The holiday season arrives in Baltimore this weekend, with ceremonies like the lighting of Hampden’s Miracle on 34th Street and markets at AVAM and Zion Church. Plus, check out independent local shops and makers for Small Business Saturday and, new this year, Small Brewery Sunday. Here’s the rundown:
Friday, Nov. 29
Festival of Trees: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Maryland State Fairgrounds. The family event features more than 800 trees decorated for the holidays, benefiting Kennedy Krieger. Plus, music, games and holiday vendors.
Bazaart: Nov. 29 and 30 at American Visionary Art Museum. The holiday art market features original work from artists and makers around the region.
Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The New Orleans group performs selections drawn from its documentary “A Tuba to Cuba.”
Winter Beer Release: Nov. 29-30 at Oliver Brewing Company. The Northeast Baltimore brewery has four new offerings, all on the dark side for winter. Plus, Santa Paws makes an appearance.
The Polar Express Train Ride 2019: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the B&O Railroad Museum. Kids can enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a gift from Santa at this attraction based on the popular children’s book.
Baltimore Black Friday RSD 2019: Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at various locations. Stop by a local record shop to buy a few albums on wax. They’ve even provided a handy map for hitting them all.
Annual Holiday Train Garden: through Jan. 12 at The Shops at Kenilworth. One of the area’s best train displays opens up for the holiday season.
Mandala Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Patterson Park. Meet at the Pagoda for ritual circles and fall foliage.
Black Friday Block Party: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Harbor East. Shop in one of the city’s prime districts with plenty of bloodys and mimosas, music, donuts, “Frozen” characters and more family-friendly activities.
Black Friday Book Swap: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Red Emma’s. The Mount Vernon bookshop and cafe offers a chance to grab a free book or donate something that’s taking up shelf space.
Baltimore Bike Party: 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Park. Head out to the streets for a Pajamboree, with the after party descending on Ottobar.
BIG Time with Lost Restaurants of Baltimore: 8 p.m. at BIG Theater. Authors Suzanne Loudermilk and Kit Walkson Pollard (a Baltimore Fishbowl contributor) lead an improv comedy tour of Baltimore’s culinary past.
Pajama Party: 8 p.m. at Tightfisted Fashion. DJ P. Skyllz and DJ Kasper provide the beats for the fundraiser and winter clothing donation drive.
Trap-N-Bowl: 9 p.m. at Shake ‘n Bake. The 21-plus event features music by DJ Duke, plus food and drink specials.
Saturday, Nov. 30
Christkindlmarkt: Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Zion Church of Baltimore City. The authentic German Christmas market runs in the church near City Hall.
Waverly Holiday Pop-Up Market: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at 32nd Street Farmers Market. Dozens of vendors, music from Hot Club of Baltimore, make-your-own-cakes and more.
Black Owned Small Business Saturday Expo: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Fifth Regiment Armory. DanieBJones teams with Black Professional Men to spotlight local entrepreneurs and black-owned businesses.
Cross Street Holiday Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cross Street Market. Forty-plus makers will be at the Federal Hill market all season, starting Saturday.
Shop Small Art Crawl: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Robert McKlintock Studio Gallery. Twenty-plus artists will have their work on display at The Mill Centre Artist Studios in Hampden.
ShopSmall Sellabration: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fells Point Main Street. Check out the businesses by the harbor and grab some BB&T Bucks.
20th Annual Oyster Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Kooper’s Tavern. Enjoy 25 different types of bivalves, live music, oyster shooters, cocktails and more.
Get Shredded Vintage Fall Pop-up Party: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Get Shredded Vintage. Featuring women-owned businesses Awkward Adult and Petit Floral, plus music from DJ Joy Postell.
Small Business Saturday Pop Up Shop: 12:30-6:30 p.m. at The Alchemy of Art. Shop queer and women-run local small businesses.
Middle River Lighted Boat Parade 2019: 5-11 p.m. at Sunset Cove. Ring in the season on the water.
Miracle on 34th Street Opening Night: 6-11 p.m. at 34th Street in Hampden. It’s lit for the holidays on Baltimore’s famously bright block.
Exhibition Opening: 6-8 p.m. at Eubie Blake Jazz and Cultural Center. “Our World” features the work of ten artists, curated by Derrick Adams and Thomas James.
Fourth Wave Screening: 7 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Charm City Filmmakers presents five locally made films.
Kindred the Family Soul: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The neo-soul duo of husband and wife Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon performs. Aquildawud opens.
Jonas Brothers: 7:30 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena. The Happiness Begins Tour makes a stop in Baltimore.
Rock’n’Bowl: 8 p.m. at Stoneleigh Lanes. Six bands from the ShakeMore festival–(Go Pills, Caching Behavior, Spidercake, Crown Cobra, The Cremains and BangBang LuLu Super Session–perform at the bowling alley.
Curse: 8:30 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The local darkwave duo marks the release of its third album, “Metamorphism.” Darsombra, Bust Down and Blowboater open.
Sunday, Dec. 1
Holiday Art Expo: 7 a.m.-noon at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. The gifts will be among the goods under the JFX. Plus, complimentary gift wrapping.
Yoga at the Zoo: 8 a.m. at the Maryland Zoo. Center your chi alongside zoo wildlife after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Museum Shop Sunday: various locations. Head to one of the great museums around the city to take care of holiday shopping in the gift shop.
Baltimore Record Bazaar Holiday Show: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. Check out 35-plus vendors with vinyl finds, and enjoy some craft beer.
Kev The Brewer Tour & German Beer Tasting: noon-4 p.m. at UNION Craft Brewing. For Small Brewery Sunday, Union cofounder Kevin Blodger offers a tour of the Medfield brewery and a sample of German beers.
Small Brewery Sunday: 1 p.m. at various locations. Celebrate independent breweries in the city by stopping in for a pint.
49ers at Ravens: 1 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens look to extend a seven-game winning streak against one of the league’s best.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Chamber Concert: 3 p.m. at Grace Church. Four musicians from the BSO perform works by Brahms, Dvorak and Chopin.
Steve Davis Correlations Sextet: 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The trombonist leads a combo for the latest Baltimore Chamber Jazz Society concert.
“Murder on the Orient Express“: 5:30 p.m. at Everyman Theatre. A pay-what-you-can performance marks the opening of the stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s novel.
Whose Roll is it Anyway?: 6-9 p.m. at The Crown. The live Dungeons ‘n Dragons game leaves the decisions up to the audience.
- Patterson Park 5K and Homebrew Tasting pounds it at the Pagoda on Dec. 7.
- The Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade descends on Hampden Dec. 8.
- Meek Mill headlines 92Q Winter Festival on Dec. 14 at Royal Farms Arena.