40+ Things to Do in October

Concerts + Shows

Free Fall Baltimore
Various dates | citywide
Now in its twelfth year, Free Fall Baltimore includes more than 300 free arts and culture events throughout Baltimore, including concerts, festivals, workshops, lectures, and other special events.
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Movie with the Orchestra: Jurassic Park
Oct. 1 | 3 p.m. | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Relive this thrilling science fiction adventure as it is projected in HD while the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs the original score.
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Love Never Dies
Oct. 3-8 | various times | Hippodrome Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sequel to The Phantom of the Opera will be on stage at the Hippodrome during this week.
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Rise Against
Oct. 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Pier 6 Pavilion
American melodic hardcore band Rise Against will rock Pier 6 Pavilion. Pierce the Veil and White Lung will also play.
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Cirque Goes Broadway
Oct. 13-15 | various times | Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Acrobats and aerialists will dazzle you as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays music from Broadways greatest shows.
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ZZ Top
Oct. 15 | 8 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
Texas rock, blues, and boogie trio ZZ Top will stop by the Hippodrome Theatre for one night only on their Tonnage Tour.
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The Color Purple
Oct. 17-22 | various times | Hippodrome Theatre
The 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival, The Color Purple, has conquered Broadway in an all new production directed by Tony winner John Doyle. See it at the Hippodrome Theatre during these dates. Click here for more information

Steely Dan
Oct. 24 | 8 p.m. | Pier 6 Pavilion
Listen to American jazz rock band and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Steely Dan live.
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Ray LaMontagne: Just Passing Through
Oct. 25 | 7 p.m. | Hippodrome Theatre
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ray LaMontagne passes through on his first acoustic tour in five years.
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Rocky Horror Picture Show Live Musical
Oct. 26-31 | 5:30 p.m., 8 p.m. midnight | The Motor House
Tickets to the annual interactive musical production by Iron Crow Theatre include a prop bag, script and potential pre-show lap dance, so audience members can truly be a part of the show. Proceeds from the production benefit Baltimore’s Moveable Feast charity.
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Parties + Festivals

We are ONE! CommUNITY Celebration
Oct. 1 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Movement Lab
Join Movement Lab for the last yoga class of their Sunday Night Vibez series, and stay for a party featuring live music with the Big Little Band, free plant-based food catered by Chef Maddie Grose, and an open mic session where people are encouraged to share stories of healing through movement. There will also be dancing, drinks, and door prizes.
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The Great Mystery Show Preview Party
Oct. 6 | 7-10 p.m. | American Visionary Art Museum
Get a sneak peek at the American Visionary Art Museum’s newest exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, an exhibit that playfully explores mystery as the secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred. The preview party includes light hors d’oeuvres and beverages and music by DJ Carl Jr. of Collective DJs.
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Fell’s Point Fun Festival
Oct. 7-8 | Fell’s Point
Enjoy live music, food and local vendors at the 51st annual neighborhood festival in the heart of the historic Fell’s Point.
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Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race and Port Festival
Oct. 9-12 | Canton, Fell’s Point, Harbor East, Inner Harbor
The race is from Annapolis to Portsmouth, Virginia, but Baltimore hosts pre-race activities and events like a salute to schooners, parade of boats around the harbor, and open docks.
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The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival
Oct. 14 | 1-5 p.m. | West Shore Park
The festival includes live music, lost of oysters, seafood dishes from local restaurants, family-friendly activities, and beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. New this year will be an oyster-shucking contest. There will also be a silent auction.
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Harbor Harvest
Oct. 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Rash Field
A pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and hay maze are just a few of the fun, fall activities at this annual festival. There will also be pony rides, fall crafts, food trucks, face painting, a costume parade, live entertainment, and more.
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Oct. 21 | noon-7 p.m. | Irvine Nature Center
Celebrate the delights of autumn during this day of music, food, and fun. There will be a hay ride, magic show, jugglers, pumpkin painting, cooking demonstrations, pumpkin bowling, and more.
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Baltimore Running Festival
Oct. 20-21 | Various times | Throughout the city
The annual festival features fun wellness activities that are free, and open to the public. Check of the Nava Health and Vitality Expo, where you can find deals on active wear and health care products, or on race day October 21, visit the BGE Home Celebration Village, which features live music, interactive games, a kids fun zone and food and drink options.
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Beer + Spirits

The Southside Stakes
Oct. 1 | 7-10 p.m. | R. House
Up-and-coming Baltimore bartenders will mix, shake, and stir regional spirits at this bartending competition at R. House. The night will also include a DJ, beer by Union Craft Brewing, and a raffle for some professional bar tools. Each ticket includes a $10 gift card to R. House; proceeds will be donated to the House of Ruth. Click here for more infromation

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival
Oct. 7 | 1:30-5 p.m. | Canton Waterfront Park
Sample beer from more than 40 Maryland craft breweries, as well as suds from a homebrew competition, while also enjoying live music, local food, and outdoor games. Ticket includes a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited beer samples.
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Baltimore Beer Week
Oct. 13-22 | citywide
Now in it’s ninth year, this beer festival includes dozens of events, including tasting competitions, tap parties, brew tours, and bar crawls, not to mention special brews and prices at many Baltimore bars.
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Pints in the Park
Oct. 13 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Center Plaza
This outdoor happy hour features live music, corn hole, Ping-Pong, local beer, and wood-fired pizza. There is no cover charge, but be sure to bring cash for beverages and food. The event is kid and pet friendly.
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Rye Day
Oct. 13 | 6-11 p.m. | Rye Street Tavern
Enjoy Chef Andrew Carmellini's American fare, waterfront views, & Sagamore Spirit cocktails and live music at the newly opened Rye Street Tavern.
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Das Best Oktoberfest
Oct. 14 | 2-6 p.m. | M&T Bank Stadium
Maryland’s biggest beer festival brings more than 150 international, domestic, and local beers (plus wines and schnapps) for sampling at M&T Bank Stadium. There will also be live oompah and polka bands, as well as concessionaires offering brat sausages and German food.
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Baltimore Beer Week Pub Science
Oct. 19 | 7-9 p.m. | The Wharf Rat, 801 S. Ann St.
Uncover the science behind some of your favorite beers and see demonstrations, science experiments and more at the event co-sponsored by the Maryland Science Center and Heavy Seas Brewery.
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Oct. 21 | noon – 4 p.m. | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Enjoy live music, German-inspired food, and unlimited sampling of more than 60 seasonal brews at this fun, fall-flavored beer fest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. You ticket includes all-day admission to the zoo and a commemorative sampling glass; non-drinking tickets for designated drivers are also available.
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The Original Fell’s Point Ghostwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
March-November: Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.
Picture Fell's Point as it was, a rowdy seaport town, the birthplace of the sleek and dangerous Baltimore Schooner ship. Its streets full of sailors from foreign lands spilling off ships, immigrants anxious to start a new life, ladies of the night looking to make ends meet and all the characters looking to make a living in the maritime industry. Given this colorful combination, is it any wonder that many spirits remain behind? Explore the many haunted pubs, shops and residences on this tour.

The Fell's Point Haunted Pubwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
July-November: Fridays and Saturdays, 7 p.m.
Step through the doors of some of Fell's Point's most haunted pubs for this fascinating tour of the historic maritime neighborhood. If your arms break out into goosebumps and the hair on your neck stands up, it may be because ghost sightings have happened right where you are sitting. Participants can choose to buy a drink, relax and hear tales of that haunted tavern and ghost stories from nearby sites. Must be at least 21 years old.

The Mount Vernon Ghostwalk
By: Baltimore Ghost Tours
Saturdays in October, 8 p.m.; groups of five or more, any time, year round
Mount Vernon, Baltimore's cultural center may be more "spirited" than you think. Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood that was home to many of Baltimore's leading citizens. Hear about those who have never checked out of the Belvedere, a séance gone wrong and more than one grand dame who still oversees the activities of her home. Pull back the curtain and peer into the other side.

Día de los Muertos Community Altar
Oct. 18-Nov. 5 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Walters Art Museum
Members of the public are welcome to bring items to place on this community altar at the Walters Art Museum in honor of loved ones who have passed.
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American Visionary Art Museum’s Free Fall Halloween Celebration
Oct. 26 | 4-7 p.m. | American Visionary Art Museum
At this free event, you can explore the American Visionary Art Museum’s latest exhibition, The Great Mystery Show, and create a eerie lantern. Bring your own glass jar; all other materials will be provided.
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Oct. 27-29 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Parents and kids of all ages: Get your costume ready and join the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore for free tick-or-treating, costume contests, fun carnival games, bounce houses, live entertainment, food, and more. ZooBooo! Is free with zoo admission, but some games may require additional fees.
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BOOseum Bash!
Oct. 28 | all day | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Boogie to hair-raising tunes, have a boo-tiful design painted on your face, or learn about creepy, crawly and cool bugs. Don’t forget to wear your costume!
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Witches & Wizards Weekend
Oct. 28-29 | 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | B&O Railroad Museum
Come dressed as your favorite wizard or witch for a day of magical fun! Hop on board Platform 2 3/4 to the Wizard & Witches Express, or take part in a sword demonstration, herbology class, edible potions class, or wand-making activities.
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Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival
Oct. 28 | 3:30 p.m. | Patterson Park
The Creative Alliance welcomes the community for a kids costume contest, lantern making workshops, hayrides, yoga, live music, and an arts and craft market followed by a lantern parade after the sun sets.
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Halloween 2017: Strangest Things
Oct. 28 | 8 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
PowerPlant Live! will turn into the upside down for this Halloween party. Tickets include access to every bar in the complex, a costume contest, and live music.
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Día de los Muertos Community Celebration
Oct. 29 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Walters Art Museum
Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day the of the Dead) with traditional dance performances and art-making activities. Enjoy special food and drink, and take tours of the collection in English and Spanish.
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Annual Halloween Tour of Edgar Allan Poe’s Grave
Oct. 31 | 6-9 p.m. | Westminster Hall and Burying Ground
For some extra spooky Halloween fun, consider touring the hall, catacombs, and burying ground of the final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe. Count Dracula will perform eerie music on a fully restored organ, and there will be readings of Poe’s poems and sonnets.
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Free Drop-in Classes
Saturdays and Sundays | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Walters Art Museum
Drop in, explore cool materials, and create a work of art to take home every Saturday and Sunday. Each weekend features a new project. No registration required.
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First Friday at the Maryland Science Center
Oct. 6 | 5-8 p.m. | Maryland Science Center
Every first Friday of the month, the Maryland Science Center welcomes visitors for just $10 from 5-8 p.m.
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Free Family Sundays at the Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct. 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 2-5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art
Explore your creative side with hands-on art workshops in response to works on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art.
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Creative Yoga

Meditative Yoga in the Galleries
Oct. 8 | 11:45-12:30 p.m. | Walters Art Museum
Instructor Alex D’Agostino will an hour-long meditative yoga session in the galleries followed by a discussion about the surrounding artwork. Bring your own yoga mat or towel.
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Yoga at the Zoo
Oct. 12 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
From downward dog to cobra, animals have been a core element of yoga poses for centuries. This hour-long Vinyasa-style yoga class takes place right next to the Penguin Coast exhibit (weather depending). Tickets include same-day admission to the zoo, a drink from Truly Spiked & Sparkling (21+ only), and a meet and greet with a penguin ambassador.
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