Baltimore Beer Week, Oct. 9-18
This is the week to enjoy a beer dinner, participate in a 22-mile bike ride and pub crawl or make your own beer stein. Or if you are into history, a walking tour focuses on breweries of the past. Hundreds of events are planned throughout the 10-day event (yes, they know how to count) at 90 venues in Baltimore and its suburbs, founder Joe Gold said. Dozens of breweries are participating. Some events are pay as you go. Others have set prices.
Beer week is 10 days so that two weekends can be included, he said.
It all started seven years ago. Philadelphia had a beer week, and Gold thought that it was something Baltimore should have, too.
"If you're in to beer, it's the best time to be in Baltimore," he said. Details here.
Fell's Point Fun Festival, Oct. 23-25
Throughout Fell's Point
In its 49th year, this festival features local bands; food, beer and spirits, art, jewelry and other items for sale as well as a children's zone, according to a news release.
Magicians, clowns and jugglers will provide entertainment for the children. The children's zone also will include inflatable bounces and slides, face painting and more.
Visitors can buy beer, wine and spirits at Harvest Garden. Food trucks will be on hand, too.
Restaurants, bars and shops in Fell's Point also will be open during the event. Details here.
Baltimore Craft Beer Festival, Oct. 24
Canton Waterfront Park
Sample craft beers from dozens of Maryland breweries and judge homebrews entered into a competition. The festival has moved to a new location this year, and a good turnout is expected, said Stephen Demczuk, founder and president of Raven Beer in Baltimore.
It's a way to spread the word that breweries in the state are making good beer, he said.
The event is put on by the Brewers Association of Maryland, a nonprofit trade association of Maryland brewers.
A VIP pass for the event costs $55 and general admission passes are $45 or $35. Visitors also can catch a bus to the festival from points outside of the city. Details here.
Pigtown Festival, Oct. 10
700-900 Washington Boulevard
This small neighborhood, which received its name from the carloads of pigs that would get off of the B&O Railroad and weave their way through the community, celebrates with an annual festival, featuring music, food and drink, and, of course, pig races. Music this year will be performed by the Kelly Bell Band, a blues band; Jah Works, a reggae band; and Nelly's Echo, which has competed on the NBC television show, "The Voice," according to its web site. Visitors can purchase bottomless drink passes for beer, wine and cocktails. The cost is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Details here.
Charm City Fringe Festival, Nov. 8-15
Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Mount Vernon, and Hampden
This event, which celebrates theater and performing arts, has doubled in size this year. Performers include 25 theater companies, 20 plus bands and comics. They hail from Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis and other large cities. One of the shows — "Feel the Power of the Dork Side" by Doctor Pete Productions LLC of Marietta, Ga. — takes a look at technology and science, according to the nonprofit organization.
Patrons need to buy a $5 festival button to attend the performances. Tickets for each production are $10, according to the news release. Details here.