Fells Point Fun Festival, Free Fall Baltimore and more of the area's best events this week

Fells Point Fun Festival

Feeling their annual celebration had become a little too wide-ranging, organizers are promising a festival centered on the “local artists, restaurants and businesses that make Fell’s Point one-of-a-kind. So, expect less of a carnival, more of a street festival: goods from area vendors, food from area restaurants and eateries, music from local bands. Starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and next Sunday in Fells Point, centering at Broadway and Thames Street. Free. fellspointfest.net.

Free Fall Baltimore

Tight budget? No problem. As they do every October, Baltimore’s museums, performance venues and other cultural organizations have put together 31 days of free events, allowing everyone to experience some of the best the city has to offer without spending a dime. Today’s opening day events include a dance master class hosted by The Collective (10 a.m. at the Bryn Mawr School, 109 W. Melrose Ave.), a guitar master class from Peabody Conservatory graduate Franco Platino (1 p.m. at the conservatory, 1 E. Mount Vernon Place), and several offerings at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Some events require tickets. More information, including a complete schedule of events: freefallbaltimore.org.

Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

The best from more than 40 Maryland craft breweries, plus food, music, trivia contests and games. 1:30 p.m. (noon for VIPs)-4:45 p.m. last call on Saturday at Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St. $15-$60. baltimorecraftbeerfestival.com.

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul

He’s been the rock on which Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band was built, he was a star on “The Sopranos,” and now Steven Van Zandt is hitting the road in support of his latest album, “Soulfire.” Expect some seriously good rocking. 8 p.m. Monday at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. $41-$495.50. modell-lyric.com.

Open Studio Tour

More than 100 artists, scattered throughout Baltimore, will open their studios, offering visitors the chance to chat, maybe watch some art being created, even purchase a piece or two. The Youth Resiliency Institute will host a free kickoff event, featuring art installations, music and light refreshments, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Cherry Hill Homes Community Center, 2700 Spelman Road. The Open Studio Tour itself runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday. Information and a list of participating studios: school33.org.

‘Lear’

With their boring, stuffy parents left for dead, the kids take over — a generation of “Kardashian-esque kids … comically shallow, callous, and vain.” Turns out, however, that being in charge isn’t so easy. Described as “Shakespearean drama meets millennial self-indulgence,” this latest from Korean-American playwright Young Jean Lee is having its regional premiere at Single Carrot Theatre, 2600 N. Howard St. Previews are set for 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday ($10-$15; pay-what-you-can tickets available at the box office), then runs Friday through Oct. 29, with shows at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays ($25-$29). singlecarrot.com.

Rise Against

The pride of Chicago, the guys who gave us “Savior,” “Help is on the Way” and “Swing Life Away.” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pier Six Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $32.50-$65. livenation.com.

Farm to Chef Maryland

Fine foods, courtesy of 30 chefs (from restaurants including La Cuchara, Cosima, Minnow and Ida B's) preparing dishes sourced from 30 local farms. Local wine and brews, too. Tasty. 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday at the B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt St. $110. Tickets through eventbrite.com.

Power of Age Expo, featuring a performance from Darlene Love

The highlight of this two-day expo, focused on life and career enrichment for older people and veterans, will be a performance from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the voice behind so many Phil Spector-produced hits — the most famous being “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” but she sang lead on “He’s a Rebel,” and sang backup on numerous other songs. The expo runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. Love’s show is set for 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is a donation of two non-perishable food items. powerofageexpo.com.

The Psychedelic Furs

Since this is being billed as the “Singles Tour,” we’re betting the set list will include “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” “The Ghost in You” and other cool stuff. Also on the bill: Bash & Pop. 8 tonight at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $33. baltimoresoundstage.com.

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