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Whatcha Doin' This Weekend, Hon?

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This Saturday and Sunday, Hampden becomes home to one of Baltimore’s most unique festivals: that’s right, break out your cat glasses and beehive hairdos and make your way to The Avenue (36th Street) for HonFest. A Baltimore (er, sorry, Bawlmer) tradition since 1994, the festival celebrates the unique brand of women who put the charm in Charm City. Stepping straight out of the 60s, the Hons are the embodiment of endearment, sass, all wrapped up in beehives and swathed in leopard print!

This year’s festival will be held Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 from noon to 6:00 p.m. Highlights of the festival include performances on multiple stages, including the Glyndon Area Players singing highlights from their upcoming production of Hairspray. The Baltimore’s Best Hon contest, one of the highlights of the festival and arguably the thing that took it from local curiosity to international phenomenon, gets underway on Saturday at 2:00 on the Festival’s main stage and continues Sunday with the top 10 Finalists’ Talent Show at 2:00, with the winner earning a crown for her beehive at 2:50 p.m. Little Hons and Miss Honettes have their own competition on Saturday morning, beginning at 11:05 a.m.

The Festival is free and family-friendly. Parking is tight on The Avenue at any time, but especially during the festival. Organizers suggest parking at the Johns Hopkins at Keswick garage at 41st Street and Keswick Avenue, for just $5.00. From there, it’s just a short walk to the festival. If you get lost, just shout out “Hey Hon!” someone will undoubtedly direct you!

HonFest is sponsored by Cafe Hon. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit



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