Weekend Events Calendar: Pride Weekend, Baltimore Wine Fest, Healthy Baltimore, Block Parties Abound

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It’s Pride Weekend in Baltimore. Get ready for three days of celebrating the city’s LGBTQ+ community in the streets, parks and terraces. Elsewhere, drink some wine by the river or tour some of Reservoir Hill’s best houses. And of course, don’t forget about dad on Sunday. Here’s the schedule.

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Bmore Voices: Building a Better Baltimore: 6 p.m. at MICA Brown Center. Davon Fleming, the Park Heights resident who went all the way to the semifinals on NBC’s “The Voice,” is getting talented Baltimoreans together for an evening of performances.

A Night of Cocktails, Courses and Karaoke: 6 and 8 p.m. at Square Meal. The restaurant inside Mt. Vernon’s recently opened Hotel Revival is unveiling its summer menu with a prix fixe dinner and an hour inside a B-side karaoke booth.

Art for BARCS: 7-10 p.m. at Blue Pit BBQ. Peruse animal-related original art on the walls of the Hampden joint with the name inspired by dogs. If you decide to buy, a percentage of the proceeds go to help homeless pets.

Concert in the Courtyard: 6:30 p.m. at Magdalena. The restaurant inside the Ivy Hotel hosts Loose Ties for an outdoor concert. Includes cocktail and wine specials, bar snacks and full dinner menu.

Adam Holofcener: Tape Release Party: 7-9 p.m. at School 33 Arts Center. The country musician performs songs from his new tape, “Mostly Best Boy Versos,” accompanied by City Councilman Ryan Dorsey. The songs are companion pieces to Holofcener’s exhibit, “Practice/Performance,” on display in the gallery. Bobbi Rush opens.

Audra McDonald with the BSO: 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. McDonald, a six-time Tony Award winner, performs with the BSO for one night only, offering up classics from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin and more.

Photo via KRS-One.com

KRS-One: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The politically active New York rapper continues to release new music, and his live shows are always some of the most talked-about experiences in hip-hop. Ashley S., Soul Cannon and Eva Rhymes open.

Washed Out: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Call it chillwave, call it electro-pop, call it whatever you want. Ernest Greene’s music is hypnotic, breezy and catchy.

Shocktail Happy Hour: 9 p.m. at Golden West Cafe. Just in time for summer, Aurora Gorealis hosts a screening of “Sleepaway Camp 2: Unhappy Campers.” Features arts and crafts contests, canteen cocktails and giveaways.

Friday, June 15
3rd Fridays in the Square: 4 p.m. at O’Donnell Square Park. Canton gets in on the outdoor concerts in the neighborhood with a new 3rd Friday (which in this case comes one week after First Thursday), with music, food and live music.

Summer Block Party: 5-8 p.m. at McHenry Row. World of Beer hosts an outdoor party with Bell’s Brewery providing the suds. Plus food trucks, live music, a moon bounce and corn hole.

Summer in the Squares: 6-9 p.m at Belvedere Square. Mambo Combo performs outside the marketplace at this weekly event, featuring free admission, local food and vendors.

Outdoor Movies at Iron Rooster: 6:30 p.m. at Iron Rooster Canton Crossing. The breakfast and lunch spot is staying open after dark for movie screenings once a month this summer. DJ’s Ice House will have treats and Jailbreak Brewing is bringing the beer. First flick up: “Boss Baby.”

Twilight on the Terrace: 7 p.m. at Gertrude’s Restaurant. Kick off Pride weekend by heading to the BMA for an evening of food and special guests, along with music by DJ Vince Christopher. The event raises money for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore.

Baltimore 48-hour Film Project: 7 and 9 p.m. at Creative Alliance. With only a character, a line of dialogue and a prop to get started, teams got together to spend a weekend making a movie, including writing, shooting and editing. See the results at a Friday night screening.

Rapper DDm. Image via SoundCloud.

GayCon by Kahlon: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. A new Pride weekend party by the group responsible for some of Station North’s most anticipated events features Drag Hour, and performances by emcee DDm and Fluent, with DJ sets from Abdu Ali, Sissy Elliott and Pre-Columbian.

BIG Time with Max Weiss: 8 p.m. at the BIG Theater. Baltimore Improv Group adds some on-the-spot comedy to the life of Baltimore Magazine editor-in-chief Max Weiss.

Drag Show feat. Dusty Ray Bottoms. 8:30 p.m. at First Unitarian Church of Baltimore. Dusty Ray Bottoms of RuPaul’s Drag Race headlines an evening of drag performances.

4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.- 2 a.m. at Windup Space. Celebrate the ninth anniversary of the monthly dance party of funk, boogie and soul in Station North.

Saturday, June 16
Pop-Up Extravaganza: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Second Chance. Local vendors and makers will be populating the Southwest Baltimore warehouse, providing shoppers a central spot to check out their wares. A portion of the fees benefits Second Chance’s workforce development program.

1 West Mount Vernon Place. Image via the Walters Art Museum’s Facebook page.

1 West Mt. Vernon Place Opening Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. The Walters is opening a 19th-century mansion to show off its collection in new ways. To celebrate, it’s hosting a block party with music, family-friendly fun and food trucks.

Healthy Baltimore: A Festival of Wellness: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at The Field at Port Covington. Change it up by heading to South Baltimore and checking out health- and fitness–focused vendors. Plus, the day features a performance from rapper Talib Kweli.

Baltimore Wine Fest: noon-7 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park. It’s vino madness by the water on Saturday, with more than 160 wines to sample, as well as learning opportunities thanks to seminars and cooking demos. Plus, food from 30 local vendors, live music and a family zone.

Baltimore Pride Parade and Block Party: 1 p.m. at N. Charles St. The celebration of the city’s LGBTQ+ community is here, carrying this year’s theme of United We Shine. The parade steps off from N. Charles Street and 33rd Street, heading 11 blocks south through Old Goucher. Grand marshals for this year are Shawnna Alexander and Davon Fleming. Activists of the Year are Erricka Bridgeford and Ava Pipitone. Don’t miss the High Heel Race, and this year’s first-ever pet parade. The block party opens at 4 p.m., with the main stage at Charles Street and North Avenue.

Reservoir Hill Garden and Home Tour: June 16 and 17 at Dovecote Cafe. Take a self-guided tour of more than 20 homes in the neighborhood with a history as a center of black and Jewish life in the city. Pick up tickets at Dovecote, where activities will include games and stories, an art bazaar and farming demonstrations.

Baltimore Band Block Party: 2-10 p.m. at WTMD. A dozen local bands you may not have heard (yet) are all in one spot in Towson, and they’re competing for a slot at one of WTMD’s First Thursday festivals, as well as a cash award and recording package.

Solstice: 8 p.m.-midnight at the Maryland Science Center. Adults get the science center to themselves for a night of dancing, food and drinks. DJ Rob Macy of Save Your Soul provides the music on the outdoor terrace, while DJ Fusion sets the pace inside. The event raises money for the MSC’s education and outreach program.

Heat: Official Women’s Pride Afterparty: 9 p.m. at Flavor. The party keeps going to celebrate queer women and allies, with proceeds donated to the GLCCB. Enjoy a complimentary Smirnoff cocktail, giveaways and a mobile photo booth.

Wet: 10 p.m. at the Downtown Cultural Arts Center. Ayana Fite hosts the Pride after party with performances from Gorgie Morgie, Kblanco, Harley Cash, Baby Choc, TT the Artist, Shae Lyric, Moojack City and Addonnis.

Sunday, June 17
Pride Festival: 12-6 p.m. in Druid Hill Park. It’s the second big day of celebrations. The afternoon event is a family-friendly celebration with music, food trucks, vendors and a drag stage.

Father’s Day: Everywhere. Give dad a break. Head to brunch, take in the Orioles game, or stay home and grill.

Pop-Up Antique Car Show: noon at Fells Point. One Father’s Day option involves talking classic cars and restoration. Treasured Motorcars will have four fine automobiles parked across from Sagamore Pendry Hotel. Cruise by to check them out.

Junior Brown: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Already a country and western guitar master, Brown became an innovator when he combined a steel guitar and standard guitar into a single, two-necked “Guit-Steel.” His expertise across genres will be on display in Highlandtown.


  • Get the moptops back in shape for Beatles Family Festival. WTMD’s Saturday Morning Tunes comes to life on June 23 by paying tribute to the Fab Four with an indoor/outdoor festival at its Towson studio. It will have Beatles reggae tribute band Yellow Dubmarine, as well as Beatles-themed photos, arts and crafts.
  • The Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival offers a feast of two things Marylanders like most in the summer. The June 23 event at Rash Field is all-you-can-eat, so start saving room now.
  • Bikes and Beers Baltimore offers a chance to catch up for anyone who missed Tour dem Parks, Hon (and likes beer). Meet at Union’s new brewery on June 23 for a 15- or 30-mile ride around the city.
  • Fourth of July is right around the corner. It’s time to start getting ready for American Visionary Art Museum’s Pets on Parade, making plans to see BSO at Oregon Ridge Park or picking a spot to check out the fireworks on the harbor. Do it for America.

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