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Grab your bike or grab a seat to watch the first-ever Maryland Cycling Classic this weekend. The race is Sunday, but there will be cycling events throughout the weekend.

Also, stop by one of the many venues across Charm City that are hosting comedy shows as part of the Baltimore Comedy Festival.

Check out catacomb tour, slam poetry, outdoor movie nights and more in this weekend’s lineup:

Maryland Cycling Classic, Thursday, Sept. 1 through Sunday, Sept. 4, various locations. The first-ever Maryland Cycling Classic will commence Sunday, running from 1:30-6 p.m. Throughout the weekend, there will be various cycling-related activities, including a “Bike Jam” community bike ride Thursday from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park, and more.

WTMD First Thursday Festival, Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m., Canton Waterfront Park. This month’s First Thursday Festival will feature Neal Francis, performing a mix of New Orleans rhythms, Chicago blues and early 70s rock n roll. The band Illiterate Light, comprised of Shenandoah Valley organic farmers who became Atlantic Records rock stars, will also play a indie rock, folk, and psychedelic music. And Baltimore’s Pressing Strings will present their blend of indie, folk and soul. Catch music from DJ Lemz and DJ Emily Rabbit, plus food, drinks, vendors, artisans, and more at the free festival.

Catacomb Tour, Thursday, Sept. 1, Westminster Hall, 519 W. Fayette St. Explore the catacombs of the graveyard and former church at Westminster Hall and Burying Ground.

Charm City Slam and Open Mic, Thursday, Sept. 1, 7-9 p.m., Whitehall Mill. Whether you want to perform slam poetry or just want to enjoy the work of others, Charm City Slam’s monthly poetry slam and open mic will be full of poetic fun.

Mighty Ducks Movie Night, Thursday, Sept. 1, 7:45 p.m., Sisson Street Community Park. Cheer on the Ducks hockey team in this outdoor screening of the 1992 film “The Mighty Ducks.”

Baltimore Comedy Festival, starts Thursday, Sept. 1, various locations. Get ready to laugh at the Baltimore Comedy Festival, which kicked off Wednesday and will run through Monday. This weekend, the festival will be hosted at assorted venues, including Motor House, Charm City Meadworks, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and others. Tickets for each event can be purchased at

Black Panther Movie Night, Friday, Sept. 2, food and drinks at 7 p.m., movie starts at 8:45 p.m., West Covington Park. Buy some food and drinks from Baltimore Greek Grill and The Smoking Swine starting at 7 p.m., and enjoy some pre-movie tunes with a live DJ. Then, sit back and enjoy a free outdoor screening of “Black Panther” starting at 8:45 p.m.

Bad Bunny Dance Party, Friday, Sept. 2, door 8 p.m., Ottobar. DJ Pedro Night will spin the best of Bad Bunny’s music during the “Noche de Vernao Sin Ti” dance party.

Zoo Bop, Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maryland Zoo. Sing and dance along with two performances by the Beatbox Dads as well as Alex and the Kaleidoscope. Also enjoy some kid-friendly vendors, inflatables, food trucks, photos with animals, and more.

Baltimore by Baltimore Festival, Saturday, Sept. 3, noon to 8 p.m., Inner Harbor Amphitheater. This month’s Baltimore by Baltimore festival will celebrate “the five pillars of hip-hop” performances by Mumu Fresh, Mightly Mark, Lil Key, Deetranada, Zadia, and more. Read more about the festival in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.

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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