Happening Saturday: The Small Press Expo, Hampdenfest, and more

-The Small Press Expo: Yes, we are really suggesting you make a trip to Bethesda for the weekend, because the biggest alternative comic arts convention on the East Coast has returned. Meet dozens of your favorite independent cartoonists and comic book artists, listen in on panels on the big world of small press, learn how to create, promote, and publish your own comic books and graphic novels, and see fresh new work from all over the globe. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, 5701 Marinelli Road, North Bethesda, spxpo.com, $10-$20. (Maura Callahan)

-Vegan SoulFest: As an enthusiastic carnivore, we took a long time to open up to meatless "meat" and dairyless "dairy." But after tentatively trying some well-prepared seitan and tofu dishes, we can say confidently from one meatmonger to another that yes, it's actual food. It's not only edible, but it can actually be pretty fucking delicious. So try to think of vegetarian and vegan food not as a sacrifice of all things delicious in your diet for the sake of the ethical treatment of animals, but as a new culinary world to explore, with the comforting knowledge that you're not contributing to brutal factory-farming practices and environmental decline. At Vegan SoulFest, discover many meatless food options that don't suck, learn how to prepare your own vegan dishes through cooking demonstrations, enter raffles and contests, and chow down amid live music. Noon-6 p.m., Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Ave., (443) 863-8652, vegansoulfest.com, free. (Maura Callahan)

-From the Short List: Hampdenfest 2015 features live music all day on three stages, from great local acts including Bosley, Blackwolf Beach, Raindeer, Canker Blossom, Early American, and many more. Baltimore instrumental indie band Vivid Low Sky’s original lineup, back together after 17 years, performs at Reverb with Plow and Divining Rod. Classical guitarist Ana Vidovic performs at An die Musik Live. The Sidebar hosts a matinee show with Vermapyre and Cape of Bats, and an evening show with Drugs of Faith and Uncle Buck. Power Plant Live hosts an Oktoberfest party, with music from the Philadelphia German Brass Band. Two Baltimore indie bands, Thrushes and Pianowire, hold a joint release party for their respective new albums at the Metro Gallery. It’s new-wave tribute night at the Ottobar with Joe Jackson tribute I’m The Man, and Cheap Talking Police Cars, who play the work of several bands you can probably guess by their name. A389 Records metalcore band Integrity performs at Baltimore Soundstage. The 8 Ohms Band and Unity Reggae Band provide the musical entertainment at this year’s Baltimore Seafood Festival at Canton Waterfront Park. Don't miss: The Shindig Music Festival returns to Carroll Park with a day of loud rock from headliners including Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, Chevelle, and Helmet.

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