Even as summer comes to an end, there are no shortage of events throughout Baltimore. If you're not heading to the beach, here's a complete guide of concerts, festivals, and other happenings in Baltimore in August to keep you busy.
|| International Festival ||
August 7-8, 2010
The Poly/Western campus will be transformed into an International Village filled with color, food, children games, arts and crafts, entertainment and a two-day international soccer tournament. More than 75 vendors will churn out food from around the globe, and music of all kinds will fill the air. Noon to 9 p.m. both days. Admission is free. Poly/Western is located at 1400 W. Coldspring Lane.
||Baltimore Restaurant Week||
August 13-22, 2010
Three-course prix fixe lunches for $20.10 and dinner for $35.10 at dozens of restaurants throughout the city. Be sure to make your reservations early, this is a wildly popular event and tables fill up quickly.
||FestAfrica at Patterson Park||
August 14 and 15, 2010, noon to 8 p.m.
Music, dance, arts and crafts, food and more highlight this festival at Patterson Park in East Baltimore. Admission is $5, free for children under 10.
|| "You Can't Take It With You" ||
August 12, 15-16, 2010
The Jewish Theatre Workshop is presenting this play at the Straus Auditorium, Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center, 5700 Park Heights Ave. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on the 12th and 16th, 2 p.m. on the 15th. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students.
||Baltimore Fashion Week||
August 19-20, 2010
The 2011 spring collections are revealed in shows and events at the Sheraton North hotel in Towson. Ticket information can be found online.
||Hot August Blues||
August 21, 2010, Noon
This annual showcase of rockin' blues music returns to Oregon Ridge State Park. This year's lineup includes headliner Lyle Lovett and contemporary bluesman Keb' Mo'. Tickets are $40 in advance online, $50 at the gate. Children 12 and under get in free. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy some tunes in a beautiful setting.
||Wine, Jazz, and Art Festival at Fiore Winery||
Aug. 21-22, 2010, Noon to 6 p.m.
The 21st annual festival features music, food, and of course, great wine. Tickets purchased by Aug. 7 are $12, after that they jump to $15. The winery is located at 3026 Whiteford Rd. in Pylesville.
||Putting a Round for a Good Cause||
August 21, 2010, 9 a.m.
The Kennedy Krieger Institute is holding its national qualifier mini golf tournament. Funds raised go to support children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida at the institute. ParTee Golf in Perry Hall (4123 E. Joppa Rd.) is hosting the event. Registration is $25.
||St. Gabriel Italian Festival||
August 21-22, 2010, Noon to 8 p.m.
All things Italian take front and center stage at this festival held, appropriately, in Little Italy. (Play a little bocce ball on the public courts for fun change). Held at the corner of Stiles and Exeter streets.
|| Baltimore magazine's Best of Baltimore party ||
August 26, 2010, 6 p.m.
Always one of the best parties in the city, Baltimore magazine's annual Best of Baltimore soiree features food from the city's 50 best restaurants, cocktails, and live music from Can't Hang. Tickets are $75 in advance and $90 at the door.
||Maryland State Fair||
August 27 to Sept. 6, 2010, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The state fair grounds in Timonium hosts this annual showcase of livestock, farm and garden exhibits, food, fun and rides. Admission is $8, for adults, $6 for seniors 62 and over, $3 for children 6 to 11, and free for children under 6. Ride tickets are $1 each and each ride uses approximately 1-6 rides tickets. Ride discount ticket sheets also are available at ride ticket booths: 50 ride tickets for $45.
Gretchen Wilson (Aug. 27), Bret Michaels (Sept. 1) and Justin Bieber (Sept. 6) are the musical headliners this year.