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

Maryland couples looking for a special date night or moms' night out can enjoy a wine festival, a paint night and other special events in the month of September.

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

Zoo Uncorked6 Wednesday

Dinner Under the Stars
West Street closes and is filled with cafe tables reminiscent of the open air cafes in Paris and the piazzas of Rome. Live music, special art exhibits and canopy lights. Free, to dine varies. Reservations at participating restaurants strongly recommended. Wednesdays through Sept. 20. 6pm. West Street, Annapolis. Dinnerunderthestars.org

7 Thursday

Zoo Uncorked
Wine tastings from local and national wineries and vineyards, live music, meet exotic animals, stroll through The Art of Conservation, an exhibition and sale of handcrafted goods from independent area artists, and more. $70. 6-9pm. Smithsonian National Zoo, Washington D.C. 202-633-4888, nationalzoo.si.edu

Date Night Movies on the Potomac
Thursdays weekly through September. Watch Footloose on the Plaza screen. Bring chairs. Free. 7pm. National Harbor. Nationalharbor.com

8 Friday

Arts Alive
Fundraiser to benefit Maryland Hall featuring food, wine, silent auction, live music and more. $150. 6-8pm. Maryland Hall, Annapolis. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org

Couples Date Night
Explore the world of cheese, its history and how it is made. Register online. $25. 6:30-8pm. Whole Foods, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/annapolis

Shiloh Rules
Sept. 8-Oct 1, Thurs.-Sun. Performance based on the story of a dedicated Union nurse and a mysterious Confederate refugee meet on the Shiloh battlefield to compete for the title of Best Female Reenactor of the Year. Check website for ticket prices and show times. The Colonial Players, Inc., Annapolis. thecolonialplayers.org

9 Saturday

You Should Be Dancin’
A Tribute Show featuring music from the Bee Gees and Donna Summer. $35-125. 5:30-10pm. Patterson Park and Museum, St. Leonard. 410-586-8501, jefpat.org

10 Sunday

CrowFest
Live music, grape stomping, vineyard tours and more. $10-25. 11am-5pm. Crow Vineyard & Winery, Kennedyville. Crowvineyard.com

11 Monday

Clown Cabaret
Regional performing artists explore and stretch the Art of Clown. They draw from modern, theatrical, circus, commedia, verbal, silent, knockabout, musical, and other disciplines. $15. 8-10pm. Capital Fringe, Washington D.C. capitalfringe.org

13 Wednesday

Zoo Paint Night
Guided paint instruction. One drink included with each admission. Ages 15 and older. Registration required. $45. 5:30-8pm. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. Marylandzoo.org

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14 Thursdaycharm city beer run

Taste of the Chesapeake
Unique food, drinks, live raffles, silent auction and more. $125. 6-9pm. Anne Arundel Medical Center Belcher Pavilion rooftop, Annapolis. 443-949-0575, allianceforthebay.org

15 Friday

Annual Human Growth Foundation Awards Gala
Black tie gala featuring red carpet arrivals, cocktail reception, silent auction, live music and more. Raises funds for education, patient support, and patient advocacy for children with growth disorders. $200-3000. 5:30pm. The National Press Club, Washington D.C. HGFgala.net

Fantasy Paint Party
Artists walk you through creating a piece of artwork step-by-step. BYOB event. $35. 6-9pm. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore. Carriemurraynaturecenter.org

16 Saturday

Charm City Beer Run
Participants choose between a 5K for runners along the Inner Harbor or a 1-mile walk for drinkers with four separate chug stations. Finishes in a Beer Garden complete with games, contests and live music. $49 in advance or $60 at the door. 9:30am. Rash Field-Inner Harbor, Baltimore. 410-878-9900, charmcitybeerrun.com

The Maryland Wine Festival
Sept. 16-17. Maryland wine, music, food and crafts. $20-50. Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster. everfest.com/e/maryland-wine-festival-westminster-md

Brews, Booze & Bites
Food and drinks inspired by the past. Live music, lawn games and more. $35. 1-4pm. Tudor Place, Washington D.C. tudorplace.org

Boatyard Beach Bash
Tickets include live music, grilled buffet dinner and two drink vouchers. $75-125. 5:30-10pm. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. amaritime.org

Opening Night Celebration
Londontowne Symphony Orchestra presents their Opening Night Celebration. Light refreshments, silent auction and more. $25; free for students. 7:30-9:30pm. Key Auditorium, St. John's College, Annapolis. 410-562-8920, lso-music.org

21 Thursday

Mermaids Kiss Oyster Fest
Unlimited drink and food tastings, live music, silent auction, oysters and more. $95; $180 per couple. 6-10pm. Baltimore Museum of Industry. 410-990-4970, mermaidskiss.org

22 Friday

Concours d’ Elegance
Sept. 22-24. Featuring rare pre-war European and American built cars, fashion show and classic wooden speedboats. See website for schedule of events. Advanced tickets, $40; day of, $50. 10am. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. 410-745-8979, smcde.org

23 Saturday

Yoga at the Zoo
60-minute Vinyasa style yoga class designed for both beginner and intermediate people, held outside in Penguin Coast. Ages 15 and older. $20. 8am. Maryland Zoo, Baltimore. 410-396-7102, Marylandzoo.org

Taste of the Wild
Featuring several small plates of food including local and wild foraged plants, vegetables, game and fish. Live music and wine. Reservations required. $60. 6-9pm. Jug Bay, Lothian. 410-741-9330, jugbay.org

Annual Bull and Oyster Roast
Food, dancing, raffles, door prizes! and more. In support of the Special Olympics Anne Arundel County. $50. 7-11pm. La Fontaine Bleue, Glen Burnie. 410-923-0383

27 Wednesday

Tea in the Garden
Enjoy afternoon tea while learning about the history of teas and the part they play in our society. Homemade scones, tea cookies, and pastries will also be served. $20. Noon-1:30PM. Annmarie Gardens, Solomons. 410-326-4640, annmariegarden.org

28 Thursday

Blazers Bourbon Cigars
Men-only event features food, drinks, cigars and more. $50-175. 6-9pm. William Paca House and Garden, Annapolis. Annapolis.org

30 Saturday

Das Best Oktoberfest
Bier garten, German foods, beer run, children's activities and more. Prices vary for activities. Noon-6pm. $25-50. National Harbor, Md. 800-830-3976, dasbestoktoberfest.com/washington-dc/show-info