The Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 22, 2002
April 22, 2002
VOL. 31, NO. 31


The Weekend Forecast: Three Days of Spring Fair, With Fun Expected All Day

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Nothing says "spring" in Baltimore quite like the Johns Hopkins Spring Fair, arriving this week on the Homewood campus for the 31st time.

The entirely student-run festival is one of the largest of its kind, typically drawing 100,000 visitors during its three-day run.

The fair opens at noon on Friday, April 26, so it's not too soon to start thinking about a well-balanced lunch: cotton candy, cheesesteak and deep-fried Oreos, perhaps?

There'll be carnival rides and extreme games, photography and karaoke contests, a fashion show, a beer garden, live music on two stages and crafts booths filled with jewelry, clothing, collectibles and more. On Sunday, an antique-car show rolls into place.

Children's entertainment includes Monkey Man, Ray Owen, the Hopkins Tae Kwon Do Club and student a cappella groups; a literacy program featuring the Phantom Tollbooth, a reading corner, interactive workshops and arts and crafts.

Special events include Casino Night and a concert by the hip-hop group the Roots. Casino Night, for Hopkins students only, runs from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday night in Levering's Glass Pavilion. The Roots perform on Saturday at the Ralph S. O'Conner Recreation Center, where the doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 for Hopkins students with J-Card, $15 for the general public through Ticketmaster; for ticket details, go to

Festival hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission and parking are free. A shuttle bus will loop to Homewood from the parking lot at the Johns Hopkins at Eastern campus. For more information, call 410-516-7692.