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This year's Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival takes place Saturday in Patterson Park.
This year's Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival takes place Saturday in Patterson Park. (Kaitlin Newman / Baltimore Sun)

Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival

The decidedly family-friendly fun, Baltimore's grandest, brightest and most anticipated Halloween tradition, begins at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park, 200 S. Linwood Ave., with a fall festival featuring costume contests, lantern making, hayrides, yoga, live music, an arts and crafts market, local food trucks and a beer garden (which will remain open until 8:30 p.m.). And that's only the buildup to the main event, a parade of illuminated, handmade lanterns that begins at 7 p.m. at the Boat Lake, heads east to the Park Annex, then returns to the Pulaski Monument. The perfect way to get with the spirit(s) of Halloween. Free. creativealliance.org.

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Doors Open Baltimore

Dozens of Baltimore's most historic and most distinctive buildings, many not usually accessible to the public, throw open their doors for free tours. More than 50 in all, from the Arch Social Club on Pennsylvania Avenue (with its painted ladies above the arched entranceway) to the Women's Civic League headquarters, in a Front Street building that dates to the 18th century, will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, scheduled tours of many buildings and neighborhoods, from the Hippodrome on Eutaw Street to the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor, will run throughout the day; advance registration for these tours is suggested. doorsopenbaltimore.org.

The 46th Greek Food, Wine & Cultural Festival runs Friday-Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation.
The 46th Greek Food, Wine & Cultural Festival runs Friday-Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. (Kaitlin Newman / Baltimore Sun)

Greek Food, Wine & Culture Festival

A feast of Greek art, Greek music and dancing, Greek culture and, best of all, Greek food (truly, there is no such thing as too much baklava). 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-6 p.m. next Sunday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, 24 W. Preston St. Free. baltimoregreekfestival.com.

Sextreme Fest 2017

Not for everybody, so be warned. Music from Lords of Acid, Combichrist, Christian Death, En Esch and Wiccid. 7 p.m. Wednesday at Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place. $28.60-$33. baltimoresoundstage.com.

Steely Dan

The intricate sounds of "Reelin' in the Years," "Peg," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and so many hits, soldiering on even after the death last month of co-founder Walter Becker. 8 p.m. Tuesday at Pier 6 Pavilion, 731 Eastern Ave. $35.50-$300. livenation.com.

Power Plant Live's Strangest Things Halloween party is set for Saturday.
Power Plant Live's Strangest Things Halloween party is set for Saturday. (Matthew Paul D'Agostino / BALTIMORE SUN)

Strangest Things

Baltimore lets its hair down, in many cases literally, with a Halloween celebration featuring music from DJs Sal Flip and Janko, food and drink specials and a costume contest with over $10,000 in cash and prizes. Sorry, gotta be over 21. 8 p.m. Saturday at Power Plant Live, 34 Market Place. $5. powerplantlive.com.

'Designing the Parkway," a presentation on turning the derelict 100-year-old Parkway Theatre into the wondrous Stravros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, home of the Maryland Film Festival, takes place Wednesday at the Parkway.
'Designing the Parkway," a presentation on turning the derelict 100-year-old Parkway Theatre into the wondrous Stravros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, home of the Maryland Film Festival, takes place Wednesday at the Parkway. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

'Designing the Parkway'

Architects from Ziger/Snead and designers from Post Typography talk about their award-winning work in turning the derelict 100-year-old Parkway Theatre into the Stravros Niarchos Foundation Parkway, Baltimore's newest and most distinctive home for cinema. 6:30 p.m. (with a happy hour beginning at 5:30 p.m.) Wednesday at the Parkway, 5 W. North Ave. $5-$10. aiabaltimore.org.

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne plays the Hippodrome Wednesday.
Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne plays the Hippodrome Wednesday. (Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

Ray LaMontagne

It's been five years since the New Hampshire-born singer-songwriter did an acoustic tour, and we're guessing it'll be well worth the wait, if only to hear "Supernova" unplugged. Also on the bill: Ethan Gruska. 7 p.m. Wednesday at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome, 12 N. Eutaw St. $59-$220. france-merrickpac.com.

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Lord Baltimore Masquerade Ball

With promises of "glamour and intrigue," Baltimore's premier vintage hotel offers dinner, dancing (to the music of Tommy Joy and his 10-piece band, performing hits from the Big Band era) and, at midnight, a breakfast buffet on the rooftop LB Sky Bar. Dinner at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, dancing from 8 p.m.-midnight at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. $48-$100. Tickets through eventbrite.com.

If Music Be the Food

Musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, University of Maryland and Peabody Conservatory perform in a concert, with ticket sales benefiting the Maryland Food Bank. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. $7-$15. Tickets through eventbrite.com.

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