It’s the last weekend of summer, and Baltimore is making sure to enjoy every last second with tons of fun events, from outdoor music festivals to opera at the roller rink.
This weekend is also a great time for drag performances in Baltimore, with a boy band/girl group-themed drag battle and a visit from RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Trixie and Katya.
Take a look at everything that’s going on in our weekend events roundup:
Bao and Asian Art, Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-6:45 p.m., The Walters Art Museum. The museum will screen the animated short film “Bao,” directed by Domee Shi, about the traditional Chinese steamed bun and a mother’s relationship with her son. Dany Chan, the Walters’ associate curator of Asian art, will explore connections between the film and objects in the museum’s collections of Asian and Islamic art. The program will also include a preview of the upcoming installation “Across Asia: Arts of Asian and the Islamic World,” coming to the museum’s galleries in spring 2023.
Our Town, Thursday, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m., Baltimore Center Stage. To kick of their 2022/2023 season, Baltimore Center Stage is presenting Thornton Wilder’s play “Our Town” about a community navigating growing up, marrying, living, and dying.
Opera and Roller Skating, Thursday, Sept. 15, 8 p.m., Shake & Bake Family Fun Center. Performers from Opera Baltimore will sing live as you roller skate and bowl at Shake & Bake’s adult night.
Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups, Thursday, Sept. 15, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., The Manor. Spice up your life this weekend with music from boy bands and girl groups — just make sure you can keep up. A DJ will play hits from Destiny’s Child, Blackpink, TLC, Danity Kane, Fifth Harmony, Spice Girls, One Direction, Backstreet Boys, Jonas Brothers and more. Drag Kings of DC (and Charlotte) will face off against Baltimore’s Charm City Girls in a boy band versus girl group battle. Attendees are encouraged to wear concert tees or even dress up as a member of their favorite group.
Pokémon Regional Championship, Friday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Sept. 18, Baltimore Convention Center. Choose you favorite Pokémon and prepare for (friendly) battle at the Pokémon Regional Championship. Attendees can win prizes, attend Pokémon seminars and more. Read about the three-day championship event in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.
Locust Point Festival, Saturday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Latrobe Park. Stop by Locust Point for a day of food, drinks, music, raffles, a cornhole tournament and more.
Oktoberfest, Saturday, Sept. 17, noon to 5 p.m., Camden Yards Sports Complex, next to M&T Bank Stadium. Craft beers, wines, ciders, and schnapps, oh my! At Baltimore’s 20th Annual Das Best Oktoberfest, attendees will receive a souvenir glass to taste from hundreds of drink options. Snack on sausages and German food while listening to oompah bands and rock and party music. Plus, play beer games like cornhole, a beer stein holding competition, and a finger wrestling competition; attend seminars, food tastings, and culinary demonstrations; and shop a variety of brewerania and other vendors.
Baltimore Rhythm Festival, Saturday, Sept. 17, noon to 6 p.m., 1600 Guilford Ave. Bring your drum or enjoy the sounds of other musicians at the 2022 Baltimore Rhythm Festival. The festival will include musical performances across two stages, workshops, activities for kids, an open mic, vendors, and drum jams. Entrance is free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be performances Baltimore Center Stage starting at 7 p.m.
Ledisi at BSO, Saturday, Sept. 17, 8 p.m. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the 40th anniversary of performing at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Headlining the event, Grammy award-winning soul and jazz singer Ledisi will pay tribute to singer, songwriter and activist Nina Simone.
Quarry Lake Fall Fest, Sunday, Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Quarry Lake, 2510 Quarry Lake Drive. While fall doesn’t begin until next week, the residents of Quarry Lake are kicking off the season a little early with their 11th Annual Fall Fest. The free festival will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, a kids area, folks from the Irvine Nature Center, and the Orioles Bird.
Reggae in the Park, Sunday, Sept. 18, 4-7 p.m., Wyman Park Dell. All-female reggae band Strykers Posse’s Sistrens In Power will perform. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to sit on, and food and drinks to enjoy during the performance.
Trixie and Katya Live, Sunday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m., Lyric Baltimore. With big hair and quick wits, drag queens and former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” competitors Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are coming to Baltimore. After competing together on “Drag Race,” the pair launched their “UNHhhh” YouTube series, which has nearly 200 episodes and millions of views on the WOWPresents channel. Katya and Trixie regale audiences with stories painted in their hilarious weird brand of humor, ranging from drag performing to dating to doll hoarding and more. Now, you can hear them dish it live at The Lyric on Sunday.