Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Dec. 8: R. House Birthday Bash
R. House, 301 W. 29th St. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Free. 443-347-3570.
We can’t believe that R. House is only turning one this weekend. Even as the neighborhood continues to evolve, the modern food hall and incubator space feels as if it’s been in Remington all along. How had we ever lived without those Ground & Griddled breakfast sandwiches? In true foodie fashion, the space will be celebrating its first birthday with a medley of eats. Each stall will be whipping up limited-edition bites, with ouzo shrimp at Arba Mediterranean, a breakfast banh mi at Ground & Grilled, spicy salmon temaki at Hilo Sushi, and vegan doughnuts at Stall 11, to name a few. Along the way, enjoy a half-off drink menu at R. Bar, confections from Charm City Cakes, and live music by David Jacober and The Swingin’ Swamis.
Dec. 9: On the Rocks: A Drinks Party
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 7-10 p.m. $75. 410-547-9000.
There’s no better way to start off the holiday season than with a fancy night of cocktails. This Saturday, the Walters Art Museum’s beloved Rye Rocks event is returning—but this time, with Russian flair. While the event has featured regional rye since 2015, this year will also highlight vodka and other international spirits in honor of the museum’s new exhibition on Faberge eggs. As you stroll through the galleries and view the exquisitely rare egg-shaped art forms, sip on handcrafted Russian-inspired drinks mixed by Baltimore’s favorite bartenders, including Verde’s Christian Stoddard and R. Bar’s Josiah Dells (who will also be participating in a people’s choice cocktail competition). And while the drinks are fun, it’s also for a good cause as proceeds will benefit bus transportation to the art museum for Maryland Title I school students.
Skateland North Point, 1113 North Point Rd., Dundalk. 7-9:30 p.m. $7. 410-282-0223.
Technically, the Charm City Roller Girls are off-season until January, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see them rumble before their home opener. This Sunday, cheer for the women of CCRG as they roll side by side with visiting skaters inside Dundalk’s beloved Skateland. But don’t expect your typical derby—the night is all about a peculiar pasta theme in honor of one of the league’s signature sponsors, Noodles & Company. With teams Spaghetti and Meatballs duking it out with skaters like Pad Thai Grrr and Wisconsin Smack & Cheese, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a heaping plate of fun—even, sadly, though there won’t be any actual carbs.
The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. 410-625-4848.
We don’t know about you, but we’re already feeling the stress of holiday shopping and the down-in-the-dumps doldrums of winter blues. On Friday night, throw your gift lists to the wayside and unwind with DJ Trillnatured and a night of feel-good tunes. Voted Baltimore magazine’s Best DJ of 2017, she will be spreading the good vibes with her R&B and jazz-influenced club mixes with the help of Grammy-nominated producer D.K. the Punisher, who will be hosting a guest set featuring his new Castle EP. Considered one of the best dance parties in the city, Version will have you feeling like the best version of yourself again in no time.
Dec. 8-10: MICA Art Market
MICA Brown Center, 1301 W. Mt. Royal Ave. Thu.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 12-7 p.m. Free.
If you decided to skip the crowds of Black Friday or the web clog of Cyber Monday, fear not—this weekend’s Art Market has the local gifts you’ve been looking for. For the 11th year, shoppers and collectors can browse or purchase works made by 275 emerging and established artists from the Maryland Institute College of Art, including patterned totes, printed tees, greeting cards, embroidery art, ornaments, and even wintery dog-patterned wrapping paper. You’ll give your loved ones presents that can’t get on Amazon, but best of all, your purchases will support local creators with a portion of the proceeds going toward scholarships for MICA students.