Ultimate Guide

Free Fall Baltimore

Free Fall Baltimore celebrates its 12th 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; or attend a performance of a new group, you'll find that there's plenty going on throughout the month in Baltimore.

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Free Fall: Art & Museums

Free Fall: Fairs & Festivals

Free Fall: For Kids

Free Fall: History & Heritage

Free Fall: Workshops

Free Fall: Art & Museums
Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits

October 1 - June 10 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art
October 1 - Opening Celebration
October 6 Free Curatorial Tour

Internationally acclaimed artist and trained architect Tomás Saraceno is creating a breathtaking site-specific work commissioned by the BMA for its East Lobby. Suspended in the air two stories high, the new sculpture, which also lends its name to an expanded exhibition of Saraceno’s work in the Museum, is comprised of clusters of iridescent-paneled modules held in place by a net of strings reminiscent of a spider web. Appearing somewhat like bubbles, these spherical modules evoke the artist’s visionary plans for “cloud cities,” which look to naturally occurring forms for inspiration and might provide environments for future human habitation. Similarly, the intricate spider web of ropes refers to a natural structure that encompasses the qualities of strength, beauty, and flexibility.

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Free Fall Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

October 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry

The BMI will host the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair (1pm-4pm), showcasing the entrepreneurial genius of kids ages 6-14, during an open house as part of Free Fall Baltimore—the citywide celebration of arts and culture.

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Free Fall at Jewish Museum of Maryland

October 29 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Jewish Museum of Maryland

Free Admission all day Spend the day at the Jewish Museum of Maryland! At the Jewish Museum of Maryland, we are storytellers. Our tales will make you question, make you laugh, make you think and feel deeply—no matter who you are—because it is stories that make us human. Through our exhibits and historic synagogues, including the 1845 Lloyd Street Synagogue, the fist synagogue in Maryland (third oldest in the country), we tell the stories of Maryland’s Jewish communities.

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Puppets in the Garden

October 9 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Black Cherry Puppet Theater

Baltimore's renowned Black Cherry Puppet Theater Presents, Puppets in the Garden, two Sundays of free puppet shows and puppet making workshops on October 15 & 22. Performances are at 1:00 & 3:30. Puppet making fun is between 1:30 & 3:30. No tickets are needed! Just come and watch a show, make a puppet, and enjoy the garden! Activities will be indoors or under tents in the event of rain.

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Iron Crow Theatre Presents The Wild Party

October 1 and 8 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Baltimore Theater Project

"How many frame ups? How many shake downs? Lockouts? Sellouts? How many times machine guns tell the same old story, brother does it take to make you wise?" Marc Blitzstein’s unabashedly anti-capitalist 1937 musical, The Cradle Will Rock, was the first musical ever shut down by the Federal Government for fear of societal revolt! A defiant indictment of capitalism and socio-political corruption, The Cradle Will Rock is as much an attack on wealth and the political power it unjustly wields, as it is an homage to those with nothing, fighting to survive. Bold, biting, and unapologetically Brechtian, The Cradle Will Rock is one of the most historically significant pieces of American theater ever to be written.

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents: Julius Caesar

October 4 - 5 | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Theatre

When a leader is no longer trusted, where is the line between patriotism and personal ambition? In this quintessential political thriller, Brutus weighs a role in an assassination conspiracy that will test his honor and loyalty. With its muscular language and bold intrigues, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar remains one of Shakespeare’s most recognizable and powerful dramas.

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Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art

October 1 - 31 | 5 -8 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Africa drawn from its own collection features photographs, prints, and drawings by David Goldblatt, Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto, Robin Rhode, and Diane Victor. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.

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Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask

October 1 - 31 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

This intimate exhibition of approximately 11 works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form.

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Oliver Herring: Areas for Action

Now - October 29 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

Covered in glitter, food dye, foil and other joyfully messy materials, 50 volunteers from all walks of life participated in Oliver Herring’s Areas for Action. This surprising series of daily public performances in a New York City gallery in 2010 is featured in 12 digital videos on view in the first gallery adjacent to the East Entrance.

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Anne Truitt: Intersections

Now - November 5 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

Five sculptural towers of color by the acclaimed artist Anne Truitt (1921-2004, American) are on view adjacent to the BMA’s Asian and African art collections. This juxtaposition, as well as brief in-gallery essays by the BMA’s curators of contemporary, Asian, and African art, invite visitors to contemplate the ways in which essential visual elements such as color and shape transcend time and geography.

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Imagining Home

Now - August 1, 2018 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

The inaugural exhibition for the BMA’s new Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center brings together more than 30 works from across the BMA’s collection to explore the universal theme of home. Visitors will discover paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, textiles, and works on paper from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands, as well as four miniature rooms, plus a variety of interactive features presented in three thematic areas.

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Black Box: Kara Walker & Hank Willis Thomas

Now - March 18, 2018 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

Salvation by Kara Walker, one of the most significant works in the BMA’s contemporary collection, and And I Can’t Run by Hank Willis Thomas, a recent promised gift to the Museum, start a critical conversation in the Black Box Gallery on slavery’s legacy.

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Spiral Play: Loving in the '80s

October 18 - April 15 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

For 40 years, Al Loving experimented with materials and process to expand the definition of modern painting, drawing on everything from free jazz to his family’s quilting tradition. In the 1980s, Loving broke free of the flat image, using heavy rag paper to make three dimensional collages in brilliant colors. Spiral Play features 12 of these collages, some of them monumental in scale.

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Front Room: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

October 25 - March 18 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

Los Angeles-based artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby will debut a suite of new paintings that draw upon her experience of moving from Nigeria to the United States, maintaining ties to her family in Nigeria, and building relationships in America.

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Opening Celebration: Tomás Saraceno

October 1 | 12 - 4 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

join the BMA for a fun-filled day of activities for all ages in celebration of Tomás Saraceno: Entangled Orbits! Take in a breathtaking aerial performance by In the Dark Circus Arts (1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.) Make giant geometric bubbles with Future Makers. Explore how an orb weaving spider spins its web with entomologist Dr. Sarah Stellwagen. Build an enormous tensile structure with a team from Morgan State University’s School of Architecture & Planning while learning some of the principles at play in Saraceno’s work and much more.

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Photographic Exhibition - People and Their People

October 7 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Baltimore American Indian Center

The Baltimore American Indian center heritage museum is proud to present a photographic exhibit by North Carolina native artist Julie Dixon. The exhibit illustrates the powerful connection between modern Native Americans and their ancestors. The heritage museum collection of traditional Indian art and artifacts will also be available to those attending.

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About/face Presents

October 8 | 8 - 10 p.m. | The Bun Shop

About/face is a Baltimore-based presenter, curating free, genre-melding events of contemporary art in many of its diverse and engaging iterations.

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Free Fall: Fairs & Festivals
AVAM's Free Fall Halloween Celebration

October 26 | 4- 7 p.m. | American Visionary Art Museum

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 AVAM's latest original mega theme exhibition: The Great Mystery Show, & tour the rest of our wonderland campus.

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Celebrate Baltimore Birds: Fall Festival

October 14 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.| Gwynns Falls Leakin Park

Celebrate Baltimore Birds Fest is an open to all ages fall festival. All activities are free with free admission, no tickets required! Come celebrate the outdoors with pumpkins, bird watching, cider and the beautiful fall colors here in Leakin Park!

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16th Annual Pigtown Festival

October 14 | 12 - 7 p.m.| Pigtown Main Street

The Pigtown Festival returns to Washington Boulevard on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14th, from 12-7PM, along the 700-900 blocks of Washington Blvd off MLK (across from the stadiums). Celebrating its 16th year on Pigtown Main Street, the annual Pigtown Festival is free to attend and features food trucks, arts & crafts vendors, and an awesome music lineup featuring Empresarios, The Players Band and Footwerk...and of course, our popular pie-eating contests and live pig races, Squeakness! Enjoy craft beer, food trucks, arts & crafts, kids zone and much more.

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Mushroom City Art Festival

October 21 | 1 - 9 p.m.| Leakin Park

With grant funding provided from Free Fall Baltimore - this is a free event! and with thanks to Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks! Mushroom City Art Festival is going into its fifth year! And, this year Mushroom City is collaborating again with Nature Art in the Park to integrate outdoor mushroom art installation into the nature art trails curated by Nature Art in the Park!! Held again this year at outdoors at Leakin Park: lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, film screenings, food, music and more all comprise Mushroom City!

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Doors Open Baltimore

October 28 - 29 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Maryland Historical Society

Visit Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places on a weekend of self-guided adventure. Free admission to over 50 buildings. Rain or shine. On October 28 – 29, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, in partnership with AIABaltimore, will present the fourth annual Doors Open Baltimore. Learn about Charm City’s fascinating history through its architecture and the people who design and preserve it.

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Free Fall: For Kids
Free Family Sundays

October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 2-5pm | Baltimore Museum of Art

Join us every Sunday for activities the entire family can enjoy. Explore your creative side with active hands-on art-making workshops in response to works on view. Free admission.

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The Maryland Zoo Free Admission

October 2 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Come visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 2 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.

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FazaFam Family Jam with Dance & Bmore

October 8, 15, 22 | 4 - 5 p.m. | Movement Lab

FazaFam Baltimore's Family Dance Jam is Back at a Brand New Location! Fazafam Baltimore's Family Dance jam combines games, easy moves and great music from Salsa to Disco, Hip-hop, Caribbean, Motown and more. 50 minutes of fun to strengthen your family in more ways then one! Sundays are Fundays with FazaFam at Movement Lab

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Baltimore's Gifted Meet & Greet with new Youth President and Pop-up

October 7 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Greenmount West Community Association

Join Baltimore's Gifted as we wrap up our 12 month artist residency at The New Greenmount West Community Association on October 7th from 5pm to 7pm! Meet & Greet with Brian Seymore who will serve as the new youth President of Baltimore’s Gifted in late 2018! Shop select styles from Baltimore’s Gifted youth artist and experience the New Greenmount West Community Center for Public Living Rooms and what they are providing for Baltimore City youth.

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Baltimore Children’s Business Fair

October 15 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Industry

The BMI will host the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair (1pm-4pm), showcasing the entrepreneurial genius of kids ages 6-14, during an open house as part of Free Fall Baltimore—the citywide celebration of arts and culture.

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10th Annual Harbor Harvest

October 15 | 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Rash Field

Join us for our 10th Annual Harbor Harvest on Sunday, October 15th from 10am to 2pm! Rash Field comes alive with an urban pumpkin patch, pony rides, a hay maze, petting zoo, trackless train, fall crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and more! The festival is free to attend but pony rides, the trackless train, and Kid’s Pass including pumpkin patch, are additional fees. NEW this year is the kid's costume parade and contest!

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Free Fall Friday Night at the National Aquarium

October 27 | 5 - 8 p.m. | National Aquarium

Join us after 5 pm on Friday, October 27, 2017, as we stand alongside the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and our cultural community during this month-long celebration of our beloved city’s thriving cultural scene. The Aquarium is proud to help bring awareness to all Baltimore has to offer by inviting thousands to share in–and be inspired to protect–the wonders of the underwater world.

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Free Fall: History & Heritage
Community Archives Workshop at UB

October 7, 14, 28 | 12 - 2 p.m. | University of Baltimore Langsdale Library (Learning Commons Building)

This free 2-hour long workshop provides tools and training that will help individuals, activists, and community organizations with ways to archive and preserve their documents, photos and artifacts. Light snacks will be provided. Spaces are limited!

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Shifting Views: People & Politics in Contemporary African Art

Now - December 3 | Wednesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA’s first exhibition of contemporary art from Africa drawn from its own collection features photographs, prints, and drawings by David Goldblatt, Gavin Jantjes, William Kentridge, Julie Mehretu, Senam Okudzeto, Robin Rhode, and Diane Victor. Each artist offers pointedly political perspectives on the lives of Africans and their diasporic descendants.

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Annet Couwenberg: From Digital to Damask

October 1 - 31 | 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

This intimate exhibition of approximately 11 works by Maryland-based artist Annet Couwenberg reveals the intersection of science, art, technology, and history that makes textiles such a fascinating art form.

Click here to learn more information

Black Box: Kara Walker & Hank Willis Thomas

Now - March 18, 2018 | Tuesday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art

Salvation by Kara Walker, one of the most significant works in the BMA’s contemporary collection, and And I Can’t Run by Hank Willis Thomas, a recent promised gift to the Museum, start a critical conversation in the Black Box Gallery on slavery’s legacy.

Click here to learn more information

Doors Open Baltimore

October 28 - 29 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Maryland Historical Society

Visit Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places on a weekend of self-guided adventure. Free admission to over 50 buildings. Rain or shine. On October 28 – 29, the Baltimore Architecture Foundation, in partnership with AIABaltimore, will present the fourth annual Doors Open Baltimore. Learn about Charm City’s fascinating history through its architecture and the people who design and preserve it.

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Free Fall: Workshops
Baltimore Classical Guitar Society: Meng Su, guitar master class

October 15 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

BCGS Master Class with BCGS Artist-in-residence MENG SU (1st prize winner of the Parkening International Guitar Competition, Faculty, St. Mary's College). Performers and auditors welcome! If you would like to attend, please sign up. We give preference to BCGS members and contributors. Tickets will be given out on a first come, first served basis, with guaranteed seating for the BCGS contributors.

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Prose Poetry Writing Workshop

October 5 - November 16 | 7 - 9 p.m. | EMP Collective

Prose Poetry writing workshop, led by Andrew Sargus Klein (MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore ), will include writing exercises; group discussion; and constructive feedback for writers of all experience levels. Writers will also have the opportunity for their work to be seen, heard, and responded to through free public readings.

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Heckel Farm - Circus Farm Classes

October 3, 10, 17, 24 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Heckel Farm

Heckel Farm is happy to share with you four free Circus Farm classes as part of Free Fall Baltimore 2017. These 90 minute classes each start with a half hour of circus warm up, where we will be exercising our skills with hula hoops and juggling lessons. Then the classes each spend an hour exploring the plant world on Heckel Farm.
Oct 3: Medicine Plant Walk
Oct 10: Seed Saving
Oct 17: Composting & Working Your Soil
Oct 24: Permaculture Food Forest

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Franco Platino, Guitar Master Class

October 1 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

Franco Platino is a graduate from the distinguished Artist Diploma program at Peabody and is recognized for his expressive interpretation and effortless virtuosity. Come hear him teach best practice strategies, warm up routines, and how to practice those blazing scales.

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Visions Christian School of Etiquette and Dance presents one day dance workshop FREEFALL BALTIMORE

October 7 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Blessed Sacrament Church

Get you blood flowing at this free dance workshop. All registrants must confirm ticket registration by calling 410-668-6868 prior to event.

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Community Archives Workshop at UB

October 7, 14, 28 | 12 - 2 p.m. | University of Baltimore Langsdale Library (Learning Commons Blding)

This free 2-hour long workshop provides tools and training that will help individuals, activists, and community organizations with ways to archive and preserve their documents, photos and artifacts. Light snacks will be provided. Spaces are limited!

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FREE FALL Urban Foli & Afro Mix Dance and Drumming Workshop for Families

October 21 | 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | The Motor House

Afro-Mix is a dance class that explores a variety of movements inspired by ‘found’ and created movement from countries in West Africa and across the African Diaspora. Recorded and/or live music will accompany the movement and set a lively backdrop for the class. Open to dancers of all experiences and backgrounds, whether socially or professionally trained.

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Manuel Barrueco, Guitar Master Class

October 29 | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Cohen-Davison Family Theatre

BCGS Master Class with Maestro MANUEL BARRUECO "Pre-College Guitar Virtuosos"

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