika Wennerstrom.
Art, Culture and Cocktails: 5:30 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. A free networking event in the Mt. Vernon museum’s sculpture court.
Open Bar fundraiser for the Capital Gazette: 6-9 p.m. at Nobles. The Maryland chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists holds a benefit for the Capital Gazette Families Fund. Twenty-five bucks gets you an open bar of some domestic beers, wine and house liquor.
The Basketball Tournament: 7 p.m. at Morgan State University. It’s the semifinal round of the $2 million, winner-take-all tournament, featuring alumni from top college programs like Marquette and BYU.
Baltimore Improv Festival: Aug. 2-5 at BIG Theater. The 12th edition of the comedy festival features four nights of shows with performers from around the Mid-Atlantic, as well as workshops designed to get more folks making it up as they go along onstage.
Hi-Fi Happy Hour with Scott and Rob: 5-10 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. Save Your Soul and Hidden Volume Records join forces to provide the vintage tunes at the Woodberry brewery’s Thursday happy hour. This week’s special guest is DJ C Cow of Ottobar’s Shrunken Head.
Harry Potter Trivia: 6-9 p.m. at World of Beer. Charm City Meadworks and Monument City offer the drinks to test knowledge of the wizarding world.
“In Threes”: 8 p.m. at Mercury Theater. The Feral Woman production follows three girls as they confront their relationships to the living and the dead. Runs through August 12.
Flicks from the Hill: 9 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. The outdoor film series on the side of Federal Hill features Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.” Before the screening, at 6:30 p.m., head into the museum for A Gorey Night: Artist Talk with Jim Doran.
Friday, Aug. 3
Down the Shore! A Benefit for the 29th Street Community Center: 5-9 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant. For those who aren’t heading to the beach, grab some Eastern Shore flavors and help support the neighborhood-focused center in Abell.
AARF Happy Hour Concert: 5 p.m. at Mutt Mart. The Jordan August Band is featured in an outdoor concert benefiting the Animal Allies Rescue Foundation. Bring the friends.
First Friday Art Walk: 5 p.m. at Highlandtown Arts District. Grab a map and peruse 15 galleries in the Southeast Baltimore neighborhood. This month’s theme is pool party, and there will be a few pools along the way.
First Friday Crab Feast: 5-10 p.m. at Sandlot. Kick off the weekend pickin’ crabs by the water, with Flying Dog’s Dead Rise to wash it down.
Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. Essential Vybe brings a mix of rock, soul and funk to the Friday night event, featuring local vendors.
Exhibition Opening! “Joaquin Esteban: We Are Not Voiceless”: 6-9 p.m. at Waller Gallery. The artist’s work shows the “importance of speaking your mind and uplifting those who are not given opportunities to advocate for themselves.” The opening includes an artist talk and panel discussion.
Voodoo Threauxdown featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue: 7 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The New Orleans bandleader is bringing along favorites from his hometown like the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Cyril Neville and Kermit Ruffins.
First Friday Art Show: 7 p.m. at Of Love and Regret. The work of Latonia “Toni” Jones will be featured at this Highlandtown art walk after-event.
“Aida: The Musical”: Aug. 3-26 at Motor House. ArtsCentric presents its rendition of the famous opera set following the story of an enslaved Nubian princess who falls for an Egyptian soldier.
Karaoke Cruise: 8 p.m. at Fells Point Baltimore Water Taxi. The beloved harbor transportation mode turns into a karaoke room for an hour. Bring your outdoor voice, and remember to keep your sea legs.
Variations on Sacrifice: 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Theatre Project. The festival of 10-minute plays features 11 productions from Mid-Atlantic playwrights. Through August 12.
“Alfred Hitchcock presents: The Water Ballet”: August 3-5 at Patterson Park Pool. Fluid Movement’s latest aquatic production adds some suspense to the synchronized swimming. This weekend features night shows at 9 p.m.
The Basketball Tournament: 9 p.m. at Morgan State University. It’s the finals of the tournament, with $2 million on the line for the winning team.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. Lord Thomas pays the 45rpm-powered dance night a visit from Norfolk, Virginia, along with sets from Baby Alcatraz and Rob Macy.
Saturday, Aug. 4
Canton Summer Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Patterson Park. The all-day festival features plenty of drink options, live music, food trucks and a kids zone.
Mayor Catherine Pugh’s Back to School Rally: 11 a.m. at War Memorial. The event gathers students as they get set to return to classes. Featuring free school supplies and immunizations. And there’s still time for fun with arts and crafts, games and two kids zones.
Year of the Market: Baltimore’s Ice Cream Industry, Then and Now: 11 a.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. The South Baltimore institution takes a look at the history of sweet treats made in the city.
Reservoir Hill Resource Fair and Music Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at German Park. The event features 50 booths with free supplies and groceries. Music from Soul Cannon, Mondawmen and J. Pope and the HearNow.
The Charmery Turns 5: noon-11 p.m. at The Charmery. To mark its fifth birthday, the Charmery will offer free baby scoops with a purchase at all locations. There’s also a passport to visit all three spots in one day. Plus, taste the first flavors ever scooped.
The Summer Spirit Festival: Aug. 4-5 at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The two-day music festival features Erykah Badu, Nas, Method Man & Redman.
Fort McHenry Crab Feast: 4-8 p.m. at Fort McHenry. The big tent unfurls on the grounds of the fort. The event features BBQ as well as seafood, plus music from the Eastport Oyster Boys.
Puppy Days of Summer: 4:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Ring in the dog days with the younger set of canine companions. The block party has a puppy pool party, costume contests and pet photos. For the humans, there’s art-making and games.
Baltimore Ceasefire Anniversary Concert: Downtown Cultural Arts Center. The free concert celebrates the one-year mark of the grassroots effort to halt violence.
Back to the ’90s: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. Relive alt’s glory days with Green Day cover band Brain Stew and Getchoo, a tribute to Weezer.
The Shopping Mall Ball: 9 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Rapper DDm pulls out all the stops for the release show for his new album, “Soundtrack to a Shopping Mall.” In addition to the music and guest appearances, there will be contests to design the best shopping bag and wear the best ’80s-inspired outfit.
Oneida: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The experimental band stops in Baltimore. Locals Wume, Quattracenta and Nerftoss open.
Sauce Dance Party: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJ James Nasty spins Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Sunday, Aug. 5
Celebrate National Oyster Day at Mt. Washington Tavern: 2 5 p.m. Enjoy local brews paired with delicious oysters–slurp ’em raw, try a flight or enjoy them grilled with the perfect summer sauces. No matter your preference, celebrate National Oyster Day at Mt. Washington Tavern.
Outrun Cancer 5K and Festival: 9 a.m. at Goucher College. Run or walk ito support the American Cancer Association, then stick around for the food and entertainment.
Underground Experience Festival: 10 a.m. at Middle Branch Waterfront. As part of the SoBo Summer Music Series, the dance music festival gets the city’s electronic music community together with eight DJs and performers throughout the day.
National Oyster Day Patio Party: 3-5 p.m. at Gunther & Co. Dig in for two hours of eating oysters–served raw, roasted and fried–beer from Oliver Brewing and live music.
Hollins Summer Sounds: 4 p.m. at Hollins Market. The monthly concert series returns with music, food trucks, art and more.
The Ultimate All White Affair: 5 p.m. at Patapsco Arena. The big event is ages 30 and over. This year’s theme is “Escape 2018,” with hosts Kev Kola and April Watts.
Silent Beach Party: 5-9 p.m. at Sandlot. City of Gods brings together DJs from Baltimore, D.C. and New York. Grab headphones to listen and dance along on all three channels.
Sunday Summer Camp Movies: 5 p.m. at R. House. The Remington food hall hosts screenings in the garage, and brings out the mobile beverage cart. This week: “Moonrise Kingdom” and “American Pie 2.”
Aunt Irene’s Variety Show: 6-7 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theater. The show for all ages includes a singing sloth, Wanda the Wizard and many more.
Friends of Patterson Park Concert: 6:30 p.m. at Patterson Park. Afropop combo Elikeh plugs in at Pagoda Hill.
- Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore Party is celebrating at the Assembly Room on Aug. 9.
- AFRAM Festival returns to Druid Hill Park on Aug. 11-12, with a full weekend of activities including musical headliners Ella Mai, Dru Hill, Jacquees and VaShawn Mitchell.
- On Aug. 11, the 29th Street Hoops 3-on-3 Tournament gathers players of all ages.
- Animal Collective member Deakin plays a solo set at the Parkway Theatre on Aug. 12. Highlife and Steve Strohmeier open.
- The Baltimore International Surf Music Showcase brings together Surfer Joe & His Band, The Volcanics, Les Agamemnonz and the Flying Faders to play some wave-riding jams at the Ottobar on Aug. 15.