Weekend Events Calendar: Pratt Central Library reopens, Roots and Raíces Festival, Abell Community Street Festival

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This weekend offers plenty of chances to step out in the streets and celebrate the city: The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch returns, Abell throws a street party and the Roots and Raíces Festival supports immigrants through the arts. Plus, opportunities to eat local seafood and sample the local spirits. Check out the lineup:

Friday, Sept. 13
Roots & Raíces Festival 2019: Sept. 13-14. The platform supporting immigrants through the arts returns for its second festival. Friday night features a gala at Creative Alliance with an awards ceremony and a screening of Somos Migrantes. On Saturday, head to Le Mondo for an all-day arts and music festival.

Pints in the Park: 5-8 p.m. at Center Plaza. The happy hour event returns downtown to get the weekend started.

Double Can Release: 5-10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. The brewer serves up a new double IPA, Double Parked: Exposed, and an imperial stout, Lost Generation Hemingway.

Defenders’ Day: Sept. 13-15 at Fort McHenry. Celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore with fireworks, a symbolic “bombardment,” a performance by the U.S. Army Band and more.

School 33 Art Center’s 40th Anniversary Exhibition: 6-9 p.m. at School 33 Art Center. It’s the opening reception for a new exhibit celebrating the nonprofit arts center’s anniversary, featuring dozens of artists who have shown in the galleries over the years.

“Miles Davis: Birth of Cool”: Sept. 13-14 at 7 p.m. at The Charles Theater. See Stanley Nelson Jr.’s documentary on the jazz icon.

The Library After Hours: 7-10 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library. The event celebrating the reopening of the Central Library features drinks, beats from DJ James Nasty, and food from Clavel, Noona’s and The Local Oyster.

LGBTQ+/Allies Dance Party: 7-10 p.m. at E. Falls Avenue and Aliceanna. Outside the House GOP’s retreat in Baltimore, there’s a protest dance party on Friday night.

Ed Reed Hall of Fame Gala: 7-11 p.m. at Four Season Baltimore. The legendary Ravens defender got a yellow jacket, so celebrate with a black-tie gala.

Stone Temple Pilots: 7 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The ’90s grunge heroes head to the Inner Harbor for a concert with Rival Sons.

Pig Destroyer: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The metal band begins a two-night stand in Station North with a show that also includes Cloud Rat, Cemetery Piss, Ampallang Infection and Virginia Creep.

An Evening with the Avett Brothers: 7:30 p.m. at UMBC Event Center. The folk heroes come to UMBC for a show in Catonsville. A BBQ tailgate beforehand provides food and drink.

In Concert: Repertoire from 20th/21st Century: 7:30 -10 p.m. at 2640 Space. Saxophonist Tyrone Page Jr., soprano Bonnie Lander and violinist Batya Macadam-Somer offer a performance of contemporary compositions.

Christian McBride: 7:30 p.m. at Keystone Korner. The Grammy-winning bassist and host of NPR’s “Jazz Night in America” begins a weekend of shows at the Harbor East jazz club.

Dane Cook: 7:30 p.m. at the Hippodrome. The comedian who came to fame in the aughts returns for a tour stop in Baltimore.

PUP: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The Canadian punk band comes to town in support of its third album, “Morbid Stuff.”

Eze Jackson & The Backwudz Band: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The Baltimore rapper brings together a band, with a bill that also includes FUNSHO, Apex Tha Genius, Dre Thompson, MC Bravado and Christen B.

“Friday the 13th” Double Feature: 8:30 p.m. at Paulie Gee’s. Celebrate the unlucky day with a screening of the slasher flick and its sequel.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Butchers Hill Fall Flea Market & Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on S. Patterson Park Avenue. More than 150 vendors sell clothing, toys, furniture, antiques and more.

Grand Reopening: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library. After renovations, the library returns with a block party and open house. The new spaces will have authors, performers, music, slam poetry and more.

Rally In The Alley XVIII: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Power Plant Live! The outdoor EDM festival features DJs, games, drink specials and more.

Halfway to St. Paddy’s Day Party: 11 a.m. at Delia Foley’s. The event features live music, Irish specials and more.

Polish Fall Festival: Sept. 14-15 at Holy Rosary Church. Check out traditional food, dancing, pottery and more.

Photo via the Governor’s Office/Flickr

Baltimore Seafood Festival: noon-7 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park. The seafood festival has 40 local restaurants and food trucks with favorite dishes, plus shopping, a kids fun zone and live music.

Beer and Wine Festival: noon-5 p.m. at Old Line Wine and Spirits. The Belair Road spot celebrates a grand opening by gathering local breweries and wineries, plus door prizes.

The Hive Turns Five: noon-10 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. Celebrate the fifth anniversary of the meadery with beer, food trucks and mead slushies.

Baltimore Rhythm Festival 2019: noon-7 p.m. at Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School. The festival features two stages, workshops, children’s activities and more.

Celebrate Baltimore, Community and the Power of Music: 4-6 p.m. at New Shiloh Baptist Church. Baltimore Symphony Musicians, led by Marin Alsop, and the Choral Community of Baltimore perform a free concert.

Rock and Rye: 6-9 p.m. at South Point. Port Covington plays host to a big night with cocktails from 18 local distilleries, plus live music and dancing.

2019 Baltimore Drag Festival: 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance. More than 20 drag queens from around the region descend on Highlandtown for a night of performances, shopping and more.

Kix: 9 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Baltimore’s favorite hair metal band returns.

Girls Rule! Dance Party: 9:30 p.m. at Ottobar Upstairs. The club spins hits of female artists from across the decades.

Sunday, Sept. 15
Cactus and Succulent Society of Maryland Show and Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Vollmer Center in Cylburn Arboretum. The show features plants grown in Maryland that are made for dryer climates.

“Pan’s Labyrinth”: 10 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. A morning screening of Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 fantasy set in Falangist Spain.

Pikesville Fall Festival: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Shops at Quarry Lake. The event features room to picnic, food trucks, vendors and more.

Abell Community Street Fair: noon-5 p.m. at Abell Ave. The neighborhood festival features live music, a crab feast, beer from Peabody Heights, a children’s parade, books from The Book Thing, a clothing swap and more.

Wine on the Water: noon-6 p.m. at Middle Branch Park Waterfront. More than 25 different local wines will be available for tasting, plus food, artisans and local DJs.

B’More Purposeful: noon-3 p.m. at Baltimore Free Farm. A reuse and sustainability expo features Neighborhood Sun, Velocipede, Civic Works’ Tiny House and more.

Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Ravens vs. Cardinals: 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The home opener arrives as the Ravens try to make it 2-0 on the season against their fellow birds.

Baltimore Safe Haven: Grand Opening: 1-4 p.m. The new center for the LGBTQ community opens its doors. Light refreshments will be served.

Beyond Bach Concert Series: 4 p.m. at The Church of the Redeemer. The event, titled “Music of the Gods,” features music by Handel, Beethoven and Mozart’s Symphony 41.


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  1. The 14th is First Responders Day at the B&O Railroad Museum. Watch a controlled collision of a locomotive hitting a car followed by an extraction team demonstration. See the new CSX locomotive dedicated to law enforcement. Additional demonstrations by the bomb square, drones and fire and rescue!

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