Free Fall Baltimore celebrates its 11th year by featuring an array of free cultural activities. With more than 300 unique events scheduled, you'll be able to find an exciting activity on almost every day in October. Free Fall encourages participants to search out something new. Whether you visit a cultural organization that you don't know; take a class in a new art form; attend a performance of a new group, you'll find that there's plenty going on throughout the month in Baltimore.
Here's your chance to get a taste of the many performances, workshops, classes, exhibitions, lectures, festivals, concerts, and tours that are available in Baltimore year round. Try them out in October and come back for more during the other 11 months.
Here's just a sampling:
Free Family Sundays at the BMA
Baltimore Museum of Art
October 2, 9, 16, 30 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Bring the whole family for drop-in art-making workshops held each week from 2-5 p.m. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Art educators provide instructions and all materials are supplied. Free admission. October 2 – Construct animal masks in an art activity. October 9 – Create your own protest posters in an art activity October 16 – Make a zine in an art activity October 30 - Try charcoal and chalk figure drawing in an art activity. Free admission.
Celebration of the Orchid - Art Exhibit and Program Series
H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens of Baltimore
Friday, September 30 to October 9, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Vendors, art exhibit, lectures, and more! This celebration is presented in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society and Free Fall Baltimore. Through the duration, MOS members will be on hand for discussion and questions, with prize-winning orchids in a rotating display. There will be a selection of plants and potting materials for sale. Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2 – FEATURED VENDOR, The Little Greenhouse,orchid specialists, will be selling orchids and tropicals from their shop on Harford Road. Wednesday, October 5, 10 – 11 a.m. – FREE orchid potting workshop with Alice Hisley and Bob Johnston. Wednesday, October 5, 6 – 8 p.m. – FREE Artists Reception. Thursday, October 6, 1 – 4 p.m. & 6 – 9 p.m. – Wine and Paint – registration required, with fee. Visit our website for more info. Friday, October 7 – FREE lecture with Dr. Riley – time and topic TBD
The Teen Summit
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
The Teen Summit: Stop the Violence provides safe and artistic spaces for youth to process the adversity they have faced in their lives, brainstorm solutions to prevent and reduce gun violence, and become change agents. Youth will participate in workshops on conflict resolution, skill-building and creative nonviolent expression through music, writing, visual arts, and media. The summit includes a keynote presentation by Kevin Powell, a youth panel, and a culminating spoken word and hip hop performance by Speak Life Tour that promotes peace and non-violence. Special guest is rapper Lil Key, from The Rap Game. Recommended for ages 12 - 19. Free with lunch included, but online registration is required.
Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival 2016
Friday, September 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM through Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 10:00 PM
This 3-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy. The event will be enhanced with Italian food, wine, music, theater and dance in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood.
AVAM’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
American Visionary Art Museum
Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Join us for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM! 4-7pm: Free "Lumin-Eeries" Lantern-Making Workshop! Monsters & their Mummies are invited to create their own eerie luminary lantern, BYO Glass Jar (any size w/ label removed), all materials: glue, paper, googly eyes & bling provided; ALL AGES family workshop in our Sculpture Barn & Face Painting too! 5-7pm: Free Museum Admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition: Yummm! the History, Fantasy and Future of Food, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus. 7pm: Free Fall Flick: Young Frankenstein (1974)! Bring a blanket and get cozy on Federal Hill, as our critically acclaimed outdoor movie series, Flicks From The Hill, makes a special, one night only October appearance. Costumes encouraged! (Movie rain location: inside AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd floor) Don't miss the phantasmic fun @ AVAM in conjunction with FREE FALL BALTIMORE
Free Admission at the Maryland Zoo
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Thursday, October 5, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Come visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 5 to help kick off Free Fall Baltimore! The Zoo is open from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. Free admission offered at The Zoo's Main Gate, no ticket needed.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Friday, October 14, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents an open rehearsal as part of Free Fall Baltimore on Friday, October 14, 2016. Registration closes on Friday, October 7. Two revolutionary composers, both as musicians and as humanists, are explored by Vasily Petrenko, who made a strong impression on his last BSO visit. Written after the death of Stalin, Shostakovich’s pulsing and militaristic 10th Symphony is often called an “optimistic tragedy.” Beethoven complements the work with his tumultuous, war-like Coriolan Overture and the Third Piano Concerto, performed by emerging Israeli-born New Yorker Inon Barnatan, hailed as “superb” by The New York Times, and here making his BSO debut. Doors open at 9:15 am. Rehearsal runs from 10 am to approximately 12:30 pm. Please note: Admission after the 10 am start will be at the discretion of the BSO staff. Reservations are taken ONLY through the BSO website and closes on OCTOBER 7, 2016. Children under six will not be admitted. Tickets are not issued. You will receive an email confirmation after submitting the form. (Please call the Symphony for tickets - 410.783.8000). Seating is unreserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
Be sure to check out our Free Fall Ultimate Guide, which lists all of the Free Fall events by category.
For a complete list of Free Fall Baltimore events, visit their website at freefallbaltimore.org.