Hare Krishna Rathayatra Chariot Parade and Festival of India,
May 29, parade starts at the Maryland Science Center at 601 Light St., festival at McKeldin Square at the corner of Light and Pratt streets,
, free. A festival for your inner self. Entertain it with the chariot parade, and nourish it with vegetarian delights, live music and dance, gifts, culture, and spirituality galore at the Festival of India.
Sowebo Arts and Music Festival,
May 29, around Hollins Market in the 1000 and 1100 blocks of Hollins Street,
, free. This year’s Sowebo Festival features the usual food, craft vendors, nonprofit stands, music—including locals Pasadena and Grilled Lincolns—and an open-call art show, plus the bonus of a special erotic art show in honor of a Sowebo Arts founding father.
Charles Village Festival,
June 4, 11
June 5, Wyman Park Dell, 29th and North Charles streets,
, free, garden walk guide $8. A weekend of fun for the students, families, and residents that inhabit and visit Charles Village. Musical performances, kid-friendly and otherwise, entertain while you peruse craft stands and stuff your face from food vendors. The 5K fun and 1K kids’ fun run returns after two years to work it all off.
Federal Hill Jazz and Blues Festival,
June 5, South Charles Street,
, free. Most Thursday nights it’s Frat Hill, but every other day it’s Federal Hill, and we would do well to remember. The Jazz and Blues Festival highlights the stuff real Baltimore’s got a lot of—namely, good live music, funky art, and plenty of food and drink to go with it.
June 11, noon-6
June 12, 36th Street (the Avenue) between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue,
, free. The pHon possibilities abound, so let’s just skip ‘em and say that HONfest 2011 will be as colorful as ever, with a glamour lounge, a frozen drink bar, and, of course, the Best Hon Contest, “honoring the working women of America.”
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival,
June 18, Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., (410) 276-1651,
, free. Maryland’s a smorgasbord of cultures and heritages, and this festival aims to show them off: a doo-wop group, an accordion-led Irish trad session, some blues harp, West African music, boat builders—who knew we had all this stuff?
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June 18 in Mount Vernon, pride festival 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 19 in Druid Hill Park, (410) 837-5445,
, free. Our feet will surely hurt just watching, but for the brave, Saturday’s pride events kick off with a high-heels race down Charles Street at 3:30. Stay for the parade and block party, and/or hang in Druid Hill Park for the festival on Sunday.
June 22-26, “Highway to Nowhere” (Route 40), Franklin an North Gilmor streets,
, free. Along with events taking place throughout indoor venues in the city, West Baltimore hosts this arts and culture festival featuring live music from Talib Kweli, Sunni Patterson, Anthony David, and Chuck Brown; an international arts marketplace; and the Art of Healthy Living Pavilion.
African American Festival,
July 2, noon-9
July 3, M&T Bank Stadium lots B and C, 1101 Russell St.,
, free. The AAF features a sweet new web site this year, plus it’s mixing it up with Radio One’s Stone Soul Picnic, running an African-American film festival, and throwing a three-on-three basketball challenge. The talent schedule wasn’t available at press time, but you know it’s gonna be tight.
July 15-16, noon-8
July 17, Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, along with the Charles Street corridor, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts and Entertainment District,
, free. It’s the biggest free arts festival in the United States, it’s in Baltimore, and it turns 30 this year. Don’t miss.
May 21, 10
May 22, Oregon Ridge Park, 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville,
, $5. Most festivals aim to stuff you silly with bad-for-you food, drink, and good times. That’s all good, but be sure to balance yourself first with this festival aimed at healthy and holistic living and eating, featuring meditation and yoga to live music, group drum circles, and two performances by Telesma.
Art in the Park,
June 4, the grounds of the Westminster City Hall, (410) 848-7272,
. An outdoor festival packed with artists selling and demonstrating their talents, all accompanied by food, drink, strolling musicians, and activities for the kids.
Frederick Festival of the Arts,
June 4, 11
June 5, Carroll Creek Linear Park, Market Street, Frederick, (301) 662-4190,
. More than 100 artists showcase at this two-day juried festival, which also features live music, demonstrations, boat rentals, and the usual food and drink.
June 4, Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie, (301) 809-3078,
. A classic selection of food and drink, arts vendors, and live music, in celebration of a nearby community.
Columbia Festival of the Arts,
June 10-25, venues in and around Columbia, including the Rouse Theatre and Howard Community College, (410) 715-3044,
. Living in the ’burbs ain’t all bad. Start June off at downtown Columbia’s iconic lakefront with LakeFest, and be sure to check out what else it has to offer over the next two weeks, including free movie screenings, an acrobatics workshop, and, of course, the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy.
Mountain Heritage Arts and Crafts Festival,
June 10-12 and Sept. 23-25, Sam Michael’s Park, 1330 Job Corps Road, Shenandoah Junction, W.V., (304) 725-2055,
, $7, children 6-17 $4, children under 6 free. Get some city out of your system with the best mountain living has to offer, including folk art, leather and metal crafts, jewelry, pottery, and wood accessories, plus the music from Hillbilly Gypsies, Patent Pending, and more.
Annapolis Arts and Crafts Festival,
June 11, 10
June 12, Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis, (410) 263-4012,
, $5, ages 12-18 and 65 and up $3, under 12 free. Beautiful downtown Annapolis hosts a new juried arts festival with wine tastings, food, entertainment, and family activities.
June 15-16, 6-11
June 17, 11
June 18, Cypress Park, Pocomoke City,
, $2. Spend the day outdoors in a town known for its outdoorsy style at the 36th annual Cypress Festival, in beautiful riverside Cypress Park.
June 24, Binns Park, Lancaster, Pa., (717) 291-2758,
, free. Not-too-far-away Lancaster celebrates its culture with food, two stages of live music, and a fireworks show.
A Mid-Summer Faire,
June 25, Historic St. Mary’s City, (240) 895-4990,
. Maryland’s got history, and it’s on display in historic St. Mary’s City today with a festival dedicated to our colonial roots. All entertainment, music, and activities are 17th-century approved, including wooden-horse jousting and jugglers.
Kutztown Folk Festival,
July 2-10, Kutztown Fairgrounds, 225 N. White Oak St., Kutztown, Pa., (888) 674-6136,
, $14.00, ages 55 and older $13, ages 13-17 $5, ages 12 and under free, all-week pass $24. The Pennsylvania Dutch community offers an eclectic mix of entertainment, with square dancing, a Mennonite wedding, a demonstration of early farming techniques, and a cake walk, plus lectures, an auction, and food, crafts, and kids’ stuff.
Howard County Pow-Wow American Indian Show and Festival,
July 23, 11
July 24, Howard County Fairgrounds, 2201 Fairgrounds Road, West Friendship,
. A look at our Native-American heritage, with demonstrations, Native-American dancing competitions, fine arts and crafts for sale, horseback rides, drumming, instrument making, and more.
Maryland State Fair,
Aug. 26-Sept. 5, Maryland State Fairgrounds, intersection of York and Timonium roads, Timonium,
, $8, ages 62 and up $6, ages 6-11 $3, ages 5 and under free. The usual junk to eat, stuff to buy, and things to ride will be there, of course, plus some highlights: a birthing center and milk-it-yourself session in the Cow Palace, a Masters of the Chainsaw show, live horseracing, and concerts from Blake Shelton and Selena Gomez and the Scene.
Maryland Renaissance Festival,
weekends Aug. 27-Oct. 23, 1821 Crownsville Road, Crownsville,
. $19, seniors $16, ages 7-15 $9, two-day pass $28. Whether you are of age to indulge in ye olde ale pints, a day (or more) at Ren Fest provides endless entertainment, from jousting to corset shopping to castle rock climbing, all while gnawing on a turkey leg.
Aug. 27, 11
Aug. 28, downtown Hagerstown’s central parking lot, 23 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, (301) 739-8577,
, $5, ages 12 and under free. Perhaps you’re familiar with Oktoberfest, the annual German celebration that’s come to mean beer and barmaids here in the states. Hagerstown honors its sister city, Wessel, Germany, with a more traditional celebration, albeit in August. The party officially starts Saturday at 11, but the Piedmont Pacers Volksmarch Club holds a noncompetitive 10K walk at 8