Hampdenfest, Maroon 5 and more of the top Baltimore-area events this week

Hampdenfest, Maroon 5, nostalgia and the return of the Blair Witch -- this week in Baltimore entertainment.


Four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, three stages filled with live music, neighborhood merchants offering all sorts of cool stuff, food to eat of every sort — oh, and, of course, a pie-eating contest and the not-quite-glamorous (but always stupendous) toilet bowl race. Yes, it must be Hampdenfest, the day when one of Baltimore's most storied neighborhoods lets its hair down (or whatever you do to a beehive). Music from Pure Junk, Wild Honey, Raindeer, The Above and a host of other bands. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, on and around West 36th Street (aka The Avenue). Free. hampdenfest.blogspot.com

Maroon 5

A rare chance to see Adam Levine performing, not judging. "Harder to Breathe," "Makes Me Wonder," "Moves Like Jagger." Lots of great stuff. Also on the bill: Tove Lo and R. City. 7:30 p.m. Friday at Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St. $30.50-$126. royalfarmsarena.com

Ailey II

Vibrant dancing (don't you wish you could move like that?) from a troupe that includes locals Courtney Celeste Spears and Jessica Amber Pinkett (you may have heard of her cousin, Jada Pinkett Smith). 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens Hall Theatre at Towson University, 8000 York Road. $20-$50. tuboxoffice.com

Maryland Wine Festival

Tastings from more than 30 state wineries, plus music, food, arts and crafts. Imbibe and enjoy. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. next Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St. in Westminster. $20-$50 (free for 12 and under). marylandwine.org/mwf

ZZ Top

The best beards in rock 'n' roll. And the music's not bad, either. Be sure to break out your cheap sunglasses, and all you men, dress sharp. Also enjoy Gov't Mule while you're there. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $40-$85. piersixpavilion.com

Gala Celebration with Itzhak Perlman

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kicks off its second century with the help of the renowned violinist, who will be playing the Mendelsohn violin concerto. Also on the agenda: Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," from his Ninth Symphony, and the world premiere of Caroline Shaw's "The Baltimore Bomb," one of 10 pieces commissioned for the BSO's centennial celebration. 8 p.m. Saturday at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. $75-$125. bsomusic.org

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Meet some of your favorite film and TV stars of yesteryear, including Robert Conrad ("The Wild Wild West"), Kathy Garver ("Family Affair"), Britt Eklund ("The Man with the Golden Gun"), Kent McCord ("Adam 12") and Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood ("2001: A Space Odyssey"). 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at the Hunt Valley Wyndham, 245 Shawan Road in Hunt Valley. $20 per day. mgram1.wixsite.com/nostalgia-convention

Widespread Panic

Enjoy an evening of the best in Southern blues-rock, courtesy of these fine sons of Athens, Ga. 8 p.m. Tuesday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $74.50. france-merrickpac.com

Ravens opener

Time to forget, once and for all, the unfortunateness that was 2015. The march to the playoffs begins today, against the Bills. 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. If you don't have tickets, watch the game on WJZ, Channel 13. And get your purple on. baltimoreravens.com

'Blair Witch'

The brother of one of the original Blair Witch victims goes looking for his sister in the spooky Maryland woods, which is probably not the best of ideas. In theaters Friday.



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