Aug. 25-Oct. 21: Maryland Renaissance Festival
1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $7-19.
This Saturday, brush up on your Old English and travel back the Middle Ages for the return of this 41st annual festival of medieval entertainment, featuring a 27-acre village filled with costumed artisans and performers, jousting tournaments, and plenty of mead to go around. Stop by the White Stage Grove to indulge on hearty fare fit for King Henry VIII like mac-and-cheese stakes and Scotch eggs and visit Meadow Lane for Renn Fest favorites like smoked turkey legs and chicken on a lance.
Aug. 25: Leinenkugel’s 7th Anniversary
Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden, 34 Market Pl. 4-8 p.m. Free.
We can't believe it's been seven years since Leinenkugel debuted its brewpub inside Power Plant Live. In celebration of the anniversary, the spot is refreshing its name and menu in an effort to strengthen its lodge vibe year-round. Now named Leinie Lodge & Beer Garden, the bar features an updated look with new communal seating and outdoor furniture near its electric fireplace. This Saturday, swing by the official launch party to sample eats off the new menu (think pimento cheese potato skins, tuna poke tacos, and an avocado-ranch burger), listen to live music, participate in a beer stein-holding competition, and, of course, down a few cans of Summer Shandy.
Waverly Brewing Company, 1625 Union Ave., Ste. C, 7-10 p.m. Free.
Baltimore has been known as a beer-drinking, oyster-shucking town for centuries, so it seemed like only a matter of time before someone found a way to put the two together. This Friday, The Local Oyster and Waverly Brewing Company will premiere a documentary about the creation of the Local Oyster Stout. Produced by Towson University filmmakers Mark Burchick and Jena Richardson, this small-budget documentary chronicles how the two locally loved businesses collaborated to revive the city’s industrial traditions, chart a future for sustainability in the Chesapeake Bay, and make a beer with a quintessentially Baltimorean flavor. Before the screening, hear live music by DJ CheakyWillie, slurp down raw and grilled Skinny Dipper oysters, and walk the red carpet as a “shellebrity.”
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. 8-11 p.m. $12.
This weekend, the Creative Alliance will be celebrating the historic West Baltimore record label, Ru-Jac Records, with an old-school funk and soul dance party in Highlandtown. At the Patterson Theater, get down to music curated by Washington, D.C.-based DJ Nitekrawler, grab your favorite vintage vinyl records at the Baltimore Record Bazaar pop-up, and explore the new Ru-Jac memorabilia exhibition, which will be unveiled in the Amalie Rothschild Gallery at 6 p.m. Spend the evening boogying to throwback sounds from the ’60s through the ’80s and learn a little bit about Baltimore’s music legacy.
Aug. 24-Sept. 3: Maryland State Fair
Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. $5-10.
During the opening weekend of this beloved 137-year-old tradition, explore new activities like the Here We Grow! center, a hands-on workshop created by Port Discovery Children’s Museum where attendees can learn about the science and innovation behind farming, and the Lego Interactive Display, a maze of rooms made entirely out of Lego blocks with themes like Maryland traditions, the ocean, and the fair. Of course, the state fair wouldn’t be complete without farm animal exhibits and classic country fare like funnel cake, ice cream, and corn dogs. And be sure not to miss local attractions like the Riptide Roller Coaster and Maryland Foods Pavilion’s famous Crabby Patty, a crab cake topped with an entire soft shell crab on a freshly toasted bun.