Cruel Summer: City Paper's Sizzlin' Summer 2009 | Feature
Easy Pickings: Local pick-your-own farms offer memories as well as fresh produce | Feature by Lee Gardner
Broke-Ass Summertime Fun: Hey you with no money maybe you could use some ideas? | Feature by Emily Flake
Dancing in the Ruins: Exploring the area's not-so-hidden crumbling gems | Feature by Michael Byrne
Lost in Place: If travel isn't a vacation option, try letting a book take you away | Feature by Bret McCabe
Break Out Another Thousand: Cheap boating might be possible, but not, alas, for the ignorant | Feature by Edward Ericson Jr.
Factory Girl: Greetings from York County, Pa., the factory tour capital of the world | Feature by Michelle Gienow
Shades of Green: Small ways you can make your city home more environmentally friendly | Feature by Erin Sullivan
Balls Up: Let's hear it for Baltimore's favorite (but perhaps not homegrown) summer treat | Feature by Henry Hong
Stay Frosty: The City Paper I-Team once again searches for the coldest beer in Baltimore | Feature
Sizzlin' Summer Calendar: Our 2009 guide to great fun in the summer sun | Sizzlin Calendar
Parks/Hiking and Biking:
We may live in a concrete jungle, but Baltimoreans are lucky to have such a wide range of options for outdoor adventuring so close to home. | Sizzlin Calendar
Gardens: Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, (301) 962-1400, brooksidegardens.org. | Sizzlin Calendar
Downy Ocean, Hon: Stuff to See
Art League of Ocean City, 502 94th St., (410) 524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. | Sizzlin Calendar
Get Wet and Wade: When you're looking for an escape from the hot, hot heat of Baltimore in the summer, sometimes an air-conditioned bar or movie theater just doesn't cut it. | Sizzlin Calendar
Pools: Baltimore City's Department of Parks and Recreation operates wading pools, indoor swimming pools, and full-size outdoor pools for city residents to use all summer long. | Sizzlin Calendar
Sports: Orioles Promotional Nights, through Oct. | Sizzlin Calendar
Art: AIA Baltimore Bookstore and Gallery, 11 1/2 W. | Sizzlin Calendar
Festivals and Extra-vals: Sowebo Arts Festival, May 24, around Hollins Market, soweboarts.org. | Sizzlin Calendar
Kids: Stuff to See
Clark's Elioak Farm, 10500 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, (410) 730-4049, clarklandfarm.com. | Sizzlin Calendar
Zoos: Adventure Aquarium, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, (856) 365-3300, adventureaquarium.com. | Sizzlin Calendar
Fourth Of July: Accident's Fourth of July Homecoming, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., South Street Complex, Accident, (301) 746-6346.
Alexandria Fireworks, 4 p.m., Oronoco Bay Park, 100 Madison St., Alexandria, Va., (703) 838-4844, alexandria.gov.
American Celebration at Mount Vernon, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, Va., (703) 780-2000, visitmountvernon.org.
Annual Rock Hall July 4th Parade, 10 a.m., Rock Hall Community Center, Rock Hall, (410) 639-7611, rockhallmd.com.
Baltimore's Fourth of July Celebration, 9:30 p.m., Inner Harbor, (410) 752-8632, harborplace.com.
Baltimore Inner Harbor Fireworks Dinner Cruise, 7-11 p.m., Spirit Cruises, Inner Harbor, (866) 312-2469, spiritcruises.com.
Catonsville's July 4th Celebration, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Catonsville, Frederick Road, Catonsville, (410) 744-9655, catonsvillecelebration.org.
Chestertown's July 4th Fireworks, dusk, Chester River, Chestertown, (410) 778-0500, chestertown.com.
Concert and Fireworks Uptown and Downtown, 8 p.m., Northside Park, 127th Street, the Bay and North Division Street, the Beach, Ocean City, ococean.com.
Dundalk Heritage Association Independence Parade, 8:15 a.m., Logan Village Shopping Center, 3400 Dundalk Ave., Dundalk, (410) 466-3526.
Fire on the Mountain, sundown, Deep Creek Lake, 898 State Park Road, Swanton, (301) 387-4386, visitdeepcreek.com.
Fireworks at Fairgrounds Park, 6 p.m., Fairgrounds Park, 351 N. | Sizzlin Calendar
History: Midnight in a Haunted House, 10:45 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar
Stage: Pillow Talk, through May 24, comedy, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, (301) 617-9906, laurelmillplayhouse.org.
Souvenir, through May 24, comedy, Centerstage, 700 N. | Sizzlin Calendar
Music: May 21: Trey Anastasio with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Meyerhoff)
Coldplay (Nissan Pavilion)
May 22: Summer Sounds at the Square (Belvedere Square, 6-9 p.m. | Sizzlin Calendar
Outdoor Dining: Plenty of restaurants have a few table set up outside in warm weather, but here are some of the sweetest spots to dine in the open air.
Arcos, 129 S. | Sizzlin Calendar
Food Festivals: Summer is really about taking our favorite activities al fresco, and there are few things Baltimoreans--or, you know, human beings--like more than eating and drinking. | Sizzlin Calendar
Farmers' Markets: BALTIMORE CITY
Baltimore Farmers' Market, 8 a.m.-noon Sundays May 3-Dec. | Sizzlin Calendar
Useful Info: Maryland
Maryland Office of Tourism Development, visitmaryland.org
Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, choosemaryland.org
Portal to Maryland, portaltomaryland.com Baltimore City
African-American Heritage and Cultural Guide, baltimore.org/africanamerican/tours.htm
Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association, baltimore.org
Baltimore City Paper, citypaper.com
Baltimore City Paper
Weekly events, citypaper.com/calendar
Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, promotionandarts.org Baltimore County
Baltimore County Conference and Visitors Bureau, visitbacomd.com
Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, baltimorecountymd.gov Allegany County
Allegany County Department of Tourism, mdmountainside.com Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel Citizen Information Center, aacounty.org
Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, visitannapolis.org Calvert County
co.cal.md.us Caroline County
Caroline County Office of Tourism, tourcaroline.com Carroll County
Carroll County Tourism, carrollcountytourism.org Cecil County
Cecil County Tourism, ccgov.org/tourism Charles County
Charles County Office of Tourism, visitcharlescounty.com Dorchester County
Dorchester County Tourism, tourdorchester.org Frederick County
Tourism Council of Frederick County, fredericktourism.org Harford County
Harford County Tourism Council, harfordmd.com Howard County
Howard County Tourism, visithowardcountymd.gov Kent County
Kent County Tourism, kentcounty.com Montgomery County
Montgomery County Visitors Guide, cvbmontco.com Prince George's County
Prince George's County Home Page, goprincegeorgescountymd.gov Queen Anne's County
Queen Anne's County Department of Business and Tourism, qac.org St. | Sizzlin Calendar
Assateague Island National Seashore, 7206 National Seashore Lane, Berlin, (410) 641-1441, nps.gov/asis. | Sizzlin Calendar