From an Irish Festival and a Chili Fest to a Bacon Jam Party and an Alpaca Festival, there’s something for everyone going on this weekend around Charm City. Here are our top 10 free and affordable picks .
(Note: Sometimes, things change after we post an event. It’s always a good idea to check with venues and organizers to confirm dates, times, and other details.)
Baltimore Food Truck Week Festival
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy food from some of the best food truck in the region for a night of fun. This main event of Baltimore Food Truck Week will take place at Patterson Park, by the Pulaski Monument.
Half-Price Friday Nights
National Aquarium, 501 East Pratt Street
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spend your Friday evening exploring all of the ocean’s wonders – sharks, dolphins, jellies, and more – for half the price of normal general admission.
44th Annual Maryland Irish Festival
Cow Palace at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd.
$10-$20; Children under 17 and active duty military FREE
Irish step dancing lessons and puppetry to traditional Irish food and authentic Celtic music, there is something for everyone. There will be plenty of traditional Irish food & drink, internationally recognized musical groups, children’s activities, cultural exhibits from Ireland, festive contests, a speaker series and various vendors.
Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place
Ticket packages range from $10 to $65; Children under 12 are FREE
This party celebrates the greatness that is BACON! Vendors from all over the city will be serving up a variety of bacon based sampling dishes and quenching your thirst with bacon inspired cocktails. Groove out to local jam bands while walking around in a bacon-lover’s nirvana.
DIY Cookie Cutter Workshop
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St.
November 11, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$20; Advance registration and payment required
Learn how to make cutters of your own design in our Cookie Cutter workshop! The Shed staff will teach you how to bend metal to create food-safe cookie cutters just in time for the holiday season. You will take home your own specially-shaped cutter that’s sure to make you the envy of every holiday party! There is no member discount this workshop program. All supplies and museum admission are included. The workshop is designed for ages 10 and up. Anyone under 16 must participate with an adult, who must also register.
Spirited Away Harvest Festival
R. House, 301 W. 29th St.
12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Local favorites are coming together to celebrate all things fall. Bring the family and paint a pumpkin, pet an animal, devour a hog roast and end the day with a movie screening while sipping on some cocktails.
Chili Fest & Classic Car Show
Belvedere Square, 529 E. Belvedere Ave.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Belvedere Square’s first “Chili Fest and Classic Car Show” on Sunday, November 12th offers a fun-filled afternoon at the Square for the whole family. Belvedere Square food tenants will go head-to-head to see who has the best chili at Belvedere Square, while guests can enjoy great food and drinks from the Belvedere Square tenants, music by Sons of Pirates, a classic car show, and kids can enjoy a visit from the Maryland Book Bank!
Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival
Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Rd., West Friendship
November 11 – 12
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Come to a great fall festival with fiber, yarn, live alpacas! There will be many vendors with holiday gift ideas for everyone. Whether you knit, crochet or just love to shop, there will be something for you.
Family Days: Harvesting the Past: Native Americans in Maryland
Maryland Historical Society, 201 W. Monument St.
FREE admission to the museum
Bring the kids to learn about Maryland’s Native-American farming practices with hands-on activities.
Thankful for Turkeys
Lake Roland Nature Center, 1000 Lakeside Dr.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
FREE – no registration required
Drop in any time between 10am and 1pm to learn about the bird that almost became our nation’s symbol: the Wild Turkey! Participants will have the opportunity to make a turkey themed craft, investigate turkey artifacts, and so much more! Story times at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
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To see other deals and events this week and weekend, check out Veterans Day Freebies, Deals, and Events for Baltimore and The Baltimore Fringe Festival.