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September 2010 Calendar of Events

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As the kids head back to school, the Ravens roll back into M&T Bank Stadium, and cooler weather starts to set in, Baltimore is alive with lots to do. This September calendar of events will guide you through the first month of fall in Baltimore.

||Baltimore Summer Antiques Show||
September 2-5, 2010

The 30th-annual show is one of the most important in the country. Featuring 550 exhibitors from all over the world, the four-day fair kicks off Thursday, Step. 2 at noon. Held at the Convention Center, admission is $12 and good for all four days.

|| Sesame Street Live "Elmo's Healthy Heroes" at 1st Mariner Arena ||
September 9-12, 2010

The beloved and timeless kids' caravan rolls into town for eight shows. Tickets start at $19.95 and are available online.

||Fort McHenry Defenders' Day||
September 10-12, 2010

The Star-Spangled Banner Weekend honors Defenders’ Day, Baltimore’s oldest holiday commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner!” Events begin with a Friday evening ceremonial procession of War of 1812 soldiers from the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to the Inner Harbor, followed by a ceremony at the amphitheater. After the ceremony the reenactors will board sailing boats and return with the 30’x42’ replica flag to Fort McHenry. Saturday and Sunday, activities include children’s programs, historic boats, military encampments/demonstrations and a “privateer’s auction” of “captured goods.” Saturday evening’s program, beginning at 6 p.m., features a concert, a musket firing tactical demonstration with volunteer reenactors from all over the country (narrated), a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment and evening fireworks show.

||Pigtown Festival||
September 11, 2010, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Pigtown Festival in Baltimore is the city's only community festival that features the a parade of pigs. Complete with your standard street fair attractions - music, food, and drink - it is the pig parade that sets the Pigtown Festival apart. Held in the 700 and 800 blocks of Washington Blvd.

||HampdenFest||
September 11, 2010, 11 a.m.

HampdenFest in Baltimore is an annual community festival in the city's Hampden neighborhood that features music and art performances, an activity area for the kids, an emerging artists exhibit and a film festival. It takes place on four blocks of 36th St.

||Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's Annual Celebration Gala||
September 11, 2010

Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg joins Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the start of an exhilarating 2010-2011 season. Inspired by Vivaldi’s popular work, this special opening gala concert features the tango-inspired, sultry rhythms of Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Tickets start at $50.

||Baltimore Ukrainian Festival||
September 11-12, 2010, Noon

The city's 34th-annual Ukrainian Festival is held once again at Patterson Park. Live Ukrainian dance groups, live music, the 7th-annual Pyrohy/pierogi eating contest, and more than 40 vendors retailing folk art, paintings, wood carving and ceramics will be on hand. Don't forget about the Ukrainian beer garden. Admission is free.

||Ravens vs. New York Jets||
September 13, 2010, 7 p.m.

The Ravens open their quest for Super Bowl XLV by traveling to the new Meadowlands in New Jersey to take on the New York Jets. Catch the game at one of these great bars to watch football.

|| Frank Zappa Statue Dedication ||
Sept. 19, 2010, 2 p.m.

The long-awaited statue of the legendary rocker is unveiled at its new home, the Southeast Anchor Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (3601 Eastern Ave.). The work was a gift to the city of Baltimore from an organization in Lithuania. The event is free.

||Baltimore Book Festival||
September 24-26, 2010

The 15th annual festival includes authors Holly Robinson Peete, Rodney Peete, Barbara Bradley, Nigel Barker, Ree Drummond, Michele Norris, Sherri Sheppard, Judge Glenda Hatchett, Jesse Ventura, Warrent St. John, Amy Dickinson ("Ask Amy"), and Matt and Ted Lee. The festival opens each day at noon at Mount Vernon Place (600 block of North Charles St.) and is free.

||Canton Wine and Jazz Festival||
September 25, 2010, 1 p.m.

The second-annual Canton Wine and Jazz Festival is held on O'Donnell Square. Sponsored by the Canton Community Association, the festival will include wine tasting, live music, children activities, various Canton retailers, and discounts from local restaurants for lunch and dinner the day of the event. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 day of event (includes 10 wine tastings) and are available online.

||Koren Festival||
September 25, 2010, 10 a.m.

The Korean Festival in Baltimore is the city's time to celebrate the people and culture of the Korean Peninsula. This one-day extravaganza (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) features food, music, arts and crafts that impart on visitors a sense of the rich culture halfway around the world. Held at War Memorial Plaza downtown at the intersection of Gay and Fayette streets. Admission is free.

||Viva Ialia: Concours D’Elegance||
September 26, 2010, 10 a.m.

This Italian sports car show in the Inner Harbor raises money for the Children's Guild. Fantastic driving machines such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Alfa Romeos are on display during the free festival, held at Rash Field.

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