On The Town

Weekend Lineup: Oct. 23-25

The best ways to spend your Charm City weekend.

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Oct. 24: Oktoberfest Tent Party at Kooper’s Tavern 

Kooper’s Tavern. 1702 Thames St. 12-10 p.m.

This Fells Point fixture is ditching burgers for Bavarian fare on Saturday. Head to Kooper’s early to snag oysters while they last and sample Munich-inspired munchies like hand-twisted pretzels and the “Prost Burger,” a black angus beef patty on a pretzel bun topped with brat medallions, sautéed onions, cheese sauce, and pub mustard. Wash down all of the eats with local craft beers and German imports. Then, stick around for a live lineup of local music starting at 1 p.m., including greats like Ruben Montoya and Jimmi Sexton, Cecelia Grace, Liam Davis, and more. Social distancing guidelines will be enforced at this event, so be sure to wear a mask.


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Oct. 25: Cane Collective Cobra Kai  Pop-Up at North Ave. Market

North Ave. Market. 30 W. North Ave. 8 p.m.-1a.m.

This Sunday, the team from Cane Collective is bidding two Charm City cocktail connoisseurs a fond farewell the best way they know how—with a fun bartending event. Grab a mask and head to North Ave. Market where the collective’s co-founder Ezra Allen will be throwing friends Liz Dabecco (Ouzo Beach) and Ryan Sparks (The Regal Beagle) a spirited send-off as they head to explore new opportunities in Detroit. The theme of the evening? Handcrafted pours inspired by a mutual love of Cobra Kai, Netflix’s popular Karate Kid spinoff. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., swing by the Station North hotspot to battle it out over arcade classics, enjoy classic diner fare, and take your pick of sweet sips with a martial arts twist. Drinks to look out for include the “Sweep the Leg,” a frozen blend of El Silencio mezcal and Cane Collective’s Chai Toddy that features notes of Becherovka bitters, cream of coconut, and nutmeg.


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Oct. 24: Fall Drive-In Movie Series: Hocus Pocus at Druid Hill Park 

Druid Hill Park. 900 Druid Park Lake Drive. 7 p.m. $10.

As Halloween quickly approaches, we look forward to classic kooky films to help lift our spirits. Pack a picnic and head to Druid Hill Park to revisit the story of Max Dennison, an angsty teen who hates Halloween, in this ’90s cult favorite. From the comfort of your car (or in a circle outdoors with no more than six people), follow along as Max and friends set out on a quest to save his younger sister from the spooky Sanderson sisters—three resurrected witches famously played by Bette Middler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy.


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Oct. 23-25: Roy Ayers at Keystone Korner

Streaming from Keystone Korner. 1350 Lancaster St. Times vary. $15-45. 

When it comes to jazz—and even rap—it’s been said that Roy Ayers is the most sampled musician of all time. In the 1970s, his work with Polydor Records was an eclectic unraveling of American funk, spanning musical styles with experimental sounds that would pave the way for acid jazz and spawn smash hits like “Searching.” This Friday through Sunday, the Godfather of Neo-Soul is heading to Keystone Korner in Harbor East to perform live for the first time since March. While in-person seating at the Lancaster Street venue is currently sold out, you can still visit Ayers’ Facebook page to groove via livestream (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.) as the acclaimed jazz vibraphonist performs fan favorites like “Running Away” and “Everybody Loves the Sunshine.”


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Oct. 23-25: Virtual Baltimore Comic-Con Live

Times vary.

Each fall, Baltimore Comic-Con brings cosplay and comic enthusiasts together for three days of fandom and fun. This year, the weekend-long geek-out gathering is going virtual. Grab tickets online, dress to the nines as your favorite superhero or villain, and tune in each day for a series of vendors, exhibits, panels, and special guests. This Friday at 6 p.m. sit down with the creators of Justice League as they discuss the 1987 comic book classic. Then, on Saturday at 10 a.m., bring the little ones along for a special panel featuring puppet shows, how-to-draw lessons, and read-alongs featuring their favorite creators. At 6 p.m., be sure to tune into this year’s Ringo Awards, where artists Mike Gerads and Skottie Young will be making special appearances. And don’t forget to check out the live retailer showcase for special deals on comic books, art, and vintage toys.