Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer in Baltimore. The true meaning of the holiday - remembering the men and women who have served this in country's Armed Forces with honor and distinction - should not be forgotten, but it's perfectly okay to fire up the grill, crack open a cold beer (Natty Boh anyone?) and celebrate with family and friends. Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore is here.
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Events in Baltimore
Fort McHenry celebrates on Monday, May 31 from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with Memorial Day observances that include wreath-layings, a flag demonstration involving veterans (noon), services at Mount Auburn, Baltimore's oldest African-American cemetery (noon); observance of the National Moment of Silence (3:00 p.m. in the Star Fort), historic Memorial Day speeches and special programs about the history of Memorial Day.
Brew at the Zoo and Wine Too - Sample many of the area's finest craft beers and wines with great music at the Maryland Zoo's biggest fundraiser of the year. Tickets ($40 before May 15, $45 after) include unlimited beer and wine tastings, a commemorative tasting glass, three live bands per day, and access to food, snack, artisan, and commercial vendors. Saturday May 29 and Sunday May 30, 1 to 7 p.m.
College lacrosse's best teams battle it out at the NCAA Championships at M&T Bank Stadium. With practices open to the public (on May 28), pep rallies, youth clinics and a fan zone, there's much more to do than just watch the games. But the games should be thrilling. The semifinals begin May 29 at 4 p.m. On May 30 Divisions II and III play their title games, and the Division I champ will be decided on May 31, with faceoff scheduled for 3:30. For tickets, call 410-261-7283.
The Sowebo Arts and Music Festival, held surrounding historic Hollins Market, combines food, drink, music, and art, making for a fantastic day for festival goes of all ages. This year's 25th-annual festival will be held on May 30 from noon to 9 p.m.