Baltimore Festivals

June 7-10

  • St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival kicks off the season with traditional dancing, costumes, delicious foods, beautifully crafted art and tours of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Thursday through Saturday from 11am–11pm and Sunday from 12:30pm-10pm, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 South Ponca Street, 410-633-5020, www.greekfolkfestival.org. FREE

June 9-10

  • Italian Festival Feast of St. Anthony the spirit of un carnevale takes over as the streets are blocked off for two days and la festa begins, commencing the beginning of the summer with the Feast of Saint Anthony festival in June, a Little Italy tradition for decades, sponsored by St. Leo the Great parish. The end of summer is marked with the parish’s annual Feast of Saint Gabriel in late August. For a mere $1 admission, expect live music, dancing, games, pizza, vino, porchetta, Italian sausage, cannoli, pasta, vendors, fried dough and good old-fashioned camaraderie between paesani. http://www.littleitalymd.com/activities.htm

June 10

  • Fiesta Filipiniana The event features bands, cultural performers, native crafts; martial arts, lots of Filipino food and kids activities.  The event is produced by Katipunan, Filipino-American Association of Maryland, and sponsored in part by the county's Office of Fair Practices and Community Affairs.  Sunday, June 10, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Patriot Plaza, Towson Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD http://www.katipunan.org/ FREE

June 15-17

  • Baltimore Pride Festival Our Parade and Block Party take place in the heart of Baltimore's gay-borhood – historic Mt. Vernon — at the corner of Charles and Eager Street. There's plenty of parking and getting there is easy. Mt. Vernon is just ten blocks north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. The parade begins at 4 p.m., followed by the Block Party at 6 p.m. The Pride Festival in Baltimore is held in beautiful Druid Hill Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. From I-83 — north or south — take the 28th Street exit and follow the signs to the Maryland Zoo. http://www.baltimorepride.org/ 

June 23 & 24

  • Latino Fest hosts a fun-filled weekend of Hispanic culture featuring live musical performances, costumed dancers and traditional foods, Saturday from noon-10pm and Sunday from noon-9pm, Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues, 410-563-3160, www.latinofest.org. $

July 7 & 8

  • African American Festival celebrates black history with an eclectic mix of regional and nationally-known entertainers, including top soul and R&B recording artists, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, foods and children’s activities, Saturday from noon-10pm and Sunday from noon-9pm, M&T Bank Stadium (Lots B & C), 410-244-8861, www.africanamericanfestival.net. FREE

July 13-15

  • Baltimore/Washington One Caribbean Carnival The DC Caribbean Carnival will be combined with Baltimore’s celebration. On Saturday July 14, 2012, the Parade starts at Noon at 900 E 33rd Street, travels along Alameda Street to St. Lo Drive. The Festival continues at Lake Clifton Park until 10:00 pm; $10 entrance fee. On Sunday July 15, 2012 the Festival continues from Noon to 9:00 pm featuring entertainment, food and crafts. Admission: $15.00 per person.    

August 4 & 5

  • International Festival showcases the diverse cultures of Baltimore City with international performers, multicultural foods, children’s activities and an annual soccer competition, Saturday and Sunday, noon-9pm, Poly/Western High School near Falls Road and West Cold Spring Lane, 410-396-3141. FREE

September 8 & 9

  • Ukrainian Festival captures the essence of Ukrainian culture with unique arts and crafts, customary songs and dances, a beer garden, assortment of appetizing foods, children's activities and storytelling, Saturday from noon-9pm and Sunday from noon-7pm, Patterson Park, Linwood and Eastern avenues, 410-967-0501, www.ukrainianfest.net. FREE

October 19-21

  • Russian Festival closes the season with a celebration for all ages with traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts and more, Friday from 11am-9pm, Saturday from noon-9pm and Sunday from noon-6pm, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount Avenue, 410-276-6171, www.russfest.org. $

November 10-12

  • Irish Festival come and enjoy fabulous Irish and Celtic music, tasty food and drink, informative workshops and more with the children, grandchildren or descendants of Irish immigrants, some who were actually born in Ireland to share in the tradition and roots through song and dance and drink.  http://www.irishfestival.com/   $