Off the Beaten Path is your weekly source for the most interesting things to do and places to go in the DC, MD, and VA area. From festivals to pillow fights, Off the Beaten Path provides a weekly list of worthwhile adventures. Published every Sunday by MetroMontage.com.
Welcome to Issue #14 of Off the Beaten Path. This weeks issue includes a reunion, dragon boats, a big wheel race, diy herbal tea, and two festival’s. Feel free to share this issue with family, friends, or co-workers by using the “Share/Save” button at the bottom of this page.
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The Rock & Ride 3’s A Charm City Big Wheel Race for Cancer begin in 2008 as a way for the family of Timothy Mullen to honor his memory. Timothy Mullen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 44 and died 9 months later.
What once started as small gathering of people racing their Big Wheel’s to raise money for cancer, has now turned into an entire afternoon of events with the proceeds going to the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Cancer Institute at Franklin Square Hospital.
In addition to the Big Wheel races, live music will be provided by Arden Studios featuring the Scott Gately Band and the Slow Learners, food and drink will also be available for purchase, a beer garden will be available for those who want a bottomless cup, and a DJ will spin tunes throughout the day.
When: Saturday, September 11, 2010
Where: 1800 Block Aberdeen Road, Loch Raven Village, MD 21234
Cost: Free to watch. Racers: Under 10 yrs old= $5 11years old + =$10 If you raise
$100+ in sponsorship money, the fee is waived.
First known as the Cattle Show and Fair, the Great Fredrick Fair dates back to 1822. Now in its 148th year, the fair has become known as one of the best, some say the best, fair in the state of Maryland. With a mix of tradition and innovation, the fair offers something for everyone.
Througout the nine days of the Great Frederick Fair, fair goers will be able to enjoy carnival rides & games, harness racing, tractor pulls, concerts, demolition derbys, an animal birthing center, and much more.
The fair will kick off on Friday, September 17 and admission to the fair will be free that evening. In addition, Kids Day will take place on Saturday, September 24 with free admission for all those who are 18 and under.
When: September 17 – 25, 2010
Where: 797 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD 21701-5999
Cost: Children (1month – 10 yrs)- Free, Adults (11 yrs. & up)- $7.00
The United States National Arboretum often partners with organizations in the community to provide free educational events and programs. Since 1927, the Arboretum’s mission has been to serve the public need for scientific research, education, and gardens that conserve and showcase plants to enhance the environment.
On Saturday, September 11, the National Aboretum will partner with the Tidewater Unit of the Herb Society of America for a free workshop on how to easily create herbal teas, punches, and liquers from what one has in their garden. Workshop particpants will see demonstrations and have the chance to taste some of the samples that are made.
When: Saturday, September 11, 2010
Where: 3501 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, D. C. 20002-1958
On average, about 10,000 people make their way to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor every year to watch the Catholic Charities annual Dragon Boat Races. This fundraiser helps to support 80 of the Catholic Charities human services programs.
More than 30 corporate teams practice throughout the summer in hopes of perfecting their technique and taking 1st place in the competition. The races will take place between the World Trade Center and the
Maryland Science Center on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
When: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: World Trade Center, Baltimore’s Inner Harbor
The National Council of Negro Women will hold its 25th Black Family Reunion on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 11. This years celebration is being called a “One Day Mega Festival”. The organization is expecting up to 250,000 people from all around the country to attend this multicultural event.
Originally developed by the late Dr. Dorothy Height, the Black Family Reunion was created in response to the negative way that black families were being portrayed. Dr. Height wanted to create a positive event, based on culture, that would celebrate the strengths and traditional values of African American families. In addition, the event would serve as a way for government agencies, corporations, private and public sector institutions, community-based organizations and families of different ethnicities to work together to find solutions to issues affecting families.
The festival will include theme pavilions, a health fair, a cultural exchange talent stage, food vendors, a community service event and more. The day will conclude with the Dorothy I. Height Tribute Concert featuring Regina Bell, J. Moss, Chrisette Michelle, and Musiq Soulchild.
When: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 11:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Between the U.S. Capital and Lincoln Memorial
Toilet Bowl Races, national and local bands, a beard & mustache competition, a film festival and hula hoopers are just some of the things that you can do or see at this years Hampden Festival.
The Hampden Festival, once a local neighborhood festival, has now turned into one of the most well known festivals in the Baltimore community. This years festival will include an emerging artists exhibit, 3 performance stages, a kids area, four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, street performers and more. The food being offered at the festival will be a mix of “local Hampden Cuisine”, as well as other Baltimore and Chesapeake favorites such as crab cakes and pit beef. In addition, The Brewer’s Art will be offering their locally brewed beer.
When: Saturday, September 11, 2010, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: between Falls Rd. & Chestnut St. in Baltimore, MD
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