Weekend Events Calendar: Maryland Fleet Week, Poe Festival, Doors Open Baltimore, DIY Fest

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Thunderbird fighter jets. Photo via Visit Maryland.

We’ve made it to October, so it’s time to check out some haunts. This weekend offers chances to see what’s going on in Baltimore, with Doors Open Baltimore showing off architecture, DIY Fest revealing skills and hobbies and Baltimore Innovation Week spotlighting tech. Plus, fests honor mushrooms and not-so-fun-guy Edgar Allan Poe. And, it’s Fleet Week! Here’s the rundown:

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Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show: Through Oct. 9 at the Inner Harbor. On the water, nearly a dozen vessels from the U.S, Canada and Great Britain are docked (Oct. 4-8). During the weekend, the air show takes to the skies above the city.

A still from “United Skates,” screening at the Baltimore International Black Film Festival. Image via IMDB.

Baltimore International Black Film Festival: Through Oct. 8. Features and shorts screen throughout the weekend at the Charles Theatre, Motor House and Parkway. Check out poetry, spoken word and film on Oct. 5, and a closing night screening and awards on Oct. 7.

Beta City: 5:30-10 p.m. at City Garage. The celebration of the city’s startups and entrepreneurs gathers in Port Covington for demos from local tech companies, networking and an after party at nearby South Point.

AAFB Trashy Awards: 6-10 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewing. Local designers and agencies finally get some recognition for work that never saw the light. Tickets benefit the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore scholarship fund.

The McMansion Hell Quick n Dirty Guide to Looking at Buildings: 6 p.m. at MICA Brown Center. Kate Wagner, author of sneering suburban architecture under the name McMansion Hell, provides a guide to breaking down buildings like an architecture critic would. It won’t (only) be about McMansions.

In the Stacks: Part 2: 6:30 p.m. at George Peabody Library. Music returns to fill the glorious architecture of the Mount Vernon library, featuring classical and folk music from Trio Jinx: Ledah Finck, Yoshi Horiguchi, and Louna Dekker-Vargas.

DeRay Mckesson: 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The civil rights activist, podcast host and former candidate for Mayor of Baltimore discusses culture, politics and social justice with special guest D. Watkins.

The Alchemy of Art 5 Year Anniversary Party: 6:30 p.m. at The Alchemy of Art. The Southeast Baltimore gallery marks five years by opening a new exhibition from Jennifer Berk. Plus live music from Ducky Dynamo and Destrukshawn, and John St. Genes.

Pics in the Park: 7:30 p.m. at Center Plaza. After a rain delay last week, the outdoor screening series in the center of downtown will give “Coco” another run.

Baltimore Homecoming Gala Reception: 7-10:30 p.m. at Rye Street Tavern. Sony Pictures’ Tom Rothman and filmmaker Barry Levinson, joined by the Maryland Film Festival’s Jed Dietz as moderator, discuss how coming up in Baltimore helped to shape their careers.

Afro Punk Ballet: Oct. 4-6 at Peale Center. The futurist opera-ballet combines musical forms including punk, French and gospel.

Cool Boi AV: 9 p.m. at Motor House. The laid-back rapper performs, with opening sets from Martina Lynch and Eze Jackson.

Friday, October 5
Oktoberfest Mt. Vernon: Oct. 5-6 on W. Read Street between Charles and Cathedral streets. It’s time to party German style in the neighborhood with pretzels, beer and live performances.

Opening for “A City of Magic Carpets” by Erick Antonio Benitez: 4:30-6:30 p.m. The city celebrates one of its rising artistic stars, Sondheim Prize winner Erick Antonio Benitez, with a special reception of his latest work in the building’s gallery. The event doubles as a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and part of this weekend’s Homecoming programming.

I Heart City Life Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Celebrate urban living in Highlandtown. Early birds get a pint glass to take home.

Made in Baltimore Store Grand Opening: 5-9 p.m. at 22 W. North Ave. The holiday store of all-local goods is returning for a five month run this year at the former Liam Flynn’s Ale House. For opening night, the YNot Lot also transforms into a beer garden.

Free Garden Jazz Concert in Druid Hill Park: 5-7 p.m. at Rawlings Conservatory. Claire Daly, Greg Thompkins and Carl Flilipiak provide outdoor jazz, and a food truck will be on-site.

Potter Party: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Feeling a bit wizardly with October upon us? Head to Inner Harbor for a costume contest, gameshow, karaoke and more activities in the Harry Potter tradition.

Preview Party for “Parenting: An art without a manual:” 7-10 p.m. at AVAM. The Federal Hill museum for outsider art grants after-hours access to check out a new exhibit all about parenting. Tickets limited for non-members.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw. Photo via Facebook.

A Hawk and a Hacksaw: 7 p.m. at Ottobar. The globe-trotting collaboration between multi-instrumentalist (and former Neutral Milk Hotel drummer) Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost stops in Charles Village. Ami Dang opens.

Romantic States: 7 p.m. at Bird in Hand. The local rock band tops a bill at the bookstore/cafe, with Amanda Glasser, the SpookFish and Katrina Stonehart.

First Friday Show: 7 p.m. at Four Hour Day Lutherie. The Hamilton shop hosts live music from the Zane Forshee Trio, the Deconstructionists and Fungus Lucky.

OneBeat: 8-10:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The tour of musicians from around the world features fellows creating original work and social enterprises.

Electric Six: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Detroit rockers play Station North, with Jeremy and The Harlequins and F City opening.

Music on the Square Opening Concert: 8 p.m. at Church on the Square. The Canton church kicks off a new series with Games for Women’s Voices, featuring Allison M. Clendaniel, Bonnie Lander and Kristen Toedtman.

Community Center: 9 p.m. at Motor House. The touring band that got its start in Baltimore’s musical theatre scene is back home for a show with Snake Charm and J Pope and the Hearnow.

Save Your Soul: 9 p.m. at Lithuanian Hall. DJ Parka Pat, of Montreal, is the special guest at this month’s soul night, joining DJs Baby Alcatraz and Rob Macy.

Saturday, October 6
Doors Open Baltimore: Oct. 6-7. Get a look inside some of the city’s most intriguing spaces, with 60 buildings open for self-guided tours.

The International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards: Oct. 6-7 at Poe Park. Across from Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, a festival featuring food, music and performances celebrates the master of the macabre. Poe experts will be on-hand, and we’ll be on the lookout for the Toaster.

“Joan Jett: Bad Reputation”: Oct. 6-7 at the Parkway Theatre. The documentary on the punk pioneer and former Marylander screens for two nights only.

Baltimore Innovation Week: Oct. 6-12. The weeklong series of events spotlighting the city’s tech and entrepreneurship community offers a chance to go inside the spaces where startups are working, with days focused on sciences, dev, business, education, media and more.

Baltimore Taco Festival: Oct. 6-7 at Power Plant LIVE! The festival features more than 25 vendors, a tequila expo, a nacho bar and more.

Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m. at R. House. More than 70 local vendors set up at this regular gathering in the lot and garage space at the Remington food hall, with a portion of booth fees donated to Community Law in Action.

Canton Fall Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in Patterson Park. The fest features live music, food trucks, craft vendors and a dozen signature mules.

11th annual DIY Fest: 12-6 p.m. at 2640 St. Paul St. Throughout the day, community members teach workshops on new skills and making all sorts of stuff. Plus, plenty of vendors provide a chance to revel in their self-made creations.

Artist Panel: Geniuses in the Hood: 1-4 p.m. at Parkway Theatre. Baltimore artists Amy Sherald, Paul Rucker and Joyce J. Scott gather for a conversation and Q&A. Also part of this weekend’s Baltimore Homecoming festivities.

Mushroom City Art Festival: 1-9 p.m. at Gwynns Falls Leakin Park. The day brings an exploration of the many sides of mycelial life through workshops, education and art. Plus, a full music lineup. This year’s theme: Plant Medicine.

Function Coworking Grand Opening: 7-10 p.m. Hamilton-Lauraville gets a coworking space/art gallery/community center. Check out music from Lafayette Gilchrist and his band the Sonic Tripmaster, and a new exhibition featuring work from Chris Batten, Jessica Damen, Dan Dudrow, and Rachel Rotenberg.

Made in Baltimore: Short Film Festival: 7:30 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The evening features 10 works from Baltimore-based filmmakers.

Maxwell: 8 p.m. at MECU Pavilion. The singer’s 50 Intimate Nights Tour makes an Inner Harbor stop.

Sauce Dance Party: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJ James Nasty spins in Station North.

Sunday, October 7
Pups & Pints: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Heavy Seas. Bring your pooch by the brewery for a day of beers, food trucks, brewery tours and live music. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to BARCS.

“Beverly Hills John” by John Waters. Image via the BMA.

Opening Celebration for “John Waters: Indecent Exposure”: 1-5 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Art. Welcome the new exhibition featuring John Waters’ visual work with art-making activities, refreshments and more.

Dogtoberfest: 2-6 p.m. at Owl Bar. The Baltimore Humane Society fundraising event features a pig roast and oyster bar, as well as pets to adopt.

Lancaster Sundays: 7:30 p.m. at The Windup Space. Baltimore comedian Larry Lancaster hosts a new series featuring local and national acts.

Acoustic Evening with John Mayer: 8:30 p.m. at The Modell Lyric. Paul Reed Smith hosts the guitarist and singer with a benefit for Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center (and your ears).

Medicine Man: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore trio plays with Austin’s Ben Millburn & Sunglass Moustache and Strawberry Sleepover.


  • Taste of Hampden offers a whole avenue of flavor in one spot at UNION Craft Brewing on Oct. 11.
  • ChiliBrew XII offers the best of Baltimore’s homemade chili and beer on October 12. What’s better than that?
  • Fells Point Fun Festival returns for one day of music and merrymaking on Oct. 13.
  • Set for Oct. 13, Opus Merriweather 2018 is an art and music festival stretching from Merriweather Post Pavilion into the surrounding Symphony Woods.

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