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Weekend's Best Bets: Fabulous Festivals

Aug 12, 2011 04:53PM ● By Anonymous

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. One of life's best combinations is having fun and contributing to a cause. And this Saturday, you'll get the chance to do both.

ARINC is hosting its weekly Summer at City Dock. Happy Robots and Brian, Mary and Neal will be on hand to provide musical entertainment, and food and drink will be available, provided by some of Naptown's best restaurants. Chick and Ruth's Delly is going to offer their world-famous jumbo lump grab cakes, and Jimmy John's will take on-the-spot orders, and deliver sandwiches down to the dock for festival attendees. Audience members are also encouraged to bring down snacks, and then head to some local restaurants and pubs for dinner.

That's not all, though. This Saturday's SCD is an awareness day to benefit the Anne Arundel SPCA. So, naturally, there's going to be lots of pet-themed entertainment. Frank Buckland and his Amazing Disc Docs are stopping by at 2 p.m. to wow the crowd with tricks and disc-flying fun. And, Select Confections is going to provide non-fat, yogurt based, all organic peanut butter doggie ice cream at $2 per cup. Paws Pet Boutique will also be at the Dock with dog gear for sale, and special raffles with treats to please your pup.

And, according to the event's Facebook page, if you're looking for a furry pal, this is the place to be.

Don't worry about missing out if you're going to be on the Shore, though. There's so much to do there this weekend!

Rock Hall's Pirates and Wenches Weekend is taking place from Friday to Sunday. Highlights include a decorated dinghy flotilla and race to the beach with a Caribbean-style beach party, live pirate encampment, buccaneer's ball, ongoing music and street performers, and plenty of grub and grog. And, there are special areas for the little shwashbucklers and for wenches only. On Friday at 5 p.m., there will also be a rum tasting at the Inn at Osprey Point.

Further down the Shore, Cambridge is having its annual Annie Oakley Festival. Featured music at the festival's main stage includes the Outlaw Valley Riders and Charm City Limits. DJ Rodney Payne is also going to perform between the live music sets. He'll be in a beer and wine garden area.

The Outlaws & Peacemakers, a troupe of Old West reenactors, and the dance group Cowboy Dancing Plain and Fancy, will be there to provide some themed entertainment. Other event highlights include target shooting, and face painting, and Carol's Western Wear store.

If you're looking to get out of Anne Arundel or the Shore, though, head over to Silver Spring this weekend. FestAfrica 2011 is taking place from Saturday through Sunday!

This celebration features traditional African music and dance performances, fashion shows, arts & crafts, vendors, African cuisine, face painting, games, story telling, and a health fair. Phew! The theme for FestAfrica '11 is "Serving & Touring Africa," and hopes to promote tourism and community service within the continent.

At the Tourism Fair, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about travel and tourism options in various African countries. The festival will also promote community services opportunities by highlighting non-profits that are doing good work in Africa.

So, there you have it. A jam-packed weekend! Let's get out there, and do stuff.