Benefits abound this weekend, from the Walters Sculpture Court to the floors of Second Chance, offering plenty of chances to support a good cause. Plus, tour a local artist studio and sample some local beer.
Taste of Hampden 2018: 6-9 p.m. at Union Collective. More than 20 Hampden eateries offer a taste of the neighborhood, all in one place.
OMGFood Tasting & Party: 6-10 p.m. at La Cuchara Baltimore. The benefit for the League of People With Disabilities features food from chefs Chad Gauss, Julian Marucci and Steve Chu, plus cupcakes and music from Speakers of the House.
Moet Oyster Ball: 7-10 p.m. at Ryleigh’s Oyster House. The benefit for restoration of the Marylands 1901 Skipkack Sigsbee ship through the Living Classrooms Foundation and Maryland’s Oyster Recovery Program features all the oysters and other seafood, open bar, door prizes and more.
Variety Show: 7 p.m. at Christopher Schafer Clothier. The livestreamed, multi-camera show features The Cleanse, Pierre Bennu, Julia Mangione and Bobby Bassett.
Tinder Live with Lane Moore: 8 p.m. at Motor House. The comedian takes some swipes and offers stories of matches made and missed from the dating app.
Shocktail Hour Halloween Party: 9 p.m. at Golden West Cafe. The spooky season of parties begins with a screening of “Evil Dead” and a costume contest. Carve a pumpkin for bonus points.
How to Know You’ve Made It: 6-9 p.m. at ETC. Startup Grind features a panel of four women business leaders discussing the journey toward sustainability.
Accelorama: 6-9 p.m. at Accelerator Space. The Production Club of Baltimore gathers folks in print, marketing, design and other creative fields for a night of networking and discovery.
Steely Dan: 8 p.m. at the Modell Lyric. Go back, Jack, and Do It Again with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
Friday, October 12
Baltimore Beer Week: October 12-21. The 10th anniversary celebrating local beer culture has a series of tap takeovers, drinking challenges/specials and events across the city.
“Charm City”: Oct. 12-18 at the Parkway Theatre. Marilyn Ness’ documentary film, shot over three years, follows what happens in the city following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray. Several screenings have a Q&A following the film. At 4:15 p.m. Friday, it’s hosted by Dr. Natasha Pratt-Harris of Morgan State University, and at 7 p.m., Justin Fenton of The Sun.
BIW18 Innovation Celebration: 5-9 p.m. at Monument City Brewing/Urban Axes. Join the local startup community to close out Baltimore Innovation Week with beer, axe throwing and music.
Pints in the Park: 5 p.m. at Center Plaza. The season for the second Friday event ends with a happy hour in the center of town.
Jazzy Fall Nights: 6-9 p.m. at Ideal Arts Space. The new season for this jazz showcase kicks off with David Bach and vocalist Michele Bowman.
Chilibrew XII: 7 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church. Taste some of the best homemade offerings in chili and beer, then vote on whose is the best. It’s for democracy, of course.
Poe at Fells Point: Oct. 12-14 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. A quartet of actors bring Poe tales to life, adapted for the stage by Robert Cousins.
“Les Misérables”: Oct. 12-14 at the Hippodrome Theatre. The classical musical on revolutionary France completes its Baltimore run with a weekend of performances.
“Dirty Pictures by D.W. Gregory”: Oct. 12-21 at Baltimore Theatre Project. A group discovers 21 photographs, and it changes the members’ lives. A world premiere from Rapid Lemon Productions.
Viva Puerto Rico! w/ Orquesta el Macabeo: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The Puerto Rican musicians with roots in punk now perform hardcore salsa. Come early for a salsa lesson.
Megg Farrell and Friends: 8-10 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. The New York singer specializing in jazz, country and blues comes to Hollins Market, with Telecaster in tow.
Saturday, October 13
30th Annual Open Studio Tour: Oct 13-14. Check out the studios of artists working around the city, with a chance to peruse art and take a creation home.
Volunteering Untapped: 10 a.m. at Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School. The volunteer group heads out for a tree planting with Baltimore Tree Trust. After party is at School of Food.
Fells Point Fun Festival: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Fells Point Square. The event features music on two stages, with headliner Kelly Bell Band. Plus local food, drinks, artists, vendors and a Kids Zone.
Bloodys, Bourbon, Brews & Brunch: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gunther & Co. Baltimore magazine hosts a brunch featuring Bloody Mary’s with Deep Eddy Vodka, whiskey cocktails with Sagamore Spirit, live music from Grayson Moon and more. Proceeds benefit Maryland No Kid Hungry.
Das Best Oktoberfest: noon-6 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. Head to the stadium for beer, wine and schnapps from more than 150 purveyors. Plus, contests, Oompah and a castle of sausage.
Sausage Party and Barrel Aged Beers: noon-4 p.m. at Brewer’s Art. Stop by the Mount Vernon restaurant for some Oktoberfest-related treats.
Inaugural Park N’ Pumpkin Festival: 1-4 p.m. at Druid Hill Park. Enjoy pumpkin painting, hayrides, arts and crafts, pumpkin bowling and other fall activities. Food trucks, craft vendors and farmers’ selling their produce will also be on hand.
Ryleigh’s Oyster Fest: Oct. 13-14 in Federal Hill. Get ready to slurp. Prime oyster season is here with tasting tents and raw bars around the South Baltimore neighborhood. Plus, a side of live entertainment.
Dog Day Afternoon: noon-4 p.m. at South Point. Head by the water in Port Covington and spend some time petting some pups. BARCS will have games and treats for dogs, plus something for the humans as well.
ScareVenger Hunt: noon at Protean Books and Records. Check out the Protean website at noon, then head out to complete tasks. Awards ceremony at 8 p.m.
Blue Water Bash: 3-7 p.m. at BoatHouse Canton. The fundraiser for Blue Water Baltimore includes a bull and oyster roast, photo booth, silent auction, cocktails and more.
“The Adventures of Prince Achmed”: 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. German animator Lotte Reiniger’s 1926 silent film is screened, accompanied by music from Ami Dang, Oh Hang, Deakin and Geologist of Animal Collective, Bruce Willen (Double Dagger, Peals) and Sarah Hughes, and others.
Opus Merriweather: 5 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. The art and music festival stretches around the grounds and into the surrounding Symphony Woods. Artists include Oneohtrix Point Never, Kadhja Bonet, Pantha Du Prince and Jessy Lanza, to name a few.
“Jim Burger: A Charmed Life”: 6-8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The former Sun and City Paper photographer showcases more than 100 pictures from his 35-year career.
Oktoberfest: 6-9 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. German cuisine and craft beers made on the premises. The event benefits 29th St. Community Center.
Hoodstock XV: 6-10 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. A grassroots music festival dialing back to the hippie era, when rock and folk blended seamlessly. The benefit for Unified Community Connections comes with plenty of tie-dye.
Dress Up and Disco Color: 7-10 p.m. at Terrault. The downtown gallery teams with Make Studio to showcase the works of Alex Albert, Clara Baker, Tony Labate, Kareem Samuels, Margie Smeller and Jerry Williams.
Wreckers Ball 2018: 7-10 p.m. at Second Chance. A construction-themed fundraiser for the store selling salvaged materials and providing jobs to those facing obstacles to employment.
The Walters Party 2018: Metamorphosis: 9 p.m. at the Walters Art Museum. Celebrate the transformation of the museum with a gala featuring food, drinks and dancing in the Sculpture Court.
Fusion: An Evening of World Music: 8-11 p.m. at Motor House. Featuring music from West African drumming, traditional Indian music, world beats from South America and Middle-Eastern influences.
Penny Arcade: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The avant garde artist presents “Longing Lasts Longer,” a send-up of New York.
Sunday, October 14
Harbor Harvest Festival: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rash Field. The country fall festival vibe comes to the city with hayrides, mazes, petting zoos, pumpkins and more.
The Craft: A Halloween Themed Vintage and Handmade Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House. Get an early jump on costuming at the market, doubling as a fundraiser for Women’s Advocacy Coalition.
Baltimore’s Immigrant and Refugee Food Festival: noon-5 p.m. at Canton Waterfront Park. Make cultural connections through food. Sample cuisine from Haiti, India, Thailand, Iraq, Syria and many other nations.
Owltoberfest: 2-6 p.m. at Owl Bar. The Mount Vernon bar offers a take on Oktoberfest, with spiked hot apple cider, stein hoisting and more.
Warrior Woman African Fashion Show: 3-7 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College. The fashion show featuring African fashion and travel plans.
Day Party: 4-8 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. DJ Fleg and James Nasty host an afternoon in Woodberry.
Horse Feathers: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The indie rockers play a bill with Tiny Timbers and Letitia Van Sant.
- The Baltimore Running Festival takes to the streets on Oct. 20.
- Get ready to churn for Trash Wheel Fan Fest on Oct. 20 at Peabody Heights.
- Maryland Food Truck Week returns Oct. 19.
- WTMD celebrates 15 years at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Nov. 8.