Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Sept. 17: Baltimore Seafood Festival
In case you didn’t get your crustacean fix this summer, Baltimore’s seafood spectacular is back along the waterfront. Dig into signature dishes from the city’s most renowned seafood houses, like Captain James, Jimmy’s Seafood, Mama’s on the Half Shell, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Nick’s Fish House, and the Local Oyster to name a few. Think oysters—barbecued, grilled, or on the half shell—all crab everything, from steamed to soft shell to sliders, and fish and shrimp. For an extra protein punch, try turf temptations like Southern Provisions barbecue, Abbey Burger buns, Snake Hill sausages, and Cosima Italian eats. From Voltaggio Restaurants, Hersh’s Pizza, Gnocco, and Gunther & Co., local chefs will be offering cooking demos, and food trucks will be in tow to boot. Once you’re fat and happy, grab a beer, lay back on the lawn, and listen to live music by the likes of the All Mighty Senators, and soak up that very end of summer sun.
Sept. 17-18: Maryland Wine Festival
We may not be Napa or the Piedmont, but Maryland has a blossoming brood of vineyards turning out increasingly delicious wine. In between the seasons of red and white, make your way to Carroll County for a boozy day of vino, with more than 200 local vintages, regional food, live music, and arts and crafts. At this 19th-century farmhouse, breathe in the country air and drink down samples from wineries like Boordy Vineyards, Deep Creek Cellars, Fiore Winery and Distillery, Linganore Winecellars, and the Eastern Shore’s St. Michaels Winery, plus cider from Great Shoals Winery and Monkton favorite Millstone Cellars. Best of all, there will be a “Maryland Cheese Pavilion,” toting the funky goodness of five local cheese mongers. If you’re looking for us, you know where we’ll be.
Sept. 15-18: High Zero Festival
Locations vary. Fri. 8:30 p.m., Sat. 1 & 8:30 p.m., Sun. 8:30 p.m. $10-16.
In Baltimore, we have a melting pot of music, from the city’s storied jazz and its renowned symphony to Americana bluegrass and a growing base of DIY. But in the corners of each genre, there are a number of improvisational, experimental musicians, and some of the very best in their class. For the 14th year, celebrate these musical misfits during the largest festival of its kind on the East Coast. Twenty-six musicians will come together to create new, off-the-cuff, cutting-edge collaborations and offer viewers a singular experience and window into this subculture. Famous musicians play beside burgeoning beginners and mix the likes of percussion, brass, and strings with the likes of voice, electronics, computers, and found objects. At the Baltimore Theatre Project, catch local computer artist Jeff Carey, Japanese saxophonist N.N.Y., Idaho flugenhorn player Ruby Fulton, or found objects artists Llew Niyomkarn of The Hauge.
Sept. 17: Hampdenfest
The Avenue, West 36th Street. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 410-662-4444. hampdenfest.blogspot.com
As Hampden only continues to evolve, make your way to the neighborhood this weekend to celebrate what remains of its quirky, quintessentially Baltimore charm. Amidst its colorful row homes, taste street eats from Café Hon, The Charmery, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, and Luigi’s Italian Deli, and swing by The Brewer’s Art stand to wish them happy birthday with a special Hampdenfest beer. Browse goods from local shops like Ma Petite Shoe, Trohv, doubledutch boutique, and Parisian Flea, and then head to Chestnut Avenue to catch (or compete in) the iconic toilet bowl races. Be sure to check out live music (and poetry readings and a Dangerously Delicious pie-eating contest) across three different stages. With 16 bands in tow, give a listen as you wander 36th Street, with the likes of indie-pop quartet Wildhoney, psychedelic synth-rockers Raindeer, post punksters PLRLS, and badass party starter TT The Artist.
Sept. 16: Full Moon Yoga
Calling all yogis: This Friday night marks the final full moon yoga of the summer season. Whatever your skill level, grab your mat and head to the Canton Waterfront Park front for a 75-minute class taught by YogaWorks’s Cathrin O’Donnell and Lisa Palumbo. Under the light of the September night sky, start your weekend off right with downward dog and warrior poses, plus live music by The Herd Brothers and free food samples for all those calories burned (and earned). Arrive early to grab a prime spot and enter the raffle for prizes like a Lululemon yoga mat, a one-hour private yoga session with Pop Up Yoga, and a one-month membership at M.Power Yoga Studio.