Get out and keep enjoying the summer this weekend before it’s gone. In the city, there’s Dam Jam, a summer carnival or a dog ice cream social. Here are a few more ways to live it up:
Friday, Aug. 23
Creative Mornings/Baltimore: 8:30 a.m. at Baltimore Center Stage. Lisa Snowden-McCray, editor of Baltimore Beat, speaks on the theme of justice at this monthly event.
Maryland State Fair: through Sept. 2 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Hop on the Light Rail for the annual gathering of animals, fried food vendors and farmers. Enjoy food, games, horse racing and music from Hanson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Lo Cash and Night Ranger.
Brats and Beer: 4-8 p.m. at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore. The congregation with deep German roots serves up two of the country’s best-known items.
Late Summer Light Circus: 5-10 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. The circus-themed event raises funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It’s supporting this fall’s Baltimore Out of the Darkness Walk.
“Form: Fluid”: 5-8 p.m. at Function Coworking Community. An opening reception for the group show featuring work by artists Michelle Spiziri, Alex Queral and Tanya Ziniewicz.
Cutlass Velo Happy Hour: 6-9 p.m. at Cutlass Velo. The Baltimore bicycle service shop hosts a Friday night wind-down.
Ibram X. Kendi: 7-9 p.m. at Red Emma’s. The National Book Award-winning author presents “How to Be an Antiracist.”
One Last Evening with the Santa Dads: 7 p.m. at The Mercury Theater. The Wham City-affiliated musical duo gets back together in Station North.
Haint Blue: 7 p.m. at The 8×10. The Baltimore Americana band headlines a bill with Skribe, Rachel Andie and V Element.
Pompeian Factory Tour: 7 p.m. at Pompeian. The olive oil maker opens the doors of its East Baltimore factory for a tour with chemist Alex Vargo and Baltimore Under Ground Science Space.
“Top Gun” Interactive Movie Night: 7-10 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Jennifer Marsh and Heather Keating turn the ’80s action classic into an interactive experience.
The Wallflowers: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. Jakob Dylan’s band brings the hits to Inner Harbor.
The All White Affair: 8 p.m. at the UMBC Events Center. MAZE ft Frankie Beverly, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson and Angela Winbush headline the soul music festival.
Unknown Nobodies: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore alt-rockers play Station North with Thee Lexington Arrows, Holy Fingers and DJ Craven.
Twilight Swim Takeover: 8-11 p.m. at Patterson Park Swimming Pool. Baltimore Big Baddies hosts a pool party with snacks and drinks.
“The Way Out”: Through Aug. 23 at Baltimore Theater Project. The original work is “aimed at investigating the cultural, biological, and stigmatic impact surrounding suicide.”
World Class Illusionists: Through Aug. 24 at Poe’s Magic. More than a half-dozen illusionists gather for an all-star magic show.
Saturday, Aug. 24
Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad: 10 a.m.-noon at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Join a guided walking tour that celebrates participants in the Underground Railroad, led by Baltimore History & Culture founder Robert Kellerman.
Dam Jam: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lake Montebello. Get an up-close look at where drinking water comes from at the water filtration plant at Lake Montebello. Plus, artists and makers, live music, historical displays, face painting, food trucks and wildlife.
Solange Knowles’ “When I Get Home”: on the hour from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Lexington Market. The Baltimore Museum of Art co-hosts the final day of screenings of Knowles’ film at its pop-up in the downtown market.
Back to School Bash: noon-4 p.m. at Northeast Market. Northeast Merchant Association and Johns Hopkins Day at the Market are providing school supplies, children’s activities and more.
St. Elizabeth’s Summer Carnival: 1-7 p.m. at Patterson Park. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church has a cornhole tournament, a beer garden from Monument City, music and ziplining through the park.
Anniversary Open House and Concert: 2-9:30 p.m. at Stages Music Arts. The music space celebrates three years in business with performances by Thunder Club, Mitch Treger & The Accomplices, Rachel Ann Morgan Band, Carl Filipiak and others.
Mount Vernon Multi-Ethnic Walking Food Tour: 2-6:30 p.m. at Mt. Vernon. Bite of Baltimore presents the neighborhood tour that crosses food cultures.
Vent’s First Anniversary Party: 6-11 p.m. at Vent Coffee Roasters. The UNION Collective spot celebrates a year of brick and mortar with coffee cocktails, espresso shots and a few other treats.
VOLO Summer Fest: 4 p.m. at South Point. Volo summer players gather for DJs, volleyball, lawn games and more.
Schwingo: 5-8 p.m. at R. House. The spin on Bingo supporting Make Studios features prizes from local artists.
Mayor’s Block Party: 6-9 p.m. at Dorothy Heights Elementary School. Mayor Young hosts a block party with free food and entertainment.
Live and Bush: 7 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The ’90s alternative rock favorites join forces.
Camp Sandlot: 7 p.m.-Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. at Sandlot. Camp under the stars at Baltimore’s waterside beach bar. There will be music, games, grilling and more.
“Murder In The Front Row: The San Francisco Bay Area Thrash Metal Story”: 7 p.m. at The Ottobar. The documentary tracks the scene that spawned Metallica, Megadeath, Anthrax, Slayer and many more.
Stoop… And: A Night of Stories and Improv Comedy: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Stoop presents storytellers Meghann Shutt and Tashika Campbell telling stories that get a response from a group of improv artists.
Metro/Sexual: 9 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The drag show features fashion, art, rock ‘n’ roll, tease, filth and drag, with performers from around the region.
Ducky Dynamo’s Cosplay Soirée: 9 p.m. at The Crown. Show up in your favorite costume and enjoy sets from Jacob Marley, Petty Penguin and DJ Taylor-Senpai.
Beyonce v. Rhianna Dance Party: 10 p.m. at Ottobar. It’s the end of summer edition when you don’t wanna work, work, work, work, work, so gather all the single ladies.
Sunday, Aug. 25
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar: 7:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m. under the JFX. Grab a reusable bag and head downtown for produce, street food, crafts and more.
“The Raid: Redemption”: 10 a.m. at the Senator Theater. The martial arts movie from director Gareth Evans screens on a Sunday morning.
Classic Car Show: 10 a.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. Collector vehicles from Chesapeake Region Antique Automobile Club of America will be parked outside the museum in South Baltimore.
LGBT Family Day at the Maryland Zoo: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Maryland Zoo. FreeState Justice hosts the event for LGBTQ+ families, friends and allies featuring games, family activities and, of course, the animals.
Field Day 2019: noon at Charm City Meadworks. Charm City Meadworks and Graft Cider team up to bring back all the classic summer camp activities, like tug of war, sack race, egg spoon race and others.
Shakedown Street Bubble Cruise: noon at UNION Craft Brewing. The ride heads out from Hampden ahead of UNION’s event on Sunday afternoon.
Dog Ice Cream Social: 1 p.m. at Bmore Licks. With a donation to Wings of Love Kuwait, there are free pup cups for all furry friends.
The UNION Shakedown: 1 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The vendor fair and concert features music from Cris Jacobs’ Raven Space Cowboys recreating a Baltimore show from April 19, 1982.
Sunday Sounds in the Park: 4-7 p.m. at Union Square. Caleb Stine plays the outdoor concert in Southwest Baltimore.
Gary Clark Jr.: 6:30 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The blues rock singer-songwriter comes to town in support of his 2019 album “This Land.” Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats and Nicole Atkins.
Joseph & The Beasts: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The rockers headline a bill with Spish, Pinkwench and The Creachies.
Psychic Graveyard: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The band featuring members of Arab On Radar, Some Girls, Chinese Stars, All Leather performs. Baklavaa, Oda Red and Tristan Welch open.
- Lower Dens release a new album with two nights at Rituals on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
- The Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest returns to the Parkway on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.
- Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival brings art to the street from Sept. 6-8.