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Grassroots Festival

Oregon Ridge Park is the place to be Saturday, when national recording acts and thousands of locals flood the park for a day and night of music, food and art.

Rusted Root, Jimmy Cliff and the Les Claypool Frog Brigade lead the lineup of musicians who will take part in the Walther's 4th Annual Grassroots Music and Arts Festival. Local favorites Jah Works will also perform a set.

Gates to the all-day festival open at 10:30 a.m. No coolers are allowed, but a variety of food and micro-brews will be available inside the park. Arts and crafts vendors will also be selling their wares. Tickets for the rain-or-shine show are $38 in advance and $45 at the gate.

Oregon Ridge Park is at 13401 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. For ticket information, call 800-594-8499 or visit www.walther-produc tions.com.

Cracking crabs

Crack open some crabs this weekend at the 23rd Annual Havre de Grace Seafood Festival.

The event, which takes place in Tydings Park, is a smorgasbord that offers "everything from crab cakes to alligator." Artisans, crafters and live entertainment also will be featured. The festival runs 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m Sunday.

Tydings Park is at the foot of Commerce Street in Havre de Grace. For more information, call 410-939-1525.

Bel Air BBQ

Chow down on award-winning food this weekend and help the community, too.

The 2nd Annual Bel Air BBQ Bash, tomorrow and Saturday, will benefit the Harford Family YMCA and other local nonprofits.

Watch contestants as they concoct an entry for the Maryland State BBQ Championship or taste a variety of delectables (not just barbecue) while you stroll through the festival.

Hog-calling contests, cooking demonstrations and a craft fair also will take place.

The free event begins at 4 p.m. Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The 2nd Annual Bel Air BBQ Bash will take place in downtown Bel Air at the corner of Main Street and Churchville Road. For more information, 410-879-2090 or visit www. belairbbqbash.com.

Antiques market

Spend an afternoon at the Second Sunday Antique Market, a monthly, seasonal event held at the Broadway Square in Fells Point.

Organizers say they expect more than 40 antiques dealers to be on hand for the open-air event. Vintage finery of all types and glass, jewelry, artwork and furniture will be for sale from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Preservation Society, occurs the second Sunday of every month through Oct. 12.

Broadway Square is in Fells Point at the 800 block of S. Broadway. For more information, call the Preservation Society at 410-675-6750.

- Sarah Schaffer

New Africa Festival

Celebrate the Walbrook community this weekend at the New Africa Festival at Leakin Park. Watch a parade head down North Avenue or put on your running shoes and take part in a 5K race. Get health screenings, browse information and resource booths and see local citizens receive community-service awards. There also will be boxing exhibitions, other live entertainment, vendors, food, as well as rides, games and activities for children. The festival is sponsored by the Muslim Community Cultural Center of Baltimore.

The New Africa Festival runs 3 p.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow and noon-8 p.m. Saturday at Leakin Park, 3401 W. North Ave. Free. Call 410-566-4434.

--Lori Sears

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