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October Events in Charm City

October 01, 2018 - 3:19 pm

By Downtown Diane 

Fall weather is in the air, and there are lots of things to do around Baltimore this month. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the Autumn season is to visit area farmer's markets and shop for seasonal produce like acorn and butternut squash, pumpkins, apples, and cider. Click here for a map of area markets. Happy shopping! 

Here are some events to enjoy this month:

Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show
When: October 3-9
Where: Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point 
Civilians will get the unique opportunity to tour visiting U.S., Canadian and British Navy ships. There will be special weekend festivities around the Inner Harbor including an exciting air show featuring The USAF Thunderbirds over the Baltimore skies. For the full schedule of events visit

When: Saturday, October 6
Where: Baltimore Humane Society (Reisterstown)
A day of family fun filled with contests, demonstrations, adoption opportunities, agility courses and more. Bring your dog or enjoy watching all the puppies and the funny contests like best kisser and best costume. View full details at 

Baltimore Beer Week & Das Best Oktoberfest 
When: October 12-21
Where: Various locations
Prost! Baltimore Beer Week is back with even more beer-related events than previous years. View daily events at and be sure to attend the opening tap celebration, Oktoberfest, at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday, October 13. Details and tickets at

Moet Oyster Ball & Oysterfest
When: October 13 & 14
Where: Ryleigh's Oyster (36 E Cross Street, Baltimore, MD 21230)
Oyster lovers this is the event for you, although, there are plenty of other selections to enjoy and plenty to imbibe on. This two-day outdoor festival features Ryleigh's Oyster shucking, frying and grilling local Chesapeake oysters. Also enjoy the shucking competition and live music. The weekend kicks off with the all-inclusive Moet Oyster Ball on Thursday, October 11. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend benefits the missions of oyster recovery and the living classrooms shipboard department. View full details

Picture courtesy Ryleigh’s Oyster via Diane Macklin

Komen Race for the Cure
When: Saturday, October 13 
Where: Columbia Gateway
Komen's vision is a world without breast cancer. This inspiring annual walk and/or run is for all ages; we can all relate to the cause in some way. If you can't participate, you can still sponsor a participant or team. Visit for the schedule of events.

Fells Point Fun Fest
When: Saturday, October 13
Where: Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231
This annual festival is now one day instead of the full weekend, but you can still expect all the fabulous food, drinks, craft vendors, music and area merchants joining together to celebrate all that makes Baltimore unique. View schedule of events at

Harvest Hoedown Festival 
When: Sunday, October 14, 2-7 p.m.
Where: Birrotecca 
This outdoor Fall Festival features music all day, a pizza eating contest, pumpkin carving, scarecrow building and plenty of $5 food and drinks specials. A portion of proceeds benefits the Baltimore City Fire Foundation. Free admission. Full details visit at​

When: Saturday, October 20
Where: The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 
Enjoy sampling over 50 seasonal brews and walking the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore at this annual outdoor festival. There's plenty to eat as well from local vendors and live music all day. View schedule of events at

Baltimore Running Festival 
When: Saturday, October 20
This annual running festival takes place throughout Baltimore, and everyone can celebrate at the finish line this year at the Inner Harbor. Runners can choose the 5K, half marathon, team relay or full marathon. For more details on the event and the after celebration visit

Beltway Boards and Brews Celebrity Cornhole Tournament
When: Monday, October 22  
Where: Baltimore Museum of Industry
Enjoy watching your favorite sports personalities, and other VIP participants compete in cornhole or join in yourself! There will be a BBQ style buffet and open bar; the proceeds benefit the Players Philanthropy Fund. View more details and participants

With former Raven Matt Stover at Beltway Boards & Brews last year.. taking place this year on October 22. 

The Great Halloween Lantern Parade
When: Saturday, October 27
Where: Patterson Park 
This annual Halloween festival is a MUST attend for many in the Baltimore area. All ages gather to celebrate the season and march in the lantern parade at the conclusion. There will be food trucks, entertainment, hayrides, costume contests, crafts, and a beer garden followed by the after party Glow Ball. View the full schedule of the events at

Happy haunting to all this month. Please follow me on twitter and instagram for daily dish and updated event details @DowntownDiane.