O'Malley's March, the band featuring Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, is one of 25 musical groups performing at the annual Towsontown Spring Festival this weekend.
The festival, sponsored by the Towson Business Association, will be held on the streets surrounding the Washington Avenue courthouse in downtown Towson from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
"We've all been cooped up all winter, and this will be a great time to get out and see your neighbors. It's a wonderful activity for the whole community," said Suzan Doordan, executive director of the Towson Business Association.
The festival draws about 200,000 people and is one of the largest events of its kind on the East Coast, Doordan said.
In addition to music, an art show will display local artists' work, some of which will be for sale. About 420 vendors will sell everything from jewelry to braided rugs to food.
Five stages will offer different types of entertainment. O'Malley's March will perform on the Plaza Garden Stage at 1 p.m. Sunday. This venue also will feature the Junkyard Saints, a zydeco group, after the mayor's performance.
Local rock bands will perform on the Beer Garden Stage. The Lloyd Dobler Effect will be there from 1:50 p.m. to 2:35 p.m. Sunday.
Checkered Past will play from 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. tomorrow on the classic-rock-themed Tavern in the Park stage.
Bob the Vid Tech of Maryland Public Television will be master of ceremonies on the Children's Stage, and he will perform at 4 p.m. tomorrow. On Sunday, Pam and the Kinder Singers will perform from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Local businesses and nonprofit groups will distribute literature and answer questions on the Information Stage.