Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
Nov. 25: Oysters, Beers, Bagels & Dooby's
Diamondback Brewing, 1215 Fort Ave. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free.
Excitement has quickly grown about Diamondback Brewing's new taproom opening on Fort Avenue in Locust Point, and now, to top it all off, the young brewery is now throwing its first release party with the new Bamb Black IPA. The dark brew is a malty, hoppy blend with hints of caramel and barley, and the perfect way to ward off your Thanksgiving hangover and welcome in the cold weather of winter. Sip it in the new digs (and take some home with four-packs and cases for sale) as you dig into fresh shucked oysters from True Chesapeake Oyster Co., classic carb-loaded goodness from Baltimore’s own Bottom Up Bagels, and drool-worthy treats from Dooby’s, including their fan-favorite pork buns and Korean BBQ nachos with braised steak, hot queso, and wasabi cream.
Black Flag Brewing Company, 9315 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Skip the lines at Best Buy and head instead to Columbia’s first brewery and taproom. Open in July, Black Flag Brewing features 10 tap lines with small-batch signature beers and rotating seasonal selections ranging from IPAs and pale ales to Belgian saisons. This weekend, they, too, will be having their first release party, unveiling their first bottled beer with the best name ever: Aggressive Brunch. The limited-run 22-ounce beer is an imperial breakfast stout with full body flavor of chocolate, coffee, and, of course, a little booze. Enjoy them alongside T&J Waffles and take a tour of the Howard County facilities.
Nov. 26-Jan. 1, 2017: Miracle on 34th Street
700 block of W. 34th St. 5-11 p.m. Free.
Just like the iconic Hollywood movie, Hampden’s aptly named Miracle on 34th Street is a classic Christmas tradition. Celebrating its 70th year, the annual lighting is an eclectic display of hundreds of glittering holiday lights. Locally organized, this Charm City custom touts everything from dancing Santas and reindeer to Maryland crabs, Mr. Natty Boh, the Utz Girl, and the legendary hubcap tree. Join hundreds of locals and tourists alike to wander the street and soak up the sights.
Nov. 25: LorParty
The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $5.
This Friday, don’t miss the first edition of a LorParty, a new music series at The Crown that brings together the good old days vibe of Baltimore Club and the new flavor of Station North’s vibrant arts and culture community. It’s a celebration of Baltimore’s best born-and-bred hip-hop and R&B acts, with Best of Baltimore-winning futuristic artist :3ION, Bmore Club artists Rye Rye and Blaqstarr, DJ Shawn Smallwood, hip-hop artist Al Rogers Jr., and surf-n-soul musician Jacob Marley. The recurring shows will feature a changing theme, with this month’s event focusing on homegrown talent and friends and family returning home for the holidays. We can’t wait to see what comes next.
Nov. 26: AVAM Bazaart Holiday Market
American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 410-244-1900.
Forget Black Friday—save your shopping for Small Business Saturday, as the holidays come early at AVAM during the museum’s annual shopping spectacular. Whether you’re grabbing gifts for family and friends or simply treating yourself, meet more than 40 regional makers selling paintings, sculptures, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, and textiles. Nab all of your needs, with hand-pressed holiday cards from Bowerbox Press, adorable felt-animal ornaments from Walking Olive, perfect-for-the-in-laws wooden serving bowls from JK Into The Woods, winter-weather scarves from Fearless Threads, and perfect stocking stuffer organic body butters by Priya Means Love.