This weekend, check out socially distanced and virtual spins on some of Baltimore’s favorite holiday events. The Monument Lighting will only be on TV tonight, the Holiday Heap will be online and Midnight Madness has many public health precautions. Take a look at the holiday offerings, music happenings and art openings:
Downtown Partnership’s 49th Annual Monument Lighting: 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, virtual. Baltimore’s Washington Monument lights up for the season in Mount Vernon Place, but no fireworks this year and we’ll have to watch from home. Tune into WJZ-TV for appearances from Duff Goldman, Cal Ripken, and live performances.
BIG FREEDIA: God Save the Queen Diva: 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, virtual. Red Emma’s hosts Big Freedia, the hip-hop star and leading New Orleans Bounce artist, to launch the paperback edition of her book, “God Save the Queen Diva.”
Tia Fuller: Dec. 4-5 at Keystone Korner. The saxophonist, composer, and bandleader comes to the Harbor East jazz club on the strength of her latest release “Diamond Cut.” Check out virtual tickets, as well.
Virtual Holiday Heap: Dec. 4-6, virtual. Charm City Craft Mafia’s annual event is typically one of the top local holiday market stops of the year for browsing gifts from local makers. So it’s continuing online in the pandemic. Join the event and find out how to check out Instagram and Facebook live demos, deals, raffle and more.
Fed Hill Festival Fling: Dec. 4-5 in Federal Hill. Toast the holidays safely and from a distance in South Baltimore, and shop local businesses. Events include Moonlight Madness Covid Style on Friday from 4-8 p.m., and a shopping stroll from 1-5 p.m. Saturday.
Fells Point Krampuslauf: 6-10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at The Square in Fells Point. Baltimore Krampus gathers for the event to celebrate the Christmas “half-goat half demon” of European folklore with a walk around the square. Masks required.
Holiday Market: 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Red Emma’s. The bookstore coffeehouse sets up outside with locally made goods and books.
The Waiter’s Lament: 12-7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Springsteen. The art exhibition from Joe Speier explores a role that many artists take on to make ends meet: waiting tables.
Year of the Woman Show: 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at Crystall Moll Gallery. The opening reception celebrates a new exhibition featuring 14 artists. There’s a virtual option to tune in from 3-3:30 p.m.
Letitia Vansant & Laura Wortman: 7-8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at An Die Musik. Check out the livestream featuring a pair of leading Baltimore folk/country singers coming together on one stage.