Hare Krishna Rathayatra Chariot Parade And Festival of India, noon-6 p.m. May 26, McKeldin Square, Pratt and Light streets, festivalofindia.org. ISKON Baltimore holds its 11th-annual Rathayatra festival in McKeldin Square. A parade kicks off the celebration starting at noon at Maryland Science Center (601 Light St.) and makes its way toward McKeldin Square (the corner of Light and Pratt streets).
SOwebo Arts and Music Festival, noon-8 p.m. May 26, Hollins Market, 26 S. Arlington Ave., (410) 685-6169, bpmarkets.com. The 2013 Sowebo Arts and Music Festival features some of Baltimore's best bands performing on three stages, a variety of arts and crafts from more than 40 artists, the Sowebo Poster show and auction, interactive art and craft exhibits, and much more.
Charles Village Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. June 1-2, Wyman Park Dell, 29th and Charles Streets, charlesvillagefestival.com. The hula hoop-laden Charles Village Festival is back for 2013 for two days of fun in Wyman Park Dell with two stages of live music, great beer, wine and food, arts and crafts, and tons of activities for the kids. Don't forget to check out the garden walk for the sights and scents of the beautiful, quirky bohemian neighborhood.
Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 2,Federal Hill, Charles and Cross streets, historicfederalhill.org. Come to Federal Hill to enjoy two stages of live blues and jazz, arts and crafts, and fun. Don't forget to check out Boordy Wine Garden, Artist Alley, and a newly expanded Kid's Kross Street.
St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. June 6-9, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 S. Ponca St., (410) 837-4636, stnicholasmd.org, free. Come celebrate the season with the Greek Folk Festival presented by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. The festival features a variety of authentic Greek foods, dance and music. It's the largest Hellenic festival in the Baltimore metropolitan region.
Honfest, noon-6 p.m. June 8-9, the Avenue, W. 36th Street, (410) 235-5800, honfest.net, free. Honfest is back for 2013 with the food, fun, and unique style you know and love. Beyond pink feather boas and big hair, you can expect delicious food, drinks, art, and entertainment.
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival, 11-7 p.m. June 15, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651, creativealliance.org. free. Creative Alliance at the Patterson presents a day-long, multiculture, interactive, family-friendly fest featuring workshops, arts and crafts, music and more. Taste a Smith Island seven-layer cake, check out some Mexican yarn painting, or listen to the musical stylings of jazz artist Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes. There will be tons of authentic Maryland food and locally brewed beer to sample.
Baltimore Pride, noon-5 p.m. June 16, Druid Hill Park, 2600 Madison Ave., (410) 396-6106, free. Baltimore Pride 2013 features a variety of food and fun for the whole community to enjoy. The festival will include local and regional performers, the Lady Lisa Memorial Drag Stage, and a special family zone with activities for the kids.
LatinoFest, noon-9 p.m. June 22-23, Patterson Park, 200 S. Linwood Ave., latinofest.org, free. Baltimore's 33rd-annual LatinoFest will feature headlining performances from Toby Love, Herman Olivera, Frankie Vazquez, and many more. Of course, in addition to the highly danceable musical performances, there will be all of the costumed dancers and traditional foods that make Latino culture unique.
Caribbean Carnival Festival, noon-10 p.m. July 13-14, Clifton Park, 2701 St. Lo Drive, (410) 396-6102, $10 on Saturday, $15 on Sunday. The Caribbean Carnival Festival brings island traditions to Baltimore with the popular carnival parade, music, and costumed dancers. You can expect the lively colorful celebration to have the traditional foods and drinks of the region, as well as a variety of arts and crafts.
Artscape, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 19-21, Station North Arts and Entertainment District, Charles Street and North Avenue, Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, along with the Charles Street corridor, and Bolton Hill, artscape.org. free. America's largest free arts festival attracts over 350,000 attendees and features over 150 fine artists, fashion designers, and craftspeople. The entertainment doesn't stop at art browsing as all three days feature live performances on outdoor stages ranging from dance, opera, theater, film, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and more.
Beyond Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 18-19, Sandy Point State Park, 1100 E. College Parkway, Annapolis, advance one-day ticket $60, two-day $110, day off one-day $75, two-day $140. The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival has become one of the premier blues festivals in the world and it gives all net proceeds to charity. Sounds like a pretty good deal, huh? This year's headliners are Bonnie Raitt, and Eric Burden and the Animals.
Delfest, May 23-26, Cumberland Theater, 101 Johnson St., Cumberland, (301) 759-4990, four-day pass $175. Delfest is a four-day, family-friendly bluegrass and roots music festival. This year features Old Crow Medicine Show, the Del McCoury Band, and two sets from the Trey Anastasio Band (that's the dude from Phish).
KarmaFest, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 25, Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville, (410) 887-1818, $15. This year's KarmaFest features Bhakti Tree, Raa Djarsi, Linda Biggs, David London as well as holistic healing, meditation, spiritualist, healthy food, and more.
Art in the Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 1, Westminster City Hall Park, Locust Street and Longwell Avenue, Westminster, (410) 848-7272. free. Art in the Park features art, demonstrations, family activities, food and live entertainment on the beautiful grounds of Westminster City Hall.
Bowiefest, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1, Allen Pond Park, 3330 North View Drive, Bowie, (301) 809-3076, free. While this doesn't have anything to do with David Bowie, it's still pretty awesome. Bowiefest promises fantastic crafts, delicious food (crab cakes), and a rib-eating contest. Two stages feature a great assortment of musical stylings ranging from blues, classic rock, funk, and R&B.
Frederick Festival Of The Arts, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 1-2, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Market Street, Frederick, visitfrederick.org, free. Celebrating its 20th year, the Frederick Festival of the Arts features artist covering a dozen mediums including jewelry, sculpture, digital, and more. There are two stages showcasing musical and theatrical performances as well as kids activities, food, and much more.
Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival, June 8-9, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, (410) 841-2841, annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com, wine tasting ticket $30, non-wine tasting ticket $8, youth ticket $5, children under 12 free. Sample wines from over 25 Maryland wineries at this festival in our beautiful capital. This two-day festival features the work of more than 200 of our region's best artists in a variety of mediums, as well as music and food.
Pocomoke Cypress Festival, June 12-15, Cypress Park off of Route 113, pocomoke.com. Games and events, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and rides for all ages, the Pocomoke Cypress Festival has it all. Enjoy live music, the Pocomoke Raft Regatta, and Pocomoke Idol.
Columbia Festival of the Arts, June 14-29, Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, columbiafestival.com, many events are free. The Columbia Festival of the Arts features a wide variety of performances, exhibitions, showcases, and workshops for all ages and interests. The festival highlights not only the arts but Howard County as a whole.
Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival, June 14, Sam Michael's Park, 1330 Job Corps Road, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., (304) 725-2055, $5, children $2. Over 200 artisans and craftspeople are featured in this meticulously vetted showcase of arts and crafts. Enjoy wine, food, and live bluegrass music.
Celebrate Lancaster, 5-9 p.m. June 28, Binns Park, North Queen Street, Lancaster, Pa., lancastercityevents.com. Celebrating the cultural diversity of Lancaster and the people who live there, this event features local food, beer, wine, and entertainment. Live music will include rock, Latin, and R&B.
Kutztown Folk Festival, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 29-July 7, Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 N. Whiteoak St., Kutztown, Pa., $14, seniors $13, juniors $5, kids free, all-week pass $24. Family fun and the Pennsylvania Dutch are the focal points of this summer fest, the oldest folklife festival in America. This nine-day celebration features 200 juried craftsman, historical reenactments, antiques, food, music, and dancing.
Howard County Pow-Wow, July 13-14, Howard County Fairgrounds, 1022 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship, (252) 532-0821, howardcountyfair.com, $10, ages 3-12 $6, age 2 and younger free. Learn about Native-American heritage through dances, arts, crafts, food and a parade of nations.
Maryland State Fair, Aug. 23-Sept. 2, Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, (410) 252-0200, marylandstatefair.com. The end-of-the-summer staple returns once again, here to offer you carnival rides, funnel cake, and other delicious junk food, games, animals, and live entertainment.
Maryland Renaissance Festival, weekends Aug. 24-Oct. 20, 1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, (410) 266-7304, rennfest.com, $17-$22 depending on the date, various discounts for seniors and children. The 16th century meets the 21st in the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Expect food on a stick, music, and fun with a historical slant.
Augustoberfest, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 24-25, Downtown Hagerstown, 23 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, augustoberfest.org. Celebrate German heritage in conjuction with Hagerstown's sister city, Wesel, Germany, in this Octoberfest in August. German food, dancing, and, of course, German beer are featured prominently in this two-day celebration.
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