3rd Annual Charm City LGBT Film Festival. Featuring six award-winning films from the U.S., Taiwan, Germany, and India, using both documentary and narrative formats to explore various themes. May 29- June 1, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org.
African American Festival. Brandy and Mint Condition headline this year’s celebration of African American life and culture. Enjoy children’s activities, arts, and food, and browse many vendors. June 21-22, Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Complex, 1101 Russell St., africanamericanfestival.net.
Annapolis Arts, Crafts and Wine Festival. For the fifth year running, Annapolis welcomes revelers to enjoy the artwork of over 200 craftsmen and artisan booths, with a new dimension: a wide selection of Maryland’s finest wines. Pop the cork and put some culture in your life in Maryland’s maritime city. June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, (410) 841-2841,annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com. $30 with tasting, $8 without tasting, $5 ages 12-18, free under 12.
Annapolis Irish Festival. Avoid the amateurs who only come out for St. Patrick’s Day with this festival featuring more than 70 vendors, Irish dancers, and music by Screaming Orphans, Scythian, Seamus Kennedy and more. July 11-12, Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, (410) 923-3400, annapolisirishfestival.com.
Artscape. Head to the 33rd installment of America’s largest free arts festival. Don’t miss over 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftsmen who will prepare exciting pieces for visitors from Baltimore and beyond to enjoy. There will also be performances ranging from opera and dance to live music from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. July 18-20, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Mount Royal Avenue between Lanvale and Cathedral streets, Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Charles Street and North Avenue, artscape.org, free.
Augustoberfest. Revel in all things German and Bavarian with this summertime tribute to Oktoberfest. Not only can you enjoy live entertainment, traditional Bavarian food, lively libations, and children’s areas, you’re also supporting scholarships for exchange students from Germany. Aug. 23-24, 10:30 a.m. Downtown Hagerstown, (301) 739-8577, ext. 116, augustoberfest.org. Adults $5, children 12 and under free.
Balticon 48. Brandon Sanderson, Halo Jankowski, and Kenneth Anders headline this year’s festival dedicated to all things science fiction. You can take part in concerts, dances, gaming and more. Presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. May 23-26, Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, (410) 785-7000, balticon.org.
Baltimore Book Festival. Though the Book Festival is moving from its charming Mount Vernon location to the more touristy Inner Harbor, it still promises to attract some terrific writers to town. Sept. 26-27, noon-8 p.m., Sept. 28, noon-6 p.m., Bicentennial Plaza, 401 Light St., (410) 752-8632, baltimorebookfestival.com.
Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival. Dancers, musicians, artists, poets, vendors and many others celebrate African-American culture. Sept. 20, Towson Courthouse Square Plaza, Towson,aaculturalfestival.com.
Baltimore Pride. Make your way to Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street for Maryland’s largest LGBT festival, a family-friendly hooplah complete with a parade, a block party, music, food and more in celebration of diversity and all types of love. June 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., (410) 777-8145, baltimorepride.org, free.
Baltimore Summer Antiques Show. Looking to redecorate or spruce up your home? Head down to the Convention Center, where you can shop for antiques from hundreds of dealers. Aug. 21, noon-8 p.m., Aug. 22-23, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (410) 649-7000,baltimoresummerantiques.com.
Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival. The vibrant Caribbean Carnival makes its way to Baltimore once again in July, beginning the parade on East 33rd Street and meandering and dancing along Alameda Street over to St. Lo Drive. Make your way over to Lake Clifton Park to feel some more island fever, with reggae and steel drum music, entertainment, vendors, and food and drink. You won’t want to miss the colorful costumes and rhythmic beats. July 12, noon-10 p.m., July 13, noon-9 p.m., Clifton Park, 2701 St. Lo Drive, (410) 396-6102,dccaribbeancarnival.org, $10-$15.
Bowie Fest. Join the city of Bowie for its annual Bowie Fest, jampacked with the best entertainers, businesses, libations, and arts and crafts that Bowie has to offer. And if you’re feeling particularly ambitious, join in the rib-eating contest for a $100 gift card from Texas Road House. June 7, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, (301) 809-3078, cityofbowie.org, free.
Bronycon. The festival for My Little Pony lovers is back! This year’s edition features appearances by writers, voice actors and artists, a Brony Bar Trot, and more. Aug. 1, Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (410) 649-7000,bronycon.org.
Caribbean Heritage and Wave Your Flag Celebration. To mark Caribbean-American Heritage Month and Flag Day, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture hosts a festival featuring DJ Phaze, a steel drum band, film, crafts, and more. June 14, noon, Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, africanamericanculture.org.
Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair. Head west on 70 and take part in a country fair with exhibitors, entertainment, animal shows, food, and more. July 26-Aug. 1 Carroll County Agriculture Center, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, (410) 848-3247, carrollcountyfair.com.
Celebrate Lancaster. Join in the festivities in downtown Lancaster at this highly attended cultural fair. Pick a stage to listen to live entertainment, grab a few craft brews, and sniff out your favorite option out of 25 food vendors for a chill, enjoyable evening. July 27, 11:30 a.m. -10 p.m., Binns Park, North Queen Street, and Penn Square, Lancaster, (717) 291-4758, lancastercityevents.com/events/.
Charles Village Festival. Get in a quick 5K run around Johns Hopkins Homewood campus before relaxing and enjoying the 2014 Charles Village Festival at Wyman Park Dell and Charles and 29th streets. After a run, you’re sure to dig into some fair food and drinks, and kick back and enjoy live music and vendors. If you’re bursting with extra energy, you can join the annual Charles Village Garden Walk. May 31-June 1, 8:30 a.m. May 31-June 1.charlesvillagefestival.net, free.
Columbia Festival of the Arts. The whole community comes out for the annual Columbia Festival of the Arts for performances, live entertainment, and workshops for guests to participate in. June 13-28, Columbia Town Center Lakefront, 10221 Wincopin Circle, (410) 715-3044, columbiafestival.org
Dundalk Heritage Fair. Dundalk celebrates with a weekend fair, parade, and full slate of music. Featuring performances by Travis Tritt, Night Ranger, Crack the Sky and more. June 27-29, Dundalk Heritage Park, Dunmanway and Trading Place, Dundalk, (410) 284-4022, dundalkheritagefair.com.