Parade of Lanterns, Home and Garden Show, more

Halloween is right around the corner and Baltimore is embracing spookiness. From family events like the annual Lantern Festival and Parade in Patterson Park, to adult-oriented events like Fright Night musical performances, there’s a little something for everyone this weekend.

If you’re not in the Halloween mood, you still have plenty to do.

Make plans with our weekend programming:

Art, Antiques and Jewelry Show, Thursday, October 20 through Sunday, October 23, Baltimore Convention Center. Exhibitors and collectors from across the country will bring art, antiques and jewelry to Baltimore.

Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show, Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, Maryland State Fairgrounds. If you’re looking to spice up your home decor for the holidays, look no further than the Fall Maryland Home and Garden Show. Professional food artist and pumpkin carver Nancy Baker will be the show’s special guest. Hundreds of exhibitors – including contractors, DIY experts, landscapers, etc. – will be on hand to meet the needs of your home and garden.

Pit Beef Festival, Saturday, October 22, 12-5 p.m., Port Covington. Baltimore knows its barbecue, and the Baltimore Pit Beef Festival will be the place to get it this weekend. The festival will feature half a dozen beef vendors, raw oysters, dueling bars, over 50 beers and other adult beverages, snowballs, live music, cornhole, and more.

Spooky Science, Saturday, October 22, 12-4 p.m., Maryland Science Center. Experiment with lights, shadows, catapults and more on this night of spooky science fun.

Fright Night, Saturday, October 22, 3 p.m., Power Plant Live! The “Fright Night: A Night to Dismember” event will feature live music by an assortment of artists, including Boogie T, Dirtmonkey, and more.

Grand Parade and Halloween Lantern Festival, Saturday, October 22, 4 p.m., Patterson Park. Creative Alliance and The Friends of Patterson Park are teaming up again to bring the Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival to Patterson Park. Admire lantern creations of all shapes and sizes in awe – or create your own and join the parade. The festival will also feature live music, pop-up shows, an arts and crafts market, food trucks, and more. Learn about this year’s festival in this article from Baltimore Fishbowl.

Purple Poetry Book Release Party, Saturday, October 22, 6-10 p.m., 2640 Space. The nonprofit organization TurnAround Inc., which supports survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and human trafficking, will release its 13th annual book of purple poetry. The book features poems and artwork by survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking. There will be food from Alma Cocina Latina, La Tavola and Papi’s Tacos, as well as alcohol from McClintock Distilling, Big Cork Vineyards and Modrow Family. Attendees are encouraged to wear “creative cocktail attire” in any shade of purple to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Pumpkin Pride, Saturday, October 22, 6-10 p.m., 518 N. Charles St. Transforming Youths Into Adults is hosting a Pumpkin Pride event. The event is free, but donations are welcome to help raise funds for an LGBTQ shelter. Prizes will be awarded for the best painted pumpkins and more.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival, Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m., SNF Parkway Theater. Watch animated films, including an International Invitational and a Baltimore Showcase. In addition to Baltimore filmmakers, the festival will include plays by filmmakers from Chile, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States.

OktoBEARfest, Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23, Maryland Zoo. Sample over 50 seasonal beers and enjoy local vendors and artisans, food and live music at OktoBEARfest’s 10th anniversary.

Harbor Harvest Fall Festival, Sunday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Rash Field Park. Ride a pony, pick pumpkins, visit a petting zoo and more. Read all about the festival in this Baltimore Fishbowl article.

Día de los Muertos, Sunday October 23, 2-5 p.m., The Wharf. The Wharf is teaming up with Modelo and Fiesta DC to celebrate Día de los Muertos earlier this year, with sugar skull decorating, face painting, street food, beer garden, live music and more.

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