Weekend Events

15 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Monument Lighting; Mayor’s Christmas Parade; Holiday Heap; and more

The 46th Annual Monument Lighting. Image via Downtown Partnership of Baltimore

It’s time to light up. With December upon us, Baltimore’s favorite holiday season festivities are on the calendar this weekend. They’re lighting up neighborhoods, offering local goods to shop and parading through the city. Plus, check out musical performances from national stars, and a few chances to see local notables in intimate settings. Here’s the lineup:

Merry & Bright: A New Seasonal Pop-Up at Harbor Point


All are invited to get into the holiday spirit at Merry & Bright, a new seasonal pop-up experience premiering this December at Harbor Point from Thursday-Sunday, December 2-12.

Event-goers will be able to purchase their Christmas trees, do some holiday shopping, sip festive cocktails, and maybe even catch a glimpse of Santa Claus, all under the Harbor Point Central Plaza’s canopy of lights. Best of all, every dollar spent at Merry & Bright will directly benefit local non-profit organizations or support local businesses. Merry & Bright will feature two marquee attractions:

Federal Hill Main Street – Holiday Fun December 3 & 4


Join participating Federal Hill businesses for their Sip & Shop event on Friday, December 3 from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Enjoy great discounts, sales and delicious treats! Look for the balloons! 

15 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Christmas Village Opens, Mary J. Blige, Sebastian Maniscalco and more

Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore.

In between making preparations for the Thanksgiving feast, there are plenty of chances to get an early jump on holiday festivities this weekend. Check out openings at the Christmas Village, the Made in Baltimore Holiday Pop-up Shop and a new tradition in Center Plaza. Elsewhere, there are live music options, and a two-night stand from comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Check out the lineup:

Harbor East’s Holiday Haul


Black Friday – November 26th, 11AM-3PM

Experience Black Friday in Harbor East without any of the holiday shopping stress! Join us for festive live music from Chasing Autumn, photo opportunities with Santa, stilt walkers, caricature artists, holiday confections, giveaways and more!

15 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Old Time Music Festival; Baltimore Vintage Expo; Peabody Heights’ 9th Anniversary

The Baltimore Vintage Expo. Image via Facebook.

The sun is going down earlier these days, so it’s the time of year when it helps to fill up the calendar to distract from the darkness. Fortunately, Baltimore has plenty lined up this weekend. Festivals offer a chance to explore old time music and new animation. Stages will be filled with music, opera, comedy and theatre. Plus, mark the birthdays of a pair of much-loved destinations and take in some local history. Here’s the lineup:

15 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Craft Beer Festival; ‘Waitress’; Rock Your Socks 5K



“Waitress serves up Broadway at the Hippodrome. (via Hippodrome)

With temps dipping and daylight savings upon us, the outdoor events are starting to go into hibernation. But there’s still a last chance to stock up, as the Baltimore Craft Beer Festival and a Baltimore Station Chili Cookoff are among the largest gatherings of the weekend. Elsewhere, check out comedy at the Lyric, Broadway at the Hippodrome and exhibitions celebrating Black women at the Peale and Eubie Blake Center. Here’s the rundown:

Halloween Weekend Events in Baltimore: Costume Parties, Spooky Tours, Day of the Dead Parade; and more

Photo by David Menidrey on Unsplash

The spooky season culminates this weekend, as Halloween falls on Sunday. Baltimore looks ready to wake up the ghosts and return to the haunts, with a full weekend slate of parties, family events, arts and tours is lined up. Elsewhere, get the last of the simultaneous Free Fall Baltimore and Doors Open Baltimore.

Weekend Events in Baltimore: The Great Halloween Lantern Parade; Open Studio Tour; Stonewall International Poetry Slam

Photo via The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival/Facebook

Fall is in the air, and it’s time to start getting spooky. This weekend ushers in the Halloween festivities with the Great Lantern Parade and ArBOOretum. Plus, artists open their studios, comic con swoops in and the Stonewall International Poetry Slam debuts as part of Black Pride Month. Here’s the full rundown:

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical – Coming to The Lyric November 13


Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 3pm & 7pm at The Lyric 

This holiday season The Elf on the Shelf® Scout Elves return to center stage for the live musical that has captured the hearts of families everywhere. Inspired by the beloved box set The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition, this touring stage production is a thrilling spectacle of music and dance that transports audiences to the North Pole to glimpse the magical lives of Santa’s Scout Elves.

Coming Home: Baltimore Musicales Returns to the Stage This Sunday, October 17 at 3:30 p.m.


After 18 long months, Baltimore Musicales is finally returning to live performance with an incredible program this Sunday, October 17 at the Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore.

Claire Galloway, Jason Widney, Amanda Densmoor, Sean Tillery, and Ka Nyoung Yoo will perform music by Robert Schumann, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Samuel Barber, Jean Sibelius, Libby Larsen, Kurt Weill, Alban Berg, Gabriel Fauré, and John Kander, beautiful songs from Indonesia, and new works by Daniel Gilliam and Erik Franklin.

Unified Community Connections to Hold Hoodstock XVIII Fundraiser on 10/23


Unified Community Connections, a nonprofit agency supporting people with disabilities, will hold its signature concert fundraiser, Hoodstock XVIII, in person with live streaming available on YouTube. Hoodstock will be held for the first time at The Winslow, a new venue in Baltimore, on Saturday, October 23 from 6-10pm. For tickets, sponsorships, donations and merchandise, please click here.