Baltimore is a city of neighborhoods, and the city’s tight-knit communities are in focus this weekend from Remington to Fells Point. Plus, plenty of summer series kick off for the season, and Market Day gets the green thumbs activated.
Bourbon and Bowties 2018: 6-9 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The annual fundraiser for QG Community Charities presents a chance to add to the $200,000 raised for Health Care for the Homeless, Semper Fi Fund and the Oyster Recovery Partnership over the last several years. The event features high-end booze, cigars and fine local food. WBAL’s Pete Gilbert will host live and silent auctions.
Rhythms and Reels: Concerts in the Park: 6 p.m. at War Memorial Park. The city’s series of concerts and movies in parks is back in full swing. Brooks Long headlines tonight’s concert outside City Hall.
Mothers of the Movement Speak: 7-9 p.m. at H. Mebane Learning Commons, University of Baltimore. OSI Baltimore and Baltimore Ceasefire 365 host a panel discussion and Q&A with mothers who lost children to police and gun violence, including Samaria Rice, mother of Tamir Rice; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner; and Marion Gray-Hopkins, mother of Gary Albert Hopkins Jr.; and Tawanda Jones, who started leading weekly protests against police brutality in Baltimore after her brother, Tyrone West, was killed in a violent encounter with police in 2013.
BmoreArt Magazine Launch 05: Beauty: 7-9 p.m. at the Engineers Club. The latest edition of the contemporary art journal features the portraiture of Amy Sherald, a discussion of black beauty with Oyin Homemade and local jewelry artists. Get a first look and see inside one of Baltimore’s hidden gems.
Friday, May 11:
Summer Socials at West Shore Park: 5 p.m. This outdoor happy hour will happen by the harbor every second Friday through September. The season returns with music from Vertigo Red, food trucks and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain.
Love in the Forest – Scenes for Shakespeare: 5 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Place. The Junior Acting Ensemble of the Baltimore School for the Arts performs classic scenes. Bring a chair or blanket.
MICA ArtWalk 2018: It’s time for graduation at MICA, which provides a chance to see what the students of the senior class are creating. The campus-wide event has painting, sculpture, illustration, ceramics, graphic design, film and animation screenings. Plus, food trucks onsite.
Dovecote Queer Tea & Dance Party: 5-8 p.m. at Dovecote Cafe. The Reservoir Hill cafe teams with Hemp Kettle Tea Company to kick off a recurring celebration with DJ Pancakes and DJ Geena Marie, as well as a tea bar and snacks.
Happy Hour Bird Walk, History Talk and Beer: 5-8 p.m. at Oliver Brewing Company. Rails to Trails and Friends of Herring Run Park head from happy hour to a trail with a great view.
Incredibly Dead!: 8-10:30 p.m. at Zion Church of the City of Baltimore. It’s opening night for the Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s first original production in two years, which is “pure B-horror.” That means it gets gorey, but funny gorey.
Movies With Orchestra: Raiders of the Lost Ark: 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Pops conductor Jack Everly leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a rendition of John Williams’ score as Indy fights Nazis on the big screen.
Palindrome: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Theater Project. Rapid Lemon Productions premieres a pair of one-act plays looking at the lives of Thelonious Monk and Marvin Gaye.
Saturday, May 12:
Baltimore Wine & Food Festival at Rash Field: 11 a.m. VIP admission, 12 p.m. general admission to 5 p.m. All guests will enjoy:
- Over 150 Different INTERNATIONAL and LOCAL Wines, Beers, and Spirits in an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE affair. The title says “wine” but there are all types of adult beverages offered, sampled, and compared.
- A Souvenir Glass to take home.
- Great food to taste and to buy from some of Baltimore’s hottest restaurants and Food Trucks
- Special Rose Tasting Pavilion
- NEW! Champagne Lounge with out in-house DK and Live Music. Dance in the bubbles!
VIP ADMISSION & TASTING GLASS:
$79 Advance / $90 On-Site
Access to the show from 11AM – 5pm. Includes a souvenir wine glass & bag, unlimited samples of all beverages, one extra hour of sampling, access to VIP Experience and all VIP benefits including specialty tastings and access to the VIP washrooms.
GENERAL ADMISSION & TASTING GLASS:
$39 Advance / $45 Onsite
Access from Noon – 5pm. Includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited samples, and live entertainment.
Market Day: 8 a.m. -2 p.m. at Cylburn Arboretum. Get the garden started right. The 50th anniversary of the event offers a chance to tour and purchase plants from city greenhouses, or peruse offerings from 30 local vendors. Plus, there are plenty of educational activities for adults and kids alike.
Pile of Craft: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2640 St. Paul Street. Charm City Craft Mafia brings together more than 50 vendors from across the country for a delightful day of perusing home goods, apparel, jewelry, accessories, ceramics and paper goods. Treat yourself, or find a gift for mom. Start making plans with the gallery of vendors.
Baltimore Lithuanian Festival: 11 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. The 46th edition of the festival is a day and night affair with historic exhibits, traditional arts and crafts and folk dance followed by live music and full bar service. Plus, get in the spirit with traditional honey liquor. It’s a two-day affair, returning Sunday as well.
B’More Wildfest and Greenscape: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Carroll Park. The family-friendly festival has wild animals, pony rides, kids yoga and live reggae from Stryker’s Posse. First 350 kids get free activity passes.
Whiskey on the Waterfront: 11 a.m. at Sagamore Spirit Distillery. Port Covington is the scene for a monthly outdoor concert series this summer. Set up the blanket, grab a drink and a bite from Rye Street Tavern and enjoy the harbor views.
Hampden Parking Lot Party: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Avenue Kitchen and Bar. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pit beef, tacos and oysters. All proceeds go to the “Man of the Year” campaign, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in the name of Alexander “Albo” Wroblewski, who was killed last year.
RemFest 2018: 12-9 p.m. in Remington. The inaugural edition of the neighborhood festival marks 100 years for the houses along 27th St. with a showcase of the neighborhood today. Head to 28th St. and Remington Avenue for music from Chiffon, Raindeer, Joy Postell and Surf Harp. Plus, local food and vendors.
Fells Point Jazz and Arts Festival: 1-7 p.m. at Fells Point. A new community event provides a reason to head toward the water and check out local art on the cobblestone streets. The music lineup includes Sac Au Lait, Eric Kennedy Ensemble, Hot Club of Baltimore and Lafayette Gilchrist & the New Volcanoes.
Maryland Beer, Wine & Liquor Tasting Expo: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. at 5th Regiment Armory. Get samples of flavors from across the boozy landscape. Plus, games of chance. While we wouldn’t always recommend it, this particular event rewards early drinking.
A Diplomatic Affair: 6 p.m. at Evergreen Museum and Library. An elegant soiree aims to transport guests back to 1918, when the end of World War I signaled a new age of internationalism. The night features a seated French dinner, trivia contests, a silent auction and live performances.
BWC Presents: Party Like it’s 1929, a Shot Tower Gin Dance Party: 9:30 p.m. at Mobtown Ballroom. Baltimore Whiskey Company is celebrating the launch of a new Shot Tower Gin bottle with a return to the Wet City stylings of Prohibition era. Party like it’s illegal in Pigtown.
Sunday, May 13:
2018 Historic Harbor House Tour: 11 a.m. at Lucretia B. Fisher Visitor Center. Go inside the homes in historic Fells Point with a self-guided tour of 18th- and 19th-century buildings, gardens and contemporary homes. Highlights include the Robert Long House, Thomas Lamdin House (built in 1799) and the Federal architecture of Hollingsworth-Steele House.
Mother’s Day: There are plenty of events to treat mom, whether it’s a bird walk at Roland Park, a decadent brunch, gospel, a day at Sandlot with B. Willow and Charm City Meadworks, a floral workshop or the Forum Caterers Soul Food Dinner.
Sunday Concert & Dance: 3 p.m. at Paulie Gee’s. A 12-piece big band from the Hotel Paradise Roof Garden Orchestra provides a Sunday swing to classic tunes from the likes of Calloway, Armstrong and Ellington.
Johns Hopkins in the NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: 5 p.m. at Homewood Field. After avenging Maryland and winning the Big Ten Championship, the Blue Jays are looking to keep winning in the national tournament. First up: Georgetown.
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- Preakness weekend is one week away. The second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown returns to Old Hilltop on May 19. There will be big hats. There will be Black-Eyed Susans. And there will be a full day of racing with some of the best thoroughbreds in the country.
- Get the race spectating in form with the Lexington Market Crab Derby. As is tradition, crowds return to the site of the Lexington Market Crab Racing Grounds (now a parking lot). The May 17 event features three-year-old crustaceans crawling for the Faidley/Devine Cup, as well as food from market vendors, music and a kids’ zone.
- Gather the flock for Audubon’s Baltimore Birding Weekend on May 18-20. Head out on guided tours on land and water around the city to welcome back warblers, orioles, tanagers and flycatchers.
- The 34 Annual Sowebo Arts and Music Festival returns to Hollins Market on May 27 for a full day of gallery browsing and music viewing.
- Start making plans to head to Glen Arm for the Good Life Feastival. Kick off summer at Boordy Vineyards on May 26 and 27 with new wine, food from local farms and hayrides. Plus, music from Free Range Blue and Blue Octane.