Events for all ages hap­pen­ing in south­east Bal­ti­more City

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By: GIANNA DECARLO gde­carlo@ches­pub.com

Whether you’re al­ready in the city or you feel like tak­ing a trip out of county lines, there’s a va­ri­ety of events hap­pen­ing in Bal­ti­more City that will help you make the best of this week­end’s lon­gan­tic­i­pated spring weather.

For the lit­tle ones, Día del Niño, or “Chil­dren’s Day”, is a yearly event in Mexico that fo­cuses on ap­pre­ci­at­ing and lov­ing the chil­dren in your life.

For the 7th year, Pat­ter­son Park is host­ing their own Día del Niño event on Satur­day, April 29. Up on the scenic Pagoda Hill that seems to over­look the en­tire city, chil­dren will be able to en­joy arts and crafts, pa­per rock­ets, sports and games, a book giveaway, dance per­for­mances from a Latin Amer­i­can dance troupe, piñata-smash­ing and more. Dozens of com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions, pro­grams, and or­ga­ni­za­tions help bring the festival, which was the idea of the Friends of Pat­ter­son Park or­ga­ni­za­tion, to life.

All of the events are free and although the event is in­spired by Latino cul­ture, all chil­dren of all ages are wel­come, although most ac­tiv­i­ties are geared to­wards those 2 to 12 years-old.

The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Katie at 410-276-3676 or katie@pat­ter­son­park.com.

How­ever, if you’re look­ing for some more grown-up en­ter­tain­ment in south­east Bal­ti­more City, you can go right up the street to the 14th An­nual High­land­town Wine Festival on Sun­day, April 30. From 1-6 p.m., Con­kling and Clare­mont Sts. will let the good times flow with wine-tast­ings from a va­ri­ety of ven­dors, food, mu­sic, arts and crafts, and more.

Started over a decade ago, the wine festival was orig­i­nally just a small court­yard gath­er­ing of lo­cal wine­mak­ers who of­ten made and shared vats of the boozy con­coc­tion in their base­ments. Through­out the years, it’s grown larger and larger as every­one from wine snobs and those who can’t tell the dif­fer­ence be­tween the boxed stuff and the fancy stuff have gath­ered to im­bibe.

Home-made lo­cal wines will bat­tle for best in show, the big mo­ment they’ve been pre­par­ing for since last year’s festival. Bronze, sil­ver and gold rib­bons will be awarded to the best red and white wines based on ap­pear­ance, smell, taste and over­all qual­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the event, visit www.high­land­town.com.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE FRIENDS OF PAT­TER­SON PARK.

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