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September 2013 Events and Festivals


A complete guide of the best happenings in Baltimore throughout the month of September, including Baltimore Comic Con, Defenders Day, HampdenFest, the Baltimore Book Festival, and more.

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1. Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day is Monday, September 2
There are plenty of ways to get the most out of the long Labor Day weekend -- even if the Grand Prix of Baltimore isn’t up your alley. This guide has plenty of Labor Day suggestions.

2. Grand Prix of Baltimore

Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1
Inner Harbor
Race cars will zip through Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the city's third annual Grand Prix. New this year is the GT3 Cup Challenge, the first ever street-course race featuring nothing but Porsche 911s.

3. American Ham with Nick Offerman

Wednesday, September 4
Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Comedian Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson in NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, will perform.

4. Baltimore Comic Con

Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8
Baltimore Convention Center

Expect to see some inventive costumes over this weekend, when comic fans will take over the Baltimore Convention Center. Special guests this year include Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes (also known as Jay and Silent Bob), plus many comic book authors and artists. There will also be dozens of retailers and artists showing off their products and work.

5. Ukrainian Festival

Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8
Patterson Park: 400 S. Linwood & Eastern Ave.

Celebrate Ukrainian culture at this festival featuring arts and crafts, traditional song and dance, a beer garden, Ukrainian foods, children's activities, and storytelling. Admission to the festival, which is now 36 years strong, is free.

6. Defenders Day

Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15
Fort McHenry National Park
Defenders Day is Baltimore's oldest holiday, commemorating the bombardment of Fort McHenry and the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Fittingly, it's Fort McHenry's flagship event. There will be War of 1812 reenactments, parades, military bands, fireworks, a concert, a musket firing demonstration, children's programming, a visit by the Pride of Baltimore II, a symbolic ship-to-shore bombardment, and more.

7. HampdenFest

Saturday, September 14
The Avenue in Hampden

The Hampden neighborhood will once again host this annual street festival, which features four stages of live music and art performances, local cuisine, a film festival, and plenty of diversions for the children. There will also be the famed Toilet Bowl Race and the Great Baltimore Mac Off. The festival takes place along The Avenue, or W. 36th Street.

8. The Shindig

Saturday, September 14
Carroll Park

The summer music festival season is about to come to a close, but not before the Shindig (formerly the Charm City Music Festival) takes place. This year, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Dropkick Murphys, Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, and Jimmie's Chicken Shack will perform in Clifton Park. Tickets start at $49.

9. High Zero Festival

Monday, September 16 through Sunday, September 22
Various locations
Artists from as far as Tokyo, Japan and Berlin, Germany -- plus a variety of locals -- will perform at this experimental, improvised music festival. Now in its 15th year, the festival features theater performances, videos, and more. Maryland Public Television called it "so highly singular that is corresponds to nothing that has been heard before."

10. Baltimore Hockey Classic

Tuesday, September 17
1st Mariner Arena: 201 W. Baltimore St.

After last year's game was cancelled due to the NHL lockout, the Baltimore Hockey Classic is returning to Baltimore for 2013. Washington, DC's Capitals will play an exhibition game against the Boston Bruins. In 2011, the event sold out to a crowd wanting to see the first professional hockey game in Baltimore since 1997.

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