The city’s cross-section of cultures is on full display with the Night Market at the former site of Chinatown, and festivals celebrating Polish and German heritage across town. Plus neighborhood festivals spotlight Pigtown, Belair-Edison and Cherry Hill. Elsewhere, check out the BMA’s new exhibit with Mark Bradford, or some of the best in local music at Baltimore magazine‘s festival. Here’s the rundown:
Dining Out For Life: All night at participating restaurants. Eat out and raise money for a good cause all over the city. In the 25th edition of the event, restaurants donate a portion of Thursday’s proceeds to Moveable Feast, which provides nutritious meals for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other diseases.
“Repurposed with a Purpose”: 6-9 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. It’s the opening reception for a new exhibition curated by former BMA director Doreen Bolger. Featuring four dozen artists, it encourages viewers to seek meaning in the materials.
Sneek Peak: Charm City Night Market: 6-9 p.m. at Suspended Brewing Company. Before the outdoor extravaganza over the weekend, get a preview of the event spotlighting local Asian-American and Pacific Islander artists and entrepreneurs.
Baltimore’s History of Redlining and Vacancies: 6-8 p.m. at Station North Tool Library. Baltimore Heritage historian and preservationist Eli Pousson shares the structural decisions that led to Baltimore’s issues with vacant housing.
3rd Thursday Happy Hour: 6-8 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The museum opens its doors after hours for late-night tours, signature cocktails and music from Latin jazz purveyors The Rumba Club.
Welcome (Back!) to Baltimore: 6-8 p.m. at University of Maryland, Baltimore. Baltimore Collegetown Network hosts a city-centric reception for graduate and professional students, featuring guest speaker Alysha January of Historic Charles Street Association.
Fear: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The Los Angeles hardcore band celebrates its fourth decade in existence. Lower East Side Stitches and Ravagers open.
“Wasted”: Sept. 20-22 at Center Stage. The two-hander exploring binge drinking and consent is performed as part of a limited local engagement.
Taking Liberties: Sexual Misconduct and the Abuse of Power in the age of #metoo: 7-9 p.m. at MICA Brown Center. The ACLU hosts a Constitution Day panel with artist Carolee Schneemann, civil rights attorney Monica Ramirez and activist Kalima Young.
Lit Thursday: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America: 7-9 p.m. at Motor House. The third Thursday event features women from critical reading and writing program A Revolutionary Summer performing quotes, then tossing the response to the audience in writing.
Chocolate and Honey Wine: An Evening of Decadent Sensation: 7-9 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. A quartet of pairings features chocolate that were specifically designed for their mead companions.
Closing Reception for “The Eventualities Come”: 7-9 p.m. at Terrault. Last call for KT Duffy’s exhibition that blends the digital and physical.
Ava Luna: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The New York band combines post-punk with soul. Beya Likhari and Pale Spring open.
‘The Wire’ Trivia Night: 8-10 p.m. at Cardinal Tavern. The Canton haunt hosts a trivia night for the city that’s tired of hearing about the show but knows and loves the whole thing anyway.
Dining Out for Life After Party: 9 p.m. -12 a.m. at Union Collective. Rodney Henry and Kevin Driscoll and the Jaded Saints provide the entertainment during after dinner drinks.
Friday, Sept. 21
German Fest: Sept. 21-23 at Max’s Taphouse. The Fells Point beer spot gears up for Oktoberfest with a wide variety of draft and bottle selections you’d normally find in a beer garden.
3rd Fridays in the Square: 4-9 p.m. at O’Donnell Square. The Canton weekend kickoff party ends its first season with a free outdoor festival featuring live music.
Trucktoberfest: 5-10 p.m. at The Rotunda. The Gathering hosts a food truck roundup in Hampden, with each mobile eatery offering up a German selection. Music from Muskrat Lightning & The Mondawen.
Summer Block Party: 5-9 p.m. at World of Beer. Last call for the McHenry Row festival before the equinox arrives. Sample brews from RAR, drinks from Sagamore Spirit, food trucks and live music.
Fish Fry/Open House: 5-7:30 p.m. at 901 Arts. The Better Waverly center features food, games, live music and a raffle.
Rosé on the Roof: 7-9 p.m. at 1409. The Champagne Campaign hosts the event with a view to benefit Living Classrooms Foundation.
Madison McFerrin: 8 p.m. at Motor House. The Brooklyn-based a capella artist brings her brand of soul to Station North. Baltimore’s Christen B opens.
“Paternal Rites”: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Local filmmaker Jules Rosskam, a visual arts professor at UMBC, screens his documentary about a modern Jewish family grappling with the effects of physical and sexual abuse. A Q&A follows.
Bennett’s Curse Opening Weekend: Sept. 21-22. The haunted house at Eastpoint Mall returns for more fall frights with Monster Fest Laser Tag to kick off the festivities.
“Lysistrata… A Play for the 21st Century”: Fri-Sun. through Oct. 14 at Spotlighters Theatre. The Mt. Vernon company presents Aristophanes’ classic, in which women of Greece withhold sex to end a war.
Sneaks: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The indie minimalist makes the trip up from D.C. for a show with local rapper Butch Dawson and DJ Genie.
4 Hours of Funk: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Windup Space. Baltimore club DJ and producer K Griff joins DJ Graham Hatke and DJ Fleg for the all-night dance party on North Avenue.
Saturday, Sept. 22
Live Baltimore Fall 2018 Trolley Tour: 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute. See the neighborhoods and learn more about home buying at the City Living Fair. Participants qualify for the $5,000 Buying Into Baltimore credit.
Fee-Free Day: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fort McHenry. The historic fort celebrates Public Lands Day by letting visitors roam the grounds for free.
Ray Lewis Day Hall of Fame Parade: 10 a.m.-noon at City Hall. Mayor Catherine Pugh throws a parade to celebrate No. 52 following his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The route begins at Key Highway and Light Street.
Inverness Brewing Grand Opening: noon-8 p.m. at Inverness Brewing. The newest brewery on the scene opens its doors in scenic Monkton.
Pigtown Festival: noon-7 p.m. at 700-900 Washington Ave. The free festival features food trucks, music from The Players Band, Terry “Big T” Williams and The Crawdaddies. Plus, there’s pig racing as the Squeakness rolls on throughout the day.
Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival: noon-9 p.m. at Middle Branch Park. The second annual South Baltimore neighborhood celebration features a music lineup including Mykal Rose, Fall Equinox Drum Circle and Youth Resiliency Institute’s Baltimore Guitarists Against Violence program.
Belair Edison Beer and Wine Festival: noon-6 p.m. at Herring Run Park. The outdoor festival features Maryland wine, Oliver Brewing Co. beer, food trucks and other vendors, plus music by Purple Honey and DJ Jamal. Proceeds benefit Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.
Federal Hill Oktoberfest: noon-9 p.m. at E. Cross Street. The daylong celebration features German food and drink, as well as live music. The official Bier Tapping starts the day at noon.
Trilectro 2018: noon at Merriweather Post Pavilion: The daylong hip-hop fest includes headliner SZA, along with 2 Chainz, RL Grime, Young Thug, The Internet and more.
Fall Festival of Racing: 12:30 p.m. at Laurel Park. It’s stakes day at Laurel Park, featuring eight stakes races highlighted by the Grade III Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.
Community Celebration: Tomorrow is Another Day: 1-5 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Art. The U.S. debut of artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition features the artist in conversation with BMA director Christopher Bedford and senior curator Katy Seigel, a dance battle, art-making and more.
Stony Run Urban Bird Fest: 1-4 p.m. at Linkwood Park. Head to Coldspring for bird walks and live birds, plus crafts, games and gardening.
Holy Rosary Polish Fall Festival: Sept. 22-23 at Holy Rosary Church. The Upper Fells Point church hosts a festival with Polish music, food, dancing and more.
The M.E.N.U Baltimore: 4-8 p.m. at The Startup Nest. Enjoy food, cocktails, games and more in Southwest.
Charm City Night Market: 4-11 p.m. at 200 Park Ave. The block that was once home to Baltimore’s Chinatown plays host to Asian American and Pacific Islander artists, performers, cultural ambassadors, food vendors and a soju/sake/beer garden in celebration of the Lunar Mid-Autumn New Year.
Baltimore magazine’s Music Festival: 4-10 p.m. at Union Collective. The all-local lineup features TT the Artist (pictured), Cris Jacobs, DDm, Natural Velvet and more. Plus, local food and drink vendors.
Eat Black Baltimore: 4-7 p.m. at YNot Lot. The event from Black Professional Men includes more than 10 African-American chefs.
The City That Breeds: 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Vernon Marketplace. The local podcast celebrates its 10th anniversary with a live podcast and “Meet and Drink.”
The Chase Brexton Charm Ball: 6 p.m. at Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. The health care institution marks 40 years with an evening of dinner and dancing, with proceeds supporting patients in need at each center.
Crunk Witch: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The dance pop band is on tour from Maine for its album release. Medium Cheetah, Wreck the System and DJ Super Sonic also perform.
Lovenotes: 9 p.m. at The Elephant. The upstairs party features vinyl night with Baltimore Kissa Society co-founder Alexander Jarman.
Levity: 10 p.m. at Motor House. An electronic music night with dancers and flow artists. Featuring DJs St. Clair Castro, Ali3nood and Genie.
Jumpin Jumpin: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJ Mills spins late ’90s and early 2000s hip-hop and R&B at this Station North dance night.
After party: 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at Ida B’s Table. The downtown soul food spot is celebrating its one year anniversary all week. On Saturday, stick around for a dance party with food and drink specials.
Sunday, Sept. 23
Baltimore Record Bazaar: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Windup Space & YNot Lot. More than 30 vendors onhand with records, tapes, CDs and other mediums. Plus vintage clothing, art and live DJs throughout the day.
Take Flight: noon at Charm City Meadworks. The meadery teams up with Open Works for a pop-up making event. Create a laser-cut bee while sampling a flight of mead.
Ravens v. Broncos: 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The flock gets back together for a date with Denver.
Pints for Paws: 2-5 p.m. at The Sandlot. Bring the dog to the urban beach for a drink and benefit for BARCS.
Super City Album Listening Party: 5 p.m. at Baby’s on Fire. The Baltimore band is releasing a new album called “Sanctuary.” Grab a first listen and chat with the band. BYOB.
Arthouse Theatre Day: 7 p.m. at The Parkway Theatre. The Maryland Film Festival screens John Landis’ gag-filled horror satire “SCHLOCK!”
Respect: A Homegoing Tribute Concert Honoring Aretha Franklin: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Queen of Soul is honored by a lineup of Baltimore artists including Lee Gilmore, Joyce Scott and more.
The Shero Adventures Tour: 8 p.m. at The Crown. NYC emcees Cipherella, Anna Diorio, and Dizzy SenZe perform alongside locals Bassdread, DJ Stretch and the Dalai Parton.
- Reading ahead, the Baltimore Book Festival returns Sept. 28.
- Baltimore Comic Con arrives Sept. 28-30.
- Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore returns with high-flying feats on Oct. 4.
- Head to Power Plant Live for the Baltimore Taco Festival on Oct. 6.
- Baltimore Innovation Week is coming up Oct. 6-12, with a week-long spotlight on the city’s tech community and a chance to see the spaces where the work is happening.
- Set for Oct. 13, Opus Merriweather 2018 is an art and music festival stretching from Merriweather Post Pavilion into the surrounding Symphony Woods.