Get it in gear for a winter weekend with a big car show and small foods highlighting the events around town. There’s a chance to watch the Oscars and celebrate the Babe. Plus, Black History Month events. Let’s take a look:
Friday, Feb. 7
Motor Trend International Auto Show: through Feb. 9 at Baltimore Convention Center. Check out the latest models of 500-plus vehicles, and hop in for a test drive.
Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week: through Feb. 23. Restaurants across the city offer up animal-free culinary creations.
Highlandtown First Friday Art Walk: 5-9 p.m. at Highlandtown Arts District. Shops and galleries will be open with art, music, demos and more. This month’s theme: Heartbreak.
Dutch Courage Grand Opening: Friday-Saturday at Dutch Courage. The Old Goucher gin bar celebrates with two nights of welcome punch and jazz and ragtime music.
Babe’s Birthday Bash: 5:30-9 p.m. at Game. In the city that birthed Babe Ruth, it’s only appropriate to mark his birthday with a big party. The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum hosts the event with beer and wine, ballpark food, games and more.
Charm City Bluegrass Battle of the Bands: 6-10 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. Four bands take the stage for a shot at the finals later this month. The audience gets to enjoy the music, and vote.
City Arts 2020: 6-9 p.m. at Gallery CA. The artist community hosts a new show from residents.
John Sayles presents “Yellow Earth”: 7-10 p.m. at Red Emma’s. The filmmaker and novelist will discuss his work with Eric Allen Hatch of Beyond Video.
Mobtown Winter Weekend: Feb. 7-9 at Mobtown Ballroom. It’s a full weekend of dancing with classes on Friday and Sunday, and dances on Friday and Saturday night.
“The Rocky Horror Show”: through Feb 16 at Iron Crow Theatre. The city’s dedicated LGBTQ theater company offers its take on the queer cult classic.
The Used: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The emo band plays a downtown prior to the April release of its eighth album, “Heartwork.” Dragged Under opens.
“Give Me Moonlight”: through at Motor House. Rapid Lemon Productions presents Ariel Mitchell’s “surreal journey through the lonely places of 20th century America.”
Peabody Symphony Orchestra: 7:30 p.m. at Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Marin Alsop conducts the orchestra as they perform works by Bartok and Shostakovich.
First Friday Night with Le Libre Quartet: 8 p.m. at Normal’s Books and Records. The Waverly spot hosts live music from the quartet, plus The Iterators and R. Stone and Terrence.
Hollywood Blanks: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The local experimental rock headlines a bill that also includes local groups Poppers and Lushfarm, and Richmond rock band The Mighty Good Times.
Higher Power: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The English hardcore band comes to town. Queensway, Division of Mind, Nosebleed and Cloudbuster also perform.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at Lithuanian Hall. Montreal’s Parka Pat spins classic soul & R&B in this month’s guest spot.
808 Vol. 28: 9 p.m. at The Crown. Station North Sadboi brings together DJs, performers, vendors and more in Station North.
Saturday, Feb. 8
Rosé All Day: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. at Harbor East. Valentine’s Day shopping comes with complimentary wine in the downtown district.
Catacombs, 100-Year Vendors and History at Lexington Market: 10:30 a.m. at Lexington Market. Baltimore Heritage leads a tour of the market’s catacombs, with stops at century-old vendors such as Faidley’s and Berger’s.
V-Day Pop-up Party: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Get Shredded Vintage. The Charles Village shop will have Crewel Therapy and Mount Royal Soap Company on hand, plus sales and snacks.
“Carol Maurer: Entwined”: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. A new exhibition incorporates the names of people enslaved by the artist’s great-great-grandfather.
Astro Adventure: noon-4 p.m. at the Maryland Science Center. Bring the kids downtown for astronaut training camp, designing rockets and other space-related activities.
Black History Month Celebration: noon-5 p.m. at Langston Hughes Community Center. The event features drumming, dancing, lectures and kids’ activities.
Melanin Market: noon-5 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. The pop-up for Black History Month features vintage clothes, painting, music and more.
Nepenthe’s 1st Anniversary Party: noon at Nepenthe Brewing. It’s been a year since the brewery moved up the hill to The Avenue. Celebrate with a triple beer release, specials, a photo booth and more.
The 2020 Variations Party: 2-6 p.m. at Motor House. The 10-minute play festival kicks off with a session to choose the theme and sign up to write.
Classically Dope: 2 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library. D.C.’s Konshens the MC brings a unique combo of hip-hop and classical music to Baltimore, with plenty of social commentary in the mix.
Small Foods Party: 7 p.m. at AVAM. The event features tiny treats from chefs around Baltimore. The competition features awards, and raises money for food security.
Night of 100 Elviras: 7 p.m.-2 a.m. at Ottobar. The Queen of Halloween gets a winter tribute with Cramps and Type O Negative cover bands, games, and more.
We Were Promised Jetpacks: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The Scottish indie band comes to town in support of 2018 album “The More I Sleep The Less I Dream.” Slaughter Beach, Dog opens.
Girls Rule Dance Party: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. DJ Pancakes is spinning all female artists upstairs at Ottobar.
Sunday, Feb. 9
Cupid’s Crush: 9 a.m. at Druid Hill Park. The five-mile road race heads out from the city’s largest park. Do it for love.
Storytelling and Resonating Workshop: 10 a.m.-noon at Black Cherry Puppet Theater. As part of the Ceasefire weekend, Sunrise Movement Baltimore hosts an event on telling your own story.
Mount Vernon Love Stories: A Historic Valentine’s Walking Tour: 10 a.m. at Mount Vernon Place. Baltimore Heritage leads a tour with historian Jamie Hunt, filled with love stories of the past.
Tats for Tails: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Baltimore Tattoo Museum. Get tattooed, and all the money will be donated to BARCS.
Barcocina Chili Cookoff: 2-5 p.m. at Barcocina. The Fells Point spot has chili and mezcal cocktails. Judge the best.
Poe House Presents: T.C. Weber: 2-3 p.m. at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum. The author reads the horror master’s “The Cask of Amontillado” and his own cyberpunk thriller, “Sleep State Interrupt.”
Demetri Martin: 7 p.m. at the Hippodrome Theatre. The comedian known for “Daily Show” appearances brings his stand-up act to Baltimore.
Oscars Watch Party: 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. Head to the theater to see who wins the golden statues on the big screen. Plus, bingo.
Open City & Soul Glo: 7 p.m. at Ottobar. The Philly punk bands make a Baltimore stop on their latest tour.
Blues Visionary: Corey Harris: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The guitarist and singer heads to Highlandtown.
- Belgian Beer Fest descends on Max’s Taphouse from Feb. 14-16.
- Charm City Django Jazz Fest strums into Creative Alliance on Feb. 21-22.
- Frozen Harbor Music Festival brings 100+ acts downtown on Feb. 28-29.