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FANTASTIC FALL FAIRS & FESTIVALS

THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2

Maryland State Fair. Livestock and horse shows, midway rides, garden exhibits, food, live entertainment and thoroughbred horse racing. 10am-10pm, 410-252-0200, marylandstatefair.com. $

THROUGH OCTOBER 17

Festival of Fountains, Longwood Gardens. Features thousands of florals, fountains and water displays. Daily visitor programs, including gardening demonstrations, plant walks and children’s activities. Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pa. 610-388-1000, longwoodgardens.org. $

THROUGH OCTOBER 20

Maryland Renaissance Festival. The region's premier outdoor event and the second largest Renaissance festival in the country. The 22-acre, recreation of a 16th century English village features food, fun, fine-crafts and frivolity. Five pubs, 10 major stages, a jousting arena and more. Revel Grove, Crownsville, weekends and Labor Day, 10am-7pm, 800-296-7304, rennfest.com. $

THROUGH OCTOBER 27

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Costumed characters, music, dancing, 90 stages with shows daily, and scores of artisan merchants. Victorian Mount Hope Estate Gardens, Lancaster, Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday, 11am-8pm, "Reign” or shine, parenfaire.com. $

SEPTEMBER 6-15

York Fair. America’s first and oldest fair! York Fairgrounds, York, Pa., Gates open at 11am, Fri-Sun; Noon, Monday-Thursday, yorkfair.org. $

SEPTEMBER 7

Deep Creek Lake Wine & Arts Festival. Wine tasting, handcrafted works of art, food artisans, silent auction, live music, art activities for children and much more. Garrett Country Fairgrounds, McHenry, Noon-6pm, deepcreekwinefest.com. $

Children's Arts Festival & Contest, 25th annual. An art event for children ages 3-10. Craft projects, face painting and entertainment! Millard E. Tydings Park, 11am-3pm, 410-939-2100. $

SEPTEMBER 7 & 8

Maryland Seafood Festival, 46th annual. Showcases the best of Maryland seafood, family entertainment, arts and crafts that Maryland has to offer. Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, Fri-Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-7pm, 410-268-1437, mdseafoodfestival.com. $

Ukrainian Festival, 38th annual. Featuring traditional crafts, Ukrainian beer garden, food vendors, pyrohy/pierogi eating contest, children's activities and storytelling. Patterson Park at Linwood and Eastern Ave., Baltimore, Sat, Noon-9pm, Sun, Noon-7pm, 1-877-BALTIMORE, ukrainianfestival.net.

Gettysburg Wine & Music Festival. Features fine wines from 25 PA wineries, live music, food, art, handmade jewelry, clothing, wine accessories and more. Gateway Gettysburg Complex, Gettysburg, Pa., Noon-6pm daily, gettysburgwineandmusicfestival.com. $

SEPTEMBER 8

Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival, 40th annual. Arts & crafts vendors, live musical performances, children's activities and variety of festival food provided by Catonsville restaurants. Frederick Road, Catonsville, 10am-5pm. 410-719-9609, catonsville.org.

SEPTEMBER 11-15

Anne Arundel County Fair, 61st annual. Farm animals, exhibits, contests, carnival midway, entertainment, family atmosphere, agriculture education, 4-H exhibits and auction. Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds, Crownsville, aacountyfair.org. $

SEPTEMBER 13-21

The Great Frederick Fair, 151stannual. Exhibits, rides, entertainment, amusements, educational programming and eateries for everyone. Fairgrounds, Frederick, Fri, Sept. 13, 5-10pm, Sept. 14-21, 10am-10pm. 301-663-5895, thegreatfrederickfair.com. $

SEPTEMBER 14-OCTOBER 27

Milburn Orchards Fall Festival Weekends. Pumpkins, hayrides, corn maze, Barnyard Buddies Zoo, other activities, events and food. 1495 Appleton Road, Elkton, weekends, Sept.,10am-4pm, Oct., 10am-5pm, 410-398-1349, milburnorchards.com. Ages 2 and under admitted free. $

SEPTEMBER 15

Bel Air Festival for the Arts. 350 artists, photographers, crafts people; continuous entertainment; food. Free shuttle from MVA on Route 24. Shamrock Park, on Hickory Ave. behind Town Hall, Bel Air, 10am-5pm. 443-616-6708, belairfestival.com.

SEPTEMBER 21

SARC Balloon Festival/Family Fun Day, 4th annual. Activities for children and adults include live entertainment, hot air balloon race, Clydesdale rides for kids, scavenger hunt, moon bounces, face painting, games, vendors, food and more. Harford County Equestrian Center, Bel Air, 11am-6pm, 410-836-8431. Sarc-maryland.org. $

Elkton Fall Fest. Crafters, vendors, games, demonstrations, live entertainment, kids’ activities. Elkton, 8am-8pm, (Kick-off Party, Sept. 20, 5-9pm), elktonalliance.org, 410-398-5076.

BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 21

Summers Farm Adventure Fall Harvest Days. Pumpkin patch, hayrides, giant slides, 14-acre corn maze, moonlight maze, jumping pillow, country bakery and farm animals. 5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, 301-620-9316, summersfarm.com. $

SEPTEMBER 21-22

Maryland Wine Festival. Tasting of local wines, wine seminars, entertainment, crafts and food. Carroll County Farm Museum, Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, Noon-6pm, 410-386-3880, Marylandwinefestival.org. $

SEPTEMBER 22

Dorchester Showcase, 37th annual.Street festival showcases juried fine arts and crafts, Eastern Shore cuisine and entertainment. Funding provided by the Nathan Foundation and the Maryland State Arts Council. Downtown Cambridge (High St), Cambridge. 410-228-7782, dorchesterarts.org.

SEPTEMBER 26-29

Westminster Fallfest. Family event with rides, games, entertainment and food. City Park, Westminster, Thurs, Fri & Sat, 6-10pm (parade Thurs, 7pm), Sun, Noon-6pm, 410-876-1313, westminsterfallfest.com.

SEPTEMBER 27-29

Baltimore Book Festival. Celebration of the literary arts, featuring hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100-plus exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers, live music, food, beer, wine and more. Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore City, Fri & Sat, Noon-8pm, Sun, Noon-7pm, baltimorebookfestival.org.

SEPTEMBER 28

Maryland Microbrewery Festival. Tasting of Maryland microbrews, entertainment, crafts and food. Union Mills Homestead, Union Mills, 11am-7pm. 410-848-2288, marylandmicrobreweryfestival.com. $

Harford County Wine Festival. Hundreds of wines from around the world, live music from The Amish Outlaws and Don’t Stop, craft brew taste tent, food vendors and crafters. VIP area sponsored by Pairings Bistro. Rockfield Manor, Bel Air, Noon-6pm, rockfieldmanor.com or 410-638-4565. $

SEPTEMBER 28-29

Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show. Scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing and pressing, Bluegrass music, clogging, hayrides, straw maze, crafts and food. Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace, 11am-4pm. 410-939-2299, steppingstonemuseum.org. $

Frederick's Oktoberfest. German style festival with live bands and dancers, vendors and crafters, children’s activities, food, and one beer tent dedicated to widescreen football. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick. Sat, 11am-10pm, Sun, 11am-6pm. 240-599-0660, frederickoktoberfest.org. $

SEPTEMBER 29

Sprout Film Festival, 1st annual. Features a series of short films that highlight, star and share different perspectives on people living with autism, Asperger's syndrome and Down syndrome, among other disabilities. Hosted by The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region. The Highlands School, Bel Air, 1pm and 6pm, 420-836-7177, ext. 350 or arcncr.org. $

OCTOBER 1-31.

Fall Harvest at Baugher’s. Pick your own pumpkins, hayrides, pony rides, scarecrow making, face painting, petting zoo, pit beef and ham, funnel cake, farm market and more. Sat and Sun, 10am-5pm (fall festivities), 8am-6pm market hours. 410-857-0111, baughers.com. $

OCTOBER 4-6

Fell’s Point Fun Festival. One of the region’s premier fall events, with food and craft vendors, five music stages, rides, entertainment and arts in one of the city’s most historic and beautiful settings. Fell’s Point, Broadway and Thames streets, all day, 410-675-6756.

Mount Airy Fall Festival. Artisans and crafters, entertainment, food, contests, children’s section, scarecrow making and pumpkin painting. Held on the Main Street of historic Mount Airy, 301-829-2112.

OCTOBER 4-6

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival. Featuring contemporary fine artists and craft designers, music, children's entertainment, food, beverages, and craft demonstrations. Under 12 and parking free. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Fri-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. 800-210-9900, sugarloafcrafts.com. $

OCTOBER 5

Darlington Apple Festival. Take a step back in time. Apples, pumpkins, mums, crafts, entertainment, art, crafts, country market, refreshments. Rain or shine, Darlington, 10am-5pm, 410-457-4189, darlingtonapplefest.org.

Cultural Arts Festival. Vendors, crafts, festival food, and children's activities. Oakland Mills Village Center, Columbia, 11am-4pm. 410-730-4610.

OCTOBER 5 & 6

Honey Harvest Festival, 33rd annual. Features beehive demonstrations, honey extraction, candle dipping, mead making (honey wine), and children’s activities. Special events include wool spinning and blacksmithing, tours of the museum, and a honey basket raffle on Sunday. Food and drink for sale. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Hunt Valley, 11am-4pm, 410-887-1815.

Multi-Cultural Festival. Home cooked ethnic foods, crafts, children’s area and free live entertainment. The Orthodox Church of St. Matthew, Columbia, Sat, 11am-8pm; Sun, 11:30am-5pm. 410-381-2284, stmatthewfestival.org.

OCTOBER 9-13

Autumn Glory Festival, 46thannual. An autumn, family-friendly celebration, named No. 1 Fall Festival in the World by MSN.com. Town wide in McHenry, Garrett County, 301-387-4386, visitdeepcreek.com.

OCTOBER 12

The Graw Days Festival.A fun-filled, day long street festival to celebrate our horse racing history and the Graw Racetrack. Live music, over 100 vendors and crafters, food and beverages. Havre de Grace, 10am-6:30pm, Graw@Night Street Party, 6:30-10pm on Pennington Ave., 410-939-1811, mainstreethdg.com.

Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo, 16thannual. Contemporary and antique decoy competition, buy, sell and trade. Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, wardmuseum.org.

St. John’s Country Fair Day, 32nd annual. Pancake breakfast, kids’ games, face painting, two live bands, craft displays, scarecrow making, flea market, silent auction, hot dogs, crab soup, pit beef, pizza and ice cream.St. John’s Lutheran Church, Phoenix, 7am-4pm, 410-592-6565, stjohnssweetair.org.

OCTOBER 12 & 13

Catoctin Colorfest, 50th annual. More than 300 stands of juried arts and crafts, craft demonstrations, food and beverages. Shuttle buses available. Community Park Activities Grounds, Thurmont, 9am-5pm. 301-271-7533, colorfest.org.

Maryland Pumpkin Festival. Celebrate all things pumpkin! Pie eating contests, seed spitting contests, pumpkin hunts, egg hunts, face painting, live music and more! Summers Farm, Frederick. 10am-5pm, 301-620-9316, summersfarm.com. $

OCTOBER 13

Old Fashion Fall Festival. Family event with games, square dancing, hayrides, a scarecrow hunt, vendors, food, "cake walk,” music, and more. Food includes apples, cider, doughnuts, and goods from the Cecil County Farmers Market. Pell Gardens, South Chesapeake City, 11am-3pm, chesapeakecity.com.

OCTOBER 17-20

Fair Hill International Festival in the Country. The U.S. Equestrian Federation CCI*** Championship, Chesapeake Bay food and drink, President’s Cup Pony Club games, kids’ corner, ‘HorsePlay’ pageant, miniature horse and canine demonstrations, vendors, and more. Fair Hill Natural Resources Area, Fair Hill, Thurs-Sun, 8am-5pm. 410-398-2111, fairhillinternational.com. $

OCTOBER 19

Das Best Oktoberfest. Largest fall beer festival on the East Coast, packed with unlimited tastings, contests and live music. Wear German attire and get a free beer lanyard. Baltimore Beer Week VIP session Noon-2pm, advance purchase only. Under the Grand Tents at M & T Stadium parking lot, Baltimore, Noon-6pm, dasbestoktoberfest.com. $

Pigtown Festival, 12th annual. Historic neighborhood celebration featuring arts and crafts from local artisans; food; neighborhood informational booths; and music. Don’t miss the traditional "running of the pigs.” Historic Pigtown, 781 Washington Blvd., Southwest Baltimore. Noon (rain or shine), pigtownfestival.com.

Patuxent Wildlife Festival. Behind-the-scenes tours, tram tours, live animals, research exhibits, kids' crafts and more. See where endangered Whooping Cranes and Sea Ducks are raised and studied. National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel, 10am-3pm. 301-497-5763.

OCTOBER 19-20

Hereford Fall Festival, 14th annual. Sponsored by the Hereford Volunteer Fire Company and the Hereford Zone Business Association. Local wine tastings, live music, crafts, hay rides, monster trucks, helicopter rides, moon bounce, rock wall, chainsaw wood carving, and Maryland National Guard. 200 Mt. Carmel Road (parking lot behind Graul’s), Hereford, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 10am-5pm, herefordfire.org/festival, 410-375-4443. $

Fall Harvest Days. Scarecrow making, wagon rides, farm machinery demonstrations, apple butter making, country food, crafts, entertainment and children’s games. Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, 10am-5pm, 410-386-3880. $

Healing of All Nations Fall Festival and Pow Wow. Indian drumming, singing, dancing, vendors with native crafts, native traditional foods, seafood, buffalo, Indian tacos and more. Bending Water Park, Marion, Sat-Sun, 10am-5pm. 410-623-2660, indianwatertrails.com. $

OCTOBER 26

BARCtoberfest and Ready…Set…Sniff 5k Run/Walk. 9th annual pet festival featuring food, entertainment, animal activities and vendors of pet products. 5k Run/Walk raises funds for BARCS. Patterson Park, Baltimore City, 11am-4pm, race at 11am, baltimoreanimalshelter.org. $

OCTOBER 27

Czech and Slovak Festival. Ethnic costumes, food, beer, soft drinks, bands, dancing, Slavjane Dance Ensemble, Sokol gymnastics, vendors, exhibits, instrumental and vocal music. Baltimore 45 Association Hall, Baltimore-Parkville, Noon-6pm. 410-662-6094. $

 


Editor’s Note: Be sure to look to our special Race for the Cure section in this issue for cancer-related events.

 

ONGOING

Woman of Two Worlds: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte and the Quest for an Imperial Legacy. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte was one of the femme fatales of the War of 1812 generation. Her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte’s younger brother became an international drama. Exhibit features over 800 objects and reams of documents. Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, Noon-5pm, mdhs.org. $

Constellation Thursday Nights. Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for free, eat in the new café, and shop the museum store. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, every Thurs, 5-9pm, thewalters.org.

Annapolis Ghost Tours and Haunted Pub Crawls. As the sun sets on the horizon, colonial guide will lead you through the city telling tales of ghosts and spirits who linger in the mist. Visit toursandcrawls.com for times and dates. $

Candlelight Ghost Tours of Frederick. A nighttime excursion through the historic district of Maryland’s most haunted city. For schedule and information, visit marylandghosttours.com. $

First Fridays in Bel Air. Free outdoor celebration of live music downtown, beer & wine garden, refreshments, merchants participating with specials. Downtown Bel Air, first Friday of each month, 5-8pm, downtownbelair.com.

First Fridays in Havre de Grace. Live music throughout town, businesses stay open late with specials, restaurants offer special food items and entertainment, vendors along Pennington Ave., and fun for the whole family. Guided historic walking tour available. Downtown Havre de Grace, 5-9pm, mainstreethdg.com.

THROUGH SEPTEMBER

Midsummer Evening Concert Series. Dance under the stars to live music, featuring wine tasting, picnicking, chilled bottles. Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, 6-9:30pm, 410-592-5015. Visit boordy.com for dates and featured artists. $

Good Life Thursdays Farmers’ Market. Sustainable Happy Hour featuring local and organic products, dinner, wine and music. Boordy Vineyards, Hydes, Thursdays, 4-8pm, 410-592-5015, boordy.com.

THROUGH OCTOBER

Havre de Grace Farmers' Market. Pennington Ave between Washington St and Union Ave, Havre de Grace, Sat, 9am-Noon. 410-939-3303.

Hereford Farm Market. Small, local farmers providing fresh, sustainably grown food. 17004 York Rd., Hereford, Saturdays 9am-Noon, herefordfarmmarket@gmail.com.

THROUGH NOVEMBER

Bel Air Farmer’s Market. Producer-only market located in parking lot of the Mary Riseau Courthouse, off of Thomas & S. Bond St., Bel Air. Saturdays, 7-11am, belairfarmersmarket.com.

"Ye Haunted History of Olde Ellicott City” Ghost Tour. 238 years of history, eyewitness accounts of recent haunting and legendary spirits. Welcome Center, Historic Ellicott City, Fri. & Sat. 8:30pm, visithowardcounty.com. $

THROUGH NOVEMBER 2

Ghost Walks in Historic Savage Mill. Shopping, great food and paranormal high jinx from mill workers who never left! Historic Savage Mill, Savage, select evenings. 800-288-8747 or visithowardcounty.com. $

THROUGH NOVEMBER 3

Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812 Exhibit. Major American exhibit on the War of 1812 that combines the private collection of William I. Koch with the collection of the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. Mahan Hall, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm, Sun, 11am-4pm, 410-293-2108, photo ID required.

AUGUST 30-SEPTEMBER 1

Grand Prix of Baltimore, 3rdannual. Presented by SRT, this three-day "Celebration of Acceleration” in downtown Baltimore has a modified racing circuit for an even better fan experience. Purchase tickets at grandprixofbaltimore.com.$

Drum Corps Associates World Championships, 48th annual. An estimated 30 drums corps from throughout North America will converge in Annapolis. Navy-Marine Corp Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Sat, 2pm, Sun, 10am and 5pm. For tickets call 855-632-8090. For additional information: 917-528-9340 or dcacorps.org.

AUGUST 31

Charity Boat Auction. Used boats for sale include sail dinghies, to cabin cruisers, to sailboats. Nautical flea market. Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michael’s, 10am-5pm (live auction begins 1pm), 410-745-2916. $

AUGUST 31-SEPTEMBER 2

Skipjack Race and Festival, 54th annual. "THE" skipjack race! Parade, dance, music, car show, boat docking, vendors, food, arts and crafts. Home to still active commercial skipjacks. Deal Island Harbor, Sat 4-10pm, Sun, 1-11:30pm, Mon, 8am-6:30pm. 410-784-2785. $

SEPTEMBER 4

Sidewalk Sale for Charity, 23rd annual. Larger selection than ever before of furniture, jewelry, silver and household items, all at yard sale prices. The proceeds from the sale benefit the services and programs at The House of Ruth. This is a popular community event, so arrive early for the best deals and selection. Clearing House, Ltd., Padonia Rd., Timonium, 10am-3pm, 410-561-4546, clearinghouseltd.com.

SEPTEMBER 4-OCTOBER 13

Animal Crackers. The Marx Brothers classic gets a zany new revival in this gem of American musical comedy. Center Stage, Baltimore, centerstage.org. $

SEPTEMBER 6-15

RV Super Sale. Largest outdoor RV expo on the East Coast. State Fairgrounds, Timonium, 410-561-7323, mdrv.com. $

SEPTEMBER 7

Skipjack Bike Tour, 6thannual. 15-, 30-, 50- and 100-mile rides through beautiful Eastern Shore wildlife, harbors and marshlands. Deal Island Harbor, 7:00am-4pm, dealislandchancevfd.com, 410-784-2335. $

SEPTEMBER 7-8

Baltimore Comic-Con, 14th annual. Stan "The Man” Lee will again be the guest of honor at this year’s convention. Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 10am-5pm. Baltimorecomiccon.com. $

SEPTEMBER 7-OCTOBER 27

"Pictures at an Exhibition.” Annual juried art show for members and non-members of the Harford Artist’s Association. Harford Artists Gallery (former caretaker’s cottage at Rockville Manor), Bel Air, Thurs-Fri, 1-6pm, Sat, Noon-6pm, Sun, Noon-4pm, 410-420-9499, artinharford.org.

SEPTEMBER 8-FEBRUARY 9

Morris Louis Unveiled. Free exhibition. More than 25 works, including several large-scale painting and a number of rarely seen drawings by this groundbreaking artist, born, raised, and educated in Baltimore. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, artbma.org.

SEPTEMBER 8 & 22, OCTOBER 6 & 20

Spirits of Tudor Hall. Guided tours of the first floor of the historic home of Maryland's family of Shakespearian actors, Junius, Edwin and John Wilkes Booth. Reservations required. Tudor Hall, Bel Air, Noon, 1pm and 2pm. 443-619-0008.

SEPTEMBER 13 & 14

Fall Native Plant Sale Weekend. Late summer and fall blooming native plants will be on sale; guided walks through the Arboretum woods. Adkins Arboretum Visitors Center, Ridgely, 10am-4pm, 410-634-2847, ext 29. $

SEPTEMBER 13-15 & 20-22

The Producers. The popular Broadway musical comes to Harford County. Phoenix Theatre, Harford Community College, Bel Air, 443-412-2211. $

SEPTEMBER 13-OCTOBER 13

Durang Durang. Play by Christopher Durang, directed by Andrew Porter. Fells Point Corner Theatre, Baltimore, 410-276-7837, fpct.org. $

SEPTEMBER 14

Cruisin' For Our Heroes. Antique fire engine and police vehicle show honoring Baltimore County EMS, police, fire and military personnel. Motorized emergency vehicle show and demonstrations, rides, flea market, antique cars, Dalmatians, honoring area service personnel. Fire Museum of Maryland, Lutherville, 10am-2pm. 410-321-7500. $

Colonial Day, 39th annual. Juried vendors of traditional and contemporary crafts, forged iron, copper and tin ware, folk art, furniture, baskets, woven rugs, hand-loomed textiles, antiques, and much more. Free demonstrations, entertainment & food. Sponsored by East Berlin Historical Preservation Society. West King St. the National Historic District, East Berlin, Pa., 8am-4pm, 717-259-7049.

SEPTEMBER 15

Ladew Gardens Children’s Day. Crafts, sing-a-longs, magic show, bubble show, hands on learning stations, self-guided garden and nature walks, food and drinks for sale. Free for members. Ladew Topiary Gardens, Monkton, 11am-4pm, 410-557-9570, ladewgardens.com. $

Larry’s Ride to Raise Bicycle Safety Awareness, 4th annual. Proceeds go directly to the advocacy efforts of Bike Maryland, a non-profit dedicated to better and safer biking. Bike rides range from 15 to 63 miles. Camp Milldale, Reisterstown, 410-960-6493 or bikemd.org. $

SEPTEMBER 19 & 20

Sand Castle Home Tour, 9thannual. Presented by the Art League of Ocean City. Self-guided tour of 10 unique area homes. Ocean City, 9:30am-4pm, 410-524-9433, artleagueofoceancity.com. $

SEPTEMBER 19-21

Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. Three day film festival with Hollywood celebrities signing autographs and charity auction. Hunt Valley Wyndham (formerly the Marriott), Hunt Valley, midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com. $

SEPTEMBER 20

SARC Balloon Glow Gala. A fundraiser for SARC, a Harford County nonprofit that benefits victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse and stalking. Silks Restaurant at Bulle Rock, Havre de Grace,, 7-11pm, sarc-maryland.org

SEPTEMBER 20 & 22

Scheherazade and 1812 Overture! Experience these spectacular showpieces conducted by Marin Alsop. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Fri, 8pm and Sun, 3pm, bsomusic.org. $

SEPTEMBER 21

Dancing for the Arts, 6th annual. Harford County’s own stars demonstrate their ballroom dancing talents and compete for top honors. Auction, open bar, food, dance competition. Resident’s Club at Bulle Rock, 6:30-11pm, 410-838-2177, dancingforthearts.org. $

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Fundraiser, 4th annual. Light fare, wine and beer, silent auction, live entertainment. All proceeds benefit the GVC’s conservation and educational programs. Oregon Ridge Nature Center, Cockeysville, 5-8:30pm, gunpowderfalls.org. $

Columbia Classic Grand Prix, 26th annual. World-class equestrian jumping, vendors, games, music, food and family fun. Proceeds fund scholarships for Howard Community College students. Marama Farm, Clarksville, 9:30am-4pm. 443-518-1970, howardcc.edu. $

Literary Mt. Vernon Walking Tour. This fun and educational walk follows in the footsteps of Baltimore’s literary luminaries and reformers, including H.L. Mencken, Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Upton Sinclair, Gertrude Stein and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Tour is free and meets at Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, 11am. To reserve a spot, visit MtVernonLitWalk2013.eventbrite.com or call 410-685-4186.

City-wide Yard Sale. Community-wide event. Yard sales, sidewalk sales, bargains galore. Havre de Grace 8am-4pm. 410-939-6562.

Harford Memorial Hospital's Celebration 5k & 1 Mile Fun Walk, 17th annual. Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace, 7:30, registration, race begins 8:30am. 443-643-4200, uchs.org. $

SEPTEMBER 22

Family Farm Day, 4th annual. Kids activities, contests, demonstrations, produce, meats, cheese, ice cream and honey; crafts and collectibles, live music, and food. The MD Agriculture Center in Cockeysville, 11am-4pm, marylandagriculture.org.

Baltimore Coin and Currency Show.Thirty coin and currency dealers, free appraisals, free admission and parking; dealers will be buying, selling, and trading coin and currency. Best Western North Hotel and Suites (formerly Holiday Inn), Towson, 9am-4pm. 410-866-6332.

SEPTEMBER 25 & OCTOBER 7

Community Conversations: For Today’s Woman. Panel discussions and workshops, held by Harford County Department of Community Services and the Harford County Commission for Women. Sept 25 discussion focuses on how to overcome bullying, and is titled "Stand Up and Be Counted: Schoolyard Bulling to Workplace Harassment;” Oct 7: "Women for Women: Why Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?” Veronica "Roni” Chenowith Activity Center, Fallston, 6:30-7:30pm, 410-638-4739, harfordcountymd.gov/services. Open to the public and free of charge.

SEPTEMBER 27

Shrimp Feast, 7th annual. Fundraiser to benefit Historical Society of Baltimore County. Shrimp feast, bull roast, live and silent auction. Admission includes beer and soda; cash bar available. Columbus Gardens, Baltimore, 6:30-10pm, 410-666-1878, hsobc.org. $

SEPTEMBER 28

Legacy Chase. Enjoy a day of steeplechasing in the countryside, hosted by and benefiting the GBMC HealthCare. Shawan Downs, Cockeysville. 443-849-2773 or shawandowns.com. $

Maritime Museum Crabtober Fest. All you can eat steamed crabs and other bay foods. Fundraiser for the Maritime Museum, Elk’s Club, Havre de Grace, 6-9pm, 410-939-4800, hdgmaritimemuseum.org. $

Greyhound Pets of America/MD Greyhound Picnic, 23rd annual.Hundreds of ex-racing greyhounds and their humans. Games, contests, food, DJ, vendors, silent auction, friendshipand opportunity to meet greyhounds needing homes. Oregon Ridge Park, Hunt Valley, 10am-3pm, 800-600-8607, gpa-md.com.

Quilt Bingo. Presented by The Flying Geese Quilt Guild of Harford County. Prizes are multiple sizes of quilts made by members, including wall hangings, bed sized quilts, quilted placemats, and bags. St. Margaret Mission, Bel Air, doors open 6pm, bingo at 7pm, fgqg.com. $

SEPTEMBER 29

Tour du Port, 20th annual. Join thousands of riders to bike through many historic neighborhoods, beautiful waterfront areas and scenic parks. New routes, rest stops, lunch, music and more. Canton Waterfront Park, Baltimore City, 410-952-0334, bikemd.org. $

Run Wild for Autism 5K and Family Fun Run. Race begins and ends at the zoo, meandering through Druid Hill Park after completing a loop through the zoo grounds. Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 7-8:15am registration, 8:30am race, pathfindersforautism.org. $

BWI 5K Run/2-Mile Family Fun Walk, 26th annual. Benefiting Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Down Syndrome Clinic, this family-friendly event features two courses, a 4-Mile Run and a 2-Mile Family Fun Walk, as well as raffles and other activities for all ages. Entertainment, food, beverages and prizes. BWI Airport Midfield Cargo Complex, Building G, Linthicum. 7am-1:30pm, 410-923-7300, kennedykrieger.org . $

OCTOBER 1-31

Free Fall Baltimore. During the city-wide arts celebration, Baltimore City arts organizations present hundreds of free activities including dance, music and theater performances, art exhibitions, free admission to museums, walking tours, festivals and workshops. For more information visit freefallbaltimore.org.

OCTOBER 3-6

United States Powerboat Show. Luxurious motor yachts, trawlers, high-performance boats and offshore fishing machines. Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Thurs, 10am-6pm, Fri-Sat, 10am-6:30pm, Sun, 10am-6pm. 410-268-8828, usboat.com. $

OCTOBER 5

The Alzheimer's Association Harford County Memory Walk.A national event that brings together family, friends, caregivers and concerned community members who all want to make a difference, Bel Air Equestrian Center, Bel Air, Registration, 9am, walk at 10am, 410-561-9099.

Classic Car & Craft Show. All proceeds benefit The Calvert Hall College Instrumental Music programs. Car registration, 9-11am. Registration is $10 (received by 9/15) or $15 at gate/spectators free. Top 25 Trophies, special awards, door prizes, raffle, T-shirts, food and live music by Calvert Hall Jazz Orchestra. Calvert Hall Russo Stadium Parking Lot, Calvert Hall College High School, Baltimore, 10am-3pm, chccarshow.org or 410.399.4969. Rain date Oct. 6.

Day of the Horse Celebration. Demonstrations, silent auction, vendors, food, parade of breeds and much more, including Kids Area with games, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting and hay rides. The Graham Equestrian Center, Glen Arm, 410-663-4445, grahameq.org. $

DogFest – Paws on Parade Walkathon. Baltimore Humane Society’s biggest event of the year is a dog day extravaganza for pets, pet owners, and pet lovers that benefits animals in need of care and refuge at the no-kill shelter. This family fun day includes activities, games, contests, events, food, and pets for adoption. Baltimore Humane Society, Reisterstown, 10am-5pm, rain or shine, dogfest.org. $

Seagull Century, 25th annual. This nationally acclaimed bicycling event, beginning and ending on the campus of Salisbury University, tours the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland and offers three different routes: two 100-mile and one 62-mile. Salisbury University, Salisbury, seagullcentury.org. $

OCTOBER 5 & 6

Civil War Encampment Weekend & Student Civil War Trunk Show. Experience a Civil War encampment at Camp Carroll, Baltimore’s Largest Union encampment during the Civil War. Young visitors will enjoy a hands-on civil war trunk show, all included as part of Free Fall Baltimore. Mt. Clare Museum House, Baltimore, 11am-4pm, Trunk Show 1-3pm, 410-837-3262, mtclare.org.

Thoroughbred Makeover & National Symposium. Sponsored by the Retired Racehorse Training Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the demand for thoroughbreds off the track through public education and promotion. Discussion panels, seminars, demonstrations, concessions and vendors. Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore, 9am-4:30pm, retiredracehorsetraining.org. $

OCTOBER 6-JAN. 5

Egypt’s Mysterious Book of the Faiyum. An exquisitely illustrated papyrus from Greco-Roman Egypt. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, 10am-5pm, thewalters.org.

OCTOBER 8

Chesapeake Professional Women's Network Fashion Show, 15th annual. Fashion show, dinner, raffle and silent auction. Richlin Ballroom, Edgewood, 5:30pm. For more information and tickets, visit cpwnet.org. $

OCTOBER 9-10

Baby Boomer Expo/Senior Expo. Information on products and services for seniors and baby boomers, entertainment, prizes, health screenings, flu shots. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Wed, 9am-6pm, Thurs, 9am-4pm, 410-887-2002, SeniorExpoOnline.com. $

OCTOBER 10-14

United States Sailboat Show. World's oldest and largest in-water sailboat show; new sailboats, sailing accessories, equipment and services. Annapolis City Dock and Harbor, Annapolis, Thurs, 10am-6pm, Fri-Sun, 10am-6:30pm, Mon, 10am-5pm. 410-268-8828, usboat.com. $

OCTOBER 12

Baltimore Running Festival. World-class running event for entire family: marathon double, marathon, 1/2 marathon, team relay, 5K and kids run. Baltimore City. Visit thebaltimoremarathon.com for locations, times, and to register. $

The Harvest Ball & Fall Frolic After Party. Relive the atmosphere of the Carroll family’s early 1800s country house estate. Ball includes cocktails, a harvest-themed, historically-inspired seated dinner, Federal-era music and dancing, and costume contests. Fall Frolick features dancing to contemporary music and cocktails. Reservations accepted until Sept. 27. Homewood Museum, Baltimore, 410-516-5589, museums.jhu.edu. $

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Baltimore Memory Walk. A national event that brings together family, friends, caregivers and concerned community members who all want to make a difference, Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, 9am registration, pre-walk ceremony 10am, 410-561-9099, alz.org.

OCTOBER 12 & 13

Colonial Craftsmen Weekend, 18th annual. Living history interpreters and re-enactors re-create the 1750-1790 era in beautiful Jerusalem Village and its historic mill. Live period music and period children’s games. Handmade crafts, candle dipping, spinning and more. Jerusalem Mill Village, Kingsville. Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 11am-4pm, 410-877-3560. $

OCTOBER 15-20

We Will Rock You. The musical by Queen and Ben Elton. Hippodrome Theatre, Baltimore, Tues-Fri, 8pm, Sat, 2pm and 8pm, Sun, 1 pm and 6:30pm, 410-837-7400, france-merrickpac.com. $

OCTOBER 18-20

Maryland Home & Garden Show. The definitive destination for the latest trends in home and garden design, featuring more than 300 exhibitors specializing in nuts and bolts projects to frills and decorating, with eight lush gardens. Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Fri,10am-6pm, Sat, 10am-9pm, Sun, 10am-6pm. mdhomeandgarden.com. $

Academy Art Museum Craft Show& Fine Arts Marketplace, 16th annual. The most prestigious juried craft show on the Eastern shore, features original fine crafts by over 65 artists. Preview Party includes music, food stations and cocktail and wine bars. Academy Art Museum, Easton, Fri, Preview Party, 6-9pm, Sat, 10am-5pm, Sun, 10am-4pm, 410-822-ARTS (2787), academycraftshow.org. $

"In Their Words.” An original play featuring monologues, music and comedy that focuses on experiences of individuals with disabilities. Proceeds fund HCC scholarships. Joppa Hall, Harford Community College, Bel Air, Fri and Sat, 7:30 pm, Sun, 3pm; visit harford.edu/intheirwords for tickets or call 443-412-2452 for more information. $

OCTOBER 18-27

Baltimore Beer Week. Celebrating all things beer in the Land of Pleasant Living, with a series of dinners, tastings and entertainments. Baltimorebeerweek.com. $

OCTOBER 19

Jim McKay Maryland Million Day. One-day stakes program that awards $1 million in purse money. Maryland Million Day is all about showcasing the best results of Maryland breeding farms. Laurel Park, Laurel, 410-252-2100, marylandmillion.com. $

Baltimore Bird Fanciers Bird Show & Mart, 73rd annual. Judging of basic caged-bird categories, sale bird area, vendors of bird-related products, raffles. Tall Cedars of Lebanon Hall, Parkville, 9am-4pm, 410-239-1928, baltimorebirdfanciers.org. $

The Crop Hop. Fundraiser bike tour of southern Maryland farms. Post ride picnic features local farm food and entertainment. All proceeds will be used to purchase fresh farm food for low-income families though the Southern Maryland Food Bank. 301-27401922 or thecrophop.com. $

Save-A-Limb Ride, Walk and Festival, 8th annual. Register for a 1-mile family walk or for a 15-mile, 30-mile, or metric century bike ride through Maryland’s rolling countryside. Fee includes admission to the post-ride picnic, with games, live music, and great food. Proceeds will go to the Save-A-Limb Fund, which is used to help provide needed orthopedic surgeries both locally and around the world. Oregon Ridge Park, Cockeysville, 410-601-9000, savealimbride.kintera.org. $

OCTOBER 19-20

Baltimore Open Studio Tour. Artists throughout the city open their studios to showcase works. Individual artists' studios in Baltimore City, school33.org.

Exhibit: Miniatures through Time. Features intricate creations and historic miniatures, model trains, dollhouses, and children’s activities. Suggested donation is $8 for adults and children over six. Historical Society of Baltimore County, Cockeysville, Sat, 11am-4pm, Sun, 11am-2pm, 410-666-1878 or hsobc.org.

OCTOBER 20

Aptalis CF Cycle For Life.Benefits the Maryland Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise critical funds for life-saving research, education and care programs for cystic fibrosis, a fatal genetic disease. Herrington Harbour South, Rose Haven, 410-628-0795, maryland.cff.org/aacycle. $

OCTOBER 19-21, 23-24 & 26

GBMC Nearly New Sale. Don’t miss the chance to pick up the deal of a lifetime at this biannual fundraiser! Wide selection of furniture, clothing, jewelry, silver, appliances, sporting goods, toys, games and much more. GBMC, Baltimore. First Sat-Sun, 9am-5pm, Mon, Wed, Thurs, 4-8pm, last Sat, 9am-1pm, 410-828-9467.

OCTOBER 25

Elkton Halloween Parade. Children, groups, floats, and pets are welcome. Register by Oct. 24. Prizes and food. Downtown Elkton, line up 6:30pm, parade at 7pm, 410-398-5076.

OCTOBER 25-27

Johns Hopkins Best Dressed Sale and Boutique. Features racks of gently used and some new designer clothing, vintage apparel, furs, shoes and wedding gowns. The Carriage House at Evergreen, Baltimore, Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 11am-3pm. 2013 Preview Party Fundraiser, Oct 24. 410-955-9341 or womensboard.jhmi.edu.

OCTOBER 26-27

Autumn Home & Condo Show plus Craft Fair.More than 200 exhibits display products for home, condo, and garden. Artists display creative crafts, gift. Ocean City Convention Center, Ocean City, Sat, 10am-6pm, Sun, 10am-4pm, 410-213-8090. $

Country Peddler Craft Show. Crafts featured include primitive, modern, Victorian, folk art and much more. Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick, Sat, 9am-5pm, Sun, 10am-4pm. 717-656-3208. $

OCTOBER 26

Annual Baltimore Walk Now For Autism Speaks. Thousands living with autism spectrum disorders will join together to raise much-needed funds for critical scientific research and to increase awareness about this growing health crisis. Fun family event, approximately 3-mile walk. M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, walknowforautismspeaks.org. $

Harvest Moon Dinner & Auction, 2ndannual. Presented by the Harford Land Trust. Cocktail hour, dinner, music, silent and live auction. Bel Air Armory, Bel Air, 6:30pm, harfordlandtrust.org. $

OCTOBER 27

Baltimore Choral Arts Season Opener. Tom Hall leads the chorus, orchestra and vocal soloists in Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 3pm, Choral Conversation at 2pm, 410-523-7070 x301 or baltimorechoralarts.org. $

Annual Halloween Hounds on Parade. Bring your dog in costume to enjoy the day (all dogs must be leashed). Features live music, local arts & crafts, vendors of pet products, food for purchase, door prizes for dogs. Dove Valley Winery, Rising Sun, Noon-5pm, 410-658-8388, dovevalleywine.com.

Harford Jewish Center Harvest Days. Indoor crafts show, silent auction, bake sale, light lunch fare and more than 20 quality vendors. Temple Adas Shalom, Havre de Grace, 9am-3pm, 410-679-2063.

OCTOBER 30

Havre de Grace Annual Halloween Costume Parade. Come dressed in costume for a great parade! Downtown Havre de Grace, meet at corner of Washington St. and Congress Ave., registration at 6pm, parade begins at 6:30pm. Open to all ages. 410-939-6724.


 






























 

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