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FESTIVALS AND EXTRA-VALS

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.

Feast of St. Anthony Italian Festival. Come down to Little Italy for a weekend of live entertainment, dancing, games, vendors, and plenty of delicious pizza, vino, porchetta, Italian sausage, cannoli, pasta, vendors, and fried dough. June 7-8, Little Italy, Stiles and Exeter streets, littleitalymd.com.

Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival. Take a walk down Charles and Cross streets while enjoying the sounds of local and national jazz and blues acts. There’s plenty of food, wine, beer, and crafts vendors as well. June 8, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., Federal Hill, Charles and Cross streets, historicfederalhill.org.

Festival Latino de Maryland. Take part in a whole day of Latino food and music. Featuring performances by Alex Sentation, Trono, K-Rose, Mr. Pelon 503, King Flyp, Brazeros, Rene Alonso. Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Aug. 3, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 327-6005, marylandlatinofest.com.

Frederick Festival of the Arts. For the 21st year, Frederick honors fine arts along the water for a picturesque festival complete with two live stages, food and drink, artist demonstrations, kids’ stations and more. Stroll in the open air for a cultural afternoon of arts and fun. June 6, 6-9 p.m., June 7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Carroll Creek Linear Park, Historic Downtown Frederick, frederickartscouncil.org/.

HampdenFest. Bringing together an eclectic mix of vendors, a karaoke contest, toilet bowl races, and a terrific lineup of local bands, Hampdenfest has cemented itself as one of the highlights of the summer. Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., The Avenue, West 36th Street, hampdenfest.blogspot.com.

Hampstead Day. A Main Street festival in the truest sense. Enjoy antiques, crafts, entertainment, kids’ rides, and antique classic car show. May 24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Street, North Main Street and Gill Avenue, Hampstead, (443) 250-5165, hampsteadlionsclub.org.

Honfest. Doll up with your biggest hair, your chunkiest sunglasses, and a feather boa and come down to Hampden for 2014’s annual Honfest. Participate in the neighborly warmth of the Baltimore hons with food, drinks, live music, and the hotly anticipated Baltimore’s Best Hon pageant. Do you think your beehive hairdo has what it takes? June 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. June 15, noon-6 p.m., The Avenue (36th Street) in Hampden, honfest.net/index.html, free.

Howard County American Indian Pow-Wow. A great chance to learn about and celebrate Native American culture, with native food, music, storytelling, dancing and more. July 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., July 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, (252) 532-0821, howardcountyfair.com. Ages 13 and up, $12, ages 3-12, $7, ages 2 and under, free ($2 discount coupon available by emailing powwow@vance.netand requesting coupon.

Howard County Fair. HoCo isn’t entirely McMansions . . . yet. Head to the county’s fair for carnival rides, live entertainment, tractor pulls, livestock displays, horse shows, exhibits, food, and more. Aug. 3-10, Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairground Road, West Friendship, (410) 442-1022, howardcountyfair.org.

Jamaica Day Reggae Festival. Featuring a fashion show, a wine tasting, a raffle, and performances by Romain Virgo, Tony Roy, Intellect, Da Real Storm, and others. July 5, 3 p.m. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, 1450 Generals Highway, Crownsville, (301) 221-6517, jamaicadayreggaefestival.com.

KarmaFest “Unity” Festival. Come to Oregon Ridge with your yoga mat, a hungry stomach, and ears ready to listen to live music for this two-day festival. Performers lined up include TELESMA and Dynasty Electric, and there will drumming, dancing, workshops, vegan and vegetarian eats, and a chill, fun atmosphere. June 7, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., June 8, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Oregon Ridge Lake, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, (410) 446-2569,karmafest.com, $15 a day or $25 for two-day pass.

Kutztown Folk Festival. Ever wonder what the oldest continuously operated folk festival in America is like? Look no further than Kutztown, Pennsylvania where the Pennsylvania Dutch community hosts a bevy of live entertainment, family-friendly activities, quilts, crafts, kid activities, and food and drink for all. The event has been mentioned by National Geographic twice, and promises an array of enjoyable and cultural events. June 28- July 6, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown, 888- 674-6136, kutztownfestival.com.

Let’s Eat Charles Street. No, not literally. The festival invites Charles Street restaurants to offer samples of their cuisine and offers live music, community booths, retail and craft vendors, children’s activities, and more. June 14, noon-5 p.m., Charles Center Plaza, 300 block of N. Charles St., (410) 659-7768, charlesstreet.net.

Maryland German Festival. Marylanders of German descent—or those who simply like a good beer and wurst—celebrate their heritage with bands, folk dancing, choral singing, vendors, children’s activities, food, beer and wine. July 24-26, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 522-4144, md-germans.org.

Maryland Renaissance Festival. Ye olde Maryland Renaissance festival rushes guests back to the 16th century for costume-wearing, meat-on-a-stick-eating, gypsy-silk-vending, and knight-jousting fun. Festival runs Aug. 23 to Oct. 19; call or check website for schedule. Maryland Renaissance Festival, 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, (410) 266-7304, rennfest.com. First nine days of festival: Adults, $17, seniors, $15, children, $8; after: Adults, $22, seniors, $19, children, $10.

Maryland State Fair. Get your fill of delicious fair food, wild carnival rides, fresh flowers, and entertainment galore before summer ends with the Maryland State Fair. Aug. 22- Sept. 1, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 252-0200, marylandstatefair.com. Adults $8, seniors (62 & over) $6, children (6 to 11) $3, children 5 and under, free besides rides tickets .

Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival. The Creative Alliance hosts its traditional Folklife Festival with a smorgasbord of musical stylings including jazz, doo-wop, gospel, Celtic, dance and drum, and much more. While you’re listening, join in on some arts sessions with the professionals, including Lafayette Gilchrist, to make your own artistic pieces. Maybe you’ll come out of it with a birthday gift for your mom. June 14, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org.

Maryland’s Polish Festival. Enjoy live entertainment, cultural heritage displays, Polish and American food and beer, and (of course) lots of polka. July 19-20, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 276-4019, pcamaryland.org.

Otakon. The annual anime and East Asian culture convention returns, bringing with it cosplay, karaoke, a maid cafe, exhibits and other events. Aug. 8-10, Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., (410) 649-7000, otakon.com.

Paint Annapolis 2014. Local painters and painters from across the country are invited to Maryland’s state capital for a juried plein air painting competition. June 23-29 Maryland Federation of Art, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, (410) 268-4566, mdfedart.org.

Philippine Festival. Enjoy the best Filipino culture has to offer with this festival, which includes a parade, games, arts and crafts, a kids zone, music, and more. June 14, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (443) 812-3241, katipunan.org.

Pocomoke Cypress Festival. Are you having a hankering for a tilt-a-whirl and a ferris wheel, some arts and crafts and live entertainment, some fair food and a river cruise? The city of Pocomoke offers all these things and more at its annual Cypress Festival. If you think you’ve got the best decorated boat and the strongest tug-of-war arms, then you’re going to be very at home at this summertime fair. June 11-14, Pocomoke River, off Route 113, (410) 957-1919,pocomoke.com/cypressfestival/.

Rathyatra & Festival of India. Featuring a free vegetarian feast, live music, dance performances, theater, cultural exhibits, book stands, and more. The Rathyatra chariot parade takes place near the Maryland Science Center at noon. May 25, 2-6 p.m., McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light streets, iskconbaltimore.org.

Sowebo Arts And Music Festival. Now in its 30th year, the festival brings together great local music, art, and food vendors. Performers this year include the All Mighty Senators, Rufus Roundtree & Da B’More Brass Factory, Ben Watson, The Deaf Scene, and many more. noon-8 p.m. May 25 Hollins Market, 26 S. Arlington Avenue, (410) 685-6169, soweboarts.org/festival.html.

St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival. The St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church hosts a four-day weekend of Greek festivities, the largest in the Mid-Atlantic. Satisfy your gyro and lamb cravings and wash it down with some baclava while strolling along to festive Greek music and browsing through artisanal vendors’ stations. June 5-8, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., (410) 837-4636, stnicholasmd.org, free.

 

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