On The Town

Weekend Lineup: Sept. 11-13

The best ways to spend your Charm City weekend.

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Sept. 13: Dumpling Pop-Up at Ekiben

Ekiben Hampden, 911 W. 36th St. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Prior to Ekiben’s first dumpling pop-up back in August, co-owner Steve Chu posted: “Some families play board games, but my family sat around the table making hundreds of dumplings that were meant to be devoured in 20 minutes or less.” This Sunday, head to Ekiben’s Hampden location to indulge in Chu’s family-favorite dumplings packed with experimental flavors and paired with unexpected sides. Line up early to guarantee an order of handcrafted dumplings, and keep an eye on Ekiben’s social media for future pop-up postings.


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Sept. 13: Ravens Season Kick-Off

Locations, times, and prices vary.

The 2019 NFL season marked an explosive turnaround for the Baltimore Ravens—thanks in part to now-superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson—and, starting this Sunday, fans will get the chance to see if the team can come back even stronger. While we’re bummed that we can’t watch from M&T Bank Stadium every weekend, local gameday spots are striving to keep the tailgate spirit alive while following social distancing protocols. Kick off the first game of the season at Diamondback Brewing Company’s outdoor patio, snag bar package tickets to Power Plant Live’s viewing party, or sip $5 drafts all afternoon at Full Tilt Brewing.


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Sept. 10-11: Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow Baltimore

Virtual. Times vary. Free.

While this year’s Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow won’t feature its usual high-flying stunts or in-person ship tours, the local tradition will live on through a series of virtual events, concerts, and trivia games. Don’t miss this four-day online affair, which will culminate on Friday with a special 9/11 dedication, behind-the-scenes tour of a U.S. Navy ship, and a video montage of Blue Angels fly-overs.


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Sept. 13: Haitian Cookout with Island Jams by DJ JDay

Fadensonnen, 3 W. 23rd St. 3-9 p.m. Free.

Despite the havoc that the coronavirus wreaked on the city’s spring and summer events calendar, local purveyors have found socially distant ways to bring the community together for a (somewhat) normal night of entertainment. Fadensonnen—the beer garden and natural wine and sake bar in Old Goucher—has been doing just that all summer long, with live music, DJ sets, and, now, a Haitian cookout with island jams by DJ JDay. Stop by the courtyard on Sunday afternoon to enjoy plantains, spiced chicken, and leafy greens from Sobeachy Haitian Cuisine, and stick around to hear DJ JDay spin island grooves into the night.


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Sept. 12: Charm City Rooftop Day

Locations vary. 12-4 p.m. $35.

It’s a well-known fact that Baltimoreans with a rooftop deck—or any private outdoor space, really—have become the envy of all other city dwellers during the pandemic. This Saturday, put your rooftop to even better use by hosting a quarantine “pod party” to support The Buddy Foundation of Maryland, a local nonprofit that helps save dogs’ lives. Register to participate in Charm City Rooftop Day and receive a party pack filled with essentials like Tito’s Handmade Vodka, gourmet dog treats from Dog Chef, social-distancing markers, and hand sanitizer.