This weekend, Kwanzaa highlights the holiday celebrations, with events offering entertainment and marketplaces with local goods. Elsewhere, local musicians pay tribute to legends like Fleetwood Mac and Hank Williams. And the Steelers come to town.
Friday, Dec. 27
Up into the Clockworks: 11 a.m. at the Bromo Seltzer Tower. Baltimore Heritage hosts a tour of the historic clock tower/artist hub.
Winter Break: Pajama Party Palooza: through Jan. 1 at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Head downtown in your PJs for pillow case races, sock skating, “midnight” snacks and more fun activities.
Foam Friday/Lagerbier Days: noon-til close at Diamondback Brewing. The night to enjoy lagers returns in Locust Point with a Czech-Pilsner.
Kwanzaa Celebration and Marketplace: 2-7 p.m. at Langston Hughes Community, Business & Resource Center. The celebration features Kwanzaa education, music, kids’ activities and a marketplace featuring black-owned businesses.
Baltimore Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. The December edition of the big group bike ride around the city meanders its way toward Suspended Brewing Company, where an after party is in store.
Be Free Fridays: Holiday Edition: 7 p.m. at Eubie Black National Jazz Institute. The open mic hosted by Shelly Says So & Black Chakra closes out the year.
The Four Horsemen: 8 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The Metallica tribute band roars into Power Plant LIVE.
Cascading Elephants, Community Room, Clean Breast, Future Country: 8 p.m. at Downsquares. Head to Station North for a night of experimental music.
Post Xmas Punk Party: 8 p.m. at Sidebar. The show features Overton Window, 96 Olymics, Merit, A Measured Response and Amy Taylor Wolfe.
BIG Time with The 2010s: 8 p.m. at the Baltimore Improv Group. The comedy troupe looks back on the decade that was.
Bounce Vol. 5: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. at The Crown. Styles Bond and James P DJ an end-of-the-decade party in Station North.
Escape Friday : Kwanzaa Celebration: 9 p.m. at Cancun Cantina. Island Vibes DMV presents music by Andy Mixx and Red Asylum.
Saturday, Dec. 28
Kwanzaa Celebration: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Celebrate with African dance, drumming performances, lectures, crafts and a marketplace.
Battle of the Birdland Wing Festival: noon-4 p.m. at Delia Foley’s. The Federal Hill bar’s fourth annual event features a speed wing eating contest and a challenge to eat 10 wings with “Hellhound” sauce.
Holiday Beer Release: noon-6 p.m. at Oliver Brewing Company. The Northeast Baltimore brewery debuts four new beers for winter, including a collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal and Ceremony Coffee Roasters.
Reading As Activism Discusses Ta-Nehisi Coates: 1 p.m. at Terra Cafe Bmore. The book club discusses the Baltimore native and renowned author’s first novel, “The Water Dancer.”
Harlem Globetrotters: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at UMBC Event Center. The basketball wizards return to town for a date with the Washington Generals.
Annual Kwanzaa Celebration and Marketplace: 3-6 p.m. at Eubie Blake Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. “A Celebration of Ujima” arrives in Midtown.
Da Kid Emm: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The Carroll County rapper headlines a downtown gig. Featuring special guests Brodie Fresh, Ridge Long, SU The Clique, Lor Maine and Faraji Jacobs.
WWE Live Holiday Tour: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. Live pro wrestling arrives downtown.
Haint Blue Presents Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore folk band performs the classic Fleetwood Mac album in full, with help from special guests. Bluegrass bands Wicked Sycamore and Night Watch Paradox open.
Hank Williams Tribute Show: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Musicians including Pete & Maura Kennedy, The Bumper Jacksons Duo and Patrick McAvinue perform some of the country great’s classics.
Butch Dawson and Friends Holiday Show: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The Baltimore rapper performs with Damn Kham, Shido, Lamatic, Baby Kahlo & Miss Kam and Jurdan Bryant.
Plaque Marks: 9 p.m. at Joe Squared. The local heavy music supergroup performs Downsquares on a bill that includes Overcalc and The Minus Drag.
Sunday, Dec. 29
Ravens vs. Steelers: 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The rivalry is renewed on the Ravens’ home turf.“The Wire” Trivia: 2 p.m. at Nepenthe Brewing. Test your knowledge of David Simon’s iconic series set in Baltimore.
Holiday Hangover: A Reggae Shakedown: 4-8 p.m. at Waverly Brewing Company. Three DJs perform at the brewery, closing out with a performance by the Rankin’ Ratchet Collective.
Hip Hop Showcase: 5:30 p.m. at The Ottobar. BL4RE, BABI JOKA, Chuk Diesel, Lor Haid , Dan Jones, W$M Kxng, Kimia’, TROY OUTLAW, MarXus Taylor and guests peform.
The Baltimore Ball: 8 p.m. at 6 E. Lafayette St. The formal ball brings together artists and community leaders to raise money for literary programs for city youth.
Citizen Cope: 9 p.m. at Rams Head Live. The singer offering a mix of soul, blues and folk arrives at Power Plant LIVE.
- Celebrate the end of the decade and beginning of a new one on New Year’s Eve with parties like the Roaring ’20s Speakeasy Bash at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.
- Baltimore Crankie Fest unrolls at Creative Alliance on Jan. 4.
- Harbor Point Ice Festival finds beauty in the frozen on Jan. 11.