This weekend, Preakness brings plenty of events to town with fireworks on Friday right and the race itself on Saturday. Elsewhere, imbibe craft beer and mac ‘n cheese, or take a look at the work of MICA students before they graduate.
Friday, May 17
Black-Eyed Susan Day: Sunrise at Pimlico. The first day of racing on Preakness weekend features fashion, book signings and the 95th running of the Black-Eyed Susan.
Bike to Work Day 2019: Your commute. The Baltimore Metropolitan Council organizes the annual event with a host of 22 “pit stop” points to meet fellow two-wheeled travelers around the city.
Maryland Craft Beer Fest: May 17-18 at Max’s Taphouse. The Fells Point destination features more than 40 Maryland breweries with offerings spread out over 90 taps.
Race to Preakness: Inner Harbor Finale: 5 p.m. at West Shore Park. Gear up for the weekend with music from Super City, Zaake and Funsho. Fireworks are at 9 p.m.
3rd Fridays Canton: 5-10 p.m. at O’Donnell Square Park. The free outdoor concert series in the center of the South Baltimore neighborhood returns with local food and drinks.
MICA ArtWalk 2019: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at MICA. The student showcase features artwork around the Bolton Hill campus. New this year is LAUNCH, a showcase of graduate student works.
St. Pius X Annual Carnival: May 17-19. Enjoy rides, music from DJ Edge, a bake sale, craft vendors and a flea market at the church just above the city line.
Jerry Seinfeld: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The comedian behind “Seinfeld” makes a stop in Baltimore.
Midnight: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The hood-wearing thrash metal band from Cleveland stops in town. Cemetery Piss, Witchtrial and Bestial Evil open.
La Vent Du Nord: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Quebecois francophone folk heroes stop in Highlandtown.
“Variations on Myth”: Through May 25 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The festival of 10-minute plays features 12 works premiering from local authors.
“Vinegar Tom”: Through June 2 at Spotlighters Theatre. Caryl Churchill’s play about power, sex and witches tells stories from the 17th and 21st centuries.
“Queens Girl in the World”: Through June 23 at Everyman Theatre. The play by Caleen Sinnette Jennings tells the story of Jacqueline Marie Butler, who in the 1950s starts classes at a predominantly Jewish private school in Greenwich Village.
“The Diary of Anne Frank”: through May 26 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Directed by Eve Muson, the play recreates the powerful story of a young girl hiding during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands.
“Pink Milk”: Through May 19 at Single Carrot Theatre. It’s closing weekend for the Remington company’s production of Ariel Zetina play on the life of codebreaker Alan Turing.
Yonderland: 9 p.m at The Crown. Butch Dawson, Earl from Yonder, YTK, Xavier Gibson, Koleco and sovthpaw perform.
4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Windup Space. It’s the last edition of the dance night before the Station North stronghold that’s long hosted it closes on June 1. DJ Diaspora joins Graham Hatke and Fleg.
Saturday, May 18
Preakness Stakes: All day at Pimlico Race Course. The second jewel of the Triple Crown brings the crowds to Pimlico, whether taking in the races from the stands or the sounds of Kygo, Logic and Diplo at Infield Fest.
Tour de Farm: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Meet at 1500 Union Ave. for a tour of the city’s urban farms. Foodshed and Race Pace Bicycles host.
Baltimore Mac and Cheese Festival: May 18-19 at Power Plant Live! Gooey goodness is the order of the day downtown, with more than 30 different chefs on hand with their take. Plus, craft beers and spirits, as well as live music.
BMI Community Day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. The BMI Farmers Market returns with a full day of activities, including music, community yoga, an author talk and free museum admission.
Tochterman’s Fly Shop Grand Opening: 9 a.m. The iconic Fells Point store celebrates the opening of its new fly fishing store with demonstrations and more.
Not Your Average Berliner – Beer Release: 11 a.m. at Full Tilt Brewing. The Govans brewery debuts its take on a Berliner, kettle soured and dry hopped.
Whiskey on the Waterfront: noon at Sagamore Spirit. Enjoy a free concert, plus food and drinks from Rye Street Tavern and, of course, Sagamore’s whiskey.
Spring Festival: noon-4 p.m. at Locust Point Community Church. There will be a petting zoo, tot swap for children’s items and strawberry festival with cakes, pies, and sundaes
Open Hours: The Future Generation: 1-4 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Art. The group zine workshop features a conversation with author China Martens, artist Jennifer White-Johnson and journalist Lisa Snowden-McCray on creating work from their experiences as mothers.
29th Street Community Center Birthday Celebration: 1-4 p.m. at the 29th Street Community Center. Celebrate with free cake and ice cream, program demonstrations and more.
Monsters & Myths Surrealist Film Screening: 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The movies “Minatory Worlds,” “Faust,” “Destino” and “Pan’s Labyrinth” are screened.
“Women’s Work” Opening Reception: 5-8 p.m. at Full Circle Fine Art Services. The exhibit features the work of 19 women “whose practices engage and expand the diverse promise of the photographic medium.”
Sip & Stroll: 5:30 p.m. at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The monthly event offers a chance for adults to learn about the wildlife at the zoo, and take in some wine and hors d’oeuvres at twilight.
Dungeons & Drag Dance Party: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. Get all dressed up in costume for a night of drag performances, fashion contests and more.
Sunday, May 19
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”: 9:45 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. Kick off the Harry Potter series on a Sunday morning.
Pigtown Flea Market Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Housewerks. Shop antiques, vintage clothing, furniture and the work of local makers and craftsmen, all while enjoying local food and coffee.
Baltimore Record Bazaar: 11 a.m. at The Windup Space. The spring edition of the vinyl-centered event features DJs, 30-plus vendors, food and cocktails.
MACC Toy & Comic Showcase: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts. The Facebook group Mid-Atlantic Collector Corp will have 80 members sharing their collections, as well as tables from Third Eye Comics, Chuck’s Comics, Collector’s Corner, All Time Toys, Shazam Comics and Toys, and Comic Closet
Bark and Brew: noon at Waverly Brewing Company. Operation Paws for Homes invites dogs down to the brewery, and their owners who might enjoy a pint.
Stages Music Arts’ 2nd Annual JamBouree: noon-7 p.m. at Union Collective. The event features student band performances, as well as an all-star and adult jams.
Sips and Succulents: 1-2:30 p.m. at Sandlot. Learn about growing desert plants, and enjoy some drinks by the water.
Game of Thrones Weekly Watch: 7 p.m. at the Charles Baltimore. Catch the series finale at the South Baltimore pub.
GOT Finale Watch Party: 8 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. The brewery closes out “Game of Thrones” with a costume contest and viewing party.
- Patterson Park Wine at Sunset toasts on May 23.
- Brew at the Zoo returns May 25 for one of the state’s wildest beer festivals.
- 92Q Spring Bling Festival arrives at Royal Farms Arena on May 24, headlined by Cardi B.
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