The final countdown before the holidays is here, and that means it’s time to celebrate. Head out to SantaCon, see lots of tubas perform the seasonal hits or enjoy a Harbor Spectacular on Sunday. For those still shopping, there are plenty of art markets and spots to grab goods from local creators. And in the welcoming spirit, don’t miss the Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast on Sunday. Here’s the rundown:
Friday, Dec. 14
Winter Solstice Sip and Shop: 4-7 p.m. at Made in Baltimore Store. Join the Baltimore Creatives Acceleration Network and Made in Baltimore for a holiday celebration with locally made gifts and DuClaw beer.
I Heart City Life Happy Hour: 5-8 p.m. at Peabody Heights Brewery. The after-work celebration of Baltimore’s neighborhoods heads to Abell.
12th Annual LampPost Lighting Ceremony: 5-9 p.m. at O’Donnell Square. The Canton community brings up the lights for the holidays, with a visit from the big guy, warm beverages and caroling.
Go Oscar WILDE! Pride Night: 6-8 p.m. at Everyman Theatre. The theater company offers a holiday celebration as it presents “The Importance of Being Earnest.” The pre-show happy hour features drink specials and a conversation with director Joseph W. Ritsch.
Holiday Kinky Cookie Contest: 6:30-9 p.m. at SugarBaltimore. Use your “sexy creative imagination” to make cookies on the naughty side for this competition. Free libations will be on offer.
Avery*Sunshine: 7 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. The pianist and soul singer performs, with local group J. Pope and the HearNow opening.
Honky Tonkin’ With D.T. Huber and Whale Show: 7-10 p.m. at Monument City Brewing Company. Head to Highlandtown for some classic country.
Affordable Art Sale: 7-10 p.m. at Maryland Art Place. The gallery on the west side of downtown offers works under $500 from artists working in Baltimore and the surrounding area.
A Baltimore Celebration of Black-Owned Businesses: 8 p.m. at Baltimore Center Stage. With the company presenting “A Wonder in My Soul,” meet entrepreneurs working in the city in the lobby. Stick around for an after-party featuring food and dancing.
Cirque Nutcracker: Dec. 14-16 at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for an acrobatic rendition of the classic tale.
The Rocky Horror Show- Live! Dec. 14-16 at Baltimore Theatre Project. The cult classic heads to the stage with a festive twist, and helps raise funds for Moveable Feast.
Whimsical Winter Ball: 8 p.m. at Windup Space. Celebrate the solstice with music, a fashion show, live art, dance and vendors featuring women-owned businesses.
Strawberry Sleepover: 8 p.m. at Joe Squared. The Baltimore psych rock band headlines a bill featuring Them Animals, Crisco Dreams and Duchess and the Deadbirds (featuring our very own Ethan McLeod).
Saturday, Dec. 15
Holiday Art Market and Coat Drive: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Motor House. The market features more than a dozen local artists, with the theme “Get a gift–Give a Gift.”
Mount Royal Soaps Grand Opening: 11 a.m. at 2740 Huntingdon Avenue. The shop marks the grand opening of its new storefront with 20 percent off and refreshments, plus comedy at 7 p.m.
Old Goucher Design District Open House and Holiday Crawl: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Old Goucher. The holiday shopping crawl features Post Typography, Co_Lab Books, Sophomore Coffee, Fadensonnen and Larder. Plus, visit Baltimore Print Studios, the Made In Baltimore Holiday Store and Kelmscott Bookshop.
Filipino Festivus: noon-4 p.m. at Brewer’s Art. The Mount Vernon brewery offers an afternoon of Filipino street food.
6th Annual Art Market: noon-6 p.m. at Current Space. Peruse work from dozens of local artists, and meet them at the booths.
Baltimore SantaCon: noon-10 p.m. in Federal Hill. A Winter Wonderland is getting set up on Cross Street, for revelers looking to bring joy like the big guy. BMORE Around Town, Federal Hill Main Street, and the Kamryn Lambert Foundation joined forces for the charity event.
Africana Pop-Up + Day Party: noon-7 p.m. at Morgan View Event Center. Peruse handmade goods, with food and music.
Baltimore Santa Crawl: 1-9 p.m. in Fells Point. Get dressed up in your holiday best and work on those rosy cheeks at more than 10 Fells Point bars.
TUBAChristmas: 3:30 p.m. at Inner Harbor. Head to the amphitheater to witness a whole stage full of musicians playing the biggest brass around as they provide holiday cheer with seasonal tunes. Tubas, euphoniums, baritones and sousaphones welcome.
Kubrick 90: “Barry Lyndon” w/ Leon Vitali Q&A: 4 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. For the second and final night, actor and Stanley Kubrick collaborator Leon Vitali takes part in a Q&A following a screening of the director’s period drama masterpiece.
Bar Show Hero: 7:30 p.m. at Ottobar upstairs. Here’s a chance to be in the audience for the live comedy show taping with Erik Woodworth.
SOULstice: A Very Goldberg Christmas Cabaret: 8-11 p.m. at Single Carrot Theatre. The Remington theater company presents an evening of festive music, with hostess Richard Goldberg.
DDm presents The Holiday Slay: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The rapper reads “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” and his own story, “The Holiday Slay.” Plus, music from Outcalls, Rovo Monty and Randi & The Infinity Knives.
Super Art Fight’s 37th Annual Holiday Hootenanny: 9 p.m. at Ottobar. The live art competition celebrates the holidays with four matchups and blank canvases waiting to be filled.
Skin Tight Soul Party: 10 p.m. at The Crown. DJ Landis Expandis and MC B Rizzle heat up the cold night.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Greater Goods Market: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at R. House. The market featuring more than 70 local vendors unveils a holiday edition, benefitting City Seeds.
Harbor Holiday Spectacular: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Baltimore Museum of Industry. Head down to Locust Point for music, entertainment, movies and professional photos with Santa.
Charles Village Snowflake Tour: noon-5 p.m. at Village Learning Place. Check out the north Baltimore neighborhood’s seven best-decorated houses for the season. The tour also includes admission to the Homewood House Museum.
Polish Christmas Food Sale: noon-4 p.m. at Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church. Check out local offerings like pierogi, stuffed cabbage, kiełbasa, pyzy, pączki, chruściki and poppy-seed rolls.
Candlelight Choral Concert: 4-6:30 p.m. at The Spire Series. The First & Franklin Sanctuary Choir presents seasonal music in Mt. Vernon, complete with a cappella.
Refugee and Immigrant Arts Feast: 4-7 p.m. at Space 2640. Mera Kitchen Collective’s event returns with food, vendors and performances, providing a welcoming space for newcomers to the country.
Animal Years: 7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Brooklyn indie rockers make a tour stop, with Baltimore’s Raindeer opening.
- Maryland Science Center hosts Winter Wonderland VI on Dec. 22.
- “Heathers: The Musical” debuts at Ottobar on Dec. 22.
- Blow off some steam on the weekend after at Eze Jackson’s Dirty Christmas on Dec. 29.
- Celebrate Kwanzaa at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum on Dec. 29.
- It’s time to start making New Years Eve plans. 2019 is almost here.