Outdoor Festivals

Jennifer Waldera

Beautiful weather has finally descended upon Baltimore and
you know what that means… Of course, it’s time to take our eating and drinking
outdoors. There are tons of great spots for outdoor dining and drinking in
Baltimore, but if you’re looking for a little twist on your al fresco adventures,
there are lots of great outdoor events on the horizon all around Charm City!

Waterfront Fiesta

A hybrid celebration of the 16th Annual
Kinetic  Sculpture Race and Cinco de
Mayo, this festival at Pierce’s Park on Pier 5 is serving up food from local
joints alongside margaritas, beer, and wine with tunes from Mambo Combo and DJ
J Gray. This family friendly event also benefits the Downtown Baltimore Family
Alliance. While admission is free, there are food and drink packages available.


Pierce’s Park on Pier 5

Saturday May 3, 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.


Federal Hill Fiesta

If you’re looking to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early
is there any better way than by throwing back discounted margaritas and
cervezas in the sunshine while rocking out to the music of five different local
bands and two dj’s? Pile on to that an epic taco-eating contest featuring the
winners from each of three previous contests held at Federal Hill eateries Blue
Agave, Banditos, and No Way Jose in late April, and some specials on tacos to fill
your own belly, and you have the makings of quite the Sunday Funday.  


Cross Street

Sunday May 4, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.


City Paper Brew Fest

With more than 90 beers to sample, this year’s City Paper
Brew Fest is the most expansive yet! With DJ Batman spinning, the breweries
pouring, and the sun shining, this can definitely be counted as one of the best
drink festivals to check out in Charm City.


Power Plant Live!

Saturday May 10, 1-5 p.m.

Tickets are currently $25 for a very limited time

MD Craft Beer Festival

Twenty-five breweries, ten bands, and scores of food trucks
are descending on downtown Frederick for this annual family friendly festival.
Sure, it’s a little bit of a haul to get to Frederick from Baltimore, but those
craft brewers are, well, crafty… and came up with this idea: now, you can catch
a bus in one of four locations (one of them right in Baltimore at Union Craft
Brewing) and be shuttled to and from the event. Brilliant!


Carroll Creek Park, Downtown Frederick

Saturday May 31, Noon – 6 p.m.

Brew at The Zoo

At the risk of sounding punny, let us still suggest that
this Memorial Day weekend you spend your time soaking up the sun with some real
party animals. Dine and imbibe adjacent to the monkeys, giraffes, or elephants
at the annual Brew At The Zoo event. 
Local breweries and wineries will be on hand to serve unlimited samples
while artisan vendors such as Grapevine Creek & Italian Cruisine, Big
Daddy’s Kettle Corn, Laurappin Grill, and Grilled Cheese & Co, amongst
others, with be serving up some tasty cuisine. While you won’t actually be
sharing your picnic blanket with a furry friend, tickets do include all day
admission to the zoo. Meanwhile, for children, a bounce house and Urban Pirates
Kid Zone is available. Vendors will be on hand as well to sell their goods.
(Hint: keep your eye out for Parfections – their chocolate bacon bark pairs
beautifully with any beverage!)


Waterfowl Lake, The Maryland Zoo

Saturday May 24, Sunday May25 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50, $25 for non-drinking ticket

Italian Festivals – Little Italy

Baltimore’s Little Italy never fails to please as a
destination point in any season. However, summer brings two festivals to the
area that are always a hit. At both, local restaurants sell Italian favorites
like porchetta, Italian sausage, pizza, and fried dough as well as some vino.
There are children’s activities as well, making this an ideal way to enjoy an
afternoon of food with the whole family.


Feast of St. Anthony, June 7-8

Feast of St. Gabriele, August 16-17

Admission is $1



First Thursdays Concerts in the Park

While the focus of the first Thursdays Concerts in the Park
(organized by WTMD) is primarily music, there is no shortage of food and drink
to enjoy while there. Re-located this year from Mt. Vernon to Canton, the event
boasts having multiple food trucks to serve at the event, in addition to the
beer, wine, and cider being sold around the park by Brewer’s Art.


Canton Waterfront Park

Dates: May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4

The Gathering

The Gathering is a festival that brings together some of the
most top notch street food you will find. Embracing a multitude of cuisines,
Charm City’s food truck scene has exploded. Now, these talented entrepreneurs gather
together in various locations to offer their tasty creations at a festival that
also involves live music as well as beer, wine, and cocktails, should you
choose. During the summer these events take place on a weekly basis. Check the
website to see where to find the next festival!


Various locations

Check website for dates

Admission is $3, Drink Wristband is $25

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