Ultimate Guide

Free Fall Baltimore

Free Fall Baltimore celebrates its 15th year by featuring an array of free cultural activities. With more than 200 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: Workshops

Free Fall: History & Heritage

Free Fall: Art & Museums
Free Fall Baltimore at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

Baltimore Museum of Industry
Oct. 12, 12 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The BMI will host the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair (12-3pm), 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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Jewish Museum of Maryland Tour

Jewish Museum of Maryland
Oct. 6, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Join us to explore the Lloyd Street Synagogue, the oldest Synagogue in Maryland and the third oldest Synagogue in the whole of the U.S.

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Puppets in the Garden

Black Cherry Puppet Theater
Oct. 20 and 27, 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Two Sundays of FREE puppet making workshops and performances at Black Cherry!

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Celebrating Progressive Art Studios

Make Studio, Schwing Art Center
Oct. 4, 6-9 p.m.
Oct. 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.
A neuro-diverse celebration of art, the Make Studio is bringing a collection of artists from progressive art centers around the world. The Make Studio is one of several dozen progressive art studios in the world and is committed to providing arts programs for persons with disabilities.

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Contra & Square Dances

Oct. 12, 7:30-11 p.m.
Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter - Heart Hall
Oct. 23, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Lovely Lane United Methodist Church
Enjoy live music and learn contra and square dancing with the Baltimore Folk Music Society. Dancers of all ages are welcome at this family-friendly event.

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English Country Dance

Church of the Nativity and Holy Comforter - Heart Hall
Nov. 4, 7:30-11 p.m.
Enjoy live music and learn English Country dancing with the Baltimore Folk Music Society. Dancers of all ages are welcome at this family-friendly event.

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Baltimore Museum of Art Free Art-Making

Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27; 2 - 5 p.m.
Join the BMA every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. for free art-making workshops. Drop-in for hands-on fun the entire family can enjoy. No registration required. All materials are provided. Generously sponsored by Wilmington Trust.
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The Walters Art Museum Walk-in Tours

The Walters Art Museum
Oct. 5, 12, 20, 26
Free walk-in tours feature unique themes and aspects of the museum’s extensive collection and are open to visitors of all ages. Every Saturday and Sunday, 1–2 p.m. On the first Saturday of each month, the Walters offers a free tour in Spanish from 1 to 2 p.m. No registration required. Please meet in the Centre Street lobby.

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

American Visionary Art Museum
October 30, 4- 7 p.m.
Join AVAM for another freaky Free Fall Halloween Celebration at AVAM! Free Monster Mash-Up Workshop! Free Monster Mash-Up Workshop! Boos and ghouls of all ages are invited to create their own paper monster! All templates, markers and sparkly bits provided. Join this ALL AGES family workshop in our JRVC, 3rd Floor & Face Painting too! 4pm-7pm Free Museum Admission! Explore the latest AVAM exhibition, The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!), & tour the rest of our wonderland campus.

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Mushroom City Art Festival

Carrie Murray Nature Center
Oct. 5, 1 - 9 p.m.
Mushroom City Art Festival is going into its seventh year! With both a focus on personal and planetary healing, MCAF is an informative and interactive exploration of mushrooms with foraging, identification, cultivation, and psilocybin research, all part of our event. Art inspired by this mysterious, mycelial life form will be featured alongside hands-on workshops and educational discussions revealing the many real-world applications for mushrooms in contemporary life.

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Doors Open Baltimore

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation
Oct. 5 - 6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Visit Baltimore’s most interesting spaces and places on a weekend of self-guided adventure. Free admission to over 50 buildings. Rain or shine. 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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Northwest Healthy Neighborhoods Community Festival

Hilton Elementary School
Oct. 5, 1-5 p.m.
A celebration of the community, this festival offers games, youth activities, arts & crafts, fitness activities, food vendors, live music, and a showcase of local community resources.

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Baltimore International Black Film Festival

Venues Vary
Oct. 9-14, times vary
Film aficionados can watch feature films, narratives, documentaries, shorts, web series, and new media that highlight the experiences of African Americans, the African Diaspora, and members of the LGBT community. This year’s theme is “Reel Unity,” using the power of film to create unity.

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Charm City Fringe Festival

Bromo Arts District
Oct. 10-20
Those looking for an experience beyond the ordinary need look no further than the quirky, cutting-edge, and up and coming entertainment offered by Charm City Fringe. Performances will range from puppetry, musical theater, to burlesque, improv, and more.

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Free Fall: For Kids
Drop-In Art Activities

Baltimore Museum of Art
Oct. 6 - 7, 11 - 12, 20, 26 - 27
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Drop-in, explore materials and create a work of art to take home. Each weekend features a new project, so check back to discover what we have in store.

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The Maryland Zoo Free Admission

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Come visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 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

City Arts 2, 1700 Greenmount Ave
Oct. 13, 20, & 27, 5-5:45 p.m.
Music, dancing, games, and many memories are to be made with FazaFam-the dance & Bmore family jam, bringing family and fitness together.

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Baltimore Children’s Business Fair

Baltimore Museum of Industry
Oct. 12, 12 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The BMI will host the Baltimore Children’s Business Fair (12-3pm), 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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Harbor Harvest Fall Children's Festival

Rash Field
Oct. 6, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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.

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Free Fall Friday Night at the National Aquarium

National Aquarium
Oct. 25, 5-8 p.m.
Octopi, sharks, jellyfish, blue crabs, and a gigantic green sea turtle – all in one place. One night of underwater wonders is offered free to visitors of the National Aquarium.

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Spooky Tuesdays, Cinema in the Dell

Wyman Park Dell
Oct. 8 & 15, 6-10 p.m.
All are welcome at movie night; bring a blanket and find a spot on the hill to enjoy the movie. Coco will be shown on October 8 and Beetlejuice will be shown on October 15.

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Free Fall: Workshops
An Evening with Comedian and Anti-School Bullying Advocate Fred Watkins

Corner Community Center Auditorium, 5802 Roland Ave
Oct. 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Comedian, advocate, actor, and producer, Fred Watkins, will share information on how to foster a healthy and supportive workplace. Fred uses his own stories and comedy to motivate people and foster an environment of empathy.

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The Play’s the Thing

Great Hall Theater, 3900 Roland Ave
Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25, 7-8:30 p.m.
Young performers between the ages of 14-18 are invited to join Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s teaching artists onstage for a fun night of exercises related to performing Shakespeare. Come to one workshop or all four, all experience levels are welcome. Family and friends are invited to observe or attend a lecture & discussion on What Makes Shakespeare Shakespeare running at the same time as the workshop.

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Bookmaking with Instinct

Charm City Meadworks, 400 E Biddle St
Hardcover Classic – Oct. 6, 2-4 p.m.
O Accordion My Accordion – Oct. 13, 2-4 p.m.
Pamphlet Party – Oct. 20, 2-4 p.m.
What’s in a Book? – Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m.
Closing Time FreeFall Showcase – Nov. 3, 2-4 p.m.
Participants will make their own books out of unlikely materials and learn about the art and process of bookmaking. Tools, supplies, and instructions will be provided, and participants will get to keep the books they make.

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A Haunted Open Mic

Impact Hub, 10 E North Ave
Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m.
A youth driven open mic night that allows young Baltimore creative spirits to express themselves and come together.

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Gender in Coffee Screening and Panel

The SNF Parkway, 5 W North Ave
Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Free coffee, donuts, cinema, and conversation will be presented by Thread Coffee. The Baltimore premiere of the Gender in Coffee Documentary will be followed by a panel discussion on the film.

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Notes on Notes: The Intersection of Music and Writing

Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Rd
Nov. 3, 6-7 p.m.
The intertwining of music and literature is explored in a series of short readings and a brief panel discussion. Audience members will then be able to participate in a songwriting workshop open to all levels of experience and abilities.

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Free Fall: History & Heritage
Doors Open Baltimore

Maryland Historical Society
Oct. 5 -6, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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 6-7, 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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