As the leaves turn in October, Baltimore is alive with plenty to do, including Fells Point Fest and Halloween.
Don't forget about Free Fall Baltimore, a promotion which runs the entire month of October. Sixty-nine local cultural organizations offer free admission to museums, puppet shows, art exhibitions, plays, walking tours, musical performances, festivals, dance workshops and more.
||Fells Point Fun Festival||
October 2-3, 2010, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fells Point Fest in Baltimore began as a small neighborhood festival more than 40 years ago as a way to raise money to keep the waterfront neighborhood from being sliced and diced by a planned interstate. Today, Fells Point Fun Festival is one of Baltimore's biggest events, attracting more than 700,000 for a weekend of music, food and drink.
||Final Orioles Game of the 2010 Season||
October 3, 2010, 1:35 p.m.
The Birds close the book on a 13th-straight losing season at Camden Yards against the Detroit Tigers. Tickets are available online, but something tells me you won't have a problem just getting one at the window a few minutes before the first pitch. While the O's lost 90-plus games for the fifth-straight year, they played terrific baseball once Buck Showalter took over the managerial position. With an exciting crop of young players and a proven winner in the dugout, will 2011 finally be the breakthrough season?
||Baltimore Beer Week||
Oct. 7-17, 2010
Baltimore Beer Week is a chance for Baltimoreans to celebrate their love for suds. We're talking much more than Natty Boh here. For ten days in October, Baltimore Beer Week features nearly 200 events, ranging from tastings to festivals, to food specials to concerts.
It's a city-wide celebration of all things beer. Events happen each day at venues throughout the city.
||Chocolate Festival at Lexington Market||
October 7-9, 2010, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Live music, magic, a chocolate-eating contest and a children's magic show. Held at the East Market Arcade, 400 W. Lexington St.
||Inner Harbor Art Festival||
Oct. 9-10, 2010
The annual Inner Harbor Art Festival features local and national artists exhibiting their finest work. It is a juried art show with an eclectic mix of artists. They line two locations in the harbor, manning display booths at which they sell art ranging from $25 to $25,000. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 10 to 5 on Sunday.
||17-year-old Ilyich Rivas conducts the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra||
Oct. 14-15, 2010, 8 p.m.
You didn't misread that: a 17-year-old kid will lead the BSO in Beethoven and Shostakovich at the Meyerhoff. Tickets are available online.
||So You Think You Can Dance? at 1st Mariner Arena||
Oct. 15, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Laugh at contestants from the popular TV show in person. Tickets, available online, start at $37.50
||Maryland Home, Garden, and Living Show||
October 15-17, 2010, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium hosts this annual showcase featuring more than 400 exhibitors, a display of Man Caves, the fall crafts show, and daily seminars.
Tickets are $9 for adults, $6 for seniors, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for kids under 6.
October 15-17, 2010, 5-9 p.m. on the 16th, Noon-9 p.m. on the 17th, Noon to 5 p.m. on the 18th
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church at 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. is the setting for the 36th-annual festival. Food, music, dancing and more is on the schedule. Admission is free on the 16th, and $2 on the 17th and 18th. Parking is free.
||Baltimore Running Festival||
October 16, 2010, 8 a.m.
The annual marathon, half-marathon, 5k, and kids fun run wind through the city. Celebration Village is located near the finish line near M&T Bank Stadium. It features live music, interactive games, food and drink on race day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The village is free and open to the public.
17, 2010, 10 a.m.
Harbor Harvest is a fun, free family event at the Inner Harbor. Featuring a hay maze, pumpkin patch and decorating, a petting zoo, and face painting, among other things, Harbor Harvest is a great way to spend a fall Sunday. Admission is free.
Oct. 23, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter fundraiser always is a barkin' blast. Food, live music, pet costume contests, animal demonstrations, animal experts, and pets for adoption. Held at Patterson Park.
||Disney on Ice at 1st Mariner Arena||
Oct. 27-31, 2010
Tickets, available online, start at $17 for this classic show.
||Zoo Boo at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore||
October 29-31, 2010, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Now in its 27th year, Zoo Boo features trick-or-treating, a costume contest, games, crafts, pumpkin painting, and of course, all the zoo's regular attractions. Held in the Waterfowl Lake Pavilion, regular admission prices apply.
||Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park||
October 30, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
The 10th-annual event cosponsored by the Creative Alliance features a Haunted Hamlet Festival from 3 to 7 p.m., followed by the parade and lantern show at 7:30. Both are free. This year's festivities include the first-ever pre-Parade party-fest with hay rides, hot cider, last minute lantern making, spooky storytelling, great food and live music.
October 31, 2010
Falling on a Sunday this year, Halloween should be wild. Here's everything you need to know about Halloween in Baltimore.
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