On The Town

Weekend Lineup: April 27-29

The best things to do in Baltimore this weekend.

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April 29: Bottomless Drag Brunch

Minnow, 2 E. Wells St. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $69. 443-759-6537

Nothing says “Sunday Funday” like sipping on bottomless morning cocktails, noshing on tapas-style eats, and watching drag queens lip-sync and dance between tables. At this monthly drag brunch, sample from Minnow’s signature brunch menu (think crispy chicken biscuits, sour cream doughnuts, and fried oysters), and cheer on local divas like Bombalicious, Abbi Kadabra, and Desiree Dik as they sashay through the South Baltimore restaurant.

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April 28: The Last Party at Sisson St.

The Baltimore Whiskey Company, 2800 Sisson St. 12-6 p.m. Free. 443-687-9099.

The Baltimore Whiskey Company’s Remington distillery holds a lot of special memories; after all, that’s where their team concocted the first rye whiskey produced in the city since the Prohibition era. But change is inevitable, and as the BWC prepares to move into their new digs at Union Collective this spring, it’s time to say farewell to the beloved distillery at Sisson Street. During this final parking-lot party, featuring the second release of the award-winning Epoch Straight Rye, raise a glass to the distillery’s next chapter and dig into eats from local food truck Farm to Charm.

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April 28: Women of the World Festival Baltimore

Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 N. Charles St. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. $6-20. 410-435-0100

The past year was defined by female voices—from speaking out against sexual harassment to becoming a tenacious political force. Now in its second year, the Women of the World (WOW) Festival returns just in time to explore women’s issues through panels, performances, and activities. This Saturday, head to Maryland’s only all-women’s college and get inspired by keynote speakers Tarana Burke, the #MeToo founder who was named a Time magazine “Person of the Year,” and Roxane Gay, cultural critic and The New York Times best-selling author of Bad Feminist and Hunger. After the keynote speeches, drop by sessions like Self Care for Women of Color and Trailblazing Women of Baltimore, peruse through women empowerment-focused vendors, and grab bites from local food trucks. 

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April 27-18: Charm City Bluegrass Festival

Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Dr. Fri. 4 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. $30-170. 410-396-6106.

The Charm City Bluegrass Festival has proven time and time again that Baltimore’s Americana music scene is a force to be reckoned with. Now in its sixth year, the festival has upped the ante, expanding to a two-day celebration featuring three stages, 21 bands, local food, and homegrown brews from Union Craft Brewing. This weekend, experience a little slice of Americana heaven with performances by headliners The Devil Makes Three and The Travelin’ McCourys, plus local acts such as Caleb Stine, Haint Blue, and The Honey Dewdrops.


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April 28: Roots and Raíces Festival 

128 W. North Ave. 1 p.m.-2 a.m. $10-15. 410-752-1513.

In collaboration with the Court Appointed Special Advocates, Roots and Raíces, a local communications platform for immigrants and people of color, presents its inaugural music and arts festival that highlights immigrant and minority-led performances, vendors, and organizations. This Saturday, hear nationally renowned artists like EDM influencer Dave Nada, DJ and producer Happy Colors, and four-piece band Conjunto Bruja, as well as local artists :3LON, Nikilad, and Genie. Browse through artwork and crafts in the El Mercado, participate in a piñata-making workshop, meet with immigrant-rights advocates, and fill up on eats from local favorites Cocina Luchadoras and The Cupcake Fairy.