If you’re looking for something between a staycation and vacation, neighboring cities are rolling out the welcome mat to you and your tourist dollars. This summer, step outside your area code and broaden your horizons.
The Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival is like a real-life Pinterest, but with really talented people doing all the pinning. You can look at juried works from more than 200 regional artists while drinking wine from 25-plus Maryland wineries; there’s also live music and a kids’ area.
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, 550 Taylor Ave., Annapolis; June 7, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., June 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8-$30; 410-263-4012, annapolisartscraftsandwinefestival.com.
You’d think the bacon craze would have petered out by now, but then you realize that it’s a craze about bacon and bacon is so awesome it will never become the Beanie Babies of food. To best put smoked belly in your personal belly, head to the Richmond Bacon Festival, which takes over a downtown street for a free, music-saturated gorgefest of crispy, salty goodness.
17th Street Farmers Market, 100 N. 17th St., Richmond; June 8, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., free; 804-646-0477, richmond.com.
Baltimore’s biggest celebration of itself, HonFest is four blocks of music, food and competitions, including the “Best Hon” and the “Best Baltimore Beehive” contests. There are three stages, a bunch of vendors and plenty of classic Baltimore food, so you can bet the air will be a heady mix of Aqua Net and Old Bay.
36th Street between Falls Road and Keswick Road, Baltimore; June 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., June 15, noon-6 p.m., free; honfest.net.
You know how sometimes you flip on ESPN and they’re showing something weird, but you keep watching because it’s cool? You can do that live, at the U.S. Open Overall Flying Disc Championships. (Motto: DON’T CALL IT A FRISBEE.) Competitions include accuracy (like archery), discathon (an obstacle course), disc golf, distance, double disc court (teams of two throw discs at each other), freestyle (dancing with not-a-Frisbee) and self-caught flight (you throw it, you catch it).
Various locations, Fredericksburg, Va.; July 13-19, free; flyingdisc2014.com.
A food festival that’s been around for more than 30 years has got to be doing something right. The Carytown Watermelon Festival attracts around 115,000 people, all of whom begin spitting seeds at one another (not really). The management says it serves up 3,000 watermelons, which should be enough to satisfy the Gallagher in anyone.
3126 W. Cary St., Richmond; Aug. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., free; 804-304-6870, carytownrva.com.