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The air is a bit crisper, and it’s that time when the harvest and the spooky season combine. Fall festivals offering cider and haunted houses bringing frights abound, side-by-side on the schedule. Plus, make way for runners and food trucks in the streets this weekend. Enjoy:
Rising Star Award Celebration and Happy Hour: 5:30 p.m. at LB Skybar. Celebrate as the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce presents the local chapter with an award.
Baltimore Science Tavern presents: The Origin of the Universe: 6-9 p.m. at Rocket to Venus. Sumit Dahal of Johns Hopkins discusses the CLASS project, studying the oldest light in the universe.
Frederick Douglass Public Art Reception: 6-9 p.m. at Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum. A public reception opens an exhibition from Ed Towels to continue recognition of the abolitionist’s bicentennial.
3rd Thursdays at the Lewis: 6-9 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The after-hours event features music from the Rodney Kelley Experience, tours, signature drinks and more.
We Can Do It: Celebrating Women in Brewing. 6 p.m. at The Brass Tap. Owner-brewers from Union, Checkerspot, Denizens, Guinness, Charm City Meadworks and Brookville Farm gather to share stories, and drinks.
Joywave: 6:30 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The indie quintet stops downtown, with opening act Sir Sly.
Lit Thursday: Disrupting the Narrative with Aaron Maybin: 7-9 p.m. at Motor House. The art-activist and former NFL player talks about his own story, and offers a start to attendees writing their own.
Thursday Nights at the Opera: Madness, Malbecs and more: 7:30 p.m. at 11 W. Mt. Vernon Pl. Enjoy vocals from Colleen Daly, Sarah Saturnino, Dane Suarez and Brent Michael Smith. A glass of Argentinian wine helps it go down easier.
“Rocky Horror Picture Show”: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. A run of interactive movie nights begins in Highlandtown, hosted by Betty O’Hellno. Brush up on your Time Warp.
Pumpkin Carving Contest: 8 p.m. The Owl Bar. October is in full swing with pumpkins, German food, hot apple cider and more. Plus, ghost stories.
Mountain Piques: 8-10 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theater. Pique Collective performs a new piece by composer Elliott Grabill.
Friday, October 19
Russian Festival: Oct. 19-21 at Holy Trinity. The festival in Southeast Baltimore features homemade dishes, traditional music, gifts and more.
Maryland Food Truck Week Kick off Rally: 5-9 p.m. at South Point. The celebration of mobile munchies begins with a roundup in Port Covington.
Hampden Bar Crawl: 5-9 p.m. at Union Collective. As Baltimore Beer Week winds down, go hyperlocal with a neighborhood crawl that features Union Craft beers at every stop. Stick around afterward for a can release and DJ James Nasty.
Jolly Shows Fall Carnival: Through Sunday at Eastpoint Mall. Head on out to Dundalk for a fall festival of rides, games, carnival food and more.
“Scene|Unseen: The Work of Kirk Shannon-Butts”: 6-9 p.m. at Gallery CA. The opening reception features work from the artist, focusing on scenes from the city that explore gentrification, body replacement and thereafter.
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat: 7-11 p.m. at Current Space. The Baltimore rockers return home for an outdoor show with DDm, Nerf Toss and DJ Pancakes.
“Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.”: 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. Steve Loveridge’s documentary traces the career of the Sri Lankan artist and musician. Friday night’s screening includes a conversation with Rye Rye, Blaqstarr, Cullen Nawalkowsky and Olu Butterfly about M.I.A.’s connections to Baltimore.
Majora’s Masquerade Ball: 7-10 p.m. The Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra hosts a fall fundraiser with dinner, dancing and costumes.
MICA Haunted House: Oct. 19-27 at BBOX. The student-run production is always a creative spin on the Halloween tradition, sure to surprise and scare. This year’s theme: Backwoods.
Jeremy Piven: Through Oct. 21 at Baltimore Comedy Factory. The “PCU” and “Entourage” star stops through town for a special comedy event.
“The Queen of Soul: A Tribute to Aretha Franklin”: 8 p.m. at Spotlighters Theatre. Crystal Freeman and Candace Potts, along with keyboardist Roderick Demmings, pay tribute to the late great singer.
Kaiju Demolition Squad: 8 p.m. at Reverb. The band brings renditions of monster movie music from Japan to more contemporary stylings. Elliott Grabill opens.
Boat Water: 9 p.m. at Joe Squared. The indie band plays Station North along with Duchess and the DeadBirds (featuring Fishbowl’s Ethan McLeod), The Dead Ringers and Vampire Beat.
“Stick Fly”: Oct. 19-Nov. 4 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. Lydia R. Diamond’s play chronicling three families of color explores race and privilege.
“Evil Dead: The Musical”: Oct. 19-27 at Motor House. The cult classic gets adapted for the stage with references to all Bruce Campbell gore-fests.
4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Windup Space. The monthly dance party pays tribute to Parliament Funkadelic.
Saturday, October 20
Baltimore Running Festival: The Streets. It’s marathon day in Baltimore. Take part in the race, the 5K or just come to watch. It all winds around to Inner Harbor.
GBMC’s Nearly New Sale: Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at GBMC Campus, 6701 N. Charles Street. Score some deals on gently used clothes, furniture, jewelry, toys and much more. All proceeds benefiting patient care at GBMC HealthCare.
3rd Annual Fall Festival: Oct. 20-21 at Herring Run Park. Head out to the park for apple cider pumpkin painting and to pick up some native plants and trees for your garden or yard.
The 9th Annual John K. Gutierrez Memorial Walk: 10 a.m. start at Gutierrez Studios @ Clipper Mill. Meet at Clipper Mill for a walk through Druid Hill Park. Enjoy live music by Caleb Stine, food by Woodberry Kitchen and beverages by Union Craft Brewing. Proceeds benefit the Gutierrez Memorial Fund.
Das Oktoberfest Block Party: 10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. at Das Bier Haus. Head to Light Street in Federal Hill for live music and lots of German food and libations.
Death and Mourning Rituals: 11 a.m. at the Mount Clare Museum House. The museum turns into 18th century funeral scenes. Tour guides explain the rituals used in the 18th and 19th centuries in by America, Ireland, England and some African countries.
Double Beer Release: noon-6 p.m. at Oliver Brewing Company. The brewery has two new beers out tomorrow. There’s the 12 percent ABV BA XX Olde World, an ale made using a recipe from 19th century London and aged in Sagamore Spirit barrels, as well as In Search of Space, a kettle sour.
OktoBEARfest: noon-5 p.m. at The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Check out more than 50 beers while hanging with the animals.
SNTL Fix it Fair: noon-4 p.m. at Station North Tool Library. The free event offers up the tools needed for that general maintenance on clothes, furniture, bikes and more.
Fall Festival: noon at Rye Street Tavern: Head to Port Covington for a family-friendly celebration, with paint your own pumpkin, grilled meats and more.
The Jim McKay Maryland Million: noon at Laurel Park. If human runners aren’t your thing, head down to Laurel to watch Maryland-bred equine runners compete for $1 million in total purse money.
Let’s Ride: A Baltimore Cycling Scavenger Hunt: 2-9 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. The alley cat–style race spans a 15-mile ride around the city, with prizes and after party awaiting.
Fall Fling: 2 p.m. at Old Line Sprits. Celebrate the release of Sherry Cask Finished American Single Malt Whiskey, and grab some local food and beer.
Trash Wheel Fan Fest: 7-10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. Mr. Trash Wheel (and family) get a lot of love, but it’s time to celebrate those for whom they churn. Check out fan art, music and some of the best puns inspired by the city’s own solar-powered, trash-collecting water wheels.
Pop-Up Fringe: 7 p.m. at Motor House. Preview performances from BlueShift Dance, The Siegfried Ølsson Band and Lights, Theater, Action! It’s free.
Bedlam Brass: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at Mobtown Ballroom. The many-piece brass band brings the dance party to Pigtown. Chiffon, Black Bear Combo and turbo folk outfit Orchester Praževica join the lineup.
Felabration: 9 p.m. at Motor House. Jay Rags celebrates Afrobeat with tunes from and influenced by the legend Fela Kuti.
An Evening with Brandy: 9 p.m. at the Modell Lyric Performing Arts Center. The R&B singer plays a show to benefit The Journey Home, the city’s nonprofit fighting homelessness.
BlaqStarr x Josh Stokes Album Release Party/Jam: 10 p.m. at Diskobar. The Baltimore club staple and writer/producer, respectively, celebrate new releases.
Sunday, October 21
Fall Festival: 10 a.m. at Herring Run Nursery. Check out some new native plants, and partake in pumpkin painting and cider.
Ed Reed’s Famous TailGOAT: noon-3:35 p.m. at Hammerjacks. The Ravens legend and former players Arthur Jones and Bryan Hall headline a pre-game tailgate, hosted by Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, that includes open bar, food from four restaurants and music by Ray Wroten & The Revolvers.
Ravens vs. New Orleans Tailgate: 12:25-3:25 p.m. at Horseshoe Baltimore. In addition to drink specials, the tailgate has Hall of Fame tackle Jonathan Ogden stopping by from 2-2:45 p.m. to take pictures with fans.
Puppets in the Garden: 1 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Festival. Check out performances, and make your own puppet at this Free Fall Baltimore event.
The Gubernatorial Rap Battle Debate of 2018: 1:30 p.m. at 401 Howard St. Election prep goes hip-hop. Emcees take on Dem and GOP issues to debate policy such as criminal justice, healthcare and education.
Ravens vs. Saints: 3:30 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. Flock together for a game against the Black and Gold.
ellen cherry: 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The local singer-songwriter finally gets a makeup date from her rained out Artscape set. Eze Jackson and June Star open.
Dying Fetus: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The death metal band plays a hometown show as part of the Contamination Tour.
Chamber Music by Candlelight: 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church. Members of the BSO perform small ensemble selections. Free.
Country Westerns: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The supergroup featuring members of 90s darlings Silver Jews and Belly goes country. Family Band and Hothead open.
- The Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival takes to Patterson Park on October 27.
- The Walters Art Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos with a cultural celebration on October 28.
- WTMD celebrates 15 years at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Nov. 8.
- Clear the palette for Baltimore Whiskey Festival on Nov. 15 at the Assembly Room.
- Wume marks the release of the duo’s new album, “Towards the Shadow,” with a Nov. 16 show at Ottobar.