Weekend on Wednesdays (WoW!)

This weekend:

BrickFair (Dulles Expo Center)
 How many Lego blocks can fit into 100,000 square feet of Dulles Expo Center floor space? You'll find out at BrickFair, the annual gathering of Lego lovers. Look for interactive models, a hands-on playroom and Lego giveaways.

Appetite Food Festival (Bethesda)
Don't miss Appetite, summer's ultimate indoor/outdoor food festival! Featuring celebrity chefs, trending food trucks, craft beer garden, and live music—plus countless opportunities to taste, sip, and celebrate! Special guests to this year's festival are Giada De Laurentiis & Bizarre Foods Chef Andrew Zimmern.

Cirque Du Soleil: Amaluna (National Harbor)
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon.

Wheat Threshing, Steam and gas Engine Show (Federalsburg)
Get a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action with antique car and equipment parades, a flea market, steam and gas engines, tractor games, live entertainment and more.

St. Mary's County National Lawn Mower Racing (Clements)
Racers from across the country compete and other family activities.

Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ Festival (Leonardtown)
Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ is a two day festival featuring a variety of events, attractions, food and entertainment for all ages. The setting is the St. Mary's County Fairgrounds situated just sixty miles south of our Nation's Capital on Maryland's middle peninsula.

I Do! I Do! (Annapolis)
I Do! I Do! is exuberantly filled with the wistful sentiments of love. The story begins as Michael and Agnes discover the joys and fears of their wedding day - and wedding night - then swiftly travels with them through fifty years of marriage.

Orioles vs. Mariners (Baltimore)
Baltimore Orioles vs. The Seattle Mariners. (Friday--60th Anniversary t-shirt giveaway Sat--Crush Davis Action Figure giveaway)

Baltimore Restaurant Week (Baltimore)
Make your reservations now for the tastiest week of the summer. Try something new this year, or visit an old favorite for another taste of what their chef is cooking up. Either way, share your experience with us on our Baltimore Restaurant Week Facebook page.

County Fairs (Howard, Harford, Garrett, Carroll)

August 1st:

Columbia Association Lakefront Outdoor Movie (Columbia)
Superman - Man of Steel

Yappy Hour (Ellicott City)
Bring your well behaved dog to a wine tasting. During nice weather, Yappy Hour is held in the parking lot with live music. Inside the store enjoy a wine and parfections chocolate tasting www.parfections.com Music by MOR www.morjazzmusic.com • Dogs must be leashed. Donations and a portion of sales benefit animal charities

69th Annual Annapolis Rotary Crab Feast (Annapolis)
Dig in to an all-you-can-eat crab feast that is arguably the largest in the world. This event will happen RAIN OR SHINE – most of the tables are protected from the elements Includes all you can eat and drink - including male crabs plus Maryland vegetable crab soup, sweet Maryland corn on the cob, beef barbecue sandwiches, all-American hot dogs, draft beer and assorted sodas and water. Also, a bake sale, cake raffle and free fresh watermelon slices from the Mar-Del Watermelon Association will finish your feast with sweetness.

The Gathering at Keswick Castle in Hampden (Baltimore)
Experience Maryland's Best Roving Festival on Wheels with American Classics, Eclectic Gourmet, International Delights and Sweet Sensations in the Greater Baltimore area.

Mad Decent Block Party (Columbia)
 For the second year, producer-DJ Diplo is returning to Merriweather with a ratpack of noisy, exhilaratingly rude boys and girls of electronic music, and this summer's bill is gearing up to be even more compelling. Besides Diplo, whose own mixes are influenced by the sounds of Brazilian favelas, expect dubsteppers Flux Pavilion as well as Sleigh Bells, the duo of Derek Miller and Alexis Krauss, whose menacing, atonal pop is precisely the stuff that has kids cranking the volume. (With Dillon Francis, Trippy Turtle, Wave Racer and Wolfgang Gartner.)

Summer Stargazing (Boyds)
Kids can learn about the constellations and the Milky Way. Best for age 5 and older.

Union Market Drive-In Movie (D.C.)
Shia LaBeouf voices teenage penguin Cody Maverick, who longs to leave his fish-sorting job in Shiverpool and ride the tubes with his surfing heroes. Cody is plucked out of obscurity one wintry day and finds himself in a competition memorializing his hero, the surfing star Big Z.

Travelling Bands (Laurel)
Featuring jazz musician David Bach. Grab a blanket or lawn chair, bring the family, have a picnic and enjoy the sounds of summer! Refreshments available for sale.

First Fridays in Ellicott City (Ellicott City)
Stroll the town and visit our shops open late with specials and sidewalk sales plus late night dining and entertainment. Live music featuring the best of local talent in front of the B& O Railroad Museum.

August 2nd:

Lotus Blossom Festival (Earleville)
This will be a great day to visit Mount Harmon ~ an historic Tidewater plantation and 200-acre nature preserve, and enjoy a wide variety of nature inspired activities and exhibitors! Visitors will delight in seeing the rare American Lotus in full bloom, enjoy local artists, artisans, a nature & craft activities for kids, plant sale, birding & nature walks, music, food & more!

19th Annual Peach Festival (Stevensville)
Free parking and admission, hayrides, you-pick peaches, blackberries. Peach ice cream, pit beef, hot dogs.

44th Annual Corn Roast Festival (Westminster)
Fried chicken, roll, sliced tomatoes, applesauce and all the roast corn you can eat. Music, craft vendors, gift shop, stone ground flours from the Mill and guided tours of the Shriver Homestead and Grist Mill.

Historic Sites Open House in Queen Anne's County (Centreville)
Historic Sites throughout the county open their doors, allowing visitors to step back in time. Call or stop by the Visitor's Center to obtain a Heritage Guide with map. For more info call (410)758-2502 or visit: www.historicqac.org

Stream Searchin (Owings Mills)
Enjoy a fun hike to our stream and immerse in some aquatic exploration to find critters like crayfish, caddisflies and salamanders. Ages 6 & up.

The Annapolis Car Show (Annapolis)
The Annapolis Car Show is held annually on the first Saturday in August. Free Community Event ~Free Food (BBQ Menu) ~Free Live Music by SLY45. Help Us Support The Diabetes Center at AAMC!

A Council of War (Frederick)
On August 5, 1864, General Ulysses Grant and several other generals met at the Thomas House to devise a plan for driving General Jubal Early's army from the Shenandoah Valley. At this program, visitors can learn more about their decision and how it changed the Civil War.

2014 Summer Spirit Festival (Columbia)
Ms. Lauryn Hill * Janelle Monae * Raheem *Devaughn * Talib Kweli * Junkyard Band * Backyard Band * RDGLDGRN * George Tandy, Jr. * Roman Gianarthur and more

August 3rd:

Cruise (Monkton)
Cruise is a five-piece classic rock band that plays songs that you won’t hear other groups perform. With an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies and excellent musicianship, Cruise has been entertaining the listening masses for over a decade.

Maryland All State Community Band Concert (Ellicott City)
The Columbia Bands is proud to host the 2014 Maryland All State Community Band Concert on Sunday, August 3, 2014, at 3:00pm. This concert is FREE and open to the public. 

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