Weekend Events Calendar: Baltimore Book Festival, Comic-Con, The Big Ice Cream Social, Maritime Magic

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With fall officially upon us, the summer series are pretty much wound down. But there are still plenty of outdoor festivals and community gatherings on the calendar, from the Book Festival all over the Inner Harbor to Southwest Palooza. And don’t miss out on some of the city’s unique art events, such as High Zero Festival and a parade at the BMA. Then, on Sunday, we all get free ice cream, courtesy of Ben and Jerry’s and Taharka Brothers. Check out the details:

Happening tonight:

St. Demetrios Greek Festival: Sept. 27-30 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church. Just outside the Beltway in Carney, the weekend celebration features authentic food, music and more.

Wet City’s First Beer Release: 5 p.m. at Wet City. The Mt. Vernon beer bar takes a first step into microbrewery status with a beer of its own. Hello is a double dry hopped, triple flaked hazy IPA.

Hops for Housing: 5:30 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. The benefit for the Women’s Housing Coalition features an open bar, music and games.

Mayor Pugh’s Hispanic Heritage Awards and Celebration: 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. The mayor announces the winners of this year’s awards during Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring art from 2018 Sondheim Prize winner Erick Antonio Benitez.

Social Fabric: A Roundtable Discussion: 6-8 p.m. at MICA. Members of FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture dicusss movements and textiles. Features Gina Adams, Lisa Vinebaum, Joan Gaither and Hannah Brancato.

Network Under 40: 6-9 p.m. at UNION Collective. The happy hour is a good excuse to see inside one of Baltimore’s newest spaces for locally made goods while making some professional connections. And yes, there’s a brewery on the premises.

End of Summer Happy Hour Fundraiser: 6 p.m at Gunther and Co. Neighborhood associations from Canton and Brewers Hill team up for a Southeast Baltimore community gathering.

Baltimore Networking Social: 6-9 p.m. at Barcocina. The Fells Point waterfront spot plays host to professional mingling.

Photo by Takeaway, via Wikimedia Commons

Latte Art Throwdown!: 7 p.m. at Vent Coffee Roasters. Step away from networking at Union Collective and pop in at Vent Coffee Roasters to watch baristas compete in the art of foam pouring.

Queer Curiosity: 7 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. Alex D’Agostino performs a mix of seance and dance, presenting a new manuscript of queer history.

Free Thursdays: 7 p.m. at SNF Parkway. The Station North theater screens “Salesman,” a documentary on the fading door-to-door life that turns 50 this year.

Pics in the Park: 7:30 p.m. at Center Plaza. The outdoor film series in the middle of downtown wraps up for the season with a screening of “Coco.”

Everything Will Be Okay: 8 p.m. at The Crown. The standup comedy show features Eric Glaeser, Anna Phillips, Wendy Wroblewski, Ryan Neser and Jason Weems.

Magic Beans: 8 p.m. at 8X10. The Colorado band plays Federal Hill with Philly funktronica group Tweed.

Friday, September 28

Baltimore Book Festival: Sept. 28-30 at Inner Harbor. The literary lights take center stage with readings, panels, author meet-and-greets and more. Headliners including journalists April Ryan and Jonathan Abrams, A.J. Jacobs, Bill Whitaker, D. Watkins and more.

Photo from last year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, via Facebook

Baltimore Comic-Con: Sept. 28-30 at Baltimore Convention Center. Fandom will be out in force with plenty of cosplay and pop culture rarities. Special guests include Frank Miller, Mike Colter of “Luke Cage,” Tricia Helfer of “Battlestar Galactica” and Wil Wheaton of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.

High Zero Festival: Sept. 28-29 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The improvised and experimental music festival went on the road this year, but returns to Baltimore for the finale. The weekend features eight different combos playing.

“Star Wars: A New Hope” in concert: Sept. 28-30 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra provides John Williams’ legendary score for a screening from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Bmore Historic: 8:30 a.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. The unconference hosted by Baltimore Heritage gathers the community to explore connections to the city’s past.

Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. The ride around the city heads to Lexington Market. This month’s theme: Clash of the Decades.

Maritime Magic 2018: 7-11 p.m. at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. The benefit for Living Classrooms Foundation features food and drink from 80 local purveyors, music from The Wailers (as in Marley, Bob), a silent auction and more.

Bmore Beat Club: 7-9 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The hip-hop event puts together emcees and producers collaborating for the first time.

Noah Cyrus: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The pop singer and Ponyo star plays the Inner Harbor with Maty Noyes.

“Night, Mother”: Through Oct. 14 at Strand Theater. It’s opening weekend for Strand Theater Company’s production of Marsha Norman’s play exploring a night where a loved one tells of intentions to end their life.

“She Stoops to Conquer”: Through Oct. 21 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. The comedy from the 1700s by Oliver Goldsmith set new standards for laughs in its day with the classic country-city clash.

Sandaraa performs. Photo via Creative Alliance.

Nisa’a/Women: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The series explores Muslim cultural identity through art. Friday night features performances from Sandaraa, combining Pakistan vocalist Zebunnisa (Zeb) Bangash with New York klezmer musicians. Pakistani buffet included.

Bosley Album Release: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Baltimore soul singer and dance party driver celebrates the debut of “Unreal Fire.”

Saturday, September 29:

Parktoberfest: 11 a.m. -10 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. The food hall bursts out onto the street for a day featuring live music, even more vendors than can fit inside and food.

Brunch Fest: 11 a.m. -3 p.m. at Harbor Point. Sample late-morning specialities from 15 restaurants, plus coffee, cocktails and lawn games.

Station North Flea Market: 12-4 p.m. at Windup Space. The last-Saturday flea market feature sellers from around the community. Come to browse.

BreastFest: 2-7 p.m. at Nick’s Fish House. It’s the 20th anniversary of the benefit for The Hoffberger Breast Center and the Tyanna O’Brien Imaging Center at Mercy Medical Center, featuring music, games and a silent auction.

Southwest Palooza: 3-9 p.m. at Greater Model Park. Southwest Baltimore Partnership invites the neighborhood to come out to meet community leaders, developers and have some fun with games, DJs and an outdoor movie night.

Flyer via Facebook

Oktoberfest Live!: 3-7 p.m. at Power Plant Live! The downtown party spot will have 150 kinds of German beer, food, chicken dancing and more.

Ghost Hunt: 5 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. The historic downtown hotel takes part in National Ghost Hunting Day to kick off the spooky season. Investigate the old haunt and benefit Back on my Feet in the process.

Interactive Movie Night: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. 7-10 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Screaming along to the movie is encouraged. Plus, they’ll have prizes and themed cocktails.

David London’s Magic Outside the Box: 8 p.m. at the Peale Center. Not to be pigeonholed, London combines storytelling and puppetry to his cabaret show to go along with the illusion.

Super City Album Release: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The buzzing Baltimore indie band releases Sanctuary, with Vita and the Woolf opening.

Lovenotes: 9 p.m. -12 a.m. at The Elephant. The music night at the Mt. Vernon destination’s upstairs bar features Jonathan Mack of ForQuarters Collective debuting as DJ.

Sunday, September 30:

Still from “E.T.” via IMDB

E.T.: 10 a.m. at the Senator Theatre. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi classic screens in the morning.

The Big Ice Cream Social: 12-5 p.m. at the Ynot Lot. Ben and Jerry’s will be in town, and they’ve got free ice cream. They’re teaming with Taharka Brothers to celebrate culture and the community. The event includes a speaker series, with the keynote from Ben Cohen.

Santorini Social: 1-4 p.m. at Ouzo Bay. Head to Harbor East for a Greek wine (and rosé) tasting event, with Sassanova onhand for fashion.

Japanese Woodblock Prints Opening Day Lecture: 2 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. The museum’s Elisabetta Polidori and Amy Landau discuss the artistic tradition.

The-End-Is-Near Spectacular: 4-7 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The BMA throws a parade for Phaan Howng: The Succession of Nature. Plus performances, painting and food from Mera Kitchen Collective.

Photo via Lord Baltimore Hotel

Rooftop Tea Dance: 4-8 p.m. at LB Skybar. Head to the roof of the downtown hotel for dance music from DJ Ryan DoubleYou and a performance from Brie DeVine.

Sunset at Waverly Brewing Company: 5 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. Along the Jones Falls, it’s the last of the outdoor concerts with Uncle Jesse (the duo).

Ogni Suono with Pique Collective: 5:30 p.m. at Motor House. The experimental chamber music specialists from Cleveland and Baltimore perform in Station North.

Kashion Show Two: Live From Venus: 5:30 p.m. at 2640 St. Paul St. The fashion adventures features the work of local artists and designers.

Charm City Junction: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The acoustic roots combo celebrates the release of their second album, Duckpin.

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