Five things to eat, drink, see, hear, and do with your Charm City weekend.
April 1-2: The Emporiyum
600 E. Pratt St. Sat. 1:30-4 p.m. Sun. 1-3 p.m. $15-40/
Baltimore’s biggest foodie fete returns this weekend with 100 tastemakers from Charm City and across the country. Expect to see local favorites like Ekiben, Diamondback Brewing, The Local Oyster, and Hex Ferments, in addition to out-of-towners like Luke’s Lobster and the Instagram-famous Eggloo from New York City. Whatever your palate, this two-day bazaar has got you covered, from buns, bagels, beer, and sushi burritos to kimchi and kombucha. Grab a few friends and skip breakfast as this epicurean dreamland will leave you full for days.
April 1: Rye Rocks
The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St. 7-10 p.m. $75.
As if Marylanders needed another excuse to celebrate their de facto state spirit, rye whiskey, the Walters Museum is bringing back their spirited “Rye Rocks” cocktail party for the third year. Sample handcrafted spirits from the Baltimore Whiskey Company, Sagamore Spirit, Redemption Rye, and many more, and imbibe in rye cocktails made by the city’s master mixologists of the Baltimore Bartenders’ Guild. Expect to drink doyens such as Andrew Nichols of Woodberry Kitchen and Jenghis Pettit and Amie Ward of R. House’s signature R. Bar. Support the art museum by sipping on smooth manhattans in the heart of Baltimore.
April 1-2: Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair
The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Dr. Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$15.
This weekend, the Baltimore Museum of Art fills its halls with even more masterworks during the biennial Baltimore Contemporary Art Fair. More than 20 established and emerging printmakers and gallerists from around the country will showcase specialty drawings, prints, and photographs at this esteemed art sale. Everyone from new collectors to art aficionados are invited to browse the works, meet the artists, and even learn printmaking techniques.
April 1: Scheherazade
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., 7-11 p.m. $33-99.
It’s never been easier to get lost in the music of our local orchestra than during this special symphony that follows the tales of One Thousand and One Nights (think Arabian Nights, Aladdin, Ali Baba, etc.). As part of the “Off the Cuff” series, maestro Marin Alsop will lead her musicians through this exquisite suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and all of us through a dazzling, colorful masterpiece. Afterwards, stumble out of your seat and stay awhile for an after-party featuring more music by the Saltanah Ensemble, Middle Eastern food from The Helmand, and $4 beer specials.
March 31-April 8: Light City
Locations & times vary. Free.
This weekend, the nine-day, second annual light festival kicks off in Baltimore with a celebration of light, music, and innovation that’s even bigger, brighter, and bolder than last year. Across Charm City, check out intricate light-art installations, lit concerts (see what we did there) including headliner Biz Markie, and conceptual conferences covering topics like food innovation and social change. Join the hundreds of thousands of attendees and don’t miss the feature that started it all—a radiant 1.5-mile art walk around the Inner Harbor.