Fall Festivals

Jennifer Waldera

The advent of cooler weather and changing leaves also brings an abundance of events to enjoy in fall. We rounded up a handful of our favorites (many of them worthy fundraisers) to check out in the coming weeks as you switch from flops and shorts to boots and hoodies.

 

 

Madonnari Arts Festival - Little Italy - October 1- 4

 

Paying homage to Italy’s street artists, this street painting festival and competition in Baltimore’s Little Italy will feature food, wine, music, and dance. Various events are scheduled throughout Little Italy during the celebration, but feel free to just grab an outdoor table at a local spot in the neighborhood to sip some vino, nibble some noshes, and watch the artists.

 

 

Fell’s Point Fun Festival - Fell’s Point - October 2-4

 

The annual festival, in its 49th year, features bands, beer gardens, vendors of various goods, and a variety of food and drinks on the waterfront.

 

 

Farm to Chef - B&O Railroad Museum, 6:30 pm, October 5

 

In its 6th year, this annual fundraiser to benefit Days of Taste (an organization devoted to educating and inspiring elementary aged children about food and healthy eating habits) features 30 chefs partnered with local farms in a competition to win the prize for the most innovative dish created with local ingredients. Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild mixologists will be on hand to shake and stir some cocktails using local ingredients from the participating farms as well.

 

Tickets - $110 each, purchase at: www.farmtochefmd.com

 

 

Taste of Mason Dixon - Boordy Vineyards from 12 - 3 pm, October 10

 

Taste food samples from past competitors of The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, including 2015 Champions My Thai Baltimore. Tickets include food samples, a glass of Boordy wine, and live music from The Jazz Cats.

 

Tickets - $10 each (plus service fee); purchase at www.Boordy.com or https://boordyvineyards.ticketleap.com/a-taste-of-mason-dixon-masterchef/dates/Oct-10-2015_at_1200PM.

 

 

Fall Swish - Birroteca - 12 - 4 pm, October 24

 

Birroteca has hosted several other successful Swish events this year, all intended to focus on seasonal beverages and properly paired cuisine. The fall event will focus on small batch bourbon and pumpkin beer with a slow roasted suckling pig as the food centerpiece. A multitude of American craft whiskey distillers will be pouring samples while bartenders use the same to hand craft autumnal libations.

 

Tickets - $45 each, can be purchased at http://bmorebirroteca.ticketleap.com/fall-swish/.

 

First Great Baltimore Oyster Festival - West Shore Park at the Inner Harbor, 1-5 pm, October 24

 

Hosted by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, this family-friendly event will feature interactive Chesapeake Bay-themed vendors and displays, oyster boat tours, educational activities and live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys and The High & Wides.

 

The real draw, of course, is an impressive selection of oysters (grilled and raw), as well as food from local food trucks. Beer, wine, and mixed drinks will also available for purchase.

 

Entry to the festival is free and oyster tickets can be purchased five for $20 or one for $5. Each oyster ticket can be redeemed for one plate of three oysters.

 

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival -  Canton Waterfront Park, 12 - 6 pm, October 24

 

Hosted by the Brewer’s Association of Maryland, this festival will feature 34 Maryland craft breweries as well as a homebrew competition sponsored by Nepenthe Homebrew. Local food trucks like BrickNFire, the Smoking Swine, Gypsy Queen, and Pie Time will be on hand to serve up food and local bands will provide the musical backdrop.

 

Tickets - From $35 - $55 can be purchased at http://www.baltimorecraftbeerfestival.com/.

 

 

Stars, Stripes, and Chow - Gameday Warehouse, November 7

 

Organized by Baltimore Station,  this fundraising event features a chili competition between military branches, first responders, and the organization itself. In addition to chili samples, food will also be provided by Mission BBQ and drinks will be available.

 

Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at http://www.baltimorestation.org/event/stars-stripes-chowchili-edition/

 

 

Catch a Lift Foundation Annual Baltimore Benefit - At Kali’s Court from 1 - 5pm, November 8

 

Catch a Lift is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the physical and mental recovery of the nation’s military veterans. Tickets include gourmet food, a selection of beer and wine, and live music from the Juneways. The event also features a silent auction and speakers who have benefited from the foundation.

 

Tickets - $60 each, visit www.catchaliftfund.com

 

Soiree for Play - At Baltimore Museum of Industry - 5:00 pm, November 8

 

Playworks is hosting their annual event to raise funds in support of their mission to transform children’s physical and emotional health and improve school culture through the infusion of play in Baltimore’s schools. Join the classy-yet-quirky celebration donned in “cocktails and kicks” (fancy dress and sneakers) ready for games, music, cocktails, and a heavy hors d’oeuvres selection.

 

Tickets - $125 General Admission/$75 Educators, visit https://donate.playworks.org/baltimore/events/soire-for-play/e56609

 


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