Otakon

Otakon (NOAH SCIALOM / June 17, 2014)

From Fourth of July celebrations in the high heat of summer to tree-lighting ceremonies in the chill of December, Baltimore is a city for all seasons. And lest you have a dull weekend, City Paper has compiled a soup-to-nuts agenda of all that’s happening around town. Don’t worry, we’ve covered a wide variety of interests and obsessions: From readers (Baltimore Book Festival) and films buffs (Maryland Film Festival) to otakus (Otakon) and privateers (Privateer Festival), Baltimore plays host to all kinds of fanatics. And although art lovers probably already know about Artscape, the country’s largest free arts festival, the city is also home to the Transmodern Festival and the High Zero Festival. If you’re looking to get in touch with your roots, this cosmopolitan city has something for you (German Festival, Polish Festival, African American Festival, LatinoFest, etc.). Now the question isn’t whether or not there’s something to do this weekend, but what to do this weekend.

FALL

Ukrainian Festival

Sept. 7-8, ukrainianfestival.net

For one full weekend in September, Patterson Park becomes a miniature Ukraine, complete with multiple folk-dance ensembles, traditional foods, a beer garden, and professional Ukrainian musicians.

Hampdenfest

Sept. 14, hampdenfest.blogspot.com

Already one of Baltimore’s more creative neighborhoods, Hampden’s lively festival brings the city’s edgiest artists, musicians, craftspeople, and merchants (plus toilet races) to the Avenue to celebrate neighborhood’s vibrant culture.

High Zero Festival

Sept. 16-22, highzero.org

Dedicated to bringing together improvisational and experimental musicians from around the world, High Zero Festival works to find new collaborations that will create radically unique sounds.

Baltimore Book Festival

Sept. 27-29, baltimorebookfestival.com

Baltimore’s favorite authors mingle with more nationally renowned writers to participate in book readings, discussions, and other literary festivities. Visitors can also enjoy live music and cooking demonstrations.

Free Fall Baltimore

October, freefallbaltimore.com

During the month of October, the city’s museums, theaters, and galleries open their doors to the public for no cost for countless performances, lectures, concerts and exhibitions.

Fells Point Fun Festival

Oct. 4-6, fellspointfunfestival.com

Celebrate one of Baltimore’s most historic neighborhoods with live music, carnival rides, and hot food. Originally an effort to preserve an endangered Fells Point, the street festival is now a central event in this lively neighborhood.

Baltimore Beer Week