June – the first official summer month – is good for Father’s Day grilling, Pride celebrations and lots of outdoor festivals.

Here are our picks for enjoying all the summer fun in and around Baltimore.

HONfest (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

HONFest 2019

This is your chance to hang in Hampden, hon, and do it in appropriate beehive/Spandex-clad-style! Strut your stuff down The Avenue while enjoying craft and food vendors in this colorful Bawlmer tradition.

Hampden, June 8-9

Brian WilsonCancelled due to illness (updated 6/11)

Wilson is so much more than just one of the Beach Boys. He’s also considered one of the most influential composers of his generation – a.k.a. The Mozart of Rock — and this could be your last chance to see him. He’s touring with what’s billed as “Pet Sounds: The Final Performances.” Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin also perform.

Hippodrome Theatre, June 12

Leonard Bernstein
Leonard Bernstein at the opening of “West Side Story” at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., Aug. 12, 1957. (Library of Congress, Music Division)

Mahler Symphony No. 9 / Movie with Orchestra: “West Side Story

You have a moral responsibility to attend these concerts. Since the BSO had to cancel its summer concerts, including the New Music Festival, these events represent your last opportunities until the fall season to support Baltimore’s world class orchestra.

In Symphony No. 9, Marin Alsop conducts Mahler’s battle between his passionate love life and his fear of death.

Alsop also conducts the 50th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s score accompanying the remastered film show in hi-def.

Go. Support. The Arts.

Mahler — Meyerhoff Symphony Hall: June 7 and 9, Strathmore Music Center: June 8

“West Side Story” – Meyerhoff: June 13, 14 and 16, Strathmore: June 15

Grown Up Field Trip: The Upside Down

Relive your old school days and act like a kid again “Stranger Things”-style with activities like seeing if you can crush a soda can with your mind (or science) entering an Eggo-eating contest and sipping themed cocktails, of course! Admission includes a drink ticket, activities and access to the exhibits. Costumes encouraged. No weapons.

Maryland Science Center, June 14

Red wine
Red wine (Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons)

Baltimore Wine Fest

In our humble opinion, there should be a wine festival every week. There are certainly not enough to go around.  That’s why we love that this one is back for its 5th year. It includes more than 160 wines from around the world. Let’s repeat that: 160 wines. So much to try. So little time. The event also includes live music, cooking demos, wine seminars and even craft beers.

Canton Waterfront Park, June 15

Also see: The Kosher Decanter

Baltimore Pride
Baltimore Pride (Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Baltimore Pride 2019

The tradition continues with this year’s theme: Unity Through Diversity. There are various events around the city through the weekend, but the biggies include Twilight on the Terrace (Gertrude’s June 14), the official tailgating spot: Rainbow Lot (Graffiti Alley June 15) and the Pride Parade and Block Party (Station North, June 15). It all culminates with The Pride Festival, a kid-friendly environment with drag shows, food trucks and more (Druid Hill Park, June 16).

Around town, June 15-16

Erika Rose and Dawn Ursula
Erika Rose and Dawn Ursula star in the “Queens Girls” plays at Everyman Theatre. (Photo: Copyright Chris Giese, Everyman Theatre)

“Queens Girl” in repertory

We love the concept behind Caleen Sinnette Jennings’ plays about a young girl growing up in Queens, attending a predominately Jewish private school and moving to Africa during the Civil Rights era. It’s even better because Everyman is performing both plays, “Queens Girl in the World” and “Queens Girl in Africa,” in repertory for the first time. And, there’s a third “Queens Girl” play on the schedule for the 2019-20 season: “Black in the Green Mountains.” We can’t wait!

Everyman Theatre, through June 23

Also see:

Magic of Jonestown Festival
A crowd gathers outside the Jewish Museum of Maryland during the Magic of Jonestown Festival on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Steve Ruark)

Jonestown Festival

Do you know what Jonestown is? It’s that area downtown that includes all sorts of fun stuff and attractions like the Shot Tower, the Flag House, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, the Jewish Museum of Maryland and the Lloyd Street Synagogue. It’s likely you’ve explored Jonestown without even realizing that’s where you were. This festival marks its fourth year with a celebration of Baltimore’s revolutionary roots. There’ll be crafts, performances and activities.

The Jewish Museum of Maryland, June 23