For those who haven’t started their shopping, this weekend might be a good chance to give it a try. Baltimore’s neighborhoods are adding a festive mood to finding a gift, from Federal Hill to Highlandtown. And there are plenty of makers markets in breweries, gardens and other public gathering points. Elsewhere, celebrate the Rawlings Conservatory’s 130th anniversary or don a mask for Krampuslauf in Hampden.
Friday, Dec. 7
23rd Anniversary Party + Can Release: 3-10 p.m. at Heavy Seas Beer. The brewery celebrates more than two decades in business with a special Triple IPA, live music from Kavoossi, games, food and more.
Handmade in Hampden Pop-Up Shop: 4 p.m. at Sweetside Cafe. The Chestnut Avenue spot offers goods from local artisans and treats to sweeten the deal.
MICA Art Market: Dec. 7-9 at MICA. Give a gift from a local artist, as MICA has handmade items from more than 250 students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Highlandtown 10th Annual Holiday Celebration: 5-9 p.m. at Southeast Anchor Library. Gather at Conkling Street and Eastern Avenue for a street fair to open the neighborhood’s famed train garden and light the tree. Plus, music, cocoa and Poinsettia making. Then, head out to the neighborhood for the First Friday art walk.
SNTL Holiday Party: 5:30 p.m. at Station North Tool Library. The provider of tools and education holds a holiday happy hour.
Whiskey + Pork Rinds Happy Hour: 5-7 p.m. at Made in Baltimore. The shop with locally made goods in the former Liam Flynn’s space features samples from Ray’s Pork Rinds and Sagamore Spirit.
R. House’s Birthday Blowout: 6 p.m. at R. House. The Remington food hall turns two years old. Celebrate with face painting, karaoke, a scavenger hunt and a birthday bar.
Lo-Fi Video Game Night: 6 p.m. at MAP Technologies. Play a mix of current and retro games at the Park Ave. spot.
Mass of Creation: 6 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi School. The Harford Road makers market has more than 25 vendors, themed drinks and more.
A Ladew Christmas: Dec. 7-8 at Ladew Gardens. See the manor house in Monkton in a new light with festive decorations. The event includes a greens sale with holiday arrangements and gifts.
Krampus Haunted Christmas: Dec. 7-8 at Bennett’s Curse Haunted House Maryland. The Halloween favorite celebrates the creepy side of the holiday season with the holiday demon who hauls bad kids to the underworld.
Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting: 7 p.m. at Little Italy. Along with the tree lighting, the event includes carols from the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, treats and an appearance from Santa Claus.
Baltimore Spirits Co. Invades Old Line Spirits: 7 p.m. at The Ready Room. Distilleries unite as Shot Tower Gin, Fumus Pumila Smoked Apple Brandy and Baltamaro make an appearance at the Highlandtown cocktail bar run by Old Line. Plus, Scalawags Pit Meat will be on hand.
Charm City Kitty Club Presents: The Queer Gayme Show Network: Dec. 7-8 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The Baltimore-based queer cabaret presents a night of music, storytelling, performance art, dance, poetry and more.
Rawlings Conservatory 130th Anniversary Holiday Party: 7 p.m. at Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Celebrate a big birthday for the Druid Hill Park glass palace and check out the poinsettia display.
Federal Hill’s Moonlight Madness: 7:30 p.m. at Cross and Light. The festivities kick off with a tree lighting and visit with Santa. Then, head out to local shops with carolers and refreshments. Plus, free gift wrapping.
“Black Nativity”: Dec. 7-29 at Motor House. ArtsCentric presents the original story of the nativity combined with poetry of Langston Hughes, mixing scripture, verse, music and dance.
“A Christmas Carol” – with a Baltimore twist: Dec. 7-23 at Chesapeake Shakespeare Company. Dickens’ classic is recast in Victorian Baltimore, putting Scrooge’s tale side-by-side with local history.
The Warm Up: 8 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. The Woodberry brewery kicks off a new winter music series, featuring Lil’ Elle.
Charmed: A Holiday Soiree: 8 p.m. at West Elm. The Harbor Point home goods store celebrates the holidays, with a portion of tickets going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Pianos Become the Teeth: 8 p.m. at Ottobar. The Baltimore post-hardcore band headlines a bill with Us and Us Only and Birthright.
Manners Manners Record Release Party: 8:30 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The noise-pop band releases the “First in Line” EP. Homosuperior, Quattracenta and Hexgirlfriends open.
Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. The monthly dance party featuring soul, funk and R&B features a guest appearance from LA DJ Devil One.
808 Vol. 16: 9 p.m. at The Crown. The Station North Sadboi-curated series features performances by Black Zheep DZ, Lil Xelly, Dirt Road Boiz, 4KMichael, 3Side and others.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Jingle Bell Run: 7:30 a.m. at Rash Field. Meet at the Inner Harbor with bells on for a holiday 5K with the Arthritis Foundation.
Baltimore City Delegation Town Hall: 9 a.m. at Morgan State University’s Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center. Members of the city’s delegation to Annapolis meet with the community. Public input is welcome.
Makers Alley: 9 a.m.-noon at Local Color Flowers. The Waverly flower shop hosts a holiday market.
Dollar (Or Less) Days: Dec. 8-9. Many of the city’s top attractions, including Port Discovery, National Aquarium, Great Blacks in Wax Museum and the Maryland Historical Society, offer admission for only a buck or, in some cases, for free.
Cylburn Mansion: Holiday Open House: Dec. 8-9 at Cylburn Arboretum. The 19th-century is decorated for the holidays. Come take part in the festivities and admire the house’s marble fireplaces and the European plaster work.
Sock Monkey Saturday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum. Make your very own sock monkey as a last-minute gift or a gift to yourself. Be sure to bring two pairs of colorful socks, one for your monkey and the other to donate.
Holiday Makers Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Green Spring Station. The center teams with Taken, Baltimore magazine, WTMD and Baltimore ETSY Sellers for a full day of shopping with local artists and crafters.
Holiday Hoopla: 11 a.m. at Village of Cross Keys. The event features selfies with Santa, a puppet show, strolling carolers, arts and crafts and plenty of shopping.
Holiday Barn Market: Dec. 8-9 at Star Bright Farms. The White Hall farm features an array of natural products from their own fields, or local purveyors in the area.
Hampden Historic Churches Open House Tour: noon at St. Mary’s Outreach Center in Hampden. Explore the architecture of eight churches of the North Baltimore neighborhood.
Jingle and Mingle: noon at Oliver Brewing Company. The family event features stocking and ornament decorations, local vendors and a visit from the big guy.
Baltimore Krampuslauf: 3 p.m. at De Kleine Duvel. Celebrate the half-goat, half-demon of Central European folklore with some naughty festivities up and down The Avenue. Bring a mask.
Mortified: Share the Shame: 6 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The show featuring embarrassing tales from teenage years gathers for live holiday tales.
The Golden Girls ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas with Alex Fine: 7 p.m. at Atomic Books. Alex Fine combined the classic tale and the ’80s sitcom. He’ll be on hand in Hampden to sign books.
BmoreBeat Club BeatMarket: 8 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. It’s the fourth anniversary of the hip-hop show pairing producers and emcees. At the market, artists will be able to make purchases from a producer’s catalog.
Version: 9 p.m. at The Crown. The dance party features sounds from Trillnatured and Kotic Couture on the mic.
Sunday, Dec. 9
The Builder’s Bazaar: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Foundery. The Port Covington makerspace hosts an exhibition of crafts, art and jewelry.
“The Last Waltz”: 10 a.m. at The Senator Theatre. Maybe you caught the Baltimore musicians who recreated The Band’s final gig. Now, see the original Martin Scorsese-directed concert documentary on the big screen.
Cookie Tour 2018: noon-4:30 p.m. at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Union Square. The annual tradition began as a house tour, but now features the area’s finest baked goods. More than 500 participants gather for the event.
Annual Holiday Bazaar: noon-4 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. A host of local artisans gather at the Woodberry brewery with plenty of gift options.
“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: 1 p.m. at the Modell Lyric. The classic cartoon tale comes to the stage.
LITmas: 1-5 p.m. at Monument City Brewing Company. Doughboy Fresh Pretzel Company celebrates the holidays and offers up a Babu Pretzel, one time only.
Cherry Hill: Raising Black Kids in Jim Crow Baltimore: 2-4 p.m. at Red Emma’s. Author Linda G. Morris discusses her experiences growing up in the Baltimore neighborhood.
Bread and Puppet’s Grasshopper Rebellion Circus: 7 p.m. at Space 2640. The Vermont troupe presents a full-scale puppet spectacle in Charles Village, complete with a brass band.
Stillpointe Theatre’s Christmas Kiki: 7:30 p.m. at The Windup Space. The theater company’s event features live performances, trivia, drag queens, stand up, puppets and more.
- Canton’s O’Donnell Square hosts its lamppost lighting ceremony on Dec. 14.
- The Maryland Music Awards are at Rams Head Live on Dec. 15.
- Maryland Center hosts Winter Wonderland VI on Dec. 22.
- “Heathers: The Musical” debuts at Ottobar on Dec. 22.
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