The markets are starting to wind down, while the celebrations ramp up. On the weekend before Xmas, there’s plenty of chances to party in bars and on the streets. And take a moment to give back.
Friday, Dec. 20
Creole Soul Grand Opening: 5:30-8:30 p.m. at R. House. The New Orleans-inspired food stall from Chef Shunquita “Que” Neal and Dedric Richardson opens at the Remington food hall. Expect a performance by the Rufus Roundtree Band and a King Cake cutting ceremony.
Holiday Happy Hour & Ugly Sweater Party: 4-7 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Stable and Saloon. The Mount Vernon spot has holiday cocktails and specials for the celebration.
$2 Family Fun Night: 4-8 p.m. at Port Discovery. The Inner Harbor museum has new exhibits to explore, and here’s a chance to do so for less money.
The City That Breeds: 7-10 p.m. at Reverb. The local podcast records its 300th episode live. Plus, a white elephant gift exchange is yours for the taking.
An Evening of Music with Chuck Treece: 7-10 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. The Woodberry brewery hosts an evening of music, as Treece is joined by MC Intelligence.
Ugly Sweater Contest: 7-11 p.m. at Mount Vernon Marketplace. Taps Fill Station hosts a holiday event with karaoke and bad fashion.
Holiday Party: 7 p.m. at Diamondback Brewing. The event features music from DJ Spyd3r, a holiday pizza and $1 off for wearing an ugly sweater.
Food Drive Show: 7:30 p.m. at The Sidebar. Wolvesblood, Neolithic, Butchers Dozen, Secret Society and Tombtoker play the benefit. Attendees who bring a non-perishable food item receive a discount on admission.
Baltimore Holiday Jam: 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Electric Love Machine, Space Bacon, Moody Goose and Natalie Brooke perform. Plus, an artist gallery, vendor village and live painters.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party & Triple D Premiere: 8 p.m. at Jimmy’s Seafood. The restaurant parties to celebrate its second appearance on the Food Network show ” Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.”
Nø Man, HIRS and Teener: 8 p.m. at Downsquares. Enjoy a triple bill of traveling punk bands.
Emo Night Brooklyn: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The emo and pop-punk night features DJ sets by Fred Mascherin of Taking Back Sunday and Shane Henderson of Valencia.
A Very Jerry Christmas: 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. at The 8×10. Cris Jacobs & Friends offer the gift of the music of the Grateful Dead for the holidays.
The Nightmare Before Christmas kiki: 9 p.m. at Rituals. Stillpointe Theatre hosts the event with drag performances, cocktails and Santa.
DJ Pauly D: 10 p.m. at Rams Head Live. From the Jersey Shore to the Inner Harbor.
Logicoma and James Nasty: 10 p.m. at The Crown. The DJs join forces for a Friday night party in Station North.
Saturday, Dec. 21
Ring in the Holidays: 9:45 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. “It’s a Wonderful Life” screens, as the Belvedere theater holds a food drive.
Hampden Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at 800 W. 36th St. More than 40 vendors are setting up shop on The Avenue, and there will be soups and warm drinks.
Holiday by the Falls: 11 a.m. at Whitehall Mill. The pop-up market features merchants and makers inside the forthcoming food market.
Taproom First Anniversary: 11 a.m.-12 a.m. at Full Tilt Brewing. The celebration of one year in Govans features live music, exclusive beers and more.
Charles Village Flea Market: noon-4 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. Check out some goods from various vendors just before the holidays arrive.
No Christmas on a Dead Planet: noon at Inner Harbor. Extinction Rebellion Baltimore is planning an apocalyptic march at Inner Harbor.
BarkHappy Howliday Party: 12:30 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. Meet Santa Paws and dress your dog up in their finest ugly sweater.
TUBAChristmas: 3:30 p.m. at Inner Harbor Amphitheatre. The free concert features 250 musicians playing holiday music on tubas, euphoniums, baritones and sousaphones.
Solstice, Songs and Spirits: 5-8 p.m. at Old Line Spirits. Miles Gannett plays psychedelic folk music at the distillery and bar.
Window Solstice on Butchers Hill: 6-8 p.m. at Charmed Kitchen. Meet up at the Butchers Hill eatery for a tour of the neighborhood’s decorative panes.
Sisson Park Winter Solstice Celebration: 6-8 p.m. at Sisson Street Community Park. Enjoy warm cider, s’mores and solstice activities.
Exalted: A Queer Christmas Pageant: 6:30-8 p.m. at 2640 Spae. The LGBTQ+ church Dreams and Visions hosts a variety show that promises to upend the Christmas status quo.
Eze Jackson’s Dirty Christmas 5: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The rapper’s annual holiday party returns. Jackson will be backed by The Backwudz Band, and rapper DDm and Bedlam Brass also perform.
Winter Solstice in the Dell: 7-9 p.m. at Wyman Park Dell. Gertrude’s Restaurant provides hot chocolate, hot mulled cider, cookies and marshmallows for roasting. Bluegrass band Union Break provides the tunes.
Druid Hill Winter Solstice Celebration: 7-10 p.m. at Rawlings Conservatory. Celebrate the season with a roaring fire, marshmallows and winter solstice resolutions.
Winter Wonderland VII: 8 p.m. at Maryland Science Center. The formal party features live music, top-shelf drinks and plenty more.
Chelsey Green & The Green Project: A Very Green Christmas: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The violinist brings soulful music for the season to Highlandtown.
Gimme Gimme ’70s Disco Party: 9 p.m. at The Ottobar. Disco attire is encouraged for this dance party, highlighted by the So You Think You Can Slay Drag Show & Talent Competition.
The Ottobar’s Shrunken Head-Holiday Edition: 9 p.m. at The Ottobar. A quartet of DJs spins surf and garage classics as surf movies play on the big screen. Attendees can also enjoy tiki drinks.
Sunday, Dec. 22
Park Heights Holiday Parade: 1 p.m. at Belvedere and Nelson avenues The parade marches down Nelson Avenue, ending with a toy giveaway at the Langston Hughes Community Business Resource Center.
Parkas for Pints Coat Drive: 1-4 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. Bring a coat, hand warmers or canned food and enjoy the Ravens game on the big screen, plus music from Pescatore and Majority Onion.
Baltimore Chanukah Festival: 2:30-5:30 p.m. at McKeldin Plaza. The celebration features the lighting of the Esther Ann Menorah, jelly doughnuts, a kids show and more.
The Baltimore Tattoo Museum’s X-Mas Party: 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum. Get some new ink at flashback prices and enjoy music from The Expotentials, Robert “Fireball” Mitchell, Distinguished Gentlemen and Rodney “Pie Man” Henry, among others.
The Ultimate R&B Only Party: 5-10 p.m. at 6 E. Lafayette Ave. Celebrate R&B’s greatest hits, plus food and drink specials.
Holiday Pawty: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. the Bluebird Cocktail Room. The party benefits the Maryland SPCA, with a pet photo contest as the main event.
Rock for Rights 2019: 5-11:30 p.m. at Ottobar. The toy drive and benefit for ACLU Maryland features music from War on Women (pictured), Old Bay Thrashers, Ryan Harvey and The Love Trio.
- WWE Live Holiday Tour comes to Royal Farms Arena on Dec. 28.
- The 3rd Annual Butch Dawson & Friends Holiday Show is at Ottobar on Dec. 28.
- Lord Baltimore Hotel hosts a Roaring 20s Bash to ring in 2020 on New Years Eve.