Holidays are fast approaching, but there’s still some room to indulge amid the bustle. This weekend brings gatherings and music alongside a healthy helping of markets. Plus, a pair of notable local shops celebrate one year.
Friday, Dec. 13
Baltimore Doula Project Benefit: 4-9 p.m. at Suspended Brewing. The pregnancy support program gathers at the Pigtown brewery.
I Heart City Life Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. at Cross Street Market. Live Baltimore hosts a happy hour at Federal Hill’s recently renovated public market.
Black Business Bazaar: 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 2640 Space. Buy from black entrepreneurs for the holidays in Charles Village.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Dec. 13-14 at Hippodrome. The classic ballet featuring Tchaikovsky’s beloved score arrives in town for the holidays.
Holiday Open House: 7-11 p.m. at Gutierrez Studios. Head to Woodberry to tour a working studio, enjoy music from Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Factory and food.
Mortified: 5 Year Anniversary: 7-11 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Maryland Improv Alliance takes to the stage to tell tales of the teenage past.
Rakim: 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The legendary emcee from rap’s golden era makes a stop downtown. He’s joined by Eze Jackson, B.O.M.B. and Clif Love.
Looney’s Canton Ugly Sweater Party: 9 p.m. at Looney’s. The O’Donnell Square bar has holiday music and prizes for best sweater.
Beyond Video Anniversary Party: 10 p.m. at Ottobar. Celebrate the Remington video store’s first year with giveaways, raffle prizes and dancing.
Drag Queen Bingo: 10 p.m. at the Brass Tap. A trio of drag queens call the numbers, with UNION’s Divine available to drink.
Trinacria Reopening: 11 p.m. at Trinacria Ristorante and Bar. The Italian institution’s W. Centre Street outpost is back open in Mount Vernon.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Winter Warm-up: 11 a.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The O’s host an offseason holiday event with food trucks, music and a conversation with leaders like Manager Brandon Hyde and GM Mike Elias.
Cross Street Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Cross Street Market. The Federal Hill market hosts local makers.
Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House. The Remington food hall hosts more than 50 local vendors.
Hazy Crazy Saturdaze: 11 a.m. at Max’s Taphouse. Check out plenty of hazy IPAs on draft and in cans at the Fells Point beer destination.
1-Year Anniversary Party: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. at Mt. Royal Soap Company. The Remington shop has food, mead and music to celebrate one year in business.
Trans Craft Fair: noon-5 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. Check out a holiday market with all-trans artists and makers.
7th Annual Art Market: noon-6 p.m. at Current Space. Peruse work from dozens of local artists and meet the creators.
SantaCon: noon-5 p.m. at North Ave. Market. The Station North spot has all-day happy hour, free arcade games and a chance to dress up like the big guy.
Woodsy Winter Wonderland: noon-4 p.m. at Cylburn Arboretum. The cold weather event features ax throwing, bluegrass, square dancing and carriage rides.
Surprise Whiskey: noon-6 p.m. at Baltimore Spirits Company. The Medfield distillery releases 3 Year Cask Strength Epoch rye.
Baltimore Santa Crawl: 1-9 p.m. at Fells Point. Head through the historic neighborhood with plenty of jolly friends.
The Politics of Mothering While Black: 2-4 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Scholar Dawn Marie Dow and Dani McClain discuss their latest books on motherhood, race, gender and class.
Krampus Fest: 5 p.m.-12 a.m. at Rituals. The North Avenue bar and venue hosts a holiday market and music lineup headlined by Foghound.
Art Bazaar: 5-9 p.m. at Diamondback Beer. K Doss Creative and Brain Eaters Art Club offer up their goods at the Locust Point brewery.
Under $500: 6-10 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. The art space hosts an opening reception for its art sale offering prices on the more affordable side.
Miracles Happen Here; A Hinenu Chanukah Party!: 7 p.m. at 2640 Space. Celebrate with dancing, dreidel, klezmer, food and more.
92Q Winter Festival: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Meek Mill headlines the downtown hip-hop show with DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion and more.
Mix 106.5 Deck the Hall Ball: 7:30-10:30 p.m. at UMBC Event Center. ’90s pop-alternative favorites Rob Thomas and Goo Goo Dolls headline the show.
Ex Hex: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The band led by guitar hero Mary Timony plays with Gauche and Quattracenta.
Holiday Disco Party: 8-11 p.m. at Broadway Market. The Fells Point market hosts a holiday dance party with DJ Ocsid Cisum.
Sunday, Dec. 15
Star Wars Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at American Outpost Tavern. “The Rise of Skywalker” is almost here. A themed brunch in Riverside will have to hold you over until opening night.
Holiday Bazaar: noon at Waverly Brewing. More than 15 vendors will be on hand at the Woodberry brewery. Plus, food from Chef Patrick Morrow.
Frost Fest: 12:30-7:30 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. Stages Music Arts presents students in rock and jam bands.
Charles Village Snowflake Tour: noon-5 p.m. at Village Learning Place. Tour the North Baltimore neighborhood’s decorated houses, and get admission to the Homewood Museum.
Calvert Hall College Christmas Bazaar: 1-5 p.m. at Calvert Hall. Shop more than 90 vendors while enjoying food trucks and treats.
A Holiday (Schwing) Thing ’19: 1-5 p.m. at Make Studio. The holiday party/open house also includes a market with 10 vendors in Hampden.
The Great Jewish Bake Off 2019: Cookie Edition!: 1-3 p.m. at Jewish Museum of Maryland. The culinary competition takes on holiday cookies. Prizes awarded for Most Moorish, Most on Theme (reminding people of Hanukkah) and People’s Choice.
Gingerbread Haus Design Competition + Reception: 1-4 p.m. at Co_Lab. Head to the Old Goucher design destination to check out some creative gingerbread houses.
Winter Roots & Raíces Potluck: 5-8 p.m. at The Parlour. The festival celebrating Latinx arts and culture holds an informal potluck
- The Necessity of Tomorrows: BMA hosts Pamela J. Joyner, Nikole Hannah-Jones and Zoe Charlton for a conversation on art, race and social justice on Dec. 17.
- Charm City Craft Mafia’s Last Stop Hops and Shop arrives at Peabody Heights on Dec. 19.
- TUBAChristmas blows into Inner Harbor on Dec. 21.