Two years ago, we cited the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival as "Best Arts Showcase" in our Best Of Baltimore issue. The Zionaires, a local gospel group (pictured), stole the show in 2011. Today, you can head down to the Creative Alliance in Highlandtown and see what all the fuss is about. This year's fest features a legendary doo-wop group (The Swalllows), the city's best jazz band (Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volvanoes), a cameo by a jazz master (saxophonist Carl Grubbs), a bluegrass band (The Carroll County Ramblers), Cambodian musicians and dancers, a Guatemalan marimba group, and a Native American dance troupe. There will also be workshops for egg decorating, yarn painting, pinata making, blacksmithing, and letterpress printing. And you can grab a slice of Smith Island cake! Did I mention that's it's free? What else do you need to know? Get down there—it starts at 11 am, and goes until 7 pm.
Photo: John Lewis