10 Things to Do This Weekend in Baltimore: Preakness; Edgar Allan Poe Festival; Doors Open Baltimore

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Justify surges ahead in the Preakness Stakes. Photo courtesy of the Maryland Jockey Club.

October’s arrival brings festivals and family fun as always in Baltimore, but it’s taking place virtually and from a distance. Preakness is a late entrant in the field, with 2020 bringing the big horse race without fans. This weekend’s events in particular are the kind that bring us together as a city. This year, it’ll have to be in the figurative sense. Here’s a look at the lineup:

Curbside Commons grand opening: Oct. 2, 4-8 p.m. at SoHa Union. First Fridays are back from Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street. In this debut edition, celebrate the new space for pedestrians in the 4300, 4700 and 4800 blocks of Harford Road. Check out food and drink at Zeke’s, Fire & Ice and Cajou Creamery. Plus, meet local businesses.

Twilight Family Stroll: Oct. 2, 5-7 p.m. at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Find out what the animals do at night on this flashlight tour of Druid Hill Park’s wildlife destination.

Preakness Stakes: Oct. 3, 4:30-6 p.m. at Pimlico Race Course. In the latest 2020 scramble, the Preakness is in October and it’s the last on the Triple Crown lineup. Plus, no InfieldFest debauchery or grandstand fashion, as we’ll all be watching on TV. Nevertheless, the horses will run at Old Hilltop for the 145th time. Less than a year removed from calls to move the race away from the city, let’s cheer them on from home.

Halloween Movie Nights on the Patio:  Oct. 3, 8:30 p.m. at Diamondback Brewing. The Locust Point brewery is kicking off a month of socially-distanced scary movie screenings. First up: “The Thing.”

Fall Harvest: Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm. What’s fall without a visit to the farm? Quack at the duck races, navigate a maze or slide down the hillside at this family event.

Opening Reception: New Constellations: Oct. 3, 5-9 p.m. at Cardinal Space. The Park Ave. gallery kicks off a weeklong installation of neon artwork around the Bolton Hill neighborhood with a socially distanced celebration.

Summer’s End Music by the Water: Oct. 3, 2-5 p.m. at Middle Branch Park. Kick back by the Patapsco for food, music, sangria and cigar vendors. BYO chair, and PPE.

Doors Open Baltimore: All month long; Opening lecture Oct. 2, 1 p.m. The annual event that gives the public a chance to discover the city’s hidden gems of architecture and creativity is going virtual for 2020 with a full month of programming. It all kicks off with a virtual lecture from Aaron Henkin of WYPR’s Out of the Blocks. On Saturday, check out a virtual hour of historic west Baltimore.

Oktoberfest 2020: Oct. 1-4 at Max’s Taphouse. Want to get a look at all the Maryland breweries making German beers? They’re in one place at the Fells Point beer destination this weekend. To-go orders available.

2020 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards: Oct. 3-4, virtual. The two-day event commemorating the Baltimore death of the macabre master is going virtual. But there’s still a packed schedule with performances, workshops and interviews.



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  1. I’ve seen so many horses with their reigns so tight around their mouths I don’t know how they perform I would think keeping balance on the more stable equipment is better and just light guide on the mouth. It must be a freedom for both to ride cropless and concentrate on completing the journey in good stride which is always a winner!!

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