Smash your old jack-o-lanterns at the Maryland Science Center this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Maryland Science Center.

Fall is fully settled in, but fortunately the temperatures are still warm enough to spend time outside comfortably.

This weekend presents several opportunities to get out and enjoy good food, good drinks, good music, and good company.

Check out our weekend lineup:

Banjo Gathering, Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 6, The Peale. The Peale will highlight an instrument that has plucked the heartstrings of many throughout history: the banjo. This three-day event will feature presentations, exhibitions, a banjo marketplace, and more. Among the presentations will be a talk by Kristina Gaddy and Pete Ross about the gourd banjo. (You can hear Gaddy talk about her new book “Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History” in this Baltimore Fishbowl author Q&A.)

Stories of Migration, Thursday, Nov. 3, 6:30 p.m., Baltimore Museum of Art. Listen to stories about modern-day migration at this event presented by The Stoop Storytelling Series and the BMA. The event is inspired by the museum’s new exhibition, “A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration.”

Jazz Composers Forum, Thursday, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., An Die Musik. Come for a night of musical education, creation and performance as the next generation of jazz musicians showcase their abilities.

Joe Gatto, Friday, Nov. 4, doors 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m., Lyric Baltimore. “Impractical Jokesters” star and co-host of the “Two Cool Moms” podcast Joe Gatto will perform in Baltimore.

Fell’s Point Fun Festival, Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, Fell’s Point. After being rained out by Hurricane Ian in September, the Fell’s Point Fun Festival is back on this weekend. Enjoy live music, food and drinks, vendors, and more. All proceeds benefit the Society for the Preservation of Federal Hill and Fell’s Point. Read all about it in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.

Love & Roar, Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, both at 8 p.m., Baltimore Rock Opera Society. In this original romantic comedy rock musical “Love & ROAR!,” giant monsters emerge from the Earth with one mission: to mate. Scientist Mary Ekhart, recently dumped by her boyfriend, discovers a power that could help bring humans and kaiju together. If you can’t make it this opening weekend, the show will continue through Nov. 19.

Maryland Toy Expo, Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Maryland State Fairgrounds. Kids of all ages can peruse more than 150 booths at the Maryland State Expo this weekend. Toys, collectibles, video games, comics, and more will on be available to see.

Maryland Emancipation Day Festival, Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Carroll Park. The inaugural Maryland Emancipation Day Festival will pay tribute to the Black people who lived in and built the Mount Clare industrial plantation located in modern day Carroll Park. The festival will feature live performances, keynote speakers, craft and food vendors, and more. It will also serve as the official launch of the National Center for the Improvisational Arts.

Pumpkin Smash, Saturday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to noon, Maryland Science Center. Halloween has come and gone once again, but you can still have one last bit of fun with those jack-o-lanterns. Bring your gourds to the Maryland Science Center and to have them sent down a shoot from the center’s roof to patio for a satisfying smash. Pumpkins must be under 15 inches at their widest point and be dropped off from 10-11:50 a.m.

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Saturday, Nov. 5, noon to 5 p.m., Canton Waterfront. Raise a glass to Baltimore craft beer! Taste ales, lagers, ciders, and meads from more than five dozen local breweries. There will be a live judging of the Maryland Craft Beer Competition’s “Final Table,” plus live music, local food trucks, vendors, and more.

Baltimore Taco Festival, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Power Plant Live! Foodies will sure have something to taco ’bout at the Baltimore Taco Festival. Catch more than 25 taco and food vendors, margarita and nacho bars, a tequila expo, lucha libre wrestling, piñata-smashing for kids, hot chili pepper and taco eating contests, and more.

Swan Lake, Saturday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Hippodrome Theatre. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine will present the “Swan Lake” ballet. After the magician Rothbart transforms Odette and her friends into swans — only able to turn back into humans at night — only true love can break the spell.

A Soldier’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet, Saturday, Nov. 5, and Sunday, Nov. 6, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Baltimore rapper and musician Wordsmith re-tells Igor Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale” through the perspective of a Black American solider in the Vietnam War, accompanied by the BSO’s musicians. Later, the full BSO will perform a suite from Sergei Prokofiev’s epic ballet “Romeo and Juliet.”

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Marcus Dieterle

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at

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