Thursday, October 3.

Baltimore Japan Art Festival 2019: Baltimore Japan Art Festival is an annual event in the Station North Arts District of Baltimore, MD that showcases contemporary Japanese art & culture. Oct. 3-6, various locations.

#OMGFOOD 2019: Event will help raise the much needed funds to ensure that services remain accessible to all who need them. The League serves over 4,000 individuals annually in a wide array of programs. 6-10 p.m., La Cuchara, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., $20-$125.

Searching 4 Something x The Rockwell: Dance party. 10 p.m. – 2 a.m., The Rockwell, 702 S. Broadway.

Friday, October 4.

The Night Brunch Festival: Three day celebration will toast the best local artists, musicians, and restaurants in the city. Oct. 4-6, Harbor Point Baltimore, 1500 Thames St., $15-$500.

PinBaltimore Pinball Festival: Three days of pinball, live music, DJs, film, and nonstop fun. Oct. 4-6, Holy Frijoles, 908 W. 36th St., $10-$50.

Sweaty Eyeballs Animation Festival 2019: A three-day juried festival of the world’s most cutting-edge, quirky, and boundary-pushing animation. Oct. 4-6, The SNF Parkway/Maryland Film Festival, 5 W. North Ave., $10-$150.

Oktoberfest Mount Vernon 2019: Lederhosen, hay bales, and ice cold bier. 4-11 p.m., Read Street between Charles and Cathedral Streets.

808 Vol. 25: 808: The Sadboi Series (or just 808) is a show curated by 808s and Sadbois first Fridays of every month. 9 p.m. – 2 a.m., The Crown, 1910 N. Charles St.

Saturday, October 5.

Baltimore Taco Festival: Weekend event filled with a variety of tacos, delicious indulgences, and taco themed activities. Oct. 5-6, Power Plant Live!, 34 Market Place, $14.99-$54.99.

Grand Opening of Charm City Books: Storytime and singalongs, ribbon cutting and reception, live music, crafting workshops, theatrical performances, author readings, giveaways, and more. Oct. 5-6, Charm City Books, 782 Washington Blvd.

2019 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival and Awards: Free, two-day outdoor event will feature Poe-themed performances, art, vendors and food, celebrating Poe’s life, works and his influence in the arts. Oct. 5-6. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, 203 North Amity St.

Opening Day of “The Secret Life of Earth” Exhibition: AVAM’s “EARTH” show aims to inspire a deeper love and protectiveness of our planet. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway.

Malcolm Peacock Artist Walk: The walk is an audio-based, loose narrative that will lead people around Mt. Vernon through the lens of specific events which happened in Malcolm’s life while he was living in Baltimore between 2016-19. Noon-4 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St. 

Sharp Leadenhall/Otterbein Block Party: Free food, music, games, featuring DJ Shawn Smallwood. 2-5:30 p.m., 800 block of Leadenhall Street.

Watch Out For the Big Girls: Saida Agostini will be performing and hosting a space of celebration. Come together for a night to celebrate big Black women, the space they take and the power they hold. Artists from across Baltimore will share visions of a future where big black women are free and honored. 6-9 p.m., Waller Gallery, 2420 Calvert St.

S.O.S. ft Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Styles P, Dead Prez: (S.O.S.) Science of Speech featuring Talib Kweli, Jay Electronica, Styles P, dead prez and Raff Alpha Music. 7 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Marketplace, $36.30.

Sunday, October 6.

Tour of the Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library: Take a tour of the newly renovated Enoch Pratt Free Central Library. Visitors will hear about the special architectural features restored during the Library’s renovation. 1-4 p.m., Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral St.

Words, Wine, and Wings 7: Poets will perform works on race. 6-8 p.m., Next Phaze Cafe and Lounge, 112 E. Lexington St., $15-$25.

Monday, October 7.

Hand Dance Class: Baltimore style partner dance. Learn the basics and then enjoy a night of dancing with your classmates at Vulcan Blazers. 6-7 p.m., Jubilee Arts Baltimore, 1947 Pennsylvania Ave.

Tuesday, October 8.

Astrology Happy Hour: Happy hour and a chat about the stars. 6-9 p.m., Rituals: Bar & Venue, 12 W. North Ave.

Wednesday, October 9.

Sixth Annual Baltimore International Black Film Festival: Founded in 2014, the Baltimore International Black Film Festival is an annual event which showcases films made by and starring African Americans, the African Diaspora, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Oct. 9-14, See website for specific times and locations.

Carly Harvey Live for Blues Night at the Mobtown Ballroom: Carly Harvey, DC’s “Queen of Blues,” makes her debut blues performance. 7-11 p.m., Mobtown Ballroom, 861 Washington Blvd., $12.

Bourbon and Boyshorts Presents: Podcast Mixer: A night of laughs, food, fun, and drinks. 7-midnight, Montego Bar & Grille, 1818 N. Charles St.

Art of Comedy Open Mic: Sign up to try out 5 minutes of your material in the most welcoming room in the city. 9-11 p.m., Motor House, 120 W. North Ave.

Thursday, October 10.

48th Annual Baltimore Greek Festival: Festival celebrating the Greek Culture, History, Faith and  Community! Featuring authentic food, pastries, wine, music, dancing groups, cathedral tours and shopping. Oct. 10-13, 24 W. Preston St.

Moet Oyster Ball: Open bar, endless oysters, door prizes, and more. 7-10 p.m., Ryleigh’s Oyster Baltimore, 36 E. Cross St., $70.

Shocktail Hour’s Howling Halloween Bash!: Celebrate Halloween early with blood-curdling contests, caskets full of prizes, and creatures of the nightcaps. 9 p.m. – midnight, Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St.

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Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News Network. Her work has also appeared in Essence,...