Weekend Events Calendar: Taste of 3 Cities, St. Anthony Italian Festival, Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival and a Southern Gothic Gala

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Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival
Federal Hill’s Jazz & Blues Festival on SUNDAY, June 3rd from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. FREE PARKING at Stadium Square located at 160 W. Ostend Street 21230

Festival season stays in swing this weekend, with food trucks amassing in Patterson Park and gladiators in the streets of Little Italy. Meanwhile, anniversary celebrations abound. Plus, the city’s jazz aficionados will have their pick of sets, from the Sculpture Garden to Federal Hill. Several places will be holding benefits to help the victims of the flood in Ellicott City. Find a list here.

Happening tonight:

Star Power in Focus: 6:30 p.m. at Price Modern. Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake, which inspires girls to celebrate what makes them unique and take part in health and fitness, hosts a photo exhibition featuring work of the girls in the program.

XFest 2018: May 31-June 3 at Baltimore Improv Group. The festival highlights women, trans, queer, non-binary and minority comedians hailing from the Baltimore-D.C. area and beyond, with improv and stand-up mixed in.

Pimps of Joytime: 7 p.m. at the 8×10. The funk band with Afrobeat influences makes a stop in Federal Hill. Chopteeth Afrofunk Big Band opens.

DuoDuo Quartet: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. A riddle that leads to traditional music, these four musicians blend Irish, Québécois, Scottish and percussive dance. They’ll break into pairs, then perform together.

Bootprints 10th Anniversary Stage Reading: 8 p.m. at the Peale Center. A new movie is set to premiere based on the play by University of Baltimore alumna Latonia Valincia-Moss. Directed by Nate Couser, the movie features actors Jay Nicole Wallace, Sheena Barksdale and Ama Brown, who will read tonight.

Pics in the Park: 8 p.m. at Center Plaza. Outdoor film screening season is underway, and the Downtown Partnership has room for hundreds. Check out “Ocean’s Eleven,” which was the first in the series of heist movies remaking the Rat Pack classics.

The Vision of PRIDE: 8:30 p.m. at Baltimore Eagle. Opening reception for Baltimore artists displaying their work throughout the month of June, with a meet and greet followed by the “Release” dance party, hosted by Thommy Davis & Jerry Haley.

Friday, June 1
Bike to Work Day: 7-9 a.m. Give the environment a break and grab the two-wheeler, then head to one of two dozen meeting points heading to the main event at City Hall, which features speakers, free Bike Share and a check up from Joe’s Bike Shop.

Maryland Rose Show: 1-4 p.m. at Cylburn Arboretum. The Maryland Rose Society hosts an afternoon featuring roses from across the Mid-Atlantic in more than 50 entry categories. Free.

Spice it Up! 5-10 p.m. at Baltimore Clayworks. Get a first crack at Seconds Sale, with a selection of pottery, sculpture and ceramics. Plus live music by Caleb Stine and the Brakemen, two food trucks and beverages.

Goodbye UNION Avenue: 5-10 p.m. at Union Craft Brewing. The Woodberry brewery is heading to a giant new complex in Medfield, with more room and new neighbors. But first, they’ll bid adieu to the longtime spot with new beer–three sours, to be exact. Plus music from Cara Kelly & Tell Tale, and food from The Local Oyster.

SNTL Open House: 5:30-8 p.m. at Station North Tool Library. See what’s happening at the community hardware hub as it celebrates its fifth anniversary and unveils a new DIY and craft classroom.

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UniverSoul Circus: Through June 17. The country’s pre-eminent circus featuring performers of color is now in its 25th year. To mark the anniversary, organizers are promising a show bigger and better than before.

Cinema Schtick: June 1 and 2, 6 p.m. at Scottish Rite Masonic Center. The Paint & Powder Club presents a musical movie revue, benefiting The Linwood Center and Children’s Playhouse of Maryland.

SOUL: The Stax Musical 8 p.m. at Center Stage. The Memphis-inspired show heads into its final stretch at Baltimore Center Stage, marking the final directorial effort of Kwame Kwei-Armah. Music-loving theater-goers who want to go solo can join Mixolo for the June 1 performance.

A Celebration of Lafayette Gilchrist: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Fresh off picking up a Baker Artist Award for music, the jazz pianist with go-go roots plays with a series of guest artists.

Prom 68: 8 p.m. at The Old Church on Falls. Relive the ’60s and the formal dance you may or may not want to remember, all in one night. Featuring music from the area and K.O. Punch. Period dress encouraged.

Super Art Fight: 10th Anniversary Show: 8 p.m. at the Ottobar. The live art competition that originated at the Ottobar returns home with four bouts, plus music from Cowabunga Pizza Time.

Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. Kid Congo Powers, formerly of great bands like The Gun Club, The Cramps and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, offers up the records that influenced him for your dancing pleasure at the city’s much-loved dance party.

Saturday, June 2
Baltimore Ten Miler: 7:30 a.m. at Druid Hill Park. The tenth edition loops through the city to Lake Montebello, then heads back toward the zoo for post-race festivities.

NAMIWalks Maryland: 9 a.m. at Rash Field. Walk at the Inner Harbor to raise awareness and funds to help mental health. 5k or 2.5k routes.

Charles Village Festival: June 2 and 3 at Wyman Park Dell. Enjoy two days of music, food vendors, a garden walk, a 5k and other events in beautiful Wyman Park.

Taste of 3 Cities: noon-9 p.m. at Patterson Park. More than 50 food trucks from a trio of mid-Atlantic metros descend on Southeast Baltimore for a day of mobile feasting. Plus, live music and performing arts on two stages, Kids Zone and helicopter rides.

Kick off to Summer Block Party: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Smaltimore. The Canton craft beer and burger spot is taking the party to the street for the first time, with an ice luge and crush stand, along with live music.

Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House: Shop local from more than 55 vendors, with clothing, jewelry, art and more. This month’s event benefits Friends of Wyman Park Dell.

Feast of St. Anthony Italian Festival: June 2 and 3 in Little Italy. St. Leo’s Church hosts two days of food and fun along Stiles and Exeter streets, with live music, a Roma sausage-eating contest, bocce tournament and gladiators roaming the street.

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Jazz Odyssey: Ravi Coltrane Quartet: 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Son of John and Alice. Named after Ravi Shankar. The saxophonist has plenty of pedigree, but has proved his place among contemporary greats in his own right. He’ll play in the BMA Sculpture Garden, paying tribute to artist Jack Whitten and his own love of jazz.

Summer and Smoke: A Southern Gothic Gala: 6-11 p.m. at Single Carrot Theatre. This celebration benefits the Remington theater’s programs. Come for the Drunk Tennessee Williams performance by real inebriated actors, stay for the dessert reception and hear about Single Carrot’s next season.

Fluid Movement Movie Night: 7 p.m. at New America. Watch a water ballet with a performance art group that knows its way around the pool. Free screening of “Jason and the Aquanauts: 20,000 Legs Over The Sea,” followed by commentary.

Primus/Mastodon: 7 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The 2018 concert season at the venue formerly known as Pier Six debuts with a pair of bands that brought unique takes on metal to the masses in consecutive centuries.

Sunday, June 3

Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival band

Federal Hill’s Jazz & Blues Festival: noon-7 p.m. Stop by Federal Hill’s 17th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival this Sunday! No need to worry about street parking as FREE parking will be provided at Stadium Square (106 W. Ostend St.) with free shuttle rides to the festival courtesy of Charm Cars. Enjoy a day in beautiful Federal Hill checking out unique vendors, eating delicious food, and listening to the hottest jazz and blues bands in Baltimore! The event features live music, over 80 food, arts and crafts vendors, and an area just for kids. Admission is FREE. 

Tour de Cure: 6 a.m. at Goucher College. The American Diabetes Association works to raise money at events around the country. Choose walking, running or biking. Then, stick around for lunch and a celebration.

Rock ‘N Swap Record Fair: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Crate diggers unite. Bring vinyl or go looking for gems. No matter which side of the table you choose, the event also features an open mic and art marketplace for all.

Spirits of Maryland Festival: Noon-3 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Head down by the water to sample craft spirits from more than a dozen distilleries across the state. Plus, Local Oyster will be shucking, and live music from Jason Ager.

Nature Art in the Park 2018 Opening: 2-5 p.m. at Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. Gather just north of the Orianda House to welcome art installations along trails in Leakin Park. Sunday’s artist reception features crankie performances, yoga lessons and live music.


  • WTMD’s First Thursday returns on June 7 with indie poppers Family of the Year, blues rocker Danielia Cotton, Lauren Ruth Ward, Natalie Prass and Typhoon.
  • Start building the beehive. HonFest is coming up on June 9-10 on The Avenue in Hampden. While there’s a full street of performances and vendors, all eyes are on the crowning of Baltimore’s Best Hon.
  • That same weekend, the Greater Northwest Neighborhoods Festival celebrates unity in the communities with a day of food trucks, music and a fashion show at Calvin Rodwell Elementary School.
  • The scapes are beginning earlier every year. This year’s newest edition comes in the form of CreateScape, a three-day event held June 8-10 that offers a look at DIY arts culture in Baltimore. Check out dance battles, street art and interactive art projects at Creative Labs.
  • Pride Weekend is nearly upon us. The LGBTQ+ celebration featuring a parade, block party and festival at Druid Hill Park is June 16-17, with the theme “United We Shine.”
  • Healthy Baltimore features a day of wellness-centered activities on June 16 at The Field in Port Covington. Featuring a special performance by rapper Talib Kweli.

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