We’ll be the first to admit: Checking the events listings is a bit weird these days. Eventbrite has a whole section just for virtual events. Scroll through Facebook, and you’re bound to stumble on a big concert that was scheduled for this time and just hasn’t taken down its page, or the word “cancelled.” And that’s not even to mention all the instructions that come with a gathering during a pandemic.
Yet, slowly, in the last few weeks, probably by some combination of the city raising the limit on gatherings and the rush to get some time in before winter, some more events have started to pop back up. And, of course, virtual events go on, as they might very well into the future even after the vaccine. So, after six months, we’re re-introducing the weekend events calendar — with 10 picks that look particularly interesting, and a reminder to be careful and practice distancing and masking. As with everything in 2020, we’ll keep it this way for now, unless things change again.
Check out the lineup below, and be safe everyone.
Oktoberfest: Sept. 25-27 at Guinness Open Gate Brewery. It’s the first of two weekends at the socially distanced beer garden in Halethorpe.
Drive-in Movies: Sept. 25 and 26 at Timonium Fairgrounds. Head to the grounds of the Maryland State Fair for screenings in the safety of your own vehicle. “Grease” and “Shrek” will be featured.
Stein Days: A Weekend of Lagerbier: Sept. 25-27 at Diamondback Brewing. The Locust Point brewing is offering a full slate of pale and dark lagers. Reservations required for full tables.
Friday Night Movies at the Rotunda: Friday, September 25, 7-10 p.m. at the Rotunda in Hampden. The film screening series opens with the live-action version of Aladdin.
The Empire Strikes Back: Opens Friday, September 25, 7 p.m. at The Senator Theatre. Star Wars Episode V is back on the big screen.
Latinx Pachanga: Saturday, September 26, 5-9 p.m. at Sandlot. Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month by the water with music from DJ Just Juwit and Bad Hombres Band, plus food from Cocinas Luchadores.
Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival: Saturday, September 26, 8 p.m., virtual. The Creative Alliance presents a screening to celebrate some of the best filmmakers in Greater Baltimore, with cash prizes up for grabs.
Remington Live: Saturday, September 26, 6-8 p.m. at R. House. Brand Woody’s UPENDO plays the patio outside the Remington food hall.
B&O Wine Train: Saturday, September 26, 6 p.m. at B&O Railroad Museum. The event celebrates the historic horse-drawn train ride from Ellicott Mills to Baltimore. Food and wine pairings from The Back Yard Restaurant & Bar and wine expert Michael Cavanagh, with dessert served aboard the train.
Maryland Improv Collective presents The Welcome Back Show: Sunday, September 27, 4-6 p.m. at R. House. The improv comedy troupe returns for its first in-person show since the beginning of the pandemic.
Sunday Sounds in the Park: Sunday, September 27, 4:30 p.m. at Union Square Park. Baltimore punk-reggae luminaries The Scotch Bonnets close out the concert series in Southwest Baltimore.