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The best Baltimore-area events this week: Summer Spirit Festival and Howard County Fair

The best Baltimore-area events this week: Summer Spirit Festival and Howard County Fair
Fantasia will be among the headliners at next weekend's Summer Spirit Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Summer Spirit Festival

Performances by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Fantasia highlight the music in store for this year's Summer Spirit Festival, always one of the best weekends of the season. In addition to the headliners, Saturday's Day 1 will feature music from De La Soul, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Common, Ro James, Experience Unlimited featuring Sugarbear, Moonchild and Wisdom Speeks. Next Sunday's Day 2 features a lineup of Bel Biv Devoe, SWV, The Internet, En Vogue, DJ Kool, Tish Hyman and Jazmine Sullivan. The music and good times start at 2 p.m. each day at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia. $54-$650 daily. $97-$1,170 for a two-day pass. merriweathermusic.com.

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The sixth Festival Latino de Maryland is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
The sixth Festival Latino de Maryland is set for Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Festival Latino de Maryland

A seriously hot south-of-the-border music lineup, including more than a dozen performers, from Arcangel to Tierra Cali, should keep things more-than-moving for this two-day festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. $30-$100. marylandfest.com.

A tradition for 72 years, the Howard County Fair kicks off Saturday at the county fairgrounds in West Friendshyip.
A tradition for 72 years, the Howard County Fair kicks off Saturday at the county fairgrounds in West Friendshyip. (Daniel Kucin Jr. / Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Howard County Fair

A showcase for Howard County agriculture and livestock, but perhaps even more important, a chance to enjoy all sorts of wonderful food, music (from the Back Pages Band, Appaloosa, Sam Grow Band, Richie Fields and others), carnival rides, even a demolition derby. Who cares about the heat when there's a carnival to be enjoyed? 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday through Aug. 12 at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road in West Friendship. $2-$5 (free for kids under 10). howardcountyfair.org.

Dog Days of Summer Block Party

Canines and the people they drag along are welcome at this mid-summer celebration of all things dog. Enjoy dog pools, dog treats, a doggie obstacle course and plenty of tennis balls. Even those of us who walk on two legs are welcome, although it's important to remember the tennis balls are not for us. 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday outside the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. in Highlandtown. Free. creativealliance.org.

Simone Bucio in "The Untamed."
Simone Bucio in "The Untamed." (Strand Releasing)

'The Untamed'

A strained marriage, a meteorite carrying something of a surprise and a sexuality making everyone uncomfortable combine in this latest film from Spanish director Amat Escalante, who won the Cannes directing prize for his 2013 film "Heli." Opens Friday at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. mdfilmfest.com.

Roger Water brings his Us+Them tour to D.C.'s Verizon Center Friday and Saturday
Roger Water brings his Us+Them tour to D.C.'s Verizon Center Friday and Saturday (Josh Sisk / BALTIMORE SUN)

Roger Waters

The legacy of Pink Floyd continues with Waters' "Us + Them" tour. Expect stuff from "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall," plus music from his most recent studio album, June's "Is This the Life We Really Want?" 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at D.C.'s Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $55-$700. Tickets through ticketmaster.com.

Baltimore Improv Festival

Seven nights of world-class improv comedy (that's what they claim, and we believe 'em), featuring performers from Baltimore (naturally), Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., and beyond. Kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Monday with shows from four local troupes: Brisket, Local Spot, Minority Re'port and Gus. Shows continue through next Sunday. $8-$10 per show, $25 for Friday and Saturday night passes, $55 for an all-access pass. In addition, workshops (at $45 each) are set for Wednesday-next Sunday (except for Friday), for those who want learn how to make their own funny. Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. baltimoreimprovfestival.org.

'Freedom, Tribute to George Michael and Wham!'

Jayden Frost channels the singer he calls his "all-time favorite artist," with a set list that includes "Faith," "Careless Whisper," "Freedom," "Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)," "Father Figure," "I Want Your Sex," "Everything She Wants," "I'm Your Man," "Kissing A Fool," "Fastlove," "Last Christmas" and more. 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $16.50-$22. baltimoresoundstage.com.

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Oriole Pride Day

The first 1,000 fans at least 13 years old through the gates at today's Bowie Baysox game vs. the Akron RubberDucks will get a Zach Britton bobblehead. And everybody who shows up gets to see where the Orioles stars of tomorrow may be playing now. 2:05 p.m. at Prince George's Stadium, 4101 Crain Highway in Bowie, $7-$17. baysox.com.

'Inframan'

The peculiar delight that is Mondo Baltimore, a monthly series of bad movies played to inexplicably appreciative audiences, continues with this 1975 Hong Kong kung-fu flick in which only our hero can stop Princess Dragon Mom and her mutant army. Also on tap: an episode of the Japanese version of "Spider-Man," which is definitely not part of the Marvelverse. 7 p.m. Thursday at The Windup Space, 12 W. North Ave. Free. "Mondo Baltimore" on facebook.com.

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