Despite all of the Hon controversy in the past few years, the HonFest will go on. The festival will be held on Hampden’s 36th Street on June 8 and 9 to celebrate Baltimore’s, or shall we say, Bawlmer’s heritage.
Festival director Lisa Davis spoke with us about some of this year’s new additions, including the festival’s new partnership with Natty Boh, which will be on tap. Mr. Boh will also be there, mingling with the crowd.
And since Bohs go hand-in-hand with O’s, festival-goers can also say hello to the Oriole Bird, who will be swooping in on Sunday to represent a time-tested part of Baltimore culture.
This year, HonFest will feature the 20th crowning of Baltimore’s Best Hon. The competition spans both Saturday and Sunday, with the crowning taking place at 2:50 Sunday afternoon. Other competitions include Best Natty Boh Mustache and the Mashed Potato Dance Contest.
Davis also recommends coming to hear some of the fabulous local musicians. A few highlights include Rob Fahey & The Pieces, as well as students from The School of Rock.
Also new this year, the Hopkins-owned Keswick garage at 41st Street and Keswick Road is partnering with HonFest to make parking easier. The $5 you pay to park will be donated to a local charity.
So, if you’re looking to spark your inner Hon, click here for schedule information and directions.