Friday, October 2
Kids Music Day
This October, Keep Music Alive will be celebrating its milestone 5th annual Kids Music Day by partnering with nearly 1,000 music schools, music stores and other music organizations to hold special events and promotions that benefit children playing music.
Kids Music Day events typically include instrument petting zoos, student performances, ukulele/drum circles, instrument donation drives and more. This year, there will be a number of virtual musical experiences for parents and their children as an alternative in areas where necessary. And over a dozen celebrity artists are showing their support for Music Education by lending their name as Kids Music Day Ambassadors including: Julie Andrews, Jack Black, Sarah McLachlan, and Vanessa Williams.
Front Stairs Concert featuring the Eastport Oyster Boys
Bring the family to enjoy live music from the Eastport Oyster Boys starting at 6:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy the show, sing and swing along from the front lawn of Maryland Hall in a socially responsible yet fun and comfortable space Please bring your own chairs and blankets. Refreshments will be available for sale. Tickets required, $10 per person. Maryland Hall, Annapolis.
BLYS October Fest
Fall is in the air! Kick off the season with outdoor yoga, live music by Guava Jelly, craft beer, dinner by Meat My Buns, and scrumptious desserts. $40. 5:30–7:30 p.m. Annapolis Sailing School.
Friday Night Market
Support and celebrate local vendors each Friday night, 6–9 p.m. Enjoy a drink while shopping for tasty treats, funky crafts, fresh local produce, and more! Running Hare Vineyards, Prince Frederick.
Twilight Family Stroll
Bring your friends, family, and flashlight for this guided tour of the Zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. Participants will tour the Zoo from a whole new perspective. You’ll get to visiting natural habitats in search of nocturnal creatures and explore animal senses through participatory games. $19. Ages 5 and up. 5–7 p.m. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
Half-Price Night at the Aquarium
Friday is your night! An evolution of our Friday After Five program, Half-Price Friday Nights runs year-round, allowing you to spend any (or every) Friday evening after 5 p.m. with the aquarium’s 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Tickets are available online or Friday evenings on-site. 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 3
Living History in the Garden: A Conversation on Health and Medicine
Take a stroll through history at the William Paca Garden and listen in as Mrs. Anne Catharine Green, printer of the Maryland Gazette, discusses her concerns about her children’s health with Mercy, who has experience in all manner of herbal treatments. Learn about the common remedies that were advertised in the 1770s, and the plants that were used to heal colonists. Illnesses such as smallpox, whooping cough, and other ailments will be addressed. Living history interpreters will bring history to life with Diane Rey as Anne Catharine Green, and Pat Turlington as Mercy. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Performance is included admission, starting at $5. Pre-registration not required; walk-ups welcome. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis.
Baltimore Children’s Choir: Around the World
The Baltimore Children’s Choir and its staff shares songs from throughout the world. This family-friendly event will teach a variety of songs to the audience so you will be able to sing-along at home! The event premiers on the Baltimore Children’s Choir Facebook page at 3 p.m. and will be available to stream afterwards.
Sip and Stroll
Sip, stroll & learn during this special adults-only (21+) VIP event! You’ll enjoy local craft beer or wine and a delicious food truck meal while taking an intimate twilight tour of the Zoo, focusing on a specific zoo-themed topic. Tickets include up to three alcoholic beverages, one food truck meal, guided tour and after hours visit to various zoo habitats. Advance tickets required. $65 per person. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.
Family Days at Camp Letts
Camp Letts will be open to the public on Saturdays this fall! Come on out and enjoy the water, woods, and shore. You’ll have access to hiking trails, open space, picnic areas and athletic fields. Canoes, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards will be available for rent in 45 minute sessions. Bring a picnic and stay for the day! $8 per person over age 3. 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Camp Letts, Edgewater.
Pumpkins for a Purpose – The Light House
Each October, the Friends of The Light House teams up with many volunteers from local churches to host our fun Pumpkin Patch at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. Come find your perfect pumpkin and support Light House a Homeless Prevention Support Center at the same time. Weekends through October, 10 am. – 6:30 p.m. Weekdays starting October 12, 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, Spa Road, Annapolis.
Mary’s Maze Opening Weekend Festival
Pumpkins, a corn maze, live music, food and drink, pony rides, animals and more! Celebrate all this fall at the opening weekend of Mary’s Maze. Pre-purchase tickets as the maze is only admitting 55 people to the Festival every half hour. Tickets start at $14.95 per person, $10 if not entering the corn maze. Mary’s Land Farm, Ellicott City.
Family Chalk Day
Enjoy a day of chalk art in Patterson Park with local artist Martha Simons. There will be chalk to decorate with and spaces marked out for each family to enjoy! We’ll bring the chalk, please bring your masks! In order to ensure health and safety, we are limiting participation and ensuring that everyone has enough space to ensure social distancing. To register, visit signup.com/go/AWsFijf. Free. 3–5 p.m. Patterson Park, Baltimore.
Sail on the Schooner Woodwind to as many as three different lighthouses on the Chesapeake Bay and learn about their history, importance, and present day condition by a guest lecturer from the Chesapeake Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society. Depart Annapolis at 11:30 a.m., return at 3:30 p.m., includes bagged lunch, soft drinks and snacks, $130 per adult. Maximum of 24 guests. Schooner Woodwind, Annapolis Waterfront Hotel, Annapolis.
Riverside Community Marketplace
Oct. 3–4. Support local artisans while staying socially distant at this brand New 2-Day Event! Sotterley’s Riverside Community Marketplace will showcase local businesses, nonprofits and vendors. Stroll Historic Sotterley grounds, discover local vendors from food to crafts to drinks, and view demos including historic tools, blacksmithing, boatbuilding and more. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood.
Annapolis Artisans Market Fall Show
Oct. 3–4. Local by Design at the Gallery is home of 12 local businesses who put on the Annapolis Artisans Market; the AAM is an amazing furniture, art, and home decor show. Connect with local artists while you shop, get information on custom work from furniture, original art, soft goods, and framing; you will be inspired by the amazing works of art each business creates! Free. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Local by Design, 1818 Margaret Ave. Annapolis.
Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards Streaming Live Online
Oct. 3–4. Poe-themed books, music, performances and art. Virtual tour of Death Weekend Poe Places and Poe House Tours. Free; some ticketed events extra. Poe House, Baltimore.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24. Enjoy authentic Russian foods, takeout only with safe curbside pickup. Order online by the previous Wednesday. Different menus each Saturday. Supplies are limited. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Baltimore.
Sunday, October 4
21-Day Count-UP: Disney Trivia to benefit Step Up for Down Syndrome Baltimore (online)
Join CDSPG and Walsh Trivia for a rousing game of Disney questions, answers, and friendly competition! All proceeds from the game will support the 7th Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Baltimore. Cost is $10 for the team captain, $5 each additional member. 1 – 2 p.m. Pre-registration required.
First Sunday Arts Festival
Head to the first block of West Street from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to check out the wares of up to 54 local artisans. Booths will be distanced to make social distancing easier. You are asked to wear a mask when inside a vendors tent and that only one household in a tent at a time. We recommend you bring hand sanitizer for convenient hand washing. If you are not ready for an in-person visit you can still participate by shopping over 200 artists online by clicking here.
Make Your Own Rocks Glass
Join Sagamore Spirit and the crew at McFadden Art Glass, who will teach you the process of making your very own rocks glass by glassblowing. Then, enjoy a guided tasting of various Sagamore Spirit expressions. Each guest will make one rocks glass. Glasses take a full day to dry and require pick-up from the distillery. Each class is one hour long with time slots from Noon to 6 p.m. This class is weather permitting. Spaces are limited. $65. Sagamore Spirit, Baltimore.
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