Craving a day of big fun and bigger hair? Head to Baltimore this Saturday for the annual HonFest, a spirited salute to the city's denizens and, in particular, its working women.
Four blocks in Hampden will be transformed into kitsch central. New this year: a people-size "Honopoly" game, featuring local landmarks such as Cafe Hon and Roosevelt Park. When you're done playing, drop by the Hampden Charm School for elocution lessons in proper "Bawlmerese" (honey is "hon"; rinse, "rench"; a sandwich, a "samidge").
One perennial favorite among the pit stops: the Glamour Lounge, where you can arrange for a Hon makeover complete with beehive 'do and feather boa. The Best Hon contest, in its 12th year, has participants prepping their costumes months in advance; kids can get in on the act with Lil Hon and Honette competitions, designed for girls 3-7 and 7-14, respectively. Or pass on the pageantry in favor of duckpin bowling with a twist: Instead of pins, you're taking aim at cans of Spam.
The day's quirky theme is consistent down to its signature drink: a Pink Flamingo, named for the lawn ornament. "It's a homegrown festival that celebrates our own uniqueness," says event founder Denise Whiting. "There's something about putting on a pink feather boa and cat's-eye glasses with rhinestones that gives you permission to have fun."
HonFest 2005. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. 36th Street between Falls Road and Chestnut Avenue, Baltimore. 410-243-6800. www.honfest.net.