Sept. 14: Baltimore Seafood Festival
Canton Waterfront Park. 12-7 p.m. Free-$100.
What better way to honor Baltimore’s undoubted love for seafood than a full-blown festival with crustaceans as far as the eye can see? Head to Canton Waterfront Park for this sixth annual extravaganza as local seafood spots—including favorites like Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Nick’s Fish House, and The Local Oyster—serve up crab cakes, shrimp salad, oysters, and steamed crabs. Indulge in the only large-scale seafood festival in Baltimore City and spend the day trying new drinks, listening to live music, and taking in cooking demonstrations.
South Point, 101 W. Cromwell St. 6-9 p.m. $65.
With five cocktail tastings and unlimited samplings of 75-plus hand-crafted spirits, Rock and Rye is the idyllic goodbye to summer. Sip the night away while enjoying DJ Who’s soundtrack. In between glasses, hear from representatives of 18 Maryland distilleries—including local favorites like Sagamore Spirit and Old Line—which will offer insights into the trade and how to best serve their whiskey, gin, and vodka at home.
Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
After three years of top-to-bottom renovations to the Enoch Pratt Central Library, the city’s 86-year-old institution will celebrate its grand reopening on Saturday with a block party and open house featuring some of the best performers, musicians, and authors Baltimore has to offer. As you take a virtual tour through the library to see its new additions and expansions, take in the host of activities going on in each section, including a performance by The Ellen Show-famous drummers A1 Chops, a Black Cherry Puppet Theater show in the Children’s Department, and readings by revered local authors like Laura Lippman and Kondwani Fidel in the Wheeler Auditorium.
Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Pl. 8 p.m. $20-25.
If you haven’t yet tuned in to local legend Eze Jackson’s latest record, Fool, start binge-listening ahead of this Friday’s can’t-miss show at Baltimore Soundstage. Joined on the downtown stage by a packed lineup of up-and-comers—including FUNSHO, Apex Tha Genius, Dre Thompson, MC Bravado, and Christen B, as well as rising comedian Ivan Martin—the frontman of beloved hip-hop collective Soul Cannon will take the audience through new songs like “Unapologetically Black” and “Be Great” in the same fiery, high-energy way that he’s known and loved for.
Sept. 15: Abell Community Street Fair
Abell Ave. 12-5 p.m. Free.
Whether you’re a longtime Abell resident or new to the neighborhood, spend Sunday afternoon exploring the sights and shops along its main avenue during this annual street fair. After grabbing a bite from local food trucks like Farm to Charm and cm.pops, browse through free books from The Book Thing of Baltimore, snag some fall-inspired pieces from The Clothing Swap’s free collection, and jam out to live music from 13 local acts including Bobbi Rush and School of Rock Baltimore. There is something for everyone at this fun-in-the-sun event, including a parade and game booths for the kiddos, as well as beer from Peabody Heights Brewery for the grown-up set.