Weekend Events Calendar: Mayor’s Christmas Parade, Chanukah Festival, shop local at holiday markets, Vegan Mac Fest

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The markets are multiplying, with plenty of chances to pick up gifts and support your local makers in the process. Plus, head out for the Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade and welcome Chanukah.

Friday, November 30:

Vintage Jewelry and Accessories Sale: 11 a.m. -4 p.m. at Walters Art Museum. The three-day pop-up benefits the Mt. Vernon museum’s programming.

Tastings at Christmas Village: 4 p.m. at West Shore Park. On Fridays, the German holiday market at the Inner Harbor features beer tastings with Hofbräu München Brewery. Get a mug and some food discounts along with a drink.

Holiday Tree Lighting: 5:30 p.m. at Sagamore Spirit. The distillery lights up the tree for the holidays. Featuring live music and complimentary hot cider.

KIKI Screening and panel discussion: 6:30 p.m. at George Peabody Library. The documentary looks at the history of ballroom, followed by a panel discussion with members of Baltimore’s community.

Baltimore Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. Cozy up for this month’s ride with a Pajamboree. The bicycle train heads to Peabody Heights Brewing.

Closing Reception: The Mirror/Suburban Gothic: 7-10 p.m. at Current Space. The art space features a reflection on a group show and a last look at Nick Vyssotsky’s solo exhibition.

Zack Bornstein: 7 p.m. at JHU’s Hodson Hall. The former SNL writer discusses the art of comedy and sketch work.

Science Gong Show: 7:30 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. The event gives local scientists a chance to describe their work in a way that everyone can understand. If they start using jargon, the audience is armed with cowbells.

The Fair Queen” & “Dido and Aeenas“: 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Theatre Project. In conjunction with the Historical Performance Department, the two-night showing of Henry Purcell’s work offers a story of tragic consequences, and a work featuring Purcell’s score alongside Shakespeare’s poetry.

Charley’s Aunt“: 8 p.m. at Fells Point Corner Theatre, through Dec. 23. Brandon Thomas’ farce was a hit in late 19th-century England. Now it comes to Fells Point under the direction of Kristen Cooley.

Photo via Nellie McKay/Facebook

An Evening with Nellie McKay: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. The singer-songwriter brings elements of comedy, jazz, vaudeville and more to the stage with her new album “Sister Orchid.”

Violinist Joshua Bell: 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The acclaimed violinist performs Saint-Saens’ “Violin Concerto No. 3” with the BSO.

Banned Film Series: 9:30 p.m. at The SNF Parkway Theatre. The Station North theater features three works to complement the opening of Sickies Making Films, a look at Maryland’s State Board of Censors.

RayDiva Comedy Show: 9 p.m. at Motor House. Raydiva Oneal headlines a showcase of local comedians.

Saturday, December 1:

Moyerthon: 8 a.m.-1 a.m. at BIG Theater. Baltimore Improv Group founding member Heather Moyer marks her 17th year with a 17-hour improv marathon. It’s also a fundraiser for BIG.

Mahaffey’s Pub Winter Wonderland Block Party: 10 a.m. at Mahaffey’s Pub. The Canton beer spot takes it to the streets with live music, Santa, face painting and more.

Holiday Open House: Dec. 1-9 at Cylburn Mansion. The arboretum invites all comers for a tour of the mansion and winter gardens in full holiday bloom.

Deck the Squares: 10 a.m. at Mt. Vernon Place. Help the Mt. Vernon Place Conservancy get ready for the holidays by preparing the holiday baskets surrounding the glowing monument.

Holiday Barn Market: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Dec. 1-2 at Star Bright Farm. The White Hall farm features naturally made kitchen and body products, plus workshop sessions throughout the event.

Photo courtesy of Patterson Park 5K and Homebrew Contest/Facebook

Patterson Park 5K, Fun Run and Homebrew Tasting: 11 a.m. at Patterson Park. The event raises funds for a service learning trip to the Dominican Republic. Run, then enter the beer garden.

VeganMacFest: 11 a.m. at R. House. The afternoon event features mac and “cheese” samples from local chefs, a panel discussion, cooking demos and more.

Holiday Makers Market: 12-4 p.m. at Checkerspot Brewing. Check out wares from local crafters and artists at the recently opened South Baltimore brewery.

Pop-Up Holiday Market: 2-6 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. The bazaar features a dozen local makers and food specialists.

Fells Point Food Tour: 3-6:30 p.m. at Fells Point. The walking tour with Bite of Baltimore and Mixolo mixes history and cuisine.

The Night of 100 Elvises: 4 p.m. at Lord Baltimore Hotel. Downtown will get out the blue suede shoes for a full night of Elvis performances, plus lounges in The Jungle Room & the Viva Las Vegas.

Photo courtesy of Morgan State University

MSU Marching Band Show: 4 p.m. at Morgan State University. The Magnificent Marching Machine from Morgan State takes to the Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center.

Grand Opening Celebration: 6 p.m. at Station North Books. The new shop at 34 E. Lanvale St. is throwing open the doors for a pop-up shop. The spot features volumes that owner Ned Sparrow has been collecting since 1985.

Jason Weems: “Unknown” Comedy Show: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Center Stage. The Baltimore-based standup comedian tapes a live show chronicling how he died and came back to life.

Wild Child: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Austin indie pop ensemble makes a stop in Baltimore on tour with its fourth album, “Expectations.” Future Generations open.

Hygge Mood: 8 p.m. at Prime Corner. The Hampden bodega located right across from the Miracle on 34th Street kicks off the holiday season featuring food from Calasag, cocktails from R. Bar and plenty more local food options.

Sunday, December 2:

Holiday Sip & Shop at Baltimore Vintage Flea: 11 a.m. -4 p.m. at R. House. The market features vendors with clothing, furniture, home wares and more.

Baltimore Record Bazaar: 11 a.m. at Windup Space. More than 25 vendors will be on hand with vinyl, tapes, clothing and more.

Merry Mart: 11 a.m. at Creative Alliance. The craft market has plenty of local, handmade items, and it’s juried. Plus, drop-in arts workshops for the kids.

46th Annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade: 1-5 p.m. in Hampden and Medfield. The 2.5-mile parade features floats, Harleys, a steam calliope and plenty of holiday celebs.

The Great Jewish Bakeoff: 1 p.m. at Jewish Museum of Maryland. The competition of amateur bakers celebrate bakes that can be improved with a schmeer.

Photo via Visit Baltimore

Baltimore Chanukah Festival: 2:30 p.m. at McKeldin Square. The celebration marks the lighting of the Esther Ann Menorah. Plus, live music, jelly donuts, warm drinks and more.

Holiday Pagoda Lighting: 4:30 p.m. at Patterson Park. At sundown, head to Hampstead Hill to see the pagoda light up. The event also has live music, food trucks, an appearance by Santa and more.

Hinenu Hannukah Celebration and Yiddish Dance Party: 6:30 p.m. at Charm City Meadworks. This one is BYOMenorah, featuring klezmer, Yiddish dances, dreidl, raffles and more.

MICA SoundBox: 7 p.m. at Windup Space. MICA Sound Art students feature installations and sets in sound collage, live beats, drone music and more, including Erik Spangler, Rod & Tiff, Null Phi Infinity & Sorko.


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