The Free Sheet

A Roundup Of Regional Freebies

July 31, 2008|By ARIANE SZU-TU

International Festival

With the slogan "One world, one beat, one Baltimore," the International Festival celebrates diversity in the city. Take pleasure in the native food of other countries, live music, a fashion show, an Indian Bollywood-style dance, soccer, Tai Chi, African drums, children's events and other cultural spectacles. The weekend-long festival is an opportunity to get a global perspective.

The celebration is noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Poly/Western Complex, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane. Call 410-396-3141 or go to


Dancing in the Streets

A huge portion of Reisterstown Road was closed off last year to become the setting for the first Pikesville Festival. The festival began with live outdoor music and ended with visitors dancing in the streets. The wide success of last year's festival has prompted Pikesville to re-create the fun Sunday. The event will include live music, food and entertainment again. This year's festival features the band the Hubcaps, an antique car show and 15 restaurants that are opening their doors to expand their business onto the street.

The festival is 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Call 410-484-2337 or go to



What: Twilight Tattoo Ceremony and Concert

When: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday Where: Ft. McHenry, 2400 E. Fort Ave.

Why: The classically trained musicians of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team play patriotic music portraying the Civil War and the War of 1812. The performance continues with three fife and drum corps and living-history units of the Fort McHenry guard.

Contact: 410-962-4290 or


First Fridays arts

Spend tomorrow evening mingling with artists, sampling cheese and wine, and soaking up the arts in Fells Point. On the first Friday of every month, the Fells Point Development Corp. presents the work of local artists. Thirteen galleries come together to display pieces from their artists. The types of art include, but are not limited to, woodworking, photography, sculpture and oil paintings. Restaurants offer specials and stay open late to accommodate visitors.

The event is 5 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow at the Fells Point Art Loop between Thames and Fleet streets. Call 410-675-8900 or go to


Bird walk

Take a leisurely Saturday morning stroll along a stream in Cromwell Valley Park and see the real Baltimore orioles, the little-recognized stars that inspired the name for Baltimore's baseball team. At this time of year, a visitor can also expect to see indigo buntings, blue grosbeaks and Carolina wrens. Goldfinches nest during the summer, usually beginning in July, because they wait for the thistle to grow so there is a supply of food for their young. Take binoculars or borrow some from the park, and enjoy a calm morning walk.

The walk is 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Saturday and August 16. Cromwell Valley Park is at 2175 Cromwell Bridge Road. Call 410-887-3014 or go to


Singing the blues

What: Kelly Bell Band

When: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. tomorrow

Where: The Can Co., 2400 Boston St.

Why: Listen to blues music performed by what calls "one of the hottest artists on the East Coast."

Contact: 443-573-4460 or


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