November date night ideas: Events and things to do in Maryland

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Maryland couples looking for a special date night or moms' night out can enjoy a live concert or whiskey festival, live play, a candlelit tour and more.

Check out our top picks for events worth hiring a babysitter for below.

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Baltimore Whiskey Fest
Meet whiskey distillers, master blenders and other whiskey experts. Free seminars, live music and more. $79, advance; $99. 6-9pm. Engineers Club, Baltimore. 800-830-3976, bmorewhiskey.com

Brewing Basics
Class about beer-brewing basics. Topics include mashing, hops, yeast, water, fermentation, sanitation, bottling and kegging. Registration required. Free. 7pm. Mountain Road Library, Pasadena. 410-222-6699, aacpl.net/location/mountainroad

Hamlet
Select days Nov. 3-20. Celebrate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare by sharing a live production of his most celebrated play. Check website for times. $38; $23, students. Compass Rose Theatre, Annapolis. 410-980-6662, compassrosetheater.org/registration/hamlet?showTimes=1

Charm City Fringe Festival
Nov. 3-13. Special performances from artists spread across several venues celebrating indie theatre and arts. Prices vary for performances. Check website for full schedule. North Charles Street, Baltimore. 410-688-8902, charmcityfringe.com

4 Friday

Basket Bingo
Themed basket prizes and “bingo food” available to purchase. $20. 6-9pm. Carrie Nature Murray Center, Baltimore. 410-396-0808, carriemurraynaturecenter.org

Annapolis by Candlelight
Nov. 4-5. See privately owned historic homes on a candlelight tour. See how 21st-century Annapolitans care for and live in buildings built in the 18th-20th centuries. $40. 5-9pm.
William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. 410-267-7619, annapolis.org/media/48-89-annapolis-candlelight

Masquerade Ball
Silent and live auctions, tango performance, dancing and more. Proceeds benefit the Junior League of Annapolis and their efforts. Black tie optional; masks encouraged. Ages 21 or older. $125. 7-11pm. Loews Hotel, Annapolis. 410-224-8984, jlannapolis.org/masquerade-ball

The Wild Party
Nov. 4-11. Musical based on the book by Andrew Lippa. Queenie and Burrs set out to throw the party to end all parties. As their jealousy increases, the night escalates into a deadly game of one upmanship. $25; $10, students. 7:30pm. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park. 301-405-2787, theclarice.umd.edu/events/2016/the-wild-party

5 Saturday

Crab Festival
All-you-can-taste event includes crabs, other meats and sides, crab soup and Heavy Seas beer plus live music. $69. Noon-4pm. Heavy Seas Beer, Halethorpe. 410-247-7822, hsbeer.com/happenings

DC Beer Festival
Craft breweries featuring fall seasonal beers, food trucks, lawn games, DJs and more. $45 includes tastings; food truck purchases additional. Noon-3pm or 5-8pm. Nationals Parks, Washington, D.C. dcbeerfestival.com

Chili and Beer Festival
Entertainment, craft brews, chili cook-off and more. Free. Noon-5pm. Main Street, Sykesville. 410-795-8959, sykesvillemainstreet.com/events/chili-beer-festival

South Pacific
Nov. 5-6. Annapolis Opera presents this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about two couples from different worlds who seize their chance for happiness and face the challenges of racial prejudice. $27-82. Sat., 8pm; Sun., 3pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org/south-pacific-1

6 Sunday

Beer Geek Tour
See the brewing process of fermentation, yeast management, quality control and packaging that will end with a tasting of new releases, pilot batches and vintage beers. $15. 3-5pm. Flying Dog, Frederick. 301-694-7789, flyingdogbrewery.com/events/#

Mrs. Loockerman’s Kitchen: A Taste of Maryland
Learn about the history of Maryland’s most iconic cooking traditions including beaten biscuits, crab cakes, coddies and more. The presentation will be followed by the opportunity to taste an assortment of sweet and savory Maryland food. $15, members; $20. 3pm. Hammond Harwood House, Annapolis. 410-263-4683, hammondharwoodhouse.org

8 Tuesday

Election Night Party
A special election night event inspired by the new Front Room: Guerrilla Girls exhibition. Make political posters and masks, join in-gallery conversations on the intersection of art and politics and stay up-to-date on election results. Live music, cash bar and concessions. $5, members and students; $10. 7-10pm. Baltimore Museum of Art. 443-573-1700, artbma.org/events/2016-08-11.election

12 Saturday

Brew & Bourbon Classic
Watch the races and enjoy over 60 different beers and bourbons. $39. Noon-5pm. Laurel Park. 410-878-9900, beerfests.com/events/brew-bourbon-classic-laurel-park

13 Sunday

Wedding Open House
See the gardens, sample food from local caterers and see a variety of wedding vendors. Free. 11am. Historic London Town Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, historiclondontown.org

Hidden Spaces Tour
Behind-the-scenes tour of the mansion including the cellar, attic and walk-in vault. Reservations required. $10, members; $15, non-members. 4pm. Montpelier Mansion, Laurel. 301-377-7817, history.pgparks.com/sites_and_museums/Montpelier_Mansion.htm

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Caves, Caverns and Cabernet
Specialty drinks, dinner and discussion. 7:15pm. $30, members; $40. 6:30-9pm. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. 443­-738-9200, explorenature.org/center-event/caves-caverns-cabernet

Food at Sea in Early 17th Century
Simon Spalding, a maritime historian, traces shipboard cuisine from ancient Mediterranean through fleets of England, Spain, Portugal in the 16th to early 17th centuries. Free. 7pm. Visitor Center Auditorium, St. Marys City. 240-895-4990, hsmcdigshistory.org/event/lecture-food-at-sea-in-the-early-17th-century/?instance_id=21538

Pub Night
Join well-known chantey singer Myron Peterson, of Ship's Company, for a rollicking evening of sea chanteys and hearty cheer. Free; wine and beer available for purchase. 7-9pm. Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons. 410-326-2042, calvertmarinemuseum.com/370/Pub-Night

18 Friday

Murder Mystery Event
An evening of spine-tingling suspense with food and drink. Help solve the mystery of the evening. $85. 6-10pm. Chesapeake Bay Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. 866-312-5596, cbresortspa.ticketleap.com/murder-mystery-dinner-show-november-18

Severn Town Club’s Annual Holly Ball
Cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, live music, dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions and more. Proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. $175. 6-11pm. The Westin, Annapolis. 410-267-0817

Bountiful Harvest
Wear blue to support The Light House, a homeless prevention support center. Live music, food, open bar, live and silent auctions and more. $100. 7-10pm. Loews Hotel, Annapolis. 443-569-4209, Friendslhs.org

An Evening of Chamber Music
The National Philharmonic Chamber Players perform. $15. 8pm. Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis. 410-266-8044, uuannapolis.org/slider/fourth-friday

Dance Mix
Nov. 18-19. Annapolis Symphony Orchestra program explores how music and dance are so intrinsically linked. Includes performances of the bouncy rhythms and tunes of Dvořák’s Scherzo Capriccioso, Piano dance of Zhou Long’s Postures and classical ballet in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. $25-75; $10 students. 8-10pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-0907, annapolissymphony.org

As You Like It
Nov. 18-19. The King William Players, the St. John’s student theater troupe, performs Shakespeare’s classic comedy “As You Like It.” Free. 8pm. St. John's College, Annapolis. 410-263-2371, sjc.edu/annapolis/events/concerts

19 Saturday

Dalla Terra Portfolio Wine Tasting
Saturdays weekly. Taste affordable quality wines from Italy’s finest producers. Free. 11am-4pm. Wine Cellars of Annapolis. 410-216-9080, winecellarsofannapolis.com

Meet the Ravens Cheerleaders and Tasting
Featuring Crown Royal original, apple and vanilla. The Ravens cheerleaders sign autographs and calendars. Free. 5-7pm. Fishpaws Marketplace, Arnold. 410-647-7363, fishpawsmarket.com/index.php/events

Martin Lawrence
Comedian, actor, director and producer Martin Lawrence performs. $39.50-125. 8pm. Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore. 410-347-2020, royalfarmsarena.com

The Golden Road
Celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead. Ages 18 and older. $10. 8:30pm-1:30am. Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, Annapolis. 410 280 5160, metropolitanannapolis.com

20 Sunday

An Afternoon with Annapolis Women
Spend the afternoon with Mrs. Paca, Mrs. Ogle, Mrs. Eddis and Mrs. Potts for a roundtable first-person costumed presentation and discussion. $10. 3-5pm. James Brice House, Annapolis. 410-267-7619, annapolis.org/media/48-160-overheard-annapolis-afternoon-annapolis-women

Symphony No. 9
An opportunity to sing in the finale performance of Beethoven's Ninth. Maestra Alsop will rehearse the audience in sections of the "Ode to Joy" before the BSO gives a complete performance of the work, with chorus and audience joining in the final celebratory song of friendship and peace. $33-99. 3pm. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore. 410-783-8000, bsomusic.org

25 Friday

Thanksforgrassgiving
Post-feasting bluegrass festival. Featuring Jeff Austin, Danton Boller, Jay Starling, Nicky Sanders and more. $25. 8pm. 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C. 202-265-0930, 930.com/event/1302895-keller-williams-washington

Rock the Dock
Live music by Bamboo Chicken Band, dancing and more. $5. 8-11pm. Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Chesapeake Beach. 866-312-5596, chesapeakebeachresortspa.com

26 Saturday

Trinity
Three legends perform together. Featuring Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Tim "Ripper" Owens (Judas Priest) and Blaze Bayley (Iron Maiden). $39.50. 8:30pm. Rams Head, Annapolis. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com/event/1289373-trinity-geoff-tate-annapolis

Le Liaisons Dangereuses
Nov. 26–Dec. 23. Two French aristocrats challenge each other to seduce unsuspecting innocents in this story of revenge, debauchery and hidden motives. $20-64. Check website for times. Pearlstone Theatre, Baltimore. 410-986-4046, centerstage.org/ShowsandEvents/LesLiaisonsDangereuses.aspx