Nov. 9: All Things Apple
Union Collective, 1700 W. 41st St. 12-5 p.m. Free.
Move over pumpkin, apple is winning this round of the great fall flavor throwdown. This Saturday, Union Collective businesses will pledge their allegiance to the superior fall fruit with this first-ever apple festival, featuring everything from apple pie shakes and ice cream at The Charmery to an apple-themed climb at Earth Treks Hampden. Mosey throughout the space to sample an apple-takeover menu at Well Crafted Kitchen, a special release at Baltimore Spirits Company, and fall-inspired syrups at Vent Coffee Roasters. Plus, get a first look at new neighbor The Wine Collective, which will be open for tours during the festivities.
Old Line Spirits, 200 S. Janney St. 3-11 p.m. Free
It’s been a big week for Old Line Spirits: The distillery opened its long-anticipated cocktail and wine bar at Cross Street Market on Tuesday, and on Saturday, it will host its annual fall fling and whiskey release. Stop by the Highlandtown spot on Saturday to be one of the first people to sample Golden Edition, the nation’s oldest American single-malt whiskey made from 100 percent malted barley and aged in white-oak barrels. After snagging a bottle of this rare spirit, stick around for live music, eats from Charm’d Kitchen, beer by Monument City Brewing Company, and sips from Old Line’s fall cocktail menu.
Nov. 9: Maryland Art Place Fall Benefit
Maryland Art Place, 218 W. Saratoga St. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. $40.
Don your finest Great Gatsby-inspired garb (flapper dresses and fedoras encouraged) and head to Maryland Art Place for a jam-packed night of art, entertainment, and roaring ’20s debauchery. Watch live performances by artists from the gallery’s Tri-Annual MSAC Juried Show, including the likes of Dominique Zeltzman, Shonnita Johnson, and Stephanie Barber, before exploring the second and fifth floors to see new interactive works. In the main gallery, cheer on local cabaret singer Mariah Bonner, rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter, and Baltimore drag queens Bambi Galore and Miss Calculated during this rousing all-night fundraiser for the contemporary art space.
Nov. 8: LUXE
Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Pl. 9 p.m.-12 a.m. $5-10.
If there’s one local drag queen who can guarantee a turnout from all corners of the music, fashion, and entertainment sectors of the city—it’s Baby. Pack the Baltimore Soundstage on Friday night to hear beats from DJKB, Trillnatured, and Lemz, along with live shows by drag performers Betty O’Hellno, Iyana Deschanel, Pussy Noir, and Baby herself. Start planning your looks early for this all-night performance party and dance the night away alongside hosts like punk queen Alastor and musician Hunter Hooligan.
Nov. 8: Lit City Baltimore
400 St. Paul St., 8-11 p.m. $40.
Although the first-ever Brilliant Baltimore festival comes to a close at the end of the weekend, the party isn’t over yet. Join hundreds of glow-in-the-dark revelers in the light tunnel on Saint Paul Street for this all-inclusive bash, featuring an open bar, snacks from local spots like SoBo Café and Refocused Vegan, and nonstop beats by DJ CoryT. Wave your glow sticks to the beat and celebrate another year of transforming downtown into a truly lit city.