Memorial Day Food and Fun in Bmore

Carrie Murphy

Cookouts, schmookouts. Out with the old Memorial Day fun and in with the new! We suggest forgoing firing up that grill and, instead, taking advantage of the fun festivals the area has to offer! These events aren't strictly food-related, but we feel sure our discerning Baltimore Eats readers can also appreciate wine, beer, herbs, art, and music. 

SoWeBo Arts and Music Festival: Located in---you guessed it---southwest Baltimore (right by Hollins Market), this annual festival is a favorite for families. With arts and crafts for sale and kids' activities like hat-making and face painting, this is the perfect Sunday outing. There's also live music on four different stages and food vendors such as Midtown BBQ and Thai Master Grill. Join the fun on May 27th from noon to 9 pm.

Brew at the Zoo: This popular event will be held Saturday and Sunday May 26 and 27 from 1 to 7 pm at the Maryland Zoo. Expect live music (Kelly Bell Band and Jah Works), good food (Catonsville's Grilled Cheese Co and Havre De Grace's Laurrapin Grill, among others) and over 50 varieties of beer, including local brews like DuClaw, The Brewer's Art, Flying Dog, and The Raven. The admission price ($45 if you're over 21, $25 if you're under 21 or a designated driver) includes all-day admission to the zoo, so pack a picnic, bring the kids along, and enjoy a beer after your trek through the hippo house. 

Soft Shell Crab Celebration: This celebration actually began on May 17th, and operates out of over 20 participating downtown Baltimore restaurants like Alewife, Cinghiale, Kali's Court, Miss Shirley's, and more. Each restaurant has a special dish that features our Mid-Atlantic delicacy, the soft shell crab. The festival coincides with the beginning of shell crab season, which generally starts in May and lasts until about September. Now in its fourth year, the Soft Shell Crab celebration is a favorite among Charm City foodies. We bet you can still snag a table for a taste of soft shell; the festival runs through May 28.

Wine and Herb Fest: It seems like the ever-popular Boordy Vineyards has a different event every weekend during the warm-weather months. For Memorial Day weekend, it's the Wine and Herb Fest. Food by Carl's Catering will be available, as will perennial herbs, crafts, organic cheese, and organic bread. What's the coolest thing about this event? It’s Boordy's living history encampment, which will demonstrate how herbs and wine were used during the 1800s. Vineyard tours and wagon rides are also offered on both festival days, the 26th and the 27th (hours are 1 pm to 5 pm). Admission includes six wine samplings and is $12 for adults 21 and up.

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