Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Feb. 25: Small Foods Party
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. 7 p.m. $5-10.
Who said portion sizes were bigger than ever? At the 12th annual Small Foods Party, good things really do come in small—and we mean really small—packages. Taste all of the pint-sized provisions from cupcakes to salads and even pulled-pork sandwiches the size of your fingernail. Just remember to eat dinner first, and before or after the event, check out the museum’s Yummm! exhibit, which explores the history, fantasy, and future of food through whimsical paintings, sculptures, installations, films, and more. You can even make your own tiny tidbits and compete for grand prizes.
Feb. 24: Distilling It Down
Artifact Coffee, 1500 Union Ave., 6:30-9 p.m. $60.
We know that a coffee shop doesn’t sound like the most exciting place to spend your Friday night. But this literally spirited event is sure to kick off your weekend as James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde joins forces with local distilleries to discuss spirits in the Mid-Atlantic. Complete with food from Artifact Coffee and, of course, cocktails, “Distilling It Down” is part of the coffee shop’s Origins speaker series, which aims to raise awareness about food history and our food systems. Hear what it’s like to make masterful hooch with speakers from the region’s own Tenth Ward Distilling Company, Caledonia Spirits, and Grow and Fortify. Even though the workweek is over, you might just learn something.
Feb. 24-26: American Craft Council Show
Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$36. 612-206-3100.
At the country’s largest indoor craft show, more than 650 makers of all disciplines come together to present their wares. Weave your way through contemporary crafts, including jewelry by Rebecca Myers of The Village of Cross Keys, ceramics by Ronni Aronin of Baltimore Clayworks, metal sculptures by Devin Mack of Drawn Metal Studios, and woodworks by Darryl Patterson of D. Patterson Design Studio.
Feb. 24-25: Charm City Django Jazzfest
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., 7-10 p.m.
Now in its second year, this Creative Alliance tribute to jazz legend Django Reinhardt is bigger and better than ever. To honor his inimitable influence on the now-classic genre, guitarists, vocalists, violinists, and more will make music for your ears—and feet—with performances including Balkan gypsy jazz, French musette, swing, funk, and blues. Transport from Baltimore to the Big Easy during this two-day celebration featuring local acts like Ultrafaux and national stars like the foot-stomping, hip-swaying sounds of New York City’s Anouman.
Bar Vasquez, 1425 Aliceanna St., 6-9 p.m. $45.
Tinder, Match, Hitch—you’ve likely tried one or all. Your mom reminds you that you aren’t getting any younger, and your Facebook relationship status remains unspecified. But this Sunday, you can change all that, with—shameless plug—Baltimore magazine’s annual Top Singles party. At the brand new Bar Vasquez (formerly Pazo) in Harbor East, enjoy handcrafted cocktails, ice-cold brews from Evolution Craft Brewing, gourmet Argentinian bites, and pop tunes from DJ Kopec, all while having the chance to meet Baltimore’s top 20 bachelors and bachelorettes. Sure, it’s a Sunday, but life is short, so put down Bumble for a while, don your best party attire, and who knows, maybe you’ll find someone so great. Or at least have a little fun.