Let’s talk about farmers’ markets, shall we? And lettuce and arugula and strawberries…and anyone else ready to go? Weekend Family Fun, June 25-28 features four farmers’ market opportunities, plus Zoo Appreciation Days, a preview of fair food (you know you want a fried Oreo), and a virtual book fair at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Read on, and have fun.
BCPL Opens for Curbside
We mentioned this last week, but it’s worth repeating: Baltimore County Public Library reopened 17 branches for curbside pickup on June 22. Here’s the fun fact about this: More than 5,200 items were checked out in five hours! Well, it seems we have some summer reading to do. Full details on curbside service can be found here. Check the library’s website for all of its virtual story times and other kid-friendly activities. bcpl.info
32nd Street Farmers Market
The Saturday farmers’ market in Waverly is entering its 40th summer season. Many favorites are returning—Liberty Delight Farm, Boordy Vineyards, Zeke’s Coffee, Hex Ferments, Bramble Baking Co., Curryshack and more. Wear a face mask and park in Giant’s side lot, across from Ace Hardware. 7 a.m.-noon. 32ndstreetmarket.org
Carroll County Farmers’ Market
Head out to the country for the Carroll County Farmers’ Market, held on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. This market is indoors, and shoppers must wear a face mask and observe social distancing. There are more than 30 vendors offering plants, local early summer vegetables, baked goods, crafts and more. Carroll County Agricultural Center, carrollcountyfarmersmarket.com
Cross Street Farmers’ Market
Jams, cookies, doughnuts, pickles—wow! This market is a fun one that offers many tasty food items. It’s open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Federal Hill’s historic Cross Street Market. Find out more here.
Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
The Sunday market under the Jones Falls Expressway is open. Vendors include Albright Farms, Baltimore Spirit Company, Chesapeake Greenhouse, Curry Shack, Greek Super Foods, Hex Ferments, Flicker Farm Hemp, Salt River Lobster and more. Market hours are 7 a.m. to noon, and there are many COVID-19 restrictions in place. This doesn’t mean you can’t score some great deals on fresh produce and more. But please check the website before you do, so you know what has changed. promotionandarts.org
Any Day Fun
Local Artist Screening Room
Looking for more local filmmakers to support after attending the Maryland and Columbia Film Festivals? Head over to the Baltimore Museum of Art’s website for their BMA Screening Room, a video platform site dedicated to showcasing local Baltimore directors and filmmakers. The website features short film and video selections such as Devin N.Morris’s “In House Play” and “J’aimeous: Behind the Scenes of Anti-Fashion” by Jaimes Mayhew. All videos are free to watch.
Blast from the Past
Do you miss the nostalgic days of driving to the local drive-in to catch the newest movies? This weekend, Bengies Drive-In is offering a blast from the past with their double-feature showings of “Back to the Future” and “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial.” Join Marty McFly and E.T through wacky adventures, all while watching the movie on one of the biggest movie theatre screens in the U.S! Tickets start at $10 and are available online.
Zoo Member Appreciation Days
The Maryland Zoo has reopened and is holding Member-Only Appreciation Days through today. Reservations are required. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. marylandzoo.org
Fair Food Preview Weekend
Corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and more will be offered at this tasting event for the folks who just can’t get enough of the fried stuff. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Maryland State Fairgrounds. Mask wearing and social distancing will be observed. Drive-through and outdoor seating options are available. marylandstatefair.com
VIRTUAL Annual African American Children’s Book Fair
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum’s Annual African American Children’s Book Fair will still take place this year—as a virtual literature celebration with workshops, author talks, author activitie and more. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Sign up here. lewismuseum.org
Seats on the Street
Towson’s Pennsylvania Avenue shuts down for outdoor dining from Nacho Mama’s Charles Village Pub, The Point and more. Live music, fun games and more also are on tap. Head outside for a fun meal. Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.
Writers Live: Wes Moore
Best-selling author Wes Moore talks about his new book, “Five Days,” which details the Baltimore uprising in 2015 and was co-written by journalist Erica L. Green. The event is sponsored by The Ivy Bookshop and Enoch Pratt Free Library. Find out more here. 3 p.m.