'Tis the Season!
The leaves are changing, the air is chilling – fall is here, and it’s time to get off campus and welcome the new season! Baltimore is filled with fun (and free) autumnal activities that are perfect for study breaks and city exploration, check ‘em out:
Festivals, Events, and Attractions
- Free Fall Baltimore
- Here in Charm City, October is a month-long celebration of Baltimore arts and culture. This is your chance to finally visit that exhibit you’ve been meaning to explore, dive into an improve class like you’ve always wanted to try, or hopinto a dance class just for the fun of it! Free Fall Baltimore features over 250 unique events, so you’re sure to find something that strikes your fancy.
- WOW – Women of the World Festival -WOW Women of the World is a high-profile, global movement of festivals that celebrates women as a force for positive change and takes a frank look at remaining barriers to gender equality. There’ll be music, entertainment, and over 150 speakers and entertainers!
- WHEN: Friday, October 7 – Saturday, October 8, 2016
- WHERE: Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 21210
- How: there will be on-campus event parking options and NDMU is also on the Collegetown Shuttle
- Price: General Admission: $20; Student Discount: $10 with code: WOWSTUDENT (limited number of student tickets, so act fast!)
- Pigtown Festival - It’s not everyday that you get to enjoy a quality pig race! That’s why you need to head to Pigtown for the annual neighborhood festival. Besides tons of piggy-themed fun there will be live music, arts and crafts, plus of local food and drink vendors. Fun fact: during the early days of the B&O Railroad, cargo railcars full of pigs would come into town and rail workers would throw open the doors to let the little piggies run through the streets, and from there they were herded to butcher shops throughout South Baltimore - hence Pigtown’s name and mascot.
- WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016
- WHERE: 700-900 blocks of Washington Blvd Baltimore, MD 21230
- How (as in, transportation): There is street parking available, you can Uber/Lyft it, or you can take the MTA bus to Washington Blvd.
- Ryleigh’s Oyster Fest - Federal Hill will transform into an oyster lover’s paradise as Ryleigh’s hosts the 10th annual Oysterfest It’ll be a flavorful two days filled with entertainment and fun with proceeds benefitting The Oyster Recovery Partnership and The Living Classrooms Foundation.
- WHEN: Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9, 2016
- WHERE: Ryleigh’s Oyster Federal Hill 36 E Cross Street Baltimore, MD 21230
- FYI: general admission is free and open to the public; however, a $5 donation to Living Classrooms or Oyster Recovery Partnership is suggested for entry.
- How: parking may be a little tight down in Fed, so we recommend Uber/Lyft or the Charm City Circulator Purple Route to Stop 333 at Cross Street Market.
- Baltimore Running Festival - On your mark, get set, GO! The Baltimore Running Festival offers opportunities for every level – from first time runners to experienced marathoners - everyone can participate and enjoy the variety of the day’s events. Online registration ends 10/12.
If you’re not much of a runner (and never will be) then be a cheerleader! Take apeek at the route map and find a good place to post up and cheer for everyone running. Once the elite record setters pass, I’m sure those in the middle/back of the pack would really appreciate some orange slices and moral support.
- WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2016
- WHERE: Throughout the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, and Fells Point
- Themed Dance Parties at Rams Head Live –Rams Head is giving you not one, but TWO, awesome opportunities to shake your groove thing at their Hot In Herre 2000s Dance Party and/or their Saved by the 90s Dance Party the following weekend. It’s time to cut a rug!
- WHEN: Hot In Herre 2000s Dance Party Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:00pm ($11 tickets)
Saved By the 90s Dance Party Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:00pm ($15 tickets)
- WHERE: Rams Head Live 20 Market Pl Baltimore, MD 21202
- Greek Food & Cultural Festival- It’s going to be a weekend filled with authentic Greek cuisine, live music and dancing, plus tons of great shopping (never too early to start crossing people off your holiday shopping list, remember) – you don’t want to miss out!
- WHEN: Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6, 2016
- WHERE: 24 W Preston Street Baltimore, MD 21201
- How: Take the Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station and walk from there! Or, take the Charm City Circulator Purple Route to Stop 322 Preston Street.
- Flashlight - Flashlight is a new event from St. Vincent de Paul that challenges individuals and teams to sleep out and raise awareness and funds to help those who are homeless in the Baltimore.
“Sleepers” will enjoy: live bands, midnight movies, campfires, bubble ball, a DJ dance Party, a food truck rally, and much more!
- WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 2016
- WHERE: Timonium Fairgrounds 2200 York Rd, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
- Charm City Fringe Festival - Enjoy some “off-centered” theatrical entertainment at the Charm City Fringe Festival! Hosted at several venues across Station North, Mount Vernon, andHampden the festival features a variety of performances starring local talent. For a full list of shows, click here. First, you gotta buy your Fringe Festival Button (it’s only $5!), then you can start purchasing your tix for all the great shows!
- WHEN: Tuesday, November 8 – Monday, November 14, 2016
- WHERE: Various venues in Station North, Mount Vernon, and Hampden
- Pay What You Want at the National Aquarium - As the name suggests, the Aquarium is allowing you to pay what you want on Sunday, November 6 to go in and see all their award-winning exhibits. This is the Aquarium’s way of saying “hey you, get in here and appreciate all our aquatic wonders!” or something along those lines …
- WHEN: Sunday, November 6, 2016
- WHERE: The National Aquarium, 501 East Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202
If you’re looking for a change of pace and a chance to get out of the
city for a while then head out to historic Stevenson and visit Rodger’s Farm
. Up for a challenge? Then take on the twists and turns of the farm’s gigantic corn maze and p
ut your sense of directionto the test. The farm has several other attractions including: hayrides, a large picnic area, food and refreshments, and a farmer’s market with tons of local produce – you get the gist.
Seasonal (Aka Halloween) Fun
- Ghost Tours - A creepy history lesson that is sure to keep you both spooked and informed! Explore Baltimore’s historically haunted landmarks and learn about all their supernatural pasts.
- WHEN: Tours are offered year round, but you should sign up in October for an extra eerie experience.
Fell’s Tour: 731 S. Broadway Baltimore, MD 21231 outside of Max’s Taphouse
Mount Vernon Tour: 1 Chase Street Baltimore, MD. 21202 outside The Belvedere.
- MICA Haunted House
- Every October, MICA hosts one of the most horrifying haunted houses in the Baltimore area. This year’s time stream theme is sure to make even the most experienced haunted house aficionados sleep with their night-lights on.
- WHEN: Thursday, October 20 – Saturday October 22, 2016
- WHERE: MICA, 1601 West Mount Royal Ave
- Price: $10 General Admission; $5 MICA Students and Faculty
Winter will be upon us before you know it – so get out there and enjoy the season before it slips away!