Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: CityLit Festival; Bach Marathon; The Genius Of Black Women in Music

Hoesy Corona speaks at the Walters Art Museum on March 18.

Spring arrives this weekend, and the calendar is picking up with events. Annual favorites like the CityLit Festival and Baltimore Bach Marathon are adapting for virtual format. Plus, explore history from the War of 1812 to the 1970s, and the work of Baltimore artists. Full lineup:

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Pi(e) Day; Terry McMillan; and more

Terry McMillan headlines Writers LIVE!

This week has brought a bit of a taste of spring, but the pandemic winter unfortunately isn’t over yet. So settle in for a variety of virtual events from local groups. This week, Enoch Pratt welcomes a bestselling author and discusses a much-loved poet. Plus, the Maryland Science Center celebrates Pi(e).

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Love Groove Festival; BMI Bull & Oyster Roast; ellen cherry’s Recovering Eurydice



ellen cherry filming Recovering Eurydice, a virtual concert. (photo via Eventbrite)

March is here, and that means it’s Women’s History Month. This weekend brings the lead-up to International Women’s Day on Monday. Fittingly, there are plenty of (virtual) musical performances and art exhibitions this weekend featuring the work of women. Plus, BMI’s big event goes virtual, and a dog doc that raises funds for BARCS:

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Charm City Django Jazz Fest; B&O’s Birthday; Bach Cello Suites



Charm City Django Jazz Festival goes virtual.

As the pandemic nears a year, pre-COVID life is starting to seem further and further in the past. So when familiar events appear on the calendar during this isolated time, it’s like running into an old friend. That’s how it feels to see the Charm City Django Jazz Festival going forward in virtual mode this weekend, complete with a live concert with local musicians from the Creative Alliance stage on Saturday night. Plus, there are virtual events to finish Black History Month strong, and a chance to hear some of Bach’s best from a cello luminary.

10 Virtual Events in Baltimore This Weekend: Black History Talks; ‘The Drowning Girls’; Family Jam

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum explores the history of sleeping car porters.

February offers a chance to celebrate and learn about the history of African Americans. Despite the distance between us, this year offers plenty of unique lectures from Baltimore institutions. This weekend alone, speakers discuss a legend of the swing era, railroad porters and historic sites in rural Baltimore County. Plus, there are a few options for streaming concerts from local clubs and a new theater production.

10 Virtual Events This Weekend in Baltimore: The Take-Out Get-Down; Romantic Music; West Baltimore Ruins

Keystone Korner hosts a virtual concert with Jean Carn. (Courtesy photo)

Once again, it’s time to spend at home a day that would normally have big plans and packed restaurants. Fortunately, Baltimore venues have a few options for giving Valentine’s Day at home some romance, or fun. Plus, a chance to learn about a new book, new beers and learn about memory.

10 Virtual Events in Baltimore This Weekend: Restaurant Relief Gala; Ceasefire Weekend

(Photo by Ethan McLeod)

There’s no question: Virtual events aren’t the same as an in-person experience. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being in the room with others, and having a chance to chat with some of those fellow attendees before and after the program.

One advantage of the virtual format, however, is that local organizations can host personalities from wherever they might be, without having to come to Baltimore. It’s local meets global. That’s especially apparent this weekend, as Baltimore organizations bring us live streaming concerts and talks, and a benefit for local restaurants brings together numerous entertainment and sports figures. Plus, Baltimore CeaseFire weekend returns.

Power Moves: Former City Councilman Leon Pinkett is the new executive director of BARCO

Leon Pinkett, III, is leading BARCO as executive director. Cortesy photo.

A former Baltimore city councilman has a new role leading an organization creating space for the city’s artists and makers.

Weekend Events Calendar: Polar Bear Plunge; Looking at Leadership; ‘Anatomy of Wings’; and more

Polar Bear Plunge, circa 2000. Is it your backyard this year? (via Md. Special Olympics)

The long winter of virtual events remains this weekend, but there’s good news: We’re seeing more variations and creative approaches to keep annual events alive. This weekend, revisit H.L. Mencken’s last hours, check out gallery openings and take a polar plunge — all from home.

10 Virtual Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Ice Festival, Catalyst Quartet

Harbor Post Ice Fest goes virtual )Image via Facebook.)

Events are all virtual, but that’s not stopping the city’s happenings from going forward. An ice festival, concerts, gallery openings and author talks are all going forward. You just have to tune in from home. At least it’s warm there.