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Weekend's Best Bets

May 04, 2012 04:37PM ● By Anonymous

Today and tomorrow, the Naptown BarBAYq will make its return. Taking place this year at the Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, it brings BBQ teams from all over the country to slice, season, and sizzle their finest cuts. Attendees will be able to sample some of their delicious wares, and check out live music from more than 25 bands on two stages.  Headliners include the Chris Sacks Band, The Rovers, D'vibe & Conga, Dean Rosenthal, and Jarflys. This year's beneficiaries are the Anne Arundel Medical Center Pediatrics Inpatient Unit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

On Saturday and Sunday, the city of Annapolis will host the 1st Annual Annapolis City Fair. The fair, which takes place during the weekend of the National Offshore One-Design (NOOD) Regatta, will showcase the services, diversity, and opportunities of this historic community. And, be sure to head up to West Street above State Circle on Sunday for the First Sunday Arts Festival.

Looking for some Cinco de Mayo fun? You've got options. On Saturday, the West Annapolis Business Affiliation will hold its Cinco de Mayo Festival on Annapolis Street. The event features vendors, street music, Mexican food, beer, and, of course, margaritas.

Or you could head to Broadneck Grill for an outdoor tent-party that celebrates the holiday while raising funds for a good cause. Their Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser will include a silent auction, raffles, a mariachi band, plenty of good food, and a special drink promotion. Proceeds from the event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in memory of Lauren Dowling.

Afterwards, head to the Children's Theatre of Annapolis, for its primary fundraiser. At the Cinco de Mayo Gala, you'll be given the chance to see a special performance by Ballet Folklorio Mexico Viva, bid on premier auction items, enter a raffle, and win balloon pop prizes. Plus, there will be plenty of food and beverages.

Over on the Shore, Cambridge Main Street will host their third annual Spring Fling on Saturday. The outdoor portion of the Cinco de Mayo-themed event features music by Three Penny Opera, Latin dance demos and lessons, margaritas and sangrias, and more. The Spring Fling which takes place at Jimmie & Sooks is a cocktail-attire affair benefiting ongoing downtown revitalization efforts.

A little further north, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will team up with the Frederick Douglass Honor Society to present Frederick Douglass Day on Saturday. A fun-filled family event, Frederick Douglass Day will feature regional food, entertainment, genealogy workshops, cooking demonstrations, dances, live music, and much more.

On Saturday and Sunday at the Bay Bridge Marina on Kent Island, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival will give you the chance to sample local and international wines, craft beer, and microbrews. You'll also enjoy local artists and crafters, fantastic food, and live entertainment.

And, all you film fans take note--the Maryland Film Festival is now underway. Taking place through Sunday, the festival brings top-notch film and video work from all over the world to Baltimore. It opens with several short films, and closes with Dark Horse, directed by Todd Solondz.