Weekend Wrap Up: Eat Well and Dress Up

This weekend is full of events to shed your identity and stuff your face.

Tonight you can pick from The Jolly Pig, Gypsy Queen, Icedgems Baking and many (many, many) more at The Gathering at Duburns Arena (3100 Boston Street). There will be plenty of food trucks and live music by The Players. All you can drink tickets are $20.

Venti Tre is continuing to hold their Summer Concert Series. You can grab a bite to eat (I recommend the grilled chicken & panchetta piada) and enjoy live music from local artist, Remedy, from 7-9PM. Bring a blanket and enjoy $5 beer and wine on the lawn for the special event.

logoAfter you’ve eaten your fill, put on your favorite neons! The “I love the 90′s Dance Party” is at Castaways (2206 Boston St) tonight!  You can purchase tickets here or at the door. Tickets are $20 – and 100% of the ticket sales will be donated to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. The party will be rocking with a 90s band, hot jams, drink specials, dance contest, costume contest, rad prizes, and more!

Continuing to raid your costume bin (am I the only one with a tupperwear container in the basement marked costumes?) and join the Geeks vs Jocks Bar Crawl Saturday at noon.  Get your ticket here and plan on enjoying drink specials, trivia, flip cup and a rambunctious dance party at El Bufalo.

Not ready to revisit high school? The Second annual Bikeadelic! Custom Bicycle Competition, Party and Ride is happening at The Creative Alliance, Saturday at 2pm. All ages are welcome to compete and ride in this combo party/parade/competition produced by Baltiumore Bike Experience and Creative Alliance, celebrating bike decorating and building in all the wildest styles and colors.  Check out the various prize categories and get decorating!

Did you purchase your ticket for the Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival? Our coupon code was extended until 8/26. So get crackin’! Use STAYCLASSY to get 10% off your entire ticket order!

Sunday looks like a day of rest, so sleep in, get a late brunch and take a walk around the park.

Baltimore Seafood Festival and special discounts for YOU!


Baltimore Seafood Festival With Bottle BlueI am so excited to share this fantastic deal that we have for our Stay Classy readers.  Receive 10% off your ENTIRE ticket order for the Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival taking place Saturday, September 20th from 12pm to 6pm at the Canton Waterfront Park.  Use the code ‘STAYCLASSY” through Thursday to get your special deal.

You will be able to experience Baltimore’s best seafood with offerings from: Aggio, Bond Street Social, Barcocina, Langermanns, Café Gia (check out the shrimp below!), Farmstead Grill, Heavy Seas Alehouse, Ryleigh’s Oyster, Captain James Landing, Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Blue Agave, Stuggy’s, Lebanese Taverna, Atwater’s, Pitango, and Flavor Cupcakery. More restaurants are being added daily.

Shrimp Bruschetta in a lemon cream sauce by Cafe Gia.

Shrimp Bruschetta in a lemon cream sauce by Cafe Gia.

Baltimore Seafood Festival guests will also enjoy live music by Strykers’ Posse and Super Bueno, premium drinks, cooking demos by Baltimore’s top chefs, oyster and crab cake eating contests, local artists, and a family zone with kid-friendly attractions.  Ticket packages starting at $29. Kids 10 and under are FREE!

The event will also feature a VIP area as well as a crab feast tent, featuring private tables for groups with bushel of crabs, private bars and cocktail servers (This is the deal for me. Get 10 friends together and you’re set!  Includes general admission for up to 10 people, 10 souvenir glasses, 10 swag bags, one private table in the Crab Fest tent with a private bar and cocktail server, unlimited drinks including beer, wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, a bushel of crabs and sides, and 100 tickets to use towards food items. Please note that kids 10 and under are free, but space is limited and only 10 chairs per table.)

The event is expected to sellout in advance as space is limited! You can purchase tickets here and use the code STAYCLASSY to receive 10% off your order. This offer runs through Thursday so get cracking. (Get it. crabs, cracking.)

Shrimp Bruschetta in a lemon cream sauce by Cafe Gia.

Don’t take my word for it, the crab knows where to be. 

For more information, please visit www.baltimoreseafoodfest.com

Want to volunteer?



Weekend Wrapup: Summer Lingers On

ice-bucketDo you feel that? It’s summer lingering in the air. Thanks to a slew of great outdoor movie events, festivals, and entertainment, Baltimore isn’t letting us forget summer just yet. This weekend is no exception. Catch some flicks, get all Italian on us, plan your wedding, or take the ice bucket challenge in public while earning money for ALS.

Catch a Flick at Little Italy’s Open Air Film Fest

Throughout the summer, Little Italy has brought you fantastic flicks in the open air and this Friday,  August 15th is no exception. Come pump yourself up for the weekend with a showing of Rocky (PG, 1976). Festivities begin at 7 p.m., the movie starts at 9 p.m. and you can stuff your face with free popcorn.

Do Good and Get Cold with the Neighborhood Ice Bucket Challenge

The newly opened Pig & Rooster (3242 Foster Ave.) is challenging the entire neighborhood to the ice bucket challenge on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 p.m. Join in on raising money for ALS: for each neighbor who accepts the challenge at Pig & Rooster for all to see, an organizer will donate $20 to the Packard Center for ALS. Donators and challengers will also receive $10 domestic buckets all day. A chance to make the ice bucket challenge really count plus cheap beer? We’re in.

Feast (Italian-style) at Feast of St. Gabriel

After spending your Friday night in Little Italy, head back to Stiles and Exeter streets for a full weekend of Italian festivities. St Leo’s Church hosts the Feast of St. Gabriel on Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Catch live music, a sausage eating contest, a bocce tournament, and a street procession. Feast on a sit down pasta dinner, fried dough, and pizzelle. Oh, and it wouldn’t be an Italian festival/feast without some vino (there’s beer too).

Plan your Wedding at the Baltimore Wedding Experience

While completely irrelevant to single, dating, or married, for those planning a wedding in Baltimore, the Baltimore Wedding Experience — i.e. a chance to review all of your vendor options in one place — is coming to the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit vendors, watch fashion shows, and get helpful advice from wedding workshops. As long as you can stomach all of the sales-y stuff, it is probably worth the $10 ticket.

Lego Up at Ravens Movie Night

Bring the kiddos to M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday night at 6 p.m. and … watch a movie? The Ravens are hospitably offering up their field for families and kids at heart on Sunday, August 17 for the viewing of the Lego Movie on HD Ravens Vision. Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance and include bounce houses, face painting, magicians, and more. Bring a blanket and get ready to go down in history as the coolest parent ever.



Raise the Roof…or at Least Host a Party On It

If you have a rooftop deck, you’re in luck. If you don’t, it’s time to make friends with your neighbors that do (which in all honesty you should have done already).  Happinin, the Baltimore-based nightlife app, is sponsoring Rooftop Day! Rooftop Day is a way to get to know your neighbors while you hang out on your (or your neighbors) rooftop deck, enjoying the views of Baltimore and the Blue Angels performance from the Star-Spangled Spectacular event.

Rooftop Day will be held on  Saturday, September 13th and participating homes will get a party package delivered that will include t-shirts and food (hot dogs, cheeseburgers), and possibly even some liquor coupons for local shops.

Interesting in registering your deck?
There are only a few spots left, so if you’re interested in joining, you need to email mike@happininapp.com ASAP.  Your email should include your address and estimated party size. If someone doesn’t get a spot, you are encouraged to throw a party anyway! Make sure you download the Happinin app so you can upload a picture of your party on event day.

Want to be a neighborhood sponsor?
Any local business that wants to advertise on the back of the give-away t-shirt and promo material in the party package should contact mike@happininapp.com as well.

Time to butter up the neighbors! See you in the sky!

Photo Credit: Live Baltimore

Photo Credit: Live Baltimore

Weekend Wrap-Up: All Augusted Out

ticketsConcerts, socializing, music, movies, and sales. If summer was showing any signs of winding down, we’re not seeing them over here in Canton. Get outside, grab a blanket, and drag your neighbors off their stoops. It’s the weekend!

Catch Dinner and a Concert at Canton Crossing

Venti Tre at Canton Crossing sponsors Fresh Summer Nights beginning this Friday, August 8. What that means for you: a free concert by Mambo Combo from 7 to 9 p.m. and $5 off entrees at Venti Tre. It’s a winning combo: affordable eats, great tunes, and even better neighbors to enjoy it with.

Get Art Social at Artifact Coffee

Are you a visual or performance artist, or simply fascinated by the art world? Artifact coffee wants to help you socialize with like-minded individuals this Saturday night (August 9) from 5 to 7 p.m. Have a drink or a snack, meet great artists, share and spread ideas. Artifact Coffee is located at 1500 Union Ave.

Jam out at Teavolve

You don’t need a reason to head to Harbor East’s Teavolve and sip on something lovely, or eat something lovelier. This Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. Teavolve provides even more incentive: live music from Straight Up Tribal. Straight Up Tribal is a world music ensemble that channels funk and reggae. Tea and reggae =  a winning pair.

Brew and View with Sam Adams

Canton must have won some sort of award this year. The amount of free events rolling our way is abnormal, but welcomed. This Saturday, August 9, we’ll get a chance to party at Canton Waterfront Park once again as Sam Adams throws a movie watching, lawn game playing, beer soaked shin-dig. Sam Adams Brew and View Baltimore includes Sam Adams beer, lawn games, food trucks, and live music. Entry is free if you reserve your tickets. Neighbors can grab a blanket and view Wedding Crashers (21 and older only).

Shop Harbor East Sidewalk Sale

If you’re over the concert thing, and just want to shop, head to Harbor East on Sunday, August 10 from noon to 5 p.m. for the “juciest sidewalk sale of the summer”. The sale offers major mark downs, Amaryllis Handcrafted Jewelry, City Sports, Handbags in the City, Loafers & Laces, Sassanova, South Moon Under, Urban Chic and more. Organizers will be serving complimentary snowballs to keep you cool plus you can enter a raffle to win a $400 gift card.


Fresh (Funky Friday) Summer Nights

Hope you didn’t get concerted out with First Thursday, because Venti Tre at Canton Crossing is sponsoring Fresh Summer Nights tomorrow, Friday August 8th. From 7-9, listen to Mambo Combo while you enjoy some local fares.

Though it will be hard to choose where to get your picnic-ed dinner, we know something that might make your decision easier. Venti Tre is offering $5 off any two entrees ( I recommend the flatbreads).  So grab a blanket, a glass of wine from Venti Tre and enjoy your night.

Venti Tre Summer Nights


Background information:

You can check out Venti Tres’ menu here.

More about the band: Mambo Combo was named best Latin music group in 2007 by WAMA (the Washington Area Music Association) and “Best Party Band” in 1999 by Baltimore Magazine. For more than twenty-five years, the band has been entertaining in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond, from the Caribbean to New England.

This Dinner is for the Dogs…in a Good Way


Bella’s Bully Buddies is an all volunteer, non-profit organization in whose mission is to rescue “pit bull” dogs from abuse, neglect and abandonment. They were founded in 2012 to help save dogs from overcrowded shelters. While the dogs are in Bella’s Bully Buddies’ care, they are proved excellent nutrition, training and enrichment, veterinary care and lots of love in their network of foster homes. Their goal is to find each and every one of them a forever home where they will be loved as a part of the family for the rest of their lives. Through everyday interactions and community events they are working to educate the public about the loyal, intelligent and loving nature that make “pit bull” dogs wonderful companions and family members.

So basically an amazing group of people helping out some amazing dogs. And you can help too! Join Bella’s Bully Buddies at Blue Hill Tavern on Wednesday, August 6th from 5:30-10 p.m. A portion of the sales from the upstairs back bar (as well as table service if you show an event flyer) will be donated to their wonderful organization.  There will be drink specials, raffles and a silent auction.  Since it’s restaurant week, reservations for dinner is recommended.

For more information or other ways to help, check out their Facebook page.


Weekend Wrap-Up: Ponies and Protests

Photo by Jon Bilous, shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jonbilous/status/495086591618990080/photo/1

Photo by Jon Bilous, shared on Twitter

Summer isn’t over yet which means, in Canton at least, all the funky Baltimore fun isn’t over yet either. This weekend promises delicious dining, impromptu art, exercise opportunities, and more importantly: a chance to catch a Brony in his natural habitat.

Dine Out at Restaurant Week

Baltimore Restaurant week begins this weekend, which basically means its your chance to try that fancy place you haven’t had a good excuse to visit yet. How this thing works: you get a three course dinner for $20 or $30 at participating restaurants, or can grab a two course lunch for $15. Near Canton, Blue Hill Tavern, Langermann’s, Salt, and Verde are participating (among others).

People Watch at Brony Con

If magic and horses are your thing, or if you simply enjoy watching bros (and other die-hard fans) dress up in Cosplay to geek out over a cartoon, then you might want to post up at the Baltimore Convention Center this weekend. Brony Con is back with all its pony fury, offering music and special guest appearances. Opening ceremonies already began but this packed full schedule should give you plenty of opportunities to Brony out.

Run a 5K for a Cause

The fifth annual 5K for Casey Cares Foundation begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 2 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The 3.1 mile run/walk begins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and ends on the field. Runners will receive a race packet and refreshments. While online registration is now closed, you can still register in-person on race day. The race fee is now $40 to support a great cause.

Climb the Boh Tower for Rooftop Yoga

Woohoo! mPower has extended its summer rooftop yoga series. mPower invites Stay Classy Canton readers to join them on Saturday, August 2 at 10 a.m. on top of the world (a.k.a. the Natty Boh Tower). No sign ups needed, just show up to the Natty Boh Tower early and fill out a waiver form. We hear classes have been quite busy so show up early to get a spot.

Become Part of a Human Flag for Peace

A local artist, Pablo M. Machioli, is creating a message of peace at a time when we all probably need it most. If you’d like to be part of that message, join him on Sunday, August 3 in Patterson Park wearing white, with your own personal message of peace written on your back. Then, prepare to be painted! Machioli will create a human peace flag as you literally become the work of art. For more information, watch his video inviting you to be part of the project.


To Do: An Old Timey Bike Fest

mr-boh-velocipedeAnother reason to soak in Baltimore’s rad-ness: American cycling was born here. While the Germans invented the velocipede , Baltimore’s finest were the first to adopt the trend stateside.

On Thursday August, 7, it’s your chance to help celebrate Baltimore’s cycling prowess with a happy hour, food trucks, historic bicycle demonstrations and a celebratory bike ride. The Old Timey Bike Fest begins at 10 a.m. with the Maryland Historical Society where you can tour a special one-day exhibition: American Wheels to the Front: The Involution of American Bicycles (1868-today). The exhibit is open until 7:30 p.m.

From there, head to an open-to-the-public Young Defenders First Thursday Happy Hour in the Courtyard at MdHS from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Nosh on food truck bites including GrrChe and The Green Bowl. Beer and wine is available through a cash bar: $3 for beer; $5 for wine.

Demonstrations of historic bicycles by “modern high wheel men” begin at 6 p.m. After the happy hour, hop on your own set of wheels for a celebratory bike ride led by Baltimore Heritage.

Sound bike-tastic? Find out more information on the Facebook Event, and read up on bicycling on the Baltimore Heritage site.


Weekend Wrap Up: July Forever

10497894_10153189857108484_3758466308199713696_oSummer always flies by in Baltimore. You grab your orange crush and find a nice spot outside, and before you know it, fireworks have passed and artscape has faded away. This weekend is your chance to make July (seem to) last a little longer. There’s local celebrations and more adventurous to-dos for us more nerdy Cantonites.

Sip and Nosh at The Chasseur’s Best New Bar in Baltimore Celebration:

The Chasseur is very clear about the reason for this celebration on their Facebook invite. They are celebrating YOU! on Friday, July 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. But, as it also happens, they were also just named Best of Baltimore’s Best New Bar in Baltimore Magazine. Come for complimentary “bites” and drinks specials with Van Gogh Vodka and leave with some giveaways/prizes.

Party at Fleet Street Market’s Block Party:

Finally a block party that consists of more than your neighbors blocking off the street and stoop sitting with beers all day (not that that is a bad thing!) We’re pretty excited about a collaboration of businesses on Fleet street that define the intersection between Fell’s Point and Canton throwing an outdoor gathering on Saturday, July 26 from noon to 6 p.m. The event, thrown by Fleet Street Market, features $4 margaritas from Ale Mary’s, a sidewalk sale at Bottle of Bread, a Fleet Street market tasting, art, music and more. For a casual afternoon place to hang with neighbors, this event wins.

Climb Aboard the Pride of Baltimore:

History buffs and boat lovers rejoice: the Pride of Baltimore is docked and ready for you to board this weekend at Fort McHenry. Head off this island we call Canton and get a free guided tour of the Pride from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27. Two-hour day and evening sails are also available both days; $35 for children and $45 for adults. A little background for those who are lost: Pride of Baltimore II was commissioned in 1988 as a sailing memorial to her immediate predecessor, the original Pride of Baltimore, which was tragically sunk by a white squall off Puerto Rico in 1986, taking her captain and three crew members down with her.

Be a Kid again at Baltimore’s Playground Meetup in Fells Point:

Baltimore’s Playground is described on their Meetup group as a “group for the young at heart”. With this week’s cardboard tube-fighting tournament, these random Baltimore revelers are living up to the name. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m. in the regular meeting spot: Fell’s Point Square. Winners of duels are determined by those whose cardboard tubes are not bent or broken. The tournament is hosted by Tube Duel with more rules and information on their Facebook Event. Sign-ups to compete begin at 4 p.m.

Wait for the Bus?

If you haven’t seen, climbed, or laid down on the whimsical “BUS” sculpture outside of the Creative Alliance yet, now’s your chance to go become part of a great piece of public art. The piece was officially unveiled recently and now has a warm seat for those waiting for the bus or simply admiring the work. The installation is a permanent public art project that includes three large sculptures that form the letters B U S. Each letter stands 14 feet tall and 7 feet wide. This conceptual sculpture and bus stop was created by the Spanish collaborative mmmm… as part of the initiative TRANSIT – Creative Placemaking with Europe in Baltimore.