Let the countdown commence as kids and adults welcome the weekend. Gear-up with plans to check out some of these events going on nearby.
African-American Cultural Festival
Where/When: , 401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Why go?: With excellence in music and art, along with children's activities, a singing competition and a bus tour of Baltimore County's African-American communities, this is a festive event celebrating the diversity of Baltimore. Admission and parking are free.
Johnny Appleseed Festival at
Where/When: Weber's Farm at 2526 Proctor Lane in Parkville will host this fall festival from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Why Go?: This two-day festival featuring live bluegrass music, hayrides, straw maze, the "Boo Barn", giant slide, duck races, and good food will be a great family destination this weekend.
Price: Children (2-17): $7
Adults (18+): $5
Polish Fall Festival
Where/When: This weekend, Holy Rosary Church presents its Polish Fall Festival at 408 S. Chester St. in Baltimore from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Why go?: An outdoor beer garden, authentic Polish food and kids activities with crafts, moonbounce and face painting make this an event fit for all. A Polish DJ, live polka music and dancing, storytelling and more are also going to be in action.
Price: Open to All
Parkville Towne Centre Fair
Where/When: The Parkville-Carney Business and Professional Association, a nonprofit professional organization, is throwing its 27th Annual Parkville Towne Centre Fair this Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Harford Road between Taylor Avenue and DuBois Avenue.
Why go?: With food vendors, games, music and other fun, come out and celebrate Parkville with friends and neighbors. Rain Date: Oct. 2.
Ailey II at Towson University
Where/When: Towson University will present Ailey II, Alvin Ailey’s American Dance Theatre for one performance on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Stephens Hall Theatre.
Why go?: With creative vision and passion for dance, Ailey II is known around the world for merging spirit and energy of young dance talent and promising emerging choreographers.
Price: From $20 http://tickets.tuboxoffice.com/
Federal Hill's Street Beat Festival
When/Where: Federal Hill's annual street festival is back in grand style with live music (including the Talking Heads tribute band the Psycho Killers), arts and crafts, and food vendors galore.
Why go?: Three stages of live music, hippie jewelry, hula-hooping, and a kids section make this event an annual favorite in a historic neighborhood thick with arts and culture.
Price: Admission is free, hippie jewelry is nominal.