Finding great oysters is about to get easier for Locust Point residents. The Local Oyster opened its newest location in the south Baltimore neighborhood on Thursday.

From tons of new opening announcements to tiki drinks, fundraisers, and outdoor festivals, this week the Baltimore culinary scene promises to be fun and full of energy. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings & announcements

The Local Oyster’s new Locust Point outpost is finally open. The oyster restaurant, which is under the True Chesapeake umbrella, opened on Thursday on the corner of Fort Avenue and Lawrence Street.

Also in Locust Point, Limoncello is opening a Tuscan-style pizza place in Anthem House. Limoncello Pizzeria will open sometime early next year.

The list of Lexington Market vendors continues to grow. This week’s newly announced businesses include Buffalo Bill’s II, a family-owned butcher, and Betty Lee’s Candy Dish.

The Waterfront Hotel, which was recently purchased by Atlas Restaurant Group, has opened its newly renovated courtyard, just in time for crisp fall weather. An updated second floor is next on the renovation list.

New Italian spot Allora is making moves already. The Mt. Vernon restaurant is opening a Johns Hopkins café later this fall.

Fiesta Fest

On Friday, head to Felipe’s in The Shops at Kenilworth to kick off Hispanic Heritage month with a Fiesta Fest party. The event includes food and drink specials all day plus live music and dance performances starting at 5 p.m.

Halfway to St. Patricks’ Day

Saturday, Sept. 17 marks the halfway point between St. Patrick’s Day 2022 and St. Pat’s 2023 – which is enough reason for Baltimore’s Irish community to celebrate.

Guinness Open Gate Brewing will have music and food specials throughout the weekend and at Mick O’Shea’s on Charles Street, Donegal X-Press will play a show to celebrate both the halfway mark and the band’s 20th anniversary.

FashionEASTa

On Saturday, Harbor East will come alive with fashion and fun during FashionEASTa, the neighborhood’s annual fashion show.

The action won’t all be on the runway, either. Throughout the afternoon, Aliceanna Street will be hopping with live music and drinks and bites from Harbor East restaurants and shops, including Apropoe’s, Azumi, Bar One, Bin 604 Wine + Spirits, Lebanese Taverna, Loch Bar, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, and Ouzo Bay.

Baltimore Rum Festival

Also on Saturday, Hollins Market is hosting the first ever Baltimore Rum Festival. The festival includes rum tastings and tiki cocktails from a bunch of companies, including Old Line Spirits and CAnE Mixers, plus tropical karaoke and an outdoor screening of “Moana.”

Taste of Towson

On Wednesday, the Taste of Towson makes its triumphant return, after a long, COVID-related break. This year’s event takes place at the American Legion in Towson and features over 20 local restaurants, including old favorites like THB and newcomers like Bandito’s and Hannah’s.

Proceeds from the Taste of Towson benefit the Towson Chamber of Commerce.

Bromo Arts District Art Walk

Starting Thursday, and to kick off the fall seasons, the Bromo Arts District will host an engaging Art Walk event featuring work from 30 different creative organizations. In an addition to self-guided tours through the Walk, attendees have plenty of opportunity to eat and drink. A number of Bromo Arts District restaurants are getting in on the action with special promotions; participants include Cajou Creamery, Cholitas Tacos, Fishnet, Forno, The Local Oyster, Maienfels Biergarten, Maiwand Grill, Nando’s Peri-Peri, Pinch, TAPS Fill Station and Vegan Juicology.

Dining Out for Life

Thursday marks the return of one of the best food-related fundraisers in the city: Dining Out for Life. During breakfast, lunch and dinner hours on Thursday, participating restaurants will donate a portion of sales to Moveable Feast, the local nonprofit organization that delivers meals to individuals with debilitating illnesses.

Many local restaurants are participating in the event, donating as much as 50% of sales to the organization – as in past years, Gertrude’s and The Brewer’s Art are especially generous. For a full list of participating restaurants, and for more about the event, visit the Dining Out for Life website.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Sept. 25: Baltimore Deviled Egg Pageant

Sept. 30: Passion for Food and Wine benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland

Oct. 6: 50th Annual Greek Festival

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.