Charm City Rundown 5/22 - 5/28

By Mike Kettelberger - Posted on 22 May 2013

Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is nearly upon us and that means it is time for backyard BBQ's, parades, MLB teams wearing camo, and summer will finally begin. Although I'm sure most of you have noticed that the summer humidity has begun to creep up on us this past week. For this being one of the busiest weekends of the summer, Charm City is relatively quiet on the events front. That is, on events that we, the readers and writers of IHJJR, actually care about. But I did manage to find a few gems. If you have time in between grilling, drinking on decks and rooftops, and getting hammered on Sunday because you are off on Monday, than check out some of these great events around our fair city.

Bikini Bull Riding Contest: Round 1

That's right my friends, your eyes did not deceive you; there is a bikini bull riding contest taking place in Baltimore. The first night of round one action for this visually pleasing event is happening tonight (Wednesday May 22). The second night of round one will take place on May 29, and the finals will be held on Wednesday June 5. The winner of the contest will receive a trip to Philly for the Ultimate Xfinity Live! Experience, two tickets to see Kenny Chesney in concert, a VIP table at PBR Philly, hotel stay, and dinner. Now, you may be asking where this spectacle is being held, and the answer would be at PBR Baltimore, of course. For those of us who will be in the crowd cheering on the contestants, enjoy $2 Miller Lites, $3 rail drinks, and $4 call drinks. I have no doubt that this will be a sight to be seen, and there is a high probability that I will be there taking it all in, so make your way out to PBR tonight. What else do you have to do on a Wednesday?

Wednesday May 22, 9 PM, PBR Baltimore, 2 Market Place,

Brew at the Zoo 2013

If you are like me, two of your favorite things are animals and beer, and, as fate would have it, the Maryland Zoo is combining both of these for us this holiday weekend. Head down to the zoo on Saturday or Sunday, or perhaps both days, and enjoy the biggest beer festival of the year. Every admission includes unlimited beer and wine sampling, a commemorative tasting glass, access to live music and special food vendors, and, of course, admission to the entire zoo ALL DAY! Some of the breweries on hand will be Flying Dog, New Belgium, Brewers Art, Yards, Angry Orchard, and many, many more. If you want to spend a little extra cash, you can buy the VIP package which gets you everything listed above plus two meals from Famous Dave's and access to a private tent and private restrooms. The music lineup will be headlined by the All Mighty Senators on Saturday and the Kelly Bell Band on Sunday. This will certainly be an event not to be missed. 

Saturday May 25, Sunday May 26, 1-7 PM, Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, $32-$55 regular admission, $59-$108 VIP, $17-$28 non-drinking/designated driver,

Sowebo Art & Music Festival

For those who have never attended a Sowebo Festival, allow me to enlighten you. Sowebo is one Charm City's yearly gatherings that bring out some of Baltimore best artists, bands, craft vendors, and some of the most interesting residents of out beloved city. The day is filled with all sorts of musical acts, on three different stages, interactive arts and crafts activities for children and adults, and delicious food from some of Baltimore's best culinary institutions. There will also be different works of art for as far as the eye can see. Art will be on display, as well as, being sold to festival goers with money to burn. This festival is certainly something that all Baltimore residents need to experience at least once. Head down to Hollins Market and check it out.

Sunday May 26, Noon - 8 PM, Hollins Market, 26 S. Arlington ave.,