October 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 an Oktoberfest, a Halloween party and other special events in the month of October.

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

Here come the mummies1 Sunday

Frederick's Oktoberfest
Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Bratwurst, Oktoberfest beer, German wines, dancing, music, children's events and more. $8-40. Fri. 6-9pm; Sat. 11am-10pm; Sun. 11am-6pm. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. Frederickoktoberfest.com

4 Wednesday

Russian Masters
Oct. 4-8. Works reveal where classical ballet began and how these choreographers shaped and influenced the art form. Featuring The Washington Ballet Orchestra. $25-140. Check website for showtimes. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C. kennedy-center.org

5 Thursday

Here Come The Mummies
Eight-piece funk-rock band that has opened for P-Funk, Al Green and Cheap Trick among others. $45. 8pm. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com


6 Friday

Annapolis Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Celebration
Oct. 6-7. Showcases international music with Annapolis' own talent and style. Prelude party, concert and encore party. Food, cocktails, music and more. $175-250. 5:30-10pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-0907, annapolissymphony.org/opening-night-celebration-2017

7 Saturday

Riverside WineFest
Oct. 7-8. Over 20 wineries, live music, local food, activities and an artisan marketplace. $5-25. Noon. Sotterley Plantation, Hollywood. 301-373-2280, sotterlyplantation.com

Kitchen Guild Open House
The cooks of the Kitchen Guild share the secrets of cooking on an open hearth. Food included. $60. Noon-4pm. Riversdale House Museum, Riverdale Park. 301-864-0420, history.pgparks.com

8 Sunday

The Price Is Right Live
Play classic games from television’s longest-running and most popular game show. $56.50. 7-9pm. Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick. 301-600-2828, weinbergcenter.org

9 Monday

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

12 Thursday

Taste of South County
Food samples from local restaurants, wineries and breweries. Live music by the Just Us Band, door prizes and more. $35. 6-9pm. Historic London Town and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-867-3129, southcounty.org

13 Friday

Sins and Secrets
Oct. 13, 20 and 27. Adults-only after-hours tour of Historic London Town and Gardens. Refreshments and drinks included. $25. 6-8pm. Historic Londontown and Gardens, Edgewater. 410-222-1919, Historiclondontown.org

Pumpkins on the Green Ungala
Food, silent auction, fun events, drinks and more. Supports environmental education. $140. 7pm. Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills. Explorenature.org

Whoopi Goldberg
Comedian, author, actress and activist Whoopi Goldberg performs stand-up comedy. $49-125. 8pm. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, D.C 202-467-4600, kennedy-center.org

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14 SaturdayNight of the living zoo

Good Beer Festival
Oct. 14-15. Over 100 breweries, live music, games and more. $10-60. 12:30pm. Pemberton Park, Salisbury. Goodbeerfestival.com

Das Best Oktoberfest
Over 150 domestic, international and local beers and wines, German food, live music and more. $39. 2-6pm. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. dasbestoktoberfest.com/homepage

Midnight at the Masquerade
Dinner, drinks and mystery show. Ticket prices TBA. 7-9:30pm. 4901 Eastern Ave, Baltimore. 888-643-2583, murdermysterydinnerbaltimore.com

Harvest Bash
Sparkling lights, fire pits, mums and pumpkins in the greenhouse and gardens. Seasonal foods and cocktails, live music, auctions, craft beverage tastings, shopping and more. $100. 7pm. Providence Center's Greenhouse and Gardens, Arnold. 410-766-2212, providencecenter.com

The Walters Party
Celebrate The Walters' renowned collection of ancient Egyptian art. Open bar, light fare, dessert and dancing. $115. 9pm-midnight. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. Thewalters.org

19 Thursday

Who's Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Experience
Celebration of pop music’s Michael Jackson. $39.50. 8pm. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. 410-268-4545, ramsheadlive.com

20 Friday

Romeo and Juliet
Oct. 20-22. Ballet Theatre celebrates Shakespeare with the love story Romeo & Juliet told through the fusion of dance, literature and Prokofiev’s magnificent musical masterpiece. $30-52. Check website for showtimes. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. 410-263-5544, marylandhall.org

21 Saturday

Wine On The Water
Oct. 21-22. Wine and food festival featuring wineries, breweries, food, artisans and more. $20-40. Noon-5pm. Kurtz's Beach, Pasadena. 410-255-1280, wineonthewaterfest.com

27 Friday

Zombie Outbreak Hike
Hike led by zombie naturalists. Then build a fire and make s’mores. BYOB event. $10; $5 if you come dressed as a zombie. 5-8pm. Carrie Murray Nature Center, Baltimore. carriemurraynaturecenter.org

FACES – Glitz & Gloss
Gourmet food, wine, live and silent auctions, youth-inspired art and live music. Fundraiser to support Maryland’s at-risk children and youth. $125. 6-10pm. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. 410-744-7310, thechildrenshome.net/calendar/faces-event-2

Designer Pasta Dishes
A cooking session featuring pasta and sauces from Chef Alba Johnson. $45. 6:30-8:30pm. Whole Foods Market, Annapolis. 410-573-1800, wholefoodsmarket.com

Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose performs live. $22.50. 8pm. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com

Night of the Living Zoo
Adults-only Halloween party. Craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, performance artists and a DJ dance party. $40. 6:30-10pm. National Zoo, Washington, D.C. nationalzoo.si.edu

Inherit the Wind
Select days Oct. 27-Nov. 26. This play brings to life the story of the Scopes “Monkey” trial. $38. Check website for showtimes. Compass Rose Theatre, Annapolis. Compassrosetheater.org

28 Saturday

Maryland Deathfest: Days of Darkness Festival
Oct. 28-29. Death Metal music festival featuring Manilla Road, Dance with the Dead and others. $52. 1pm. Rams Head Live!, Baltimore. 410-244-1131, ramsheadlive.com

Burlesque-A-Pades Halloween Spooktacular
The Pontani Sisters perform their choreographed burlesque show. Costumes welcome. $22.50. 8pm. Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis. 410-268-4545, ramsheadonstage.com

31 Tuesday

Halloween WhoDunit
Starring stand-up comedians and 98 Rock regulars, Joe Robinson, Rob Maher, Tommy Sinbazo and the audience. This is an interactive spooky spectacular. Costumes encouraged. Food and drink available for purchase. $22.50. 7pm. Rams Head on Stage, Annapolis. ramsheadonstage.com

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