Hopkins Plaza Happy Hour. Hopkins Plaza has had some updates recently - a fountain, colorful Adirondack chairs, and free WiFi. Come see what's new at this month's Happy Hour on the concrete playground! Come for the free beer and live music by Janine Wilson and stay to get to know your Charles Center neighbors. Yes, that's right - FREE beer. 4PM-6PM. Hopkins Plaza, between Charles Street and Hopkins Place; entrances on Hopkins and Baltimore streets. https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=E80E7EFD-0229-E711-9DDF-000C29C83DF1

Brushes & Blooms — Ladew’s Painting Party. Enjoy an evening of creativity and fun with a gathering of friends, food and drink. Take home a memorable piece of art. Led by Ladew artists, each participant will paint a Ladew Gardens themed painting - the Golden Pagoda, while adding their own personal flair. As summer wanes, we will step into this iconic Ladew scene - the Yellow Garden’s delightful and unique pagoda surrounded by lush plantings in hues of gold and green. Arrive early to stroll the beautiful gardens. Classes will be held in the Barn Gallery. $45 non members, $40 members. Pre-ordered picnic dinner option is available for $15. 5:30PM-8PM. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. http://www.ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Adult-Education/Brushes-and-Blooms


Baltimore ComicCon. The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center with their biggest and best show yet! Special guests include Lynda Carter (yes, Wonder Woman!); Gotham's David Mazouz & Sean Pertwee; and, Maryland native comic book writer & artist, screenwriter, film director and movie producer, Frank Miller. The Comic-Con Costume Contest returns this year, too. So much to see and do, this is an event not to be missed for comic lovers! Ticket prices vary; some events require additional ticket purchase. Friday 1PM-7PM, Saturday 10AM-7PM, Sunday 10AM-5PM. Baltimore Convention Center, One West Pratt St., Baltimore. http://baltimorecomiccon.com/

Baltimore Book Festival. Baltimore’s premier celebration of the literary arts attracts more than 100,000 attendees and showcases the city’s literary scene with renowned and celebrity authors, book signings, panel discussions, cooking demonstrations, children’s activities, exhibitors, local writers, live music and gourmet food, beer & wine. Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11AM-7PM. Inner Harbor, along the 400 blocks of Light St. & Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/home

Poetic Fire: From Hamlet to Don Juan. ​Explore the poetry, virtuosity and romantic love of three intense works, including Tchaikovsky’s musical telling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan. Pianist Lukáš Vondráček, winner of the 2016 Queen Elisabeth Competition, is the perfect interpreter of Rachmaninoff’s beloved Piano Concerto. Ticket prices vary. Friday & Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. Saturday's performance is at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Performances on Friday & Sunday are at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. https://www.bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2017-2018-events/poetic-fire-from-hamlet-to-don-juan/


Wine and Wag. The final Wine & Wag of the season is here. The MDSPCA is highlighting their Lifesavers at this month's happy hour, and Paul & Jamie are among them! September's Wine & Wag will feature live music byThe Outskirts, and Jimmy's Famous Seafood truck will be serving some of your local favorites. Additionally, they will have pet-friendly vendors including: Hair off the Dog, Camp Bow Wow, Bark!, Only Natural Pet, LulaRoe, and Galley Foods. As always, there will be play in the fun runs, bobbing for hot dogs and paw painting for the pups, and local craft beer, wine and snacks for human guests. The featured cocktail will be the Lifesaver to celebrate the life-saving contributions of some of our most loyal supporters. Please join Paul & Jamie there to celebrate all the great work the SPCA does! $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 5:30PM-7:30PM. Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Rd., Baltimore. http://www.mdspca.org/updates/md-spca-events/wine-wags/

Guillaume Tell. Baltimore Concert Opera presents Rossini’s epic retelling of the medieval Swiss hero who longed to liberate his people from Austrian occupation. ‘Tell’ is a story of revolutionaries fighting an implacable enemy, of lovers separated by war, and of the archer at the heart of the uprising, accompanied by the music of a master at the height of his compositional powers. BCO presents the opera in concert format with piano and English supertitles. Pre-show dining reservations for the Club's lavish dining room are available for any ticket-buyer. Ticket prices start at $27.50. 7:30PM. Grand Ballroom, The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. http://www.baltimoreconcertopera.com/guillaume-tell


24 Baltimore. 24 Foundation is back for its tenth year in Maryland to host 24 Baltimore! The event hosts over 400 riders and 200 walkers, who will raise funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund. The event has been moved from Columbia to Baltimore This year’s event will take place through Johns Hopkins University’s beautiful Homewood campus. Registration fees vary. Ride Saturday 2PM-Sunday 2PM, Walk Sunday 8:30AM-2PM. Parking available in the South Garage, which is underneath Mason Hall and accessed from Wyman Park Drive (between San Martin and Art Museum Drives). https://www.24foundation.org/events/baltimore/

Fall Harvest & Craft Festival. Take in the foliage at Harford County's original Fall Fest! This event will feature craft booths, scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, cider pressing, apple butter making, hay rides, petting zoo, bluegrass music, food vendors, historic tours, & more. The museum will be selling mums, apples, pumpkins, kettle corn, apple butter and more for your fall decorating and munching needs. All proceeds benefit the non-profit Steppingstone Museum Association to support our educational programs and care of our historic buildings and collections. This is a rain or shine event. Admission is $10 for adults, children 12 & under and members with event passes are FREE. Saturday & Sunday, 11AM-4PM. Steppingstone Museum, 461 Quaker Bottom Rd, Havre de Grace. http://www.steppingstonemuseum.org/event-list-view

Johnny Appleseed Festival. ​​It's that time of year again! This is the kick-off of the fall festival season at Weber's Cider Mill Farm. Live music by the Satyr Hill Band, fresh baked goods, apple cider donuts, arts & crafts show, food vendors and much more. The Barnyard Activity Area will also be open with hay rides, hillside slide, straw maze and rubber duck races. Entrance fee applies to the Barnyard Activity Area. 11AM-5PM Saturday & Sunday. Weber's Cider Mill Farm, 2526 Proctor Mill Ln., Parkville. http://www.weberscidermillfarm.com/index.php


Wild Walks - Monarchs, Honeybees and more. The fall season in Ladew’s meadow and Butterfly House is a great time to explore the fascinating lives of these important pollinators as well as learn how we can support them. Led by local beekeeper Jim Zink and Ladew’s Butterfly House Manager Sue Myers, we will conclude with a Monarch tagging demonstration. $25 non-members, $10 members. 10AM-12PM. Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. http://www.ladewgardens.com/EDUCATION/Wild-Walks-and-Talks

Build-a-Boo Puppet Workshop. Build-A-Boo is back! Create your own furry monster friend with Tiffany Lange of Charm City Puppets. You'll design and sew your own hand and rod monster puppet from scratch using one of Tiffany's patented patterns. Then give it a hair-raising or hilarious personality with eyes, ears, fangs and more. This workshop is open to anyone ages 16 and up. There will be a short lunch break, so please pack a lunch. $125, $100 members. 10AM-4PM. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.avam.org/news-and-events/events/build-a-boo-2017.shtml

Beer & Wine Festival. Join the Belair Edison community for an afternoon of great food trucks, merchandise vendors and music! Ticket purchase includes a souvenir glass and beer and wine samples featuring Oliver Brewing Company and Linganore Winery. Enjoy snacks and lunch from local food vendors Shareef’s Grill, Danielle’s Sweet Tea & Cornbread and Yomnas’s Food Truck. Live entertainment from DJ Jamal, Purple Honey Featuring Kyana & 4 West Band and The Dirty Vacant. This event takes place outdoors at Oliver Brewing Company, so bring your chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the music. $10 for 21 and over, $8 designate driver, $5 for 18-20 years old, FREE for 17 and under. 12PM-6PM. Oliver Brewing Company, 4216 Shannon Dr., Baltimore. http://www.belairedison.city/events/beer-wine-festival-2017/

​Danny Glover’s Gumbo + Introduction to Modern Soul Food. ​It's the Grand Opening of Ida B’s Table and they are kicking off the weekend with star power and the living descendants of a legend. The evening's festivities begin with “The Life of Ida B. Wells” presented by Michelle Duster, from 7PM-8PM in The Real News Network Studios (Studio 1). Michelle Duster, the great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells, will speak about Wells’ work and legacy. Duster will be joined by two other great-grandchildren of Ida B. Wells: David Duster, and Dan Duster. Danny Glover, actor, director and activist, will join Chef David in the kitchen to cook his family’s gumbo recipe. Gumbo appetizers will be shared with those who joining for Chef David’s "Introduction to Modern Soul Food." Chef David’s menu offers local produce and proteins, prepared with a firm grasp of culinary history, and an awareness of contemporary style. Enjoy a 3-course meal designed to be a tour of this Modern Soul Food cuisine, promptly at 8PM. A wine pairing, offered for an additional charge, and cash bar will also be available. Musical acts Ama Chandra and Lafayette Glichrist will be performing throughout the evening, and there will be unveiling of the parlor room and drawing room! Eze Jackson will be serving as MC. $50. 7PM-10PM. Ida B's Table, 235 Holliday St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/danny-glovers-gumbo-introduction-to-modern-soul-food-tickets-37738923135?aff=efbeventtix#tickets

Christie Dashiell Quartet. Jazzway is back from it's summer hiatus with its 10th season! Come see the ​Christie Dashiell Quartet for their "Time All Mine" CD tour with arrangements of popular songs to inventive and cutting edge originals. Dashiell's history includes performances with Howard University’s premiere vocal jazz ensemble, Afro-Blue. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center as a part of the 2010 Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency program and Lincoln Theater in Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of Downbeat magazine’s Best College Graduate Jazz Vocalist and Outstanding Soloist awards in the jazz vocal category. Most recently, Dashiell appeared on season three of NBC's “The Sing-Off,” as a member of Afro-Blue and performs with the group, now known as Traces of Blue. Jazzway 6004 is a not-for-profit organization that promotes jazz and blues in an affordable and intimate setting and helps build local jazz audiences for our talented area musicians. $38, $22 students. 8PM. Jazzway 6004, 6004 Hollins Ave., Baltimore. http://www.jazzway6004.org/events#post-249


Baltimore Bird Club Cylburn Bird Walk. Easy birding in Cylburn’s gardens and urban forest. Expect to find a variety of migrant and resident birds. Beginners are welcome! Binoculars useful. Registration is not required. FREE. 8:30AM-10:30AM. Meet at the main Vollmer Center parking lot at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. http://cylburn.org/event/baltimore-bird-club-cylburn-bird-walk/

Ravens vs. Jaguars (London). The Ravens play the Jaguars for one of the four London games this year! Wembley Stadium. Game time 9:35AM on YAHOO. This morning game will be a fun one to watch from a local pub or tavern! Click here for a list of local places that have specials on Game Day.

Working Animals. Meet animals (and their handlers) who work to bring comfort and protect public safety at hospitals, airports, courthouses, and on the streets. FREE. 2PM-3:30PM. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.thebmi.org/programs-events/

Guillaume Tell. Baltimore Concert Opera presents Rossini’s epic retelling of the medieval Swiss hero who longed to liberate his people from Austrian occupation. ‘Tell’ is a story of revolutionaries fighting an implacable enemy, of lovers separated by war, and of the archer at the heart of the uprising, accompanied by the music of a master at the height of his compositional powers. BCO presents the opera in concert format with piano and English supertitles. Pre-show dining reservations for the Club's lavish dining room are available for any ticket-buyer. Ticket prices start at $27.50. 3PM. Grand Ballroom, The Engineers Club, 11 W. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore. http://www.baltimoreconcertopera.com/guillaume-tell

Sotto Sopra Opera Night. An evening of tantalizing Sotto Sopra cuisine combined with performers who will regale you with your favorite arias that tell the stories of lives and loves both won and lost. Hear their amazing voices as they envelop Sotto Sopra's 19th century dining room while you enjoy a 5 course meal. The acoustics are amazing, the singers engaging and the food---aah, the food reflects the deft hand that is Italian. $58 (excludes beverages, tax and gratuity). 6PM. Sotto Sopra Restaurant, 405 N. Charles St., Baltimore. https://www.sottosoprainc.com/new-events/2017/8/26/opera-night-5-course-italian-dinner-live-opera-performances


Neighborhood Night. South Baltimore residents are invited to an after-hours open house and tour of the galleries at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. FREE. 4PM-7PM. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Baltimore. http://www.thebmi.org/programs-events/


Comedy Night: Ian Abramson & Wham City Comedy. Experimental comedian, Ian Abramson captures the whimsical nature of classic Vaudevillian variety shows, part stand-up and part performance art - the stand-up is supplemented by weirdoes and wonders. Opening for Ian, is Wham City Comedy whose projects span across all media: television, music, web design, and live theater, with all of them unified by their examination of alienation, confusion, and the absurd aspects of daily life that we have been programmed to look at as being completely normal. $15, $12 members (+$3 at the door). Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2017/comedy-night-ian-abramson-w-wham-city-comedy


Brews with Bites. ​Go inside Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar for a one of a kind dining experience infusing mouth-watering Guy Fieri's style cuisine paired with local craft favorite - Union Craft Brewing.  Guzzle and gobble four delicious courses and beer pairings devised by Guy Fieri's senior chefs. $50. 7PM. Guy Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar, Horseshoe Casino, 1525 Russell St., Baltimore. https://www.caesars.com/horseshoe-baltimore/restaurants/HorseshoeSignatureDiningSeries#.WZNU23eGO9Z


Neighborhood Night. ​South Baltimore neighbors are invited to a FREE after-hours open house and tour of the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy hands-on activities, sample snacks, and listen to music from The Dapper DJs. FREE. 4PM-7PM. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy., Baltimore. https://www.facebook.com/events/1554408501290819/

Downtown Baltimore 2017 Annual Meeting. Join Downtown Partnership and the region's most influential business, government, and community leaders for it's largest networking event of the year. It's been 10 years since DPOB completed the renovation in Center Plaza, a marquee space in the heart of the Charles Center neighborhood, that will play host to this year's event. The evening will feature networking, Downtown Baltimore Award presentations, and updates on The Partnership’s major initiatives. Enjoy a lawn party, cocktails, and dinner al fresco in one of  the prettiest park spaces in Downtown Baltimore. $100 members, $150 non members. 4PM-7PM. Center Plaza, 110 W. Fayette St., Baltimore. https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=EF8FD361-6145-E711-B804-000C29C83DF1


Trucktoberfest. ​The Gathering Food Truck Fest is coming back to The Rotunda! This time there’s a little bit of a theme involved; we’re calling it Trucktoberfest. Put on your lederhosen, (or just your favorite pair of jeans) and enjoy food trucks, German beer, live music and lots of fun. Trucktoberfest will feature a beer garden, live music, as well as some German inspired food specials offered by dozens of your favorite local food trucks. A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for this occasion which will include all you care to dring and a Trucktoberfest beer stein. FREE admission, VIP tickets $40. The Rotunda, 711 West 40th St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trucktoberfest-gathering-tickets-37240484291


Harford County Wine Festival. The Harford County Wine Festival brings hundreds of wines from around the world right to your palette in a fun, lively atmosphere. The festival offers live music all day long, vendors and exhibitors, amazing discounts on all featured wines, delicious food, a Sam Adams Oktoberfest Beer Garden, an exclusive VIP area and so much more. General admission ticket purchase includes a souvenir glass, 20 tasting tickets and live entertainment all day. A portion of the festival’s proceeds will be donated to the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance. Ticket prices start at $35 (in advance), ages 13-20 $10, under 12 FREE. 12PM-6PM. Rockfield Manor, 501 Churchville Rd., Bel Air. http://rockfieldmanor.com/winefest/

Made in Baltimore Film Festival. This festival honors and awards the best filmmakers in the Greater Baltimore region. Creative Alliacne will select short films that push the envelope and inspire audiences to view film and video through a uniquely Baltimore lens. Made In Baltimore will accept fiction, documentary, animation, experimental, horror, mockumentary—you name it! Submissions will be judged on technical excellence, originality, and Baltimore flavor. Those who live, work, or study in Baltimore are encouraged to submit. Films selected to be in this film festival will each be awarded cash prizes, with the top selected film receiving $1,000! FREE. 7:30PM. Creative Alliance at The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2017/made-baltimore-short-film-festival

Bill Engvall - Here's Your Sign. Bill Engvall comes to the Modell Lyric for one performance only. Bill Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Get ready to laugh until you cry! Ticket prices vary. 8PM. The Modell Lyric, 140 W. Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore. https://modell-lyric.com/event/bill-engvall/


Movie with Orchestra: Jurassic Park. One of the most thrilling science fiction adventures ever made, Jurassic Park transformed the movie-going experience for an entire generation. Now audiences can relive this ground-breaking film as never before — projected in HD while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs John Williams’ magnificent score. "Welcome… to Jurassic Park!" Ticket prices vary. Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. https://www.bsomusic.org/calendar/events/2017-2018-events/movie-with-orchestra-jurassic-park/



Ravens vs. Steelers (home). The Ravens take on their rivals the Steelers at home this week! M&T Bank Stadium. Game time 1PM on CBS. If you don't have tickets, get out and show your Purple Pride for this rivalry! Click here for a list of local places that have specials on Game Day.

Wine on the Water 2017. Fruit's of Life Wine Events brings you the ultimate wine experience with this event. Enjoy a live band and DJs, a wine bar and a cash bar, food vendors and artisans at this indoor/outdoor event. Advance tickets $20 (includes a commemorative glass for wine tasting), group specials and indoor VIP table service tickets also available. 5PM-10PM. The Baltimore Rowing & Water Resource Center, 3301 Waterview Ave., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wine-on-the-water-2017-tickets-36773727208?aff=es2


Farm to Chef Maryland.This culinary competition pairs local farmers with the Baltimore region’s most talented chefs to create original dishes that highlight the region’s wide abundance of local, fresh ingredients. Teams of farmers and chefs work together to create an innovative dish featuring the farm's product. Dishes are judged in several categories by a panel of judges, as well as the event’s attendees. Attendees can taste the chefs' mouth watery creations and quench their thirst with unlimited local beer, wine and cocktails by top mixologists from the Baltimore Bartenders Guild, then cast their votes for a Peoples Choice award for both best dish and beverage of the night. The evening will also include an amazing food-lovers raffle that includes culinary classes, wine dinners and a “Year of Dining”- gift cards to 12 of the best restaurants in town. The event benefits the non-profit TasteWise Kids and its signature program, Days of Taste which educates children through hands-on programming with chefs, farmers, and other food professionals. $99 early bird tickets available until September 5, $110 after September 5; group discount available on the purchase of 4 or more tickets. 6PM-9PM. B & O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt St., Baltimore. https://www.farmtochefmd.com/


Chef Egg Live: Hands On Greek Grub.​ Join Chef Egg at The Blue Moon Cafe in Federal Hill for a Greek culinary odyssey you will never forget! The chef will walk you through the preparation of classic Greek recipes while giving you the culinary skills you need to succeed in the kitchen. You will cook and eat all of the food on the menu with fellow cooking partner/partners while following step by step instruction from the chef. $35. 6:30PM-9:30PM, doors open at 6:15PM. Blue Moon Too, 1024 Light St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chef-egg-live-hands-on-greek-grub-tickets-37310933005


3rd Annual Turf Valley Fall Wine Festival. ​An evening of fun in the fight against cancer. Drink, eat, sing & dance and raise money for the local charity, Zaching Against Cancer. Visit the four tables pouring a total of 16 different wines, Flying Dog pouring local craft beers, food from the Turf Valley Towne Square restaurants and live music from The Dixon Ulmer Band. This is an outdoor, tented event held behind Petite Cellars. Ticket price includes food, wine, beer, live music and a commemorative glass. $50, $60 at the door. 6:30PM-9PM. Petite Cellars, 11079 Resort Rd., Ellicott City. https://www.petitecellars.com/event-tickets/eventdetail/972/-/3rd-annual-turf-valley-fall-wine-festival.html



Fell's Point Fun Festival. Enjoy the 51st Annual Fell's Point centric festival this year! The Fell's Point Fun Festival began 51 years ago as a small neighborhood festival and has grown substantially over the years. Enjoy local food, wares from over 100 vendors, and fun from many local artisans, and businesses. Live music on several stages with numerous regional bands, including The Kelly Bell Band. FREE admission. 11AM-8PM Saturday & Sunday. Broadway & Thames Streets, Fell's Point, Baltimore. http://www.fellspointfest.net/

Baltimore Taco Festival. Baltimore's 1st Annual Taco Festival is taking place at the action packed Power Plant LIVE! At the event, you’ll find over 20 of the area's best restaurants & food purveyors dishing out a variety of $3 tacos (sold separately). There will be bars and beverage stations serving margaritas, tequila flights, ice cold beer, water, soda & more. Over 30 different types of tequila will be available for pre-arranged flight's or individual purchases at the tequila expo! All items will work on a voucher system – there will be various voucher stations throughout the festival & all vouchers will be used as cash. Additional vendors will be on hand to sell other food (cotton candy, cakes, desserts etc) as well. Multiple ATMs will be on site & cash sales at voucher stations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are almost sold out, so don't wait to purchase! Saturday ticket prices: General Admission $19.99, Premium Package $34.99, VIP $54.99. Sunday ticket prices: General Admission $9.99, Premium Package $24.99, VIP $39.99. 1PM-7PM both days (VIP admittance at 12PM). Power Plant LIVE!, 34 Market Place, Baltimore. http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/baltimore-taco-festival-31673/


Local Love. Join the Maryland SPCA for a Humane Education event outside of White Marsh Mall. Local Love is all about inspiring compassion for animals and is packed full with activities for people of all ages. Get ready to indulge in the opportunity to meet our special guests, Miranda Mittleman, a local children's author, as well as our Humane Educator Doggie ambassador, Lucy. Our meet and greets are from 12PM-1PM inside of Project Adopt. Event features face painting, book reading & signing, games & prizes, photo booth, mascots, crafts, food trucks, adoptable pets and more! FREE. 11AM-4PM. White Marsh Mall, 8200 Perry Hall Blvd., White Marsh. https://www.facebook.com/events/167745480452909/

Ravens vs. Raiders (away). This week the Ravens take on the Raiders. Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California. Game time 4:05PM on CBS. Looking for somewhere to watch the game? We've got you covered! Click here for a list of local places that have specials on Game Day.


A Purple Evening. It's Girls' Night Out, Ravens style! This event includes a variety of activities that will entertain the most avid and knowledgeable fans, as well as those who are just looking for a girls' night out. Some of the evening's highlights include giveaways, locker room tours, photo ops, live broadcast from 98Rock, a Purple style lounge, Ravens bingo with autographed items, exclusive stadium access and Fan Forums with Q&A sessions and gameshow style fun with Ravens players. Attendees will also have access to concessions and the Ravens Team Store. VIP access includes early access to the event, guaranteed player autograph session, a meet and greet with a Ravens Alumni Player and a champagne toast. $35 in advance, $40 at the door, $60 VIP. 4PM-9PM. M & T Bank Stadium, 1001 Russell St., Baltimore. http://www.baltimoreravens.com/ravensflock/purple/a-purple-evening/index.html


Pints in the Park. This popular outdoor happy hour features live music, corn hole, ping pong, and local beer on the second Friday of the month. Featuring BrickNFire Pizza, The Tiki Bar, and Linganore Winecellars on site. Heavy Seas and Calvert beer are at solid happy hour prices - $3 each, or 2 for $5. This month's entertainment provided by Hollywood Blanks. Bring cash for beer, wine & Tiki Bar cocktails. Kid and pet friendly. FREE admission. 5PM-8PM. Center Plaza, N. Charles & Fayette Street. Parking is available in the garage under the plaza, or along Liberty street. https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=56687E6D-81F0-E111-9DAA-000C29CAA908


Das Best Oktoberfest. This event is the biggest beer festival in Maryland and kicks off Baltimore Beer Week! All of your favorite craft beers and perfectly paired wines will be served to highlight the great Beer Hall theme. Brat concessions offering the best sausages and German food in Maryland (food purchased a la carte). Enjoy authentic oompah and polka bands, keeping you moving along with great live music from your favorite regional bands. Contests, games and giveaways galore, including the Stein Holding Contest and the Biggest Beer Belly contest! Wear your German attire and get a free souvenir bag. VIP admission includes 2 hour early access, Baltimore Beer Week Opening Tap Celebration, souvenir glass, specialty tastings, VIP washrooms, and all you care to taste beer, wine and schnapps tastings. General admission includes souvenir tasting glass and all you care to taste beer. VIP $59 in advance, $68 on site; General $39 in advance, $45 on site. VIP access begins at 12PM; General admission 2PM-6PM. Lot H M&T Bank Stadium, 175 W Ostend St., Baltimore. http://dasbestoktoberfest.com/baltimore/show-info

Havre de Grace Oktoberfest. The 3rd annual Havre de Grace Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, beer, wine, and desserts. German music will be performed by Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, and accordion player Don Bitterlich. German merchandise and craft vendors will also be set up at the event, as well as a kid zone and moon bounce. Proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profits. FREE admission. 12PM-7PM. Frank J. Hutchins Park, 164 Congress Ave., Havre de Grace. http://www.explorehavredegrace.com/event/havre-de-grace-3rd-annual-oktoberfest/

The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival. The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival returns to Baltimore's Inner Harbor and includes live music, oysters, seafood dishes from local restaurants, beer wine, & specialty cocktails, and more! New this year is the Oyster Shucking Contest, pinning professional Oyster Shuckers against each other and the clock. Learn about oysters, their vital role to keeping our waters clean, how they grow, and where they come from. The festival will benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation & Waterfront Partnership's Healthy Harbor Initiative. Admission is FREE to attend but you need to purchase a ticket to eat oysters. $10 in advance, $12 at the event; includes your choice of 6 Raw Oysters, 6 Fried Oysters, or 4 Grilled Oysters. 1PM-5PM. West Shore Park, 401 Light St., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-great-baltimore-oyster-festival-tickets-36925017722

Blue Water Bash. The Blue Water Bash is Blue Water Baltimore's largest fundraiser of the year, bringing more than 300 environmentally-conscious people together for a fun-filled afternoon on the water. The event is informal and fun, and celebrates the work to use community-based restoration, advocacy, and education to achieve clean water in Baltimore. The proceeds generated from the Bash allow Blue Water Baltimore to keep their operations and programs strong and sustainable. $65 in advance, $75 at the door; $15 for kids 12 and under. 3PM-7PM. BoatHouse Canton, 2809 Boston St., Baltimore. https://www.bluewaterbaltimore.org/events/10th-annual-blue-water-bash/


Ravens vs. Bears (home). This week the Ravens take on da Bears at home. M&T Bank Stadium. Game time 1PM on FOX. If you don't have tickets, and are looking to hang with other Ravens fans to watch the game, we can help! Click here for a list of local places that have specials on Game Day.


Toast To The Tour Kitchens of Note. ​An evening of delicious lite fare as a preliminary celebration of the Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs Tour. Special performance by OrchKid's Jazz Ensemble and an opportunity to try the instruments you've always wanted to play with an "Instrument Petting Zoo." Pick up your tour program and entrance ID bracelet for the Kitchens of Note Tour. $40.00 with purchase of tour ticket or $50 without a tour ticket. 6PM-9PM. Menchy Music, 2444 Broad Ave., Timonium. http://www.kitchensofnote.org/toast-of-the-tour-party.html


Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs Tour. ​​Second annual Kitchens of Note and Symphony of Chefs Tour featuring six spectacular kitchens in Laurelford. On this self-guided tour you will experience unique, innovative and beautiful designs showcasing the visions of some of the area's finest architects, kitchen designers, builders and specialty contractors. Each home will feature a well-known local chef or caterer who will be preparing some of their favorite culinary treats for you to sample. Stunning table designs and floral displays created by local businesses will adorn each kitchen and complement the homeowner's decor. This event is sponsored by Baltimore Symphony Associates to Benefit the BSO Education Programs. $60. 10AM-3PM. Entry ID and program pick up location is the Mays Chapel United Methodist Church, 11911 Jenifer Rd., Timonium. http://www.kitchensofnote.org/home.html


Girls' Night Out. Created to encourage women of all ages to shop, dine and explore in historic Downtown Bel Air enjoying extended shopping hours in the various specialty boutiques and dining in the restaurants and pubs, the event kicks off at the Harford Artists Association with music and wine. Shop at a participating retailer and/or boutique during GNO hours and receive a 10% OFF coupon to a participating restaurant or pub. Coupons can only be acquired from participating retailers during the days and hours of GNO. Coupons can be redeemed at participating restaurants and pubs starting GNO evening until Sunday evening at restaurant closing hours. Click the link for a complete list of participating retailers, restaurants and pubs. It is truly a great time to grab your girlfriends and come to Downtown Bel Air for this fun shopping and dining experience! Plenty of free parking is available along Main and Bond Streets and in the Hickory Avenue Parking Garage. 5PM-8PM. Kick off at the Harford Artists Association, 37 N Main St, Bel Air. http://belairmaryland.org/girls-night-out/


Wine On The Water 2017 at Kurtz's Beach. What better way to celebrate a gorgeous day by the Chesapeake Bay than with dozens of area wineries, culinary artists and master artisans? Wine On The Water offers a high-end, all-encompassing festival that features a variety of vendors, musicians and attractions and unlimited sampling from all of the participating wineries in your souvenir Wine on the Water wine glass. This year there is an expanded layout allowing or more space and more food vendors offering a diverse selection of delicious eats. Enjoy a variety of musical acts scheduled throughout the event ranging from Caribbean steel drum to jazz to a Beatles cover band to a Nashville recording country star and more! Have fun with the Wine on the Water selfie station, wine glass painting and more. Proceeds to benefit University of Maryland Balitmore Washington Medical Center’s Tate Cancer Center. $40 general admission; $45 early admission, $20 designated driver and youth 13+. 12PM-6PM Saturday, 12PM-5PM Sunday. Kurtz's Beach, 2010 Kurtz Ave., Pasadena. http://wineonthewaterfest.com/


Haunts & History Tour of Bel Air. ​Journey back in time to enjoy the tales of Bel Air's most curious and mysterious history. Walk the streets lit by lanterns and visit some of the town's most legendary and haunted sites. Prior to the walking tour enjoy a Social Hour with refreshments provided by Sunny Day Cafe beginning at 4:30PM and Walking Tour at 5:30PM. Walking Tour for those not taking part in the Social Hour begins at 6:15PM. $40 Social Hour & Walking Tour; $10 Walking Tour only. 4:30PM-7:30PM. Historical Society of Harford County, 143 North Main St., Bel Air. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/haunts-history-tour-of-bel-air-tickets-37494788923


Ravens vs. Vikings (away). ​Week seven brings the Ravens against the Vikings. U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Game time 1PM on CBS. Grab your friends and head to a local hang out to watch the game! Click here for a list of local places that have specials on Game Day.


Toddler Time Halloween. The year's last B&O Railroad Museum Toddler Time is a Halloween celebration and costume parade! Choo Choo Blue, the museum's mascot, will lead the parade. Children can listen to a Halloween story, create a craft, enjoy a train ride through the fictional town of Choo Choo Blueville, and parade in costume around the Museum to collect special treats – all included with paid admission. Train rides not included in admission. General museum admission $18 adults, $16 seniors, $12 children ages 2-12; admission & train rides for B&O Members are FREE. 10:30AM-11:30AM. B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W Pratt St., Baltimore. http://www.borail.org/Halloween-Toddler-Time.aspx

Ravens vs. Dolphins (home). It's Thursday night football with the Ravens taking on the Dolphins at home! M&T Bank Stadium. Game time 8:25PM on CBS or The NFL Network. If you aren't going to the game, Thursday night games are a fun time to get out into the local Ravens' scene. Check out this list of local hangouts that feature specials on Game Day.


ArBOOretum. Back by popular demand, bring everyone out for a spooky night at Cylburn Mansion. Children will learn about bats, moths, and owls while they decorate pumpkins, make lanterns and trick or treat bags, play games, craft, and have their palms read by "Madame Cylburnia." Costumes encouraged! Snack on seasonal pies, treats and pumpkin spice lattes from Pie Time! $10 per child; adults free if accompanying a child. 6PM-8PM. Cylburn Arboretum Association, 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arbooretum-tickets-36687893477


Doors Open Baltimore 2017. The Baltimore Architecture Foundation, in partnership with AIABaltimore, presents the fourth annual Doors Open Baltimore, now expanded to a full weekend. From art galleries and historic landmarks, to breweries and cultural centers, Doors Open Baltimore presents a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse into Charm City's fascinating history through its architecture and the people who design and preserve it. Doors Open Baltimore 2017 starts on Saturday with self-guided exploration and free access to over 50 extraordinary spaces and places throughout Baltimore City. Sunday there is a full line-up of special events, tours, and activities including a bus tour hosted by Baltimore Heritage, a bicycle tour, guided neighborhood tours, Sunday worship services and church tours, and cemetery tours and other Halloween inspired events. Most special events require free registration. This is a self-guided event, and sites can be enjoyed by foot, bicycle, public transit, or car. Sites are organized into neighborhood clusters to minimize the amount of time you have to spend in transit. Rain or shine! FREE. 10AM-4PM both Saturday & Sunday. Various locations. Pick up your printed map and 2017 Pocket Guide on Saturday morning by visiting the Info Hub at the Maryland Historical Society, entrance located on Park Avenue between W Monument St. and W Centre St., Baltimore. http://doorsopenbaltimore.org/


BARCStoberfest 2017. ​​5K run, shopping market, beer garden, yoga, food trucks, costume contests...all with your dog - the 13th annual BARCStoberfest is here! As the area's largest pet-friendly festival, over 3,000 people and their pets will be in attendance to enjoy the Ready, Set…Sniff! 5K and one-mile walk-a-thon, great food, a beer garden, live music, entertainment and animal activities, including our annual Howl-o-ween Costume Contest. $40 entry fee for walk/race participation ($45 for race in person). Packet pick up for the race begins at 7:30AM, race begins at 9AM; festival activities are 9:30AM-2PM. Patterson Park (near the Pagoda), 27 S Patterson Park Ave, Baltimore. http://www.barcstoberfest.org/

Pumpkins in the Park. ​We take our pumpkins and our parks pretty seriously. Downtown Partnership's features musical performances, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, Toddler Maze, Moonbounce fun, free face paining and more. Bring a picnic or grab lunch on site while you enjoy the activities. Event is rain or shine. Pumpkins are one per child, while supplies last. FREE. 10AM-12PM. Center Plaza, Fayette and N. Charles Streets, Baltimore. https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=A64073C6-E875-E611-9919-000C29C83DF1


Clock Room Tours. Every Saturday at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower. Visit the tower and take a tour of our clock room! $5. Tours start at 11:30AM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, and 2:30PM. http://www.bromoseltzertower.com/events

Rhythms & Reels. April 29-October 29. Free outdoor movies and concerts at parks all around town during the late spring, summer and early fall months. Put on by Baltimore City Parks, you'll find these spread all around, so keep an eye on the location. Now in it's second year, 20 partners have come together to host over 140 events at 32 different locations. See the link for the entire list. http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/2017_Rhythms_Reels_Schedule.pdf

Baltimore Farmer's Market. April 23-December 17. While strolling through Maryland's largest producers-only market (producers-only meaning all vendors make what they sell), shoppers can revel at the sight of a vast quantity of foods, including crisp seasonal fruits and vegetables, poultry, seafood, beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, fresh baked goods, flavorful herbs and organically raised and produced milk, yogurt, butter, eggs and cheese products. Additionally, dozens of food vendors add spice to the market with multicultural cuisine such as popular pit beef sandwiches, omelets and breakfast burritos, crepes, wood fired pizzas, pies and quiches, soups, noodles and dumplings. Vegan items are sold as well. The bazaar offers shoppers a variety of unique crafts and collectibles including jewelry, handbags, hair accessories, clothing, rugs, pottery and wooden items, stained glass and photographs. Many Sundays also feature live music performances and cooking demonstrations. Sundays, 7AM-12PM. The market is located below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets.​​

Towson Farmer's Market. June 8-October 26. The Towson Farmers Market brings organic, locally grown foods and hand crafted products to the Towson community. Market held on Allegheny Avenue, every Thursday from 10:45AM-3PM until October 26. http://www.towsonchamber.com/towson-farmers-market/

Free Yoga. Saturdays during the summer, June 17-September 30. Come experience the Conservancy’s sponsored free Yoga – Mount Vernon Place – East Square. Bring your own mat and water bottle. Appropriate for all levels. Yoga continues outside every Saturday throughout the summer. Thanks to instructor Jude Asher for leading this group! On rainy days or days when it’s over 80 degrees by 8 am, please go directly to the Belvedere. In case of cancellation, a notice will be posted in this event. 8:30AM-9:45AM. Mount Vernon Place, 699 Washington Pl., Baltimore. http://mvpconservancy.org/events/

The Original Fells Point Haunted PubWalk. July 1-November 24. Step through the doors of some of Fell’s Point’s most haunted pubs for a fascinating haunted pub crawl tour of this historic maritime neighborhood. Taverns in Fells Point have always been the rowdy stomping grounds of locals and visitors alike looking for a good time and a drink, and today it’s no different. Join the crowd and belly up to the bar like times past. If your arms break out into goosebumps, and the hair on your neck stands up, it may be because ghost sightings have happened all around you. The Fells Point Haunted Pub Tour is for 21 and older only. $20. Saturdays and Sundays, 7PM-9PM. Meet outside Max's Taphouse, 731 S Broadway, Baltimore. https://baltimoreghosttours.com/

Literary Mount Vernon Walk. August 19-October 21. Follow in the footsteps of Baltimore's literary luminaries and discover the elegant brownstone mansions and majestic cultural institutions built by Baltimore's successful 19th century merchants and industrialists. Learn how a neighborhood of scholars, struggling artists and authors, newspaperman, philanthropists and social reformers offered rich opportunities to discuss and debate ideas and open new literary avenues. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased in advance. Tours begin outside the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Baltimore. https://2017literarymountvernonwalkingtour.eventbrite.com. 

Maryland Renaissance Festival. August 26-October 22, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. Once having finished your journey to the free parking lot, enter the gates of Revel Grove using your passport to merriment. You will be greeted with a map of the realm listing all of the locations and attractions the festival has to offer. With 8 stages, jousting, street entertainment and pub/tavern performances all included with your admission, there is so much to do and see, that not all of it can be experienced in one day. Ticket prices vary. Festival hours are 10AM-7PM. 1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis. https://www.rennfest.com/

Art Cart & Drop-in Art Activities: Cultures of the World. September 1-September 30. Drop-in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home. Each weekend features a new project so check back often to find out what we have in store. No registration required. The third weekend of each month also features a special Paint Party and Walk-in Tour. FREE. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-4PM. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. https://thewalters.org/events/event.aspx?e=4926

Walk-In Tours at the Walters. September 2-December 31. Meet in the Centre Street inner lobby. Each week there is a different topic covered. Check out the link for the tour schedule and topic. Tour schedules and topics are subject to change. Registration is not required. FREE. Saturdays & Sundays, 1PM-2PM. The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. https://thewalters.org/events/event.aspx?e=4923

Sweat in the Streets. September 6-November 15. The Under Armour Performance Center’s certified personal trainers will deliver a fun, functional, and dynamic workout every Wednesday. All you have to do is get in your workout gear and grab a friend to tag along. The workout will consist of interval training and will be sure to get your heart rate up. Bring a water bottle. FREE. Wednesdays, 12:15PM. Pratt & Light Plaza is located at the corner of Pratt & Light Streets, just outside the Transamerica Building. https://www.godowntownbaltimore.com/events/default.aspx?eid=F7E2D5F3-8886-E711-AB14-000C29C83DF1

The Amazing Acro-Cats Bounce into Baltimore. September 20-September 24. Real rescued acrobatic housecats perform, including the only all cat band in the entire world, live! The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats are a troupe of REAL performing house cats. The Acro-cats experience all started with Chief Executive Human and animal trainer Samantha Martin. Using the magic of clicker training (a stress-free positive reinforcement method), Samantha and the cats take their newfound amazing abilities on the road and tour the nations stages in the infamous Acro-cat bus. Cats riding skateboards, jumping through hoops, and Alley, the rising star, has even leapt into the Guinness Book of World Records, holding the record for the longest cat jump! The show finale features the world's only cat band, seen on national TV shows like the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and the 2017 Puppy Bowl broadcast on Animal Planet. The current band lineup features Oz on guitar, Asti on drums, Nue on keyboard, and brand new members: Ahi and Albacore on cowbell and woodblocks, Buggles on trumpet, and even a chicken - Cluck Norris - rockin the tambourine! A portion of the proceeds always benefits mobile foster and rescue efforts. Wednesday through Friday, September 20-22 showtime 7PM, Saturday September 23 showtimes 4PM & 7PM, and Sunday September 24 showtimes 1PM & 4PM. $38 VIP (seating in the front and first in line for the meet & greet after the show); $23 general admission with meet & greet after the show. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2961268