Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
August 12-13: Ejji Ramen at Lexington Market
Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 410-435-8688.
This weekend, the raved-over ramen of Belvedere Square will travel downtown as Ejji sets up shop in the historic Lexington Market. Toting its go-to classics and specialty eats, indulge in the adventurous likes of mac-and-cheese ramen dogs, street eat comforts like pulled pork buns with hoisin glaze, and, of course, those hot bowls of ramen, with two broths, two noodles, and mix-and-match add-ons to chose from.
August 13: Bad Decisions
Bad Decisions, 1928 Fleet St. 5 p.m.-2 a.m. 410-979-5161.
We announced the changes a few weeks ago, and this weekend, the iconic Baltimore corner bar will once and for all and forever close its Fleet Street doors. Known for its bible of craft cocktails and baskets of bacon, the unapologetic dive will be clearing out what’s left of the bar, which at this point is the top-shelf stuff—think $5 rails of Ketel One and Buffalo Trace—and whatever griddled pork products are left in the little kitchen in the back. Sit beneath that crooked painting of Kramer, barter with John to see if you can buy it, then raise a glass into the air, and follow the sign on the door: make some. Long live Bad Decisions. We’ll see you soon enough, on the corner of Aliceanna and Bond.
August 13: Dog Days of Summer Block Party
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 4:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 410-276-1651.
The Dog Days of summer are upon us, with temperatures in the high 90’s and Labor Day right around the corner. Make the most of the mid-summer heat with your beloved canines at a Highlandtown gathering of four-legged friends. At this second annual block party, let your Dachshund take a dip in one of many doggy pools or let your black Lab free to tackle tennis balls until he tuckers out. Even if you’re pooch-less, come and feast your eyes on all the adorable furballs. Dig into human eats from Snake Hill and adult beverages from Flying Dog Brewery, with plenty of treats for the pups (plus art activities for the kids).
August 12-13: Jerry Garcia Celebration
The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. 9 p.m. $18. 410-625-2000.
It’s been more than 20 years since the Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia passed away, but his legacy and music are as strong as ever, hence this weekend’s two-day celebration. On Friday and Saturday in Federal Hill, don your dancing bears and tie-dye and join Cris Jacobs and friends to sing along to the songs we’ve come to know and love. “Touch of Grey.” “Sugar Magnolia.” “Casey Jones.” Let the legend of Jerry live on, well into the wee hours of the night.
August 13: ParkFest
Corner of Park Ave. & Centre St. 12-8 p.m. Free.
Introducing the first annual ParkFest on historic Park Avenue in the middle of Mt. Vernon. In this new way to celebrate the city, take advantage of Baltimore’s very best outside on the streets, with all local music, eats, art, and drinks. Dig into handmade pies by Best of Baltimore-winning Well Crafted Pizza. Sip on brews by the neighborhood’s own Brewer’s Art. Indulge in the not-so-new-anymore Mt. Vernon Marketplace, featuring trendy vendors like The Local Oyster, Pinch Dumplings, and Taps Fill Station, and grab some gifts from the likes of Charm City Soaps, Bowerbox Press, and Hampden’s Bazaar. All the while, hear the sounds of our city, starting with Caleb Stine and The Brakeman, followed by DJ Palombo Vacanthaus, Jordan August Band, Landis Expandis, and OSLO Acoustic Soul Music.