Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Aug. 12: Ancestor's Dinner
Ida B’s Table, 235 Holliday Street. 6-9 p.m. $60.
This Sunday, our go-to comfort food spot will premiere this first-of-its-kind dinner series that invites renowned chefs to take over the kitchen at Ida B’s Table to serve a family-style meal inspired by their ancestors. For the first installment, Charleston-born chef Benjamin “D.J.” Dennis, known for his appearances on Top Chef and Moveable Feast, will make a five-course dinner that will infuse the flavors of the Lowcountry into his signature Gullah Geechee cuisine. Revel in the chance to expand your culinary palate and learn more about the history and culture of Gullah food traditions.
Aug. 10: Pints in the Park
Center Plaza, 120 W. Fayette St. 5-8 p.m. Free.
Leave the office on Friday afternoon and head straight to Center Plaza in the heart of downtown for Pints in the Park, a monthly outdoor happy hour featuring libations from local favorites Calvert Brewing Company, Heavy Seas Beer, and Linganore Wine Cellars. While sipping on three-dollar glasses of red, white, or hoppy, hear live tunes by Baltimore singer-songwriter Joi Carter, play a round of corn hole or Ping-Pong, and unwind during this perfect summer set-up.
Aug. 12: Sunday Summer Camp Series
R. House, 301 W. 29th St. 5-9:30 p.m. Free.
We miss the good ol’ days when our summer months were filled with bunkbeds, bug bites, and bonfires at sleepaway camp. From now until mid-October, relive those carefree days every Sunday night at R. House with a camp-themed movie series and frozen drinks from the food hall’s tropical mobile bar. This weekend, settle in for back-to-back screenings of The Parent Trap, featuring Lindsay Lohan’s still-charming film debut as a pair of twins, and Wet Hot American Summer, with pre-fame Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, and Elizabeth Banks in this ambitious and hilarious parody.
Aug. 11-12: Moonrise Festival
Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. $109-$299.50.
You don’t need to rock kandi or know the PLUR handshake to have fun at Moonrise, but it sure wouldn’t hurt. This weekend, Baltimore’s fifth-annual EDM festival returns for a two-day celebration of every style of dance music from bass drops to hip-hop, with a stacked lineup highlighted by the likes of heavy-hitters Diplo, Marshmello, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. Be sure to catch Saturday’s set by dub legend Rusko and an appearance by avant-rap royalty Vince Staples on Sunday.
Aug. 11-12: AFRAM Festival
Druid Hill Park, 3001 East Dr. Sat. 12-8 p.m., Sun. 12-6 p.m. Free.
For its 42nd year, the city’s annual celebration of African-American life, music, and culture will return to Druid Hill Park for two days of family-friendly activities and events. During this jam-packed weekend, learn more about financial literacy, try your hand at yoga, peruse the open-air marketplace, and hear headline performer and pop songstress Ella Mai, whose single “Boo’d Up” has been inescapable this summer, along with sets by rising rapper Jacquees, local R&B group Dru Hill, and gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell.