Every year on the first weekend of May, downtown Baltimore's streets bustle as tens of thousands of moviegoers visit local theaters to watch films shot, directed, and edited around the globe. The Maryland Film Festival, like a freakish hurdle sprinter, runs for five days and showcases about 50 feature films and 75 short pieces—ranging from documentaries to animations—many of which are presented by their respective filmmakers or celebrity guest hosts. Past hosts have included Ian MacKaye and Branford Marsalis, and legendary filmmaker John Waters regularly makes an appearance at the festival, hosting a feature film of his choice. Attendees may also stimulate and expand their sensory palates with special events that have included international flicks, three-dimensional movies, and
vintage silent films synced to live music.
Ever since its launch in 1999, the DC Independent Film Festival has celebrated autonomous filmmaking around the world through competition and screenings. All of the festival's selections are Washington DC premieres, and many are being shown for the first time in the world. Hailing from various countries and cultures, these projects include narrative features, shorts, and documentaries. They also span genre: throughout the day, comedy and horror films share screening space with experimental and interactive projects. To complement this showcase, the DCIFF also features a schedule of seminars and workshops on featured films and aspects of the filmmaking process. They've even sponsored panel talks with members of the United States Congress.
Enjoy the finest art Washington has to offer at BloomBars.
With a sizzling plate of terrific food, this museum boasts among the best eats this side of the city.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this museum.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're too tired to drive, public transportation will also suffice; right around the corner are stops at Columbia Heights Metro (Green, Yellow) and Georgia Ave Petworth (Green, Yellow).
When you are on the hunt for something fun to do this weekend, head to Capital Fringe Festival in Washington.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're not in the mood to drive, hop on public transportation instead; nearby stops include Mt Vernon Sq/7th St-Convention Center (Green, Yellow) and Gallery Place Chinatown Metro (Green, Red, Yellow).
CityFam is driven by one primary goal: to bring people together. More a movement than a company, CityFam organizes gatherings at sports games, concerts, festivals, and other events around town. At each of these gatherings, dozens of like-minded members meet up to mingle, have a good time, and hopefully make some new friends—essentially, CityFam creates miniature communities. Its roots are in Baltimore, but plans for growth should have it popping up in locations across the East Coast in the near future.
Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. each boast vibrant food-truck scenes, but most of these trucks had never traveled outside of their own city's borders. They didn't, that is, until the Taste of 3 Cities Food Truck Festival. Now, 60 trucks from three of the East Coast's largest cities are going on tour, engaging in a delicious bit of cultural exchange during three separate festival appearances. Read on to learn more about some of the featured trucks at the fest's Baltimore stop:
GrrChe: Baltimore's grilled-cheese truck provides an updated take on the childhood classic; sandwiches incorporating bacon, jalapenos, and even mac and cheese.
Baron Von Schwein: Under the watchful eye of their truck's fearsome wolf mascot, chefs from York, PA work their dark barbecue magic on brisket, pork, and chicken, turning this meat trio into everything from sliders and tacos to cheesesteaks and salads.
Red Hook Lobster Pound: This DC-based truck specializes in a more northerly delicacy: Maine lobster rolls (served in Maine-style cold or Connecticut-style hot varieties). They've also got clam chowder and homemade whoopie pies.
The Cow and the Curd: Out of Philly rides this award-winning truck, which serves baskets of piping-hot, beer-battered Wisconsin cheese curds.
Midnite Confection's Cupcakery: Based in Baltimore, this truck houses a bakery's worth of gourmet cupcakes in flavors ranging from chocolate red velvet to birthday cake to lemon with lime buttercream.