Summer came and went, but the fun doesn't have to end at the beach. A fresh season means new, exciting things to do -- and your wallet doesn't have to suffer. We chose 20 of the best fall events under $20 in the Baltimore area to keep you busy until winter.
1. Free Fall Baltimore
Now through Oct. 31
Have a heart for the arts? Enjoy the work of Baltimore City artists in the ninth annual Free Fall Baltimore festivities beginning this week and continuing through October. Some of the 300 events include music, dance and theater performances, as well as workshops, children's activities and more. Free admission; some events require advance registration. freefallbaltimore.org.
Turning 100 is a perfect excuse to party for 100 days straight, and that's what the Baltimore Museum of Art is doing for the rest of the calendar year. Join in on the fun with varied events featuring talks on unusual artifacts, a radio contest with WYPR and a chocolate bar recipe contest. Other events include opening a time capsule on Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and a reopening of the American Wing and the historic entrance on Nov. 23. 10 Art Museum Drive. Free admission. artbma.org/100.
3. Fells Point Fun Festival
Oct. 3 through 5
The extravaganza of live music, local artistry and vendors returns to Fells Point this weekend. Live entertainment will reverberate from four stages, the streets and a special Kids Zone. Bands include Ed Lauer, Jumpin' Jupiter, Jah Works, the All Mighty Senators and more. Centered around Thames Street. Friday 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. Oct. 3, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 4-5. Free. fellspointfest.com.
Go back to the days of silver screens with this series at the Charles Theatre. This week features showings of "Je t'aime, je t'aime," a 1968 Alain Resnais film (11:30 a.m. Oct. 4; 7 p.m. Oct. 6; 9 p.m. Oct. 9) Films in the series this year (including "Paris, Texas," "Diner" and "The Ladykillers") have three showings a week. $7.50-$9.50. Group rates available. 1711 N. Charles St. thecharles.com.
5. 'The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster'
The American Visionary Art Museum's 20th original exhibition explores the work of some of the most profound and revolutionary thinkers of the past. Highlights include a celebration of artist Rev. Howard Finster and a look into the life of Jimi Hendrix. $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors and $9.95 for students. Children under 6 years old and AVAM members get in free. 800 Key Highway. avam.org.
6. Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Oct. 10 through 12
Get your art fix with over 250 artisans displaying pottery, jewelry, home decor and more. The festival also includes artist demonstrations, children's entertainment and live music. Don't forget to check out the specialty foods. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 10 and 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 12. $10 (children under 12 and parking free). sugarloafcrafts.com.
Sample stouts, ales and more at this heavenly event for Baltimore brew fans. Festivities include everything from beer crawls to beer trivia and hoisting challenges. Other events include Heavy Seas Friday at Padonia Ale House and specials at Mahaffey's, Of Love and Regret, Wharf Rat and more. Some events are free; others pay as you go. baltimorebeerweek.com.
8. Pigtown Festival
The 13th annual Pigtown Festival features live music from local bands, yummy food and, yes, racing pigs. New to the festival this year will be aerial acts, strolling entertainment and carnival games. Noon-7 p.m. Free. Washington Boulevard, Pigtown. pigtownmainstreet.org.
This collaborative project between Morgan State University's visual art and business and management programs will highlight the relationship between art and business that fueled the creation of "Black Enterprise" magazine. Artwork from over 50 magazine covers, editorial pages, fine art prints and the art of 15 artists and photographers who contributed to the magazine will be featured. The Oct 16 reception is from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. Morgan State University, Carl J. Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Drive. murphyfineartscenter.org.
10. Baltimore Running Festival
Oct. 16 through 18
Join runners and spectators of all ages and abilities for the 14th Baltimore Marathon. Distances range from marathons that run directly through the Maryland Zoo to a kids fun run. Not into running? Cheer participants along the course and at the finish line in Lot B outside M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. Visit the health and fitness expo at Baltimore Convention Center for deals on apparel and gear from noon-8 p.m. Oct. 16 and noon-9 p.m. Oct. 17, 1 W. Pratt St. Race registration starts at $15 and is filling quickly (watching is, of course, free). The marathon starts at 8 a.m. Oct. 18. thebaltimoremarathon.com.
11. Russian Festival
Oct. 17 through Oct. 19
Savor homemade Russian breads, visit an authentic tea room and purchase souvenirs from the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Parish at the 41st annual Russian Festival. The Washington Balalaika Society and several other dance and music ensembles will provide live music. Noon-9 p.m. Oct. 17 and 18; noon-6 p.m. Oct. 19. 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. $2. russfest.org.
12. Harbor Harvest Children's Festival
Bring the whole family to enjoy a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hay maze, live music and food at the seventh annual Harbor Harvest Children's Festival. Many activities, like the petting zoo and hay maze, are free. What's not free is inexpensive: pony and trackless train rides are $3. West Shore Park, 401 Light St. Festival goes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. waterfrontpartnership.org.
13. ZooBooo at the Maryland Zoo
Oct. 24 through 26
Kids will scream for this Halloween celebration. Adults and children are advised to wear costumes for daily contests, trick-or-treating, carnival games, crafts, and food. Sing and dance along with performers or watch magic tricks daily. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Waterfowl Lake, Druid Hill Park. General zoo admission ($13-$18) required to enter. marylandzoo.org.
14. Great Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival
This year's annual event from the Creative Alliance, dubbed "Kaleidoscope," will showcase over 1,000 colorful lanterns made by your neighbors and friends. The festival, which starts at 3:30 p.m. at Patterson Park, will be loaded with food trucks, lantern workshops, hayrides, crafts, vendors, live bands and a children's costume contest. Then, at 7 p.m., watch floats, stilt walkers, dancers and your neighbors walk the parade into Annex Park on Eastern and Linwood avenues. All of this is free, but the 9 p.m. adults-only dance party and costume contest, Glow Ball, at the Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave.) is $9-$12. creativealliance.org.
15. 'From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story'
Oct. 26 through April 17, 2016
Celebrate the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Walters Art Museum by taking a look at 200 specially picked gems from the art-collecting Walters family. There will also be never-before-seen family photographs and historic material. Free. 600 N. Charles St. thewalters.org.
16. Charm City Fringe Festival
Nov. 2 through 9
Enjoy a series of plays and performances at the Charm City Fringe Festival, which hits Baltimore for the third consecutive year. The festival, an eclectic mix of music and theater, holds multiple events every night for one week. Prices vary per performance, however, since a four-pack of passes is $29.99 and an eight-pack is $54.99, and packs can be divided among friends, a single ticket from a four-pack would be less than $8. Various locations. charmcityfringe.com.
17. Greek Food and Cultural Festival
Nov. 7 through 9
Opa! Indulge in authentic Greek food, dancing, music, cathedral tours, silent auctions and shopping. Free. The Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Nov. 7, 11 a.m. until the end of the Greek Night Party on Nov. 8, noon-6 p.m. Nov. 9. facebook.com/baltgreekfestival.
18. Festival of Trees
Nov. 28 through 30
With a "fairyland forest," gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, Kennedy Krieger's annual fundraiser is the perfect place to get into the holiday spirit. Adult tickets are $13 and children and senior tickets are $7. Purchase discounted tickets until Thanksgiving. Children under 4 are free. Earn free tickets by donating to Kennedy Krieger's Happy Holidays Fund, which helps support people with disabilities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 28 and 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 30. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road. festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.
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Get your holiday shopping done at the American Visionary Art Museum's annual holiday marketplace. Browse through the creations of over 50 regional artists, including paintings, sculptures, jewelry and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. If crowds aren't your thing, attend the First Dibs Preview Party from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 28 ($10 for AVAM members and $20 for everyone else). 800 Key Highway. avam.org.
The residents of Hampden's 34th Street will once again decorate their houses with hundreds of lights for the city to appreciate. Year after year, thousands are drawn to the block to see the "brightest two blocks in the United States," according to the residents. Stop by the first lighting and enjoy the spectacle of lights for free. West 34th Street. christmasstreet.com.