Jazz in Chestertown
Journey to the Eastern Shore Saturday and celebrate African-American culture at the Fifth Annual Chestertown Jazz Festival in Wilmer Park along the banks of the Chester River. From 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. you can tap your toes to jazz by Tom Lagana, Steve Bundick, Jeff Hughes, Stefan Scaggiari and Dick Durham, Imani, and Lenora Zenzalai Helm (pictured). Crafts and food also available. Tickets are $10, $5 students and free under age 12. Call 410-348-5528. While visiting Chestertown, also stop at nearby Fountain Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for "Art in the Park," featuring original paintings, prints, crafts, children's activities and jazz. Admission is free. Call 410-778-5789.
Grandparents, take your little ones by the hand Sunday and celebrate the century's first Grandparents Day at eight area museums and the Baltimore Zoo. All grandparents who are accompanied by their grandchildren will be admitted free. Participating museums include the Walters Art Gallery, B&O; Railroad Museum, the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, Museum of Industry, Maryland Historical Society, Museum of Public Works, Baltimore Museum of Art and Top of the World. For times and directions, call the individual sites or 410-396-4932.
Fall RV show
From inexpensive camping trailers to deluxe motor homes, the latest on the market will be on view when the Maryland Recreational Vehicle Show sets up camp for the next two weekends at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. More than 85 brand names of recreational vehicles will be represented Saturday and Sunday and Sept. 15-17. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $5 for adults, free for children under 12. Call 410-687-6191.
Star-Spangled Banner Weekend
Troops will march down Pratt Street, and fireworks will light up the night this weekend when Fort McHenry and the National Historic Seaport of Baltimore celebrate Star-Spangled Banner Weekend with bursting festivities. Commemorating the anniversary of the bombardment of Fort McHenry (Sept. 13, 1814) and the writing of our nation's anthem, the event includes the USS Constellation's first turn-around voyage to Fort McHenry where she'll be saluted by cannon fire -- departure from Pier 1 at noon tomorrow; War of 1812 re-enactors march down Pratt Street in a ceremonial procession from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Inner Harbor carrying a flag at 5 p.m. tomorrow; the 389th Army Band from Aberdeen Proving Ground performs at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fort McHenry, followed by a re-enactment of the bombardment. Saturday's festivities culminate with fireworks at 8:50. p.m. Times for other scheduled events and admission prices vary. For complete schedule, call 410-962-4290 or 410-396-3453.
Welling photographs at BMA
"James Welling: Photographs 1974-1999," a 25-year retrospective of contemporary American photographer James Welling's work opens Sunday and runs through Dec. 10 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. The exhibition comprises about 50 large-scale black and white photographs of images that range from details of 19th century massive buildings and crumbling Midwestern train yards to the inner workings of lace factories and crumpled sheets of aluminum foil. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $6, $4 seniors and students, free Thursdays and ages 18 and younger. Call 410-396-7100.
Folk Music Festival
Guitar pickin', melodic ballads, poetry reading, clogging, storytelling and children's activities are all part of Sunday's Folk Music Festival at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air. The one-day event includes performances by guitarist Bill Kirchen and Too Much Fun, traditional and classical folk duos King and Reggie Harris and Magpie, the all-female steel drum ensemble Women In Steel and the Seldom Scene, a group whose philosophy is, "If you can't have fun, don't do it." Arts and crafts and a variety of food also are available at the festival, which takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the college's Chesapeake Theater, Chesapeake Dining Room and Amoss Performing Arts Center. Admission is $15, free ages 12 and younger. Call 410-836-4211 .
Maryland Seafood Festival
Celebrate the bounty of the Chesapeake Bay at the Maryland Seafood Festival tomorrow through Sunday at Sandy Point State Park on U.S. 50 at the Bay Bridge near Annapolis. Sample such delicacies as seafood Alfredo, shrimp kabobs, oyster sandwiches, mussels in white wine sauce, crab cakes, steamed crabs and more. Landlubbers won't go hungry either; they can indulge in pit beef sandwiches, hot dogs, pizza and buffalo wings. The festival also presents "Save the Bay" education, arts and crafts, beach activities and continuous entertainment. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Admission is $7, $2 for ages 7-12. Call 410-268-7682.
AROUND THE HARBOR
B.B. King, Ani DiFranco at Pier Six
You'll be singing the blues when B.B. King and Buddy Guy present a concert at 7:30 p.m. today at Pier Six Concert Pavilion, President Street. Tickets are $41.50 and $51.50 for pavilion seats; the lawn is $26.50. Return to Pier Six tomorrow to hear feminist singer / songwriter and guitarist Ani DiFranco perform tunes ranging from folk to rock. The concert starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $29. Call 410-481-SEAT.