Maryland in June, what are you doing?

Summer is almost upon us and the kids are almost out of school. Whether you like festivals, food, movies or music, Maryland has it all this June!

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Baltimore’s annual Hon Fest is next weekend June 14 from 11am to 10pm and June 15 from 12pm to 6pm. The weekend is full of music, food and contests for Bawlmer’s best Hon. For instance, there is a Best Beehive Contest, an Elvis impersonator and of course Maryland crabs.

Speaking of Maryland crabs, the following Saturday is the Chesapeake Crab and Beer Festival at the Inner Harbor on June 21st. It is four hours of all-you-can-eat extravaganza with over 20,000 crabs, many beers, music, crafts and so much more.

For our residents at Burnam Woods Apartments, you can enjoy the Party on the Plaza at the Avenue at White Marsh every Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer. It is an evening of free music under the summer stars. This week Baltimore Rockabilly plays Friday night and Elikeh plays Saturday night. Music starts at 7pm.

Our residents at Chatham Gardens Apartments can enjoy free outdoor movies every Saturday night throughout the summer in the parking lot behind the Wine Bin on Main Street in Ellicott City. Bring your chair and pack a picnic dinner. Movies start at 9pm. This Saturday the classic Wizard of Oz is playing.

Just down the road, our residents at Old Orchard Apartments can enjoy free music every Friday night throughout the summer at Frederick Road Fridays at 15 Mellor Avenue in Catonsville. Music starts at 6:30pm. This Friday is Out of the Blue is playing.

All of our residents can participate in our Patio and Balcony Contests this June. Get those patios and balconies cleaned up. Management will be coming around to “Judge” all. We’re looking for neatness, creativity, color, etc. Winners will receive a gift card. Chatham Gardens judging will be on June 12th, Old Orchard’s judging will be on June 17th and Burnam Woods’ judging will be on June 20th. Good luck!

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Summer Fun across Maryland – festivals, movies and farmers markets

Summer is almost half over, but there are still plenty of outdoor events coming up including festivals, movies, and farmers markets. Luckily many of these great events are free and close to our three apartment communities: Chatham Gardens Apartments, Old Orchard Apartments, and Burnam Woods Apartments.

This weekend is Artscape in Baltimore City. It is America’s largest free arts festival. Artscape takes place July 20-22 outside on Mount Royal Ave & Cathedral St, Charles St, Bolton Hill, and Station North. There are over 150 artists including a great lineup of music on 3 stages. Artscape draws over 350,000 people generating over $25 million for Baltimore City.

There are weekly free outdoor movies in Columbia and Baltimore. The free Lakefront Film Festival is every Monday and Friday night through September 15th at the Columbia Town Center Lakefront in Columbia. Mondays are G and PG movies and Fridays are PG-13 movies. Tonight’s movie is War Horse and begins at 8:30pm. Baltimore City hosts free outdoor movies every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Films on the Pier shows movies at 8:30pm every Wednesday night through August at the Broadway Pier in Fells Point. Flicks on the Hill shows movies at 9:00pm every Thursday night through August at the American Visionary Art Museum in Federal Hill. The Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival is every Friday night through August at High and Stiles streets. Live music begins at 7:00pm and the movies start at 9:00pm. Tonight’s movie is From Here to Eternity.

Film Festivals

There are weekly Farmers Markets in Ellicott City, Catonsville and White Marsh – coincidentally that is also where our three apartment communities are. There are several Farmers Markets in Howard County, but the closest one to Chatham Gardens Apartments takes place every Wednesday from 2:00pm-6:00pm at Howard County Library Miller Branch on Frederick Road. There are two Farmers Markets in Catonsville, and both are very close to Old Orchard Apartments. Catonsville’s Sunday Farmers Market is located at 730 Frederick Road in the parking lot behind Friendly’s from 10:00am to 1:30pm every Sunday through November 4th. The ‘Original’ Catonsville Farmers Market is every Wednesday through November 23rd from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Bloomsbury Community Center. The Farmers Market at The Avenue at White Marsh, across from Burnam Woods Apartments, is every Friday from 10:00am to 1:00pm behind A.C. Moore and Staples.

Farmers Markets

For the first time, Baltimore is hosting a great music festival. The Charm City Music Festival is Saturday September 15th from noon to 11:00pm at the Harbor East Waterfront, between Fells Point and Pier 6 in Baltimore City. There is going to be over 13 bands including Weezer, Flogging Molly and Eve 6 on two stages – plus a dance tent. In addition to a day of great music, there will also be local cuisine and micro beers in the Crab and Seafood Village. Tickets are on sale now for $50.