Annual Festivals/Fairs in Baltimore, MD
The Towsontown festival is one of the best ways to spend the first weekend in May, just outside the city limits in downtown Towson the streets are filled with food, games, and vendors with original crafts and mercahdise from their store fronts. You will get traditional fair food while enjoying a glass of beer and enjoying live music from various local bands. There is a kids zone for the kids and if you are kid free there is also an adult zone where you can go to hang out. Browse around and see what the vendors have to offer, there is everything from hand made jewelry to purses from your favorite designer at a discount from some locally owned retailers!
Stop by the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for the Annual Brew at the Zoo, here you can sample over 50 beers, enjoy food from local vendors, live bands, kids zone, and the zoo of course. Come with the kids and let them run around, play, enjoy the animals while you have a couple samples (and these aren't tiny samples). One of the best perks of the event is that if you have a designated driver in your group who won't be drinking they get in almost half price. And for those not drinking there is still plenty of fun to be had!
This is one of the best festivals for those who love to shop! Come to historic Fells Point, enjoy the view of the bay, and browse the unique shops that make up the Fed Hill neighborhood. The shop owners will be out and about for yu to mingle with and the mercahdise will be on sale. And they have a 'passport' that you get stamped by the shop owners to get entered to win prizes, but after you get the chance to talk to the owners and see the inspiration behind thier unique stores you will be happy you picked up the passport!
For the wine lover this is a real treat, the Highlandtown Wine Festival celebrates local winemakers. These local winemakers meet in the Italian Marketplace and set up shop with thier wines that they brewed at home. After you get over the initial shock that you are drinking wine someone brewed at home you will be amazed at how great they taste, and by the third or fouth glass you will strt thinking about how you can make your own wine at home! In addition to the tastings there is a competition, arts and craft activities for the kids, and plenty of live music and food.
This Memorial Day Weekend tradition is free and made up of volunteers in the neighborhood who put their many talents on display. There is always a good mix of art work on display, street dancing, live music on almost every corner, and of course the food. The food comes from nearby Hollins market and is always delicious. This is a nice way to spend at least part of the weekend and having some inexpensive fun and maybe making a couple new friends!