Tourism Tuesdays: Govanstowne Farmer’s Market

June 25th, 2013 by Chris Furino

FarmersMarketWednesdays from 3-7PM through September 11th

Loyola’s Public Safety and Motorpool Parking Lot – 5104 York Rd

The Govanstowne Famer’s Market was created in 2011 in an effort to bring fresh produce and business to an area in great need of it – the York Road Corridor. The market, which is sponsored by Loyola University Maryland, the York Road Partnership, and the Govanstowne Business Association, seeks to provide the York Road Community of North Baltimore with produce that is affordable, fresh, and local. By accepting benefits from federal, state, and local programs, the market is able to accommodate the needs of the York Road community. In the past two years, this market has been so successful that it has even been chosen by the United Way in researching food access in low income areas. The farmer’s market has produce vendors that sell anything from fresh desserts to savory barbecue. They even have a vendor that sells Thai and Vietnamese goods! The market also hosts various vendors to accommodate your crafting needs. Make sure you head down on Wednesdays for some good food and to support a great cause.

For more information, visit the Govanstowne Farmer’s Market website.

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Museum Mondays: Visionary Pets on Parade

June 24th, 2013 by Chris Furino

PetParadeThursday, July 4th at 10AM

American Visionary Art Museum – 800 Key Highway

Leave it to the American Visionary Arts Museum to think of the quirkiest way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Starting at 10am, the museum will hold a celebration of pets by having a pet parade! Think your pet has what it takes to walk away with some awards? Then dress them up and strut your stuff. Categories include Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Most Visionary Pet, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least likely to succeed as a Pet, Visionary Pet Tricks and more! Friendly pets of all kind are welcomed so long as they’re kept leashed. There will also be a Pet Talent (or Not) Show and a rousing game of pet musical chairs. The event is completely free and completely open to the public, so be sure to head on down to the best dog-gone parade in town! Water and baggies will be provided and pet registration begins at 9:30AM.

For more information, visit the American Visionary Art Museum’s website.

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Sports Saturdays: Baltimore Police Explorer Night at Camden Yards

June 22nd, 2013 by Chris Furino

CamdenYardsThursday June, 27th 7:05PM

Camden Yards

The Baltimore Police Explorer’s Program, which pairs youth with Police officers to expose them to different alternatives and opportunities, will be having a special night at Camden Yards, Thursday June, 27th. Members of the Explorer Scouts, Buddies Program, and the Baltimore Police Department will participate in an on-field ceremony and then cheer the O’s to victory over the Cleveland Indians. Tickets can be purchased for the Upper Reserve, Lower Reserve, Left Field Upper Reserve, Eutaw Street Bleachers, and the Left Field Lower Box. To celebrate the special night, the first 10,000 fans ages 15 and over will receive an Orioles giveaway beach towel.

Tickets can be purchased at the game or online. For more information, please email or

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Food Fridays: The Gathering

June 21st, 2013 by Chris Furino

TheGatheringFridays 5-10 PM

Various Locations

What’s better than a food truck? How about 15 food trucks?! The Gathering is a weekly coming together of the best food trucks in all of Baltimore for all to sample some delicious food. I can personally attest to the greatness of this weekly event, as I always make it a part of my routine. In the mood for Tacos and Indian? The Gathering will be sure to satisfy both of these cravings. Plus, for those of you who are 21, you can also get an all you can drink wrist band that’s good for the entire night. Not only does The Gathering have great food, but there’s often live music and art, clothing, and jewelery vendors too. Some vendors include Miss Shirley’s, Wheyich, Iced Gems, and Gypsy Queen Cafe (recently voted Baltimore’s Best Food Truck)! The Gathering also gives parents a chance to wind down by providing children with a fun play-area. The Gathering is the ultimate way to get together with friends and enjoy some great food at a relatively inexpensive price.

For a list of vendors and schedule of locations, visit The Gathering’s website.

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Theater Thursdays: Cinema al Fresco

June 20th, 2013 by Chris Furino

moonstruckFriday evenings through July and August beginning at 7:00 PM

Little Italy at the corner of High St. and Stiles St.

Every Friday night of July and August, enjoy a free film presented in Little Italy. The Open Air Film Festival has been a hit since 1999 and continues to thrive this year. This festival features classics, like The Godfather II and La Dolce Vita, to recent hits like Eat, Pray, Love and To Rome with Love. The films are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot, so be sure to bring a comfortable lawn chair. You want to get there early too to ensure you get the best spot for the viewing of the film. The event is free and open to all members of the public. Plus, you can get free popcorn as you watch the film! Starting at 7pm, there will be live music playing and then promptly at 9pm the film will begin. For the perfect Friday night on the town, you should head down to Little Italy for a delicious meal, then live music and a free film!

To see a schedule of films and more information visit the festival’s website.

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Wacky Wednesdays: Summer Sounds at the Square

June 19th, 2013 by Chris Furino

SummerSoundsEvery Friday through August 30th from 6:00 – 9:00PM

Belvedere Square at the corner of York Rd. and Belvedere Ave

Being able to just hang out and listen to free music is pretty awesome. But free music at one of the coolest hangouts in Baltimore, Belvedere Square, is even better. Every Friday through August 30th, Summer Sounds at the Square will be live in Belvedere Square, featuring some of the most awesome local artists. The genres of music range from Classic Rock to Reggae and there’s even a Beetles cover band added into the mix. From 6-9pm be sure to head on down to Belvedere Square, on the corner of York Road and Belvedere Avenue for this great event that is in-part sponsored by Loyola University! Plus, Belvedere Square has tons of great shops and restaurants that will for sure keep you entertained. I mean, Atwaters in the Market at Belvedere has milkshakes that you could die for – so obviously even more reason to go.

For more information, visit Belvedere Square’s website.

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Tourism Tuesdays: Latino Fest

June 18th, 2013 by Chris Furino

LatinoFestSaturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd

Patterson Park

Everyone go to Latino Fest! This is not a drill. This event basically combines all my favorite things in life. Latin Music, Latin Food, and dancing. Yeah, I said it, dancing. EBLO (Education Based Latino Outreach) presents this two day festival filled with food, fun, music, and more. This event will also be featuring several local artists. Music and entertainment includes Toby Love, Los Hijos e’ Plena y El Sonero de la Plena, Frankie Vazquez y Los Soneros del Barrio, Herman Olivera, Spanglish, La Firma, DJ Andy and DJ Cacique. The event will also feature a salsa dancing class, dance performances, and an awards ceremony honoring members of the Latino community in Baltimore. Be sure to come celebrate the Latin culture in Baltimore at this exciting event.

For a detailed line up and more information, visit Latino Fest’s website.

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Museum Mondays: National Great Blacks in Wax Museum

June 17th, 2013 by Chris Furino

Bal_Great_Blacks_Wax_MusHours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm / Sunday Noon-6pm

1601-03 East North Avenue Baltimore, Maryland 21213

If you haven’t been to the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum yet, you need to make sure you get to it. This museum is extremely unique and culturally dynamic due to its human-like preservation of significant men and women in African American History. The museum offers a unique perspective by also highlighting individuals in African American History whose contributions were great but often go unnoticed in most history lessons. It also offers guided tours for individuals and groups. Admission prices range from $11-13 dollars, with discounts offered to college students and senior citizens. Be sure to check out this culturally unique Baltimore landmark.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

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Sport Saturdays: Summer Rowing Camp

June 15th, 2013 by Chris Furino

BMORErowingApplications Due Monday, June 17th

Baltimore Rowing Club 3301 Waterview Avenue

Calling all kids between 6th and 9th grade! The Baltimore Rowing Club is offering a summer camp from Monday June 24th to Friday July 19th on weekdays from 9am to 1pm. If you’re interesting in rowing competitively in high school, this would be a great opportunity for you. This camp will allow students to row in Olympic-style rowing shells, learn to or improve their swimming ability, and meet new friends with similar interests. The cost per camper is $25, which includes a healthy snack.

For application forms or more information, call (410)913-3733, email, or visit

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Food Fridays: Golden West Cafe

June 14th, 2013 by Chris Furino

GoldenWestLogoThe Ave. in Hampden

1105 W 36th Street Baltimore, MD 21211

Ayo, other Baltimore restaurants, imma let you finish, but Golden West Cafe has the BEST food of all time. At least that’s what Kanye West said, and I’m gonna have to agree with him. But in all seriousness, are you looking for a chill bar and restaurant to hang out at? Do you like live music for a cheap price? Then Golden West Cafe is the place for you. This laid back cafe serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert and always has good, unique beer on tap. They have a great collection of vegetarian and vegan food, and culturually unique food and drinks. This cafe can serve anything from your burger to burrito craving. Plus, on various nights throughout the summer, this cafe has events that range from concerts to drag shows! Looking for a quirky, eclectic hangout? Then check out Golden West in Hampden! You won’t regret it!

For a menu and schedule of events, check out Golden West’s website.

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