Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Jan. 8: Little Italy Meatball Fest
The Little Italy Lodge, 905 E. Pratt St. 3-6 pm. $10-25.
As Baltimoreans, we are all too familiar with festivals dedicated to celebrating our favorite foods. Crabs, sausages, tacos—you name it, we probably have a day devoted to it. This year, Italian focacciaria Joe Benny’s is adding the Little Italy Meatball Fest to the list. Bring an empty stomach to the Little Italy Lodge on Pratt Street for a meatball-eating contest, raffle prizes, and a sauce-filled good time. If you’re confident in your family’s secret meatball recipe, enter the “Best Meatball” competition to win a trophy and some serious bragging rights.
Jan. 6: New Year, New Beer
Jailbreak Brewing Company, 9445 Washington Blvd., Laurel. 3-10 p.m. $5. 443-345-9699.
Even though it’s a 30-minute drive from Baltimore, a limited release IPA from Jailbreak Brewing Company is always worth the ride down I-95. This Friday, the Laurel brewery will serve up $5 pints of its latest brew, Ephemeral Volume I. This New England-inspired IPA boasts a medley of tropical fruit, peach, tangerine, and subtle hints of dark pine that is sure to be the winter favorite of hoppy beer lovers.
Jan. 6-Feb. 5: The Complete History of America
Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway. Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $10-20. 410-563-9135.
During this cringe-worthy political climate, it might seem easier to look back on our American history than forward. Luckily, the Vagabond Players theatre company, which will celebrate its 101st birthday this spring, created a play that takes audiences through the funniest moments from the past 600 years in 6,000 seconds. By asking the important questions like “Who really discovered America?” and “How many Democrats does it take to screw in a light bulb?” this play will make audiences remember that our country has overcome more serious obstacles than just 2016.
The 8x10, 10 E. Cross St. 6 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $30. 410-625-2000.
Seasoned songwriter and guitarist Anders Osborne has cranked out 16 albums over the past 28 years, gaining hordes of fans and awards along the way. In true Osborne fashion, the New Orleans native released “Flower Box,” his second album of 2016, in July and has been on an extensive headlining tour ever since. This weekend, catch him during his two-day show at The 8x10 alongside local favorite Cris Jacobs. The two soulful, gritty artists will play three sets to two sold-out crowds, making for one hell of a weekend in Federal Hill.
M. Power Yoga Studio, 3600 O’Donnell St. 3-4:30 p.m. Free-$25. 410-534-9642.
It’s only been five days since we resolved to eat less junk food, workout more often, and stop binge-watching Netflix every weekend, but old habits die hard. Keep your 2017 personal goals in check and learn new meditation practices to make this year the most fulfilling one yet. Led by Baltimore-based wellbeing coach Jason Williams, this meditation workshop only requires an open mind and a journal of breathing exercises to incorporate into your everyday routine.