Today is September 1st, which officially makes Summer 2016 the *fastest* moving summer I think I’ve ever experienced. School has started for a lot of people an summer vacations are winding down. To those who hate the heat and can’t wait to break out their boots and scarves, the beginning of September means that fall is on its way. But to those like me who would rather move across the country then experience another East Coast winter (lol), September brings about a lot of sadness about the warm weather ending. I mean, don’t get me wrong I don’t love sweating for hours on end in the Baltimore humidity, but I also don’t love navigating snow and ice and cold and all the “joys” that winter brings.
Although September has now ended, I want to be very clear that summer is NOT over yet! There is still time to enjoy the end of this season and for our readers who are local to Baltimore, I’ve compiled a small list of things to do so you can really enjoy the last of summer.
WTMD First Thursday Concert Series (Thursday, September 1st)
TONIGHT is the last First Thursday Concert Series, hosted by WTMD. Join musicians OJR, Joseph Arthur, and the Slanted Sound at Canton Waterfront Park for some outdoor tunes, food, and drinks. Admission is free and doors start opening at 6:30.
End-of-Summer Twilight Swim at the Patterson Park Pool (Friday, September 2nd)
The Patterson Park Public Pool is hosting an adult-only twilight swim to say goodbye to our sweet summer. Admission is $5 and you can bring food & drink into the pool (of course, no glass). They’ve got a DJ spinning for the entire night—get your swim on TOMORROW from 8-11 PM.
Enjoy the final few nights Bengie’s Drive-In this Labor Day weekend. Bennie’s has been open for the past 60 summers just outside Baltimore. You can hang out in your car and catch the movie, or bring blankets/chairs and enjoy the films under the starts. Make sure to READ THE RULES before heading out there—I’m almost certain that Bengie’s has more rules than the most chaotic Kindergarten classroom…
Hampdenfest (September 17th)
Hampdenfest is a free neighborhood festival in Hampden. Musicians play throughout the day and local vendors and foodies line. Beer provided by locals Union Brewery & The Brewer’s Art, and if you’ve got the stomach for it, enter the pie eating contest hosted by Dangerously Delicious Pies!
Maryland State Fair (Until September 5th)
The Maryland State Fair brings together live music, carnival rides, and festival food and the huge fairgrounds in Timonium. Tickets are available through the MD State Fair website!
Maryland Sunflower Festival (September 11th & 12th)
The Maryland Sunflower Festival allows guests to enjoy the beauty of one of Maryland’s most historic sunflower farms. Local artists & musicians will be at the festival, and food & drink available from local vendors. It’s also a great opportunity to get that classic instagram pic of you standing amongst the sunflowers.
Que at the Zoo (Saturday, September 10th)
Que at the Zoo brings musicians and DJs together for a day-long concert experience at the Maryland Zoo. Drinks & BBQ available for purchase
Baltimore has a great deal of sidewalk cafes and outdoor dining experiences, and September is a great time to take advantage. As it begins to cool down, being outdoors is still enjoyable. Some of my favorite outdoor spots in Baltimore include the back patio at Blue Pit BBQ in Hampden, the outdoor seating at Barcocina in Fell’s Point for daily brunch, and the seating at Gertrude’s which allows you to eat by the sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
Although the Farmer’s Markets in Baltimore stay open well into the end of fall, I personally find them much more enjoyable when the weather is nice out. Allow yourself to linger at your favorite Baltimore market a little bit longer than you typically would—grab some lunch and stay a while. The Jones Falls Farmer’s Market is a great one to stay and enjoy—you can release your inner child and do some hula-hooping, enjoy whatever music is playing, and do some non-food shopping with other local vendors.
Sunday at the Mill
Last but not least, a shameless plug for our end-of-summer celebration, Sunday at the Mill. Come out to the Union Mill Courtyard in Hampden and enjoy the last days of summer. We have a great line up of local Baltimore acts, artists & vendors from the Baltimore area, and food & drink provided by Artifact Coffee. Tickets can be purchased HERE! This year, we’ve got a VIP ticket that includes unlimited dranks as well as festival admission. RSVP on Facebook.
Have an outdoor event you’re looking forward to in September (besides Sunday at the Mill, of course…)? Let us know in the comments below!