April 13-15: Baltimore Food Truck Week
Times & locations vary. Free.
When temperatures finally crack 70 this weekend, stay outside to snack on eats from 25 food trucks that will be stationed throughout Baltimore and its surrounding counties. During this celebration of four-wheel restaurants, track down some of the city’s best mobile kitchens, which will be rotating between various hotspots throughout the weekend. Try on-the-curb specials like waffle cones filled with crab cakes and French fries from Gypsy Queen, made-to-order ice cream sandwiches from Quinn’s Ice, and veggie burgers from GoGanics.
April 14: Dumpster Dive II
Baltimore Community ToolBank, 1224 Wicomico St. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. 410-224-5565.
Four years ago, the brilliant minds behind the local nonprofit program Volunteering Untapped discovered that 20 and 30-somethings are more motivated to spend their Saturday mornings volunteering if the do-gooding is accompanied by a solid day-drink. This Saturday, the monthly initiative returns to the Baltimore Community ToolBank to sort out the recyclables found in Professor Trash Wheel’s dumpster, followed by a trek to MaGerk’s Pub in Federal Hill for a well-earned after-party. Make new friends and celebrate your hard morning’s work with deals on mimosas, beer, and the pub’s signature Philly cheesesteaks.
April 13: Out of Order
Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. 7-10 p.m. $25-45. 410-962-8565.
Maryland Art Place’s annual benefit checks off all of the boxes for a can’t-miss art event: an wall-to-wall exhibit with works from more than 250 local and regional contemporary artists, a silent auction for your chance to purchase your own masterpiece, and, of course, an open wine-and-beer bar all to support the local gallery’s programs and future exhibitions in the Bromo Arts District. This Friday, come for the local art and stay for the epic after-party featuring the soulful sounds of local singer-songwriter Joy Postell.
April 14: CityLit Festival
University of Baltimore, William H. Thumel Sr. Business Center, 11 W. Mount Royal Avenue. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 410-271-8793.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the CityLit Festival, the signature event from CityLit Project that celebrates reading, writing, and creativity in and around Baltimore. To tie into this year’s focus on poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, The New Yorker writer Philip Gourevitch will headline the event with conversations about his National Book Critics Circle Award-winning work of nonfiction, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda. Make time between editorial and speaker sessions to participate in guided discussions about motherhood, the #MeToo movement, and local funding for the literary arts.
April 14: Under Armour Sole of the City 10K
Charm City Run, 1713 Whetstone Way. 9 a.m. $50-75. 410-645-8266.
With sunny skies and warm temperatures predicted for Saturday morning, this annual 6.2-mile race through the streets of downtown Baltimore could not have fallen on a more picture-perfect day. Hit the ground running in this 10K trek that starts and ends in Locust Point and features scenic views of the city skyline along the way. If you need extra motivation, think of the complimentary snack box and Natty Bohs that will be waiting at the finish line.