Things to do this weekend around Bel Air (Sept. 14-16)


Things to do this weekend around Bel Air include the Tidewater Players performance of “Chess-The Musical” at The Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace Friday through Sunday, the Susquehanna River Running Festival on Saturday and the 53rd annual Bel Air Festival for the Arts on Sunday.

Friday, Sept. 14

Bel Air Lunchtime Concert Series, Sept. 14

The Bel Air Lunchtime Concert Series continues with a noon concert Sept. 14 at the Bel Air Armory, 37 N. Main St. Enjoy your lunch break and listen to local musicians perform. Sponsored by the Town of Bel Air and Harford County Cultural Arts Board through the Maryland State Arts Council. Please don’t park on private property. Public Parking is available on Main Street and in municipal parking lots and the parking garage. For details, visit

“Chess- The Musical” at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, Sept. 14-16

Tidewater Players present “Chess-The Musical” at The Cultural Center at the Opera House, Sept. 14-16. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Sept. 14 and 15 and 2 p.m. Sept. 16. Tickets are $16. The show is based on the cold war era world chess championships of the 80s between reigning Russian champion Boris Spassky and upcoming American bad boy Bobby Fisher. The Cultural Center at the Opera House is at 121 N. Union Ave., Havre de Grace. For details, visit

Half-Off Fridays! at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center, Sept. 14

Visit us at the Lutheran Mission Society Hickory Compassion Center for “Half-Off Fridays!” Our gently-used items (clothing, housewares, furnishings, etc.) are 50% off all day. (Some exclusions apply.) Everyone is welcome. The center is located at 2500 Conowingo Road, Hickory (Bel Air), MD 21015. Funds raised help support the LMS ministries. Go to for more information. Folks in need of help can come to the Hickory Compassion Center on Saturdays at 10:15 AM for a bag of groceries and some clothing for the family. Supplies are limited – first come, first served. Call 410-974-9296 for more information.

Hays-Heighe House open house, Sept. 14

The Hays-Heighe House is open 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and at 10 a.m. on the first Saturday of most months. The Hays-Heighe House is at Harford Community College, 410 Thomas Road in Bel Air. For details call 443-412-2539.

Saturday, Sept. 15

Susquehanna River Running Festival, Sept. 15

The inaugural Susquehanna River Running Festival is September 15 in Havre de Grace and Perryville. Founded and organized by the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund, the Susquehanna River Running Festival includes a Half Marathon, Half Marathon Rely and a 5K race. The Half Marathon covers a scenic route through the City of Havre de Grace, over the Hatem Bridge, through Town of Perryville, around Perry Point and back to Havre de Grace. The Half Marathon Relay features a two-person team, with the first relay leg 6.1 miles and the second 7 miles. The 5K race takes place within the historic City of Havre de Grace. The running festival raises funds for the Al Cesky Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduating high school student athletes who excel in both athletics and academics. To sign up for the Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay or 5K, visit

Sunflower Fever at the Bel Air Armory, Sept. 15

Join us at the Bel Air Armory for some multi-vendor fall shopping 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 15. Your favorites home crafts and great local businesses will all be there. FREE HAND MASSAGES, FACE PAINTING for the KIDS and a Food Truck. We have fantastic swag bags prepped and ready for the first 30 people so don’t be late. Get your holiday shopping started all in one place. The Bel Air Armory is at 37 N. Main St. For details, visit

Bel Air Farmers Market, Sept. 15

The 2018 Bel Air Farmers Market is open for the season. Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays April 14 through November 17 at 2 S. Bond St. in downtown Bel Air. The market features locally raised produce, fruit, organic produce, fruit & cheese, perennials, annuals, hanging baskets, shrubs & plants, beef, pork, chicken, eggs, cheeses, baked goods, artisan breads, dog goodies, ice cream, honey, herbs and more! For details, visit

Havre de Grace Farmers Market, Sept. 15

The HdG Farmers Market is open 9 am to Noon on Saturdays beginning May 5 and continuing until November 18th. For details, visit

Sunday, Sept. 16

53rd annual Bel Air Festival for the Arts, Sept. 16

The 53rd annual Bel Air Festival for the Arts is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hickory Ave. The festival will feature more than 300 artists, photographers, and craftsmen exhibiting and selling their hand made work. There will be continuous live entertainment on the bandshell stage, as well as roving entertainment. A wide array of food will be available. Free shuttle bus from the MVA parking lot on Rt. 24. Admission is FREE! This is a rain or shine event! For details, visit or

Coming next . . . 

Bingo Wednesday nights at Prince of Peace Church, Sept. 19

Bingo every Wednesday night at Prince of Peace Church located at 2600 Willoughby Beach Road, Edgewood Md. Doors open at 6 pm. Bingo starts at 6:45 pm.  We also have several different pull-offs, lightning bingo and a $700.00 jackpot.  Refreshment are available.  Cost of bingo is $15.00.  For additional information contact Joe at 443-504-2829.

Author Tim Junkin to visit Abingdon Library, Oct. 2

Harford County Public Library will host Tim Junkin, the 2018 One Maryland One Book author of “Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA Evidence,” on October 2 at 7 p.m. at the Abingdon Library. This event is free and open to the public.

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace, Oct. 5

First Fridays in downtown Havre de Grace is 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 5. Enjoy a family-friendly, festive celebration on closed downtown streets.  Live entertainment, cafe seating, merchant specials and more! For details, visit

Scotty McCreery to perform at APGFCU Arena, Oct. 6

Country music’s award-winning singer Scotty McCreery is hitting the APGFCU Arena stage at Harford Community College in partnership with WXCY FM Country Radio. Tickets, which start at $25, go on sale on Friday, July 20. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, October 6, at 7:30 PM; doors open at 6 PM. Tickets will be available at, the HCC Ticket Office in the Chesapeake Center, or 443-412-2211. All venues are accessible to individuals with disabilities. Patrons requiring special seating arrangements may purchase accessible seating online at or by calling the HCC Ticket Office at 443-412-2211.

“Harvest of Quilts”, Oct. 6 & 7

The Flying Geese Quilt Guild of Harford County presents its “Harvest of Quilts” show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Chenowith Activity Center at 1707 Fallston Road in Fallston. Parking is free. Tickets are $10 for a two-day admission. Children ages 6 yo 11 are $4. For details, visit The Flying Geese Quilt Guild of Harford County

HCPS College & Career Fair, Oct. 10

Students and their parents are invited to attend the annual HCPS College & Career Fair on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Harford Community College APGFCU Arena. For details, visit

Family Fun Bowling Fundraiser, Oct. 13

The Ben’s Wish Foundation is hosting its second annual Family Fun Bowling Fundraiser 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 13 at Forest Hill Lanes, 1 Maurice Dr., Forest Hill. Cost is $125 per lane for six people. Rental shoes are included in the price. Email To purchase a lane. Proceeds go to supplies to create care and bereavement packages for helping families in their greatest time of need. Ben’s Wish Foundation, Inc. was founded in memory of Benjamin Walker Denton who died at seven and a half months old. For details, visit

Ongoing . . .

“Closer” Exhibition at Harford Community College continues through Sept. 13

A new exhibit entitled “Closer” featuring large scale figurative drawings and paintings using imagery derived from observation and composite sources by artist Melanie Johnson will be on display in the Student Center’s Chesapeake Gallery at Harford Community College. The Chesapeake Gallery is open Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 7 PM, and Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Harford Community College is at 701 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

Pictures at an Exhibition continues through Oct. 28

Harford Artists Association’s Pictures at an Exhibition exhibit continues through Oct. 28. The gallery at 37 North Main St, Suite 104 is open 11am-6pm Thursday through Sunday. For details, visit

For the complete calendar of events at Anita C. Leight Estuary Center, visit online at

For the complete calendar of events at Eden Mill Nature Center, visit online at

For events at Harford Community College, visit

For events at The Cultural Center at the Opera House in Havre de Grace, visit