With one month to go before Halloween, it is officially “spooky season” and Baltimore is getting in the spirit.
A ghost tour, spider meet-and-greet, and magical sleepover are all happening this weekend. Plus, catch musical and theatrical performances, art exhibitions, festivals, and more.
Check out this weekend’s lineup:
Development Without Displacement, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m., MICA Brown Center. Nicole King, an associate professor of American studies at UMBC, will speak about the fight for development that does not displace longtime Baltimore residents. King will explore Sonia Eaddy’s 18-year successful fight to save her home from being condemned in the Poppleton neighborhood, and historic displacement of Black communities along Baltimore’s “Highway to Nowhere.”
Artists Talk, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6-7 p.m., The Walters Art Museum. Artists Tawny Chatmon and Stephen Towns will give talks as part of the Walters’ “Activating the Renaissance” exhibition. The exhibition is on view at the Walters through Feb. 26.
Percussion Workshop, Thursday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., An Die Musik. Dominican percussionist Hjalmar Okil Medrano will lead a percussion workshop, as well as a Q&A to discuss Palo, Merengue, Bachata, and other rhythms.
HooDoo Love, Thursday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 2, Spotlighters Theatre. After premiering last weekend, “HooDoo Love” continues its run this weekend (and again next weekend). After escaping the cotton fields in 1930s Mississippi to follow her dream of singing the blues in Memphis, Toulou meets notorious blues man Ace of Spades.
Mount Vernon Ghost Tour, Friday, Sept. 30, 8-9 p.m., the Belvedere, 1 Chase St. Get ready for a spirited tour of Mount Vernon as guides lead you through some of the neighborhood’s haunted places.
Baltimore: In Recovery, Friday, Sept. 30, 8-10 p.m., New Song Community Learning Center & New Song Academy, 1530 Presstman St. If Baltimore City walked into a therapist’s office, it might look a little something like this. Baltimore Rock Opera Society and the New Song Community Learning Center & New Song Academy present a show titled “Baltimore: In Recovery,” exploring Baltimore’s past, present, and potential future. Four actors will personify different aspects of the city during therapy sessions, incorporating monologues and music to tell their stories.
Tarantulas & Tequila, Friday, Sept. 30, 5-9 p.m., Maryland Zoo, Mansion House. Get up close and personal with tarantulas, scorpions and centipedes from the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion. Plus, taste tequila samples and a tequila-based cocktail from Milagro Tequila and tacos, snacks, and desserts from Papi’s Tacos.
Educators at the Aquarium, Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30-9:30 p.m., National Aquarium. Educators of students in pre-K through 12th grade can visit the National Aquarium for free during the Educator Back-to-School Night. Registration required.
Academy of Wizardry Sleepover, Friday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m. (overnight into 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1), Maryland Science Center. Young witches and wizards and their families are invited for a sleepover at the Maryland Science Center, where they will learn the science behind magic. Magic-wielders will be able to craft their own wand, brew potions, and help an owl deliver mail.
Editor’s note: The Fells Point Fun Festival has been postponed due to storms forecasted for this weekend. Organizers now plan to hold the festival on Oct. 28-30, pending city approval.
Fells Point Fun Festival, Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2, Thames Street, Fells Point waterfront. Make your way down to Fells Point for a three-day festival featuring live music, food, drinks, retail vendors, and family-friendly fun. Read about it in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.
Charles Village Festival, Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, Wyman Park Dell, corner of Charles and 29th streets. Enjoy handmade crafts, live music and more at the Charles Village Festival. Plus, get tickets for the 40th Charles Village Garden Walk, when neighbors will open their gates for visitors to see their unique gardens and outdoor spaces. Read about the Charles Village Festival in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.
Plein Air Show, Saturday, Oct. 1, 4-6 p.m., Crystal Moll Gallery. View works by 40 plein air painters at Crystal Moll Gallery’s Summer Plein Air Show, which will close Saturday.
Sabrina Carpenter, Saturday, Oct. 1, doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m., Rams Head Live. After releasing her fifth studio album, “Emails I Can’t Send,” earlier this year, singer Sabrina Carpenter is bringing her tour to Baltimore. Carpenter starred in “Girl Meets World,” the spinoff of the ’90s show “Boy Meets World;” the “Tall Girl” movies; and other television and film projects.