40+ Things to Do this September in Baltimore

Family Friendly

Zoo Bop
Sept. 1 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Kids, get your dancing shoes on and singing voice ready! Zoo Bop is a children’s outdoor music festival at the Zoo. Families will enjoy live performances from kid-approved rockstars! Plus, bop around to kids vendors, food trucks, and fun activity tables. You won’t want to forget to explore the Zoo, too. All-day Zoo admission is included with every ticket.

Trucks for Tots
Sep. 9 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. | Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Big trucks are coming to the Zoo! A variety of big trucks and emergency vehicles will be “on exhibit” at the top of Buffalo Yard Road, inside the Zoo. Kids of all ages are welcome to come to visit the trucks, take pictures, touch, and even go inside some of these amazing vehicles!

Build-A-Boo: Two Day Puppet Making Workshop
Sep. 11 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | American Visionary Art Museum
Back by popular demand, create your own furry monster friend with puppet master Tiffany Lange of Charm City Puppets! In this hair-raising two-day program, participants will build a scary (or silly) hand and rod monster puppet.

Summer Socials at West Shore Park
Sep. 14 | 5 – 9 p.m. | West Shore Park
Summer Socials feature live music by a local band, kids activities, food trucks, bar service, and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain.

Star-Spangled Banner – Defenders’ Day Weekend
Sep. 15 – 16 | Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
Experience the premiere event held at Fort McHenry which commemorates the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner," and the successful defense of Fort McHenry from British invasion during the War of 1812.

Hispanic Heritage Month in Baltimore
Sep. 15 – Oct. 15 | Various Locations
Celebrate the Hispanic Heritage in Baltimore. With over 25 thousand Latinos in Baltimore, this community has influenced many neighborhoods in the city. Explore the culinary scene and visit museums that will be hosting events for the family and kids.

Walking Tour of Mount Vernon
Sep. 16 | 10 a.m. | Mount Vernon Place
Go back to the mid-19 century when Mount Vernon was home to the riches and famous Baltimoreans. Learn about the historic neighborhood and climb the 227 step monument, the first monument dedicated to George Washington.

Civil War Days
Sep. 22 – 23 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | B&O Railroad Museum
Travel back in time to the American Civil War at the B&O. See live history presentations and medial displays by a Civil War surgeon. Meet the soldiers and learn about camp life, the gear they carried, and troop travel by train.

Fee-Free Day at Fort McHenry
Sept. 22 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine
Celebrate National Public Lands Day by finding your park at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine! National Public Lands Day is recognized as the largest, single-day volunteer effort for people to visit, maintain, and connect with their public lands. In celebration of National Public Lands Day, entrance fees to public lands across the country will be waived.

Pics in the Park
Sep. 27 | 7:30 – 9 p.m. |Center Plaza
Pics in the Park is a free outdoor movie series on the lawn in Center Plaza. Coco will be the movie for that night.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2018
Sep. 28 – 30 | 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Baltimore Convention Center
The 18th annual Baltimore-Con once again brings hundreds of the world’s greatest cartoonists and comics creators and millions of comic books.

Food and Drink

Free Show! The Love Boat - Yacht Rock All-Stars
Sep. 1 | 5 – 10 p.m. | UNION Craft Brewing
Send off summer with some cold beer and smooth classic jams.

Farewell to Summer Soiree
Sep. 6 | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry
Enjoy a waterfront celebration featuring Chef's Expressions cuisine, summer-inspired cocktails, live music, photo booth fun, open beer & wine, ice cream sandwich bar and more.

First Friday featuring Union Craft
Sep. 7 | 1 – 10 p.m. | Atomic Books

Whiskey on the Waterfront
Sep. 8 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Sagamore Spirit
Enjoy waterfront views, refreshing cocktails, beer, wine and live music.

Pints in the Park
Sep. 14 | 5 – 8 p.m. | Center Plaza
This popular outdoor happy hour features live music, corn hole, ping pong, and more. Local beer and wine will be sold for stellar happy hour prices.

Brews & Views
Sep. 20 | 6 – 9 p.m. | Harbor Point
Baltimore’s newest summer concert series will feature live local music, food trucks, bar service by Dooby's, free giveaways, vendors and more!

Charm City Night Market
Sept. 22 | 4 - 11 p.m. | Charm City Night Market
Coinciding with the Lunar Mid-Autumn Festival, the first-ever Charm City Night Market will host musical acts, artists, food vendors, storytellers, and cultural ambassadors - all converging on an historic block of Baltimore’s Chinatown.

Around The World Bar Crawl
Sept. 22 | 2 – 10 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Power Plant Live! is bringing twelve different countries to Baltimore for a day. Traveling around the world has never been so easy and fun. Experience a different country at each bar through themed beer, cocktails, shots and food. Get your passport stamped at each site, have a drink or two and try to make it around the world in one day!


Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival
Sep. 7 – 10 | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Little Italy
Fifty-one artists from Italy, Mexico and all over the US will paint the street classical and 3D contemporary works with chalk and chalk tempera. The Festival is visually exquisite and this year is enhanced by performances by over 100 musicians.

Hampdenfest 2018
Sep. 8 | 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | W 36th St.
Join this Baltimore neighborhood for a day fill of local food, drinks, music, art and more.

Bacon Jam: A Bacon, Bourbon & Music Festival
Sep. 8 | 1 – 5 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Bacon lovers unite! Power Plant Live! is celebrating the greatness of bacon! Local vendors from all over the city will be serving up a variety of bacon-based dishes and quench your thirst with bacon-inspired cocktails. Groove out to local jam bands while walking around in a bacon-lover’s nirvana.

Heavy Seas Food Truck Festival
Sep. 9 | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Heavy Seas Beer
Head over to Heavy Seas for their first ever Food Truck Festival, in collaboration with Maryland Best Food Trucks, to support the Maryland Food Bank!

5th Annual Baltimore Seafood Fest
Sep. 15 | 12 – 7 p.m. | Canton Waterfront Park
Experience Baltimore's best seafood at the 5th Annual Baltimore Seafood Fest. Try over 40 local restaurants, shop from local vendors, listen to live music, and enjoy the waterfront view.

Rally in the Alley XVI
Sep. 15 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
This is one of Baltimore’s biggest outdoor music festivals featuring The Rockets, Regional DJ's, festival and bar games, confetti cannons, giveaways, and more!

Charm City Night Market
Sep. 22 | 4 – 11 p.m. | Park Ave.
This epic outdoor block party will connect Lexington Market to Park Avenue, spanning the city’s intertwined communities of color. Bounce between fun, insightful performances, dope food from local vendors, and a soju/sake/beer garden while learning something, meeting someone new, and envisioning a future where we all party together late into the night.

Pigtown Festival
Sept. 22 | 12 – 7 p.m. | Pigtown Main Street

Baltimore magazine's Music Festival
Sept. 22 | 4 – 10 p.m. | Union Collective
Join Baltimore magazine and UNION Craft Brewing at the brand-new Union Collective on September 22 for our first-ever Music Festival, featuring a lineup you won't want to miss.

Cherry Hill Arts & Music Festival
Sep. 22 | 12 – 8 p.m. | Middle Branch Park
CHAMF gives festival attendees the extraordinary opportunity to enjoy live music performances and artist demonstrations, entertain their families with interactive “ARTivities” and learn about the cultural vibrancy of South Baltimore all while activating green spaces in Middle Branch Park.

Baltimore Book Festival 2018
Sep. 28 – 30 | 11 a.m. | Baltimore Inner Harbor
is Baltimore’s premier celebration of the literary arts and features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally-known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, workshops, hands-on projects for kids, live music and a thoughtfully curated local food and beverage program.

Oktoberfest Live!
Sep. 29 | 3 – 7 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Dig out your lederhosen and get ready for unlimited sampling of over 150 beers featuring international, local craft, fall seasonal, marzen and oktoberfest!! Whether you are stuffing your face with pretzels & brauts, competing in the Stein Holding or chicken dancing to the live music there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Concerts and Shows

Dancing at Lughnasa
Sep. 4 – Oct. 7 | Everyman Theatre
Irish master storyteller Brian Friel casts a nostalgic and transportive Tony Award-winning tale of five unmarried sisters and a household framed by their strength and persistence, where “anything goes”—until it doesn’t.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out Live
Sep. 7 | 8 p.m. | Royal Farms Arena

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sep. 13 – Oct. 14 | Various showtimes | Baltimore Center Stage
In this enduring American classic, family ties and layers of lies collide over the course of one simmering Southern summer night. Themes of morality, greed, and desire play across the stage in this explosive drama about what can happen when illusions begin to unravel.

Celtic Thunder X Tour
Sep. 14 | 8:30 | The Modell Lyric
Don't miss the concert of the year! Join Celtic Thunder as they return to Baltimore September 14th, performing their chart-topping new show 'Celtic Thunder X'

End Of Summer Jam Featuring Nba Youngboy And Friends
Sep. 15 | 7 p.m. | MECU Pavilion

Anthony Jeselnik
Sep. 20 | 8 p.m. | The Modell Lyric

Madison McFerrin
Sep. 21 | 8 – 11 p.m. | The Motor House
Motor House brings Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter (and daughter of Bobby McFerrin) Madison McFerrin. Listen to her soulful take on a cappella.

Several Species: The PINK FLOYD Experience
Sep. 29 | 8 p.m. | MECU Pavilion

Museums and Exhibitions

Fourth Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open
Sep. 6 | 5 – 8:30 p.m. | The Walters Art Museum
The Baltimore Taxidermy Open is one of the city’s most eccentric and fascinating annual events. Presented by the Walters Art Museum and Bazaar, a Hampden shop specializing in natural history items and morbid gifts, the event invites visitors to get up close and personal with inventive works of contemporary alternative taxidermy as well as examples of taxidermy from the Walters’ collection.

Opening: The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head Exhibit
Sep. 22 – 23 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Have an out-of-this world, silly adventure with The Adventures of MR. POTATO HEAD® exhibit at Port Discovery! Crawl through a jungle cave, dig for treasure, go scuba diving, and command a space station as you think about all you can be and do!

Mark Bradford: tomorrow is Another Day
Sep. 23 – Mar. 3, 2019 | Baltimore Museum of Art
This exhibition takes on new meaning within the context of the Baltimore community and speaks to the artist’s belief in art as a platform to examine contradictory histories and effect positive change.


Yoga At The Zoo
Sept. 16 | 8 – 10 a.m. | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Animals have been a core element of yoga poses for centuries. From downward dog to cow, to lizard, cat and more, wildlife has a deep tie to this ancient practice. Now’s your chance to connect even closer to nature during Yoga at the Zoo. Whether you’re just beginning or you’re looking to perfect your practice, a 60-minute yoga class at the Zoo offers something wildly different.

Free Morning Yoga at AVAM
Every Tuesday this Month | 7 a.m. | American Visionary Art Museum
Start your Tuesday with some light yoga in the Sculpture Barn and Garden.