The big draw is a 26-mile run through the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fells Point and a handful of other scenic neighborhoods (including the zoo!), but if you’re not up for that much of a race, there’s also a half-marathon, a 5K and a Team Relay, even .1- and .2-mile Fun Runs, for kids 12 and under. There’s no charge for standing along the course and cheering on the runners. The marathon and the Team Relay start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Paca and Camden streets, with the 5K starting a half-hour earlier and the half-marathon at 9:45 a.m., both at Light and Pratt streets. Start times for the Fun Run are 9:20 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at Rash Field, 201 Key Highway. The cost to run ranges from $20 for the Fun Run to $280 for the Team Relay. thebaltimoremarathon.com.
Savor all sorts of wonderful food (from beef Stroganoff to hoska), listen to balalaikas ringing out, pick up some beautifully crafted religious icons and nesting dolls — all without having to leave the comforts of Baltimore. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. next Sunday at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 E. Fairmount Ave. $2 (free until 6 p.m. Friday). russfest.org.
Choose from more than 60 local and national brews, feast on traditional German foods (always expect the wurst) and enjoy live music, crafts and unlimited access to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the zoo, 1 Safari Place. $45-$55. marylandzoo.org.
Maryland Home & Garden Show
Contractors, designers, landscapers, home experts, tech products (including a virtual nursery and a personal robot), tailgating tips, antique appraisals, crafts (perfect for the hard-to-buy-for person on that Christmas list you’ve been meaning to start) — all gathered together in one place. The convenience can’t be beat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-next Sunday at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road in Timonium. $3-$9, free for kids under 6. mdhomeandgarden.com.
‘Sound Off Live!’
Eighteen bands from the Delaware/Maryland/Virginia area compete for the chance to play at next year’s Light City, Artscape and Baltimore Book festivals. Each band gets 15 minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a three-judge panel. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Hard Rock Café, 601 E. Pratt St. Free. promotionandarts.org.
A self-guiding tour including six beautiful Baltimore County (Laurelford) homes and their kitchens+six talented chefs+six tasteful florists+six designers anxious to set a mean table=one exquisite fundraiser for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday. $60. kitchensofnote.org.
MICA’s Haunted House
Enjoy a house of horrors, designed by students at the Maryland Institute College of Art with a backwoods theme, each nook depicting a demented urban legend. Scary stuff. 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:30 p.m.- midnight Friday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 27, 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Oct. 28. $5-$10. MICA’s BBOX Theater at The Gateway, 1601 W. Mount Royal Ave. mica.edu.
Ah-nuld in three dimensions, as his Terminator from the not-distant-enough future travels back in time to thwart another nasty, bad-guy Terminator ordered to prevent freedom fighter John Connor from ever being born. Director James Cameron at his best. With Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick and the Eastern Shore’s own Linda Hamilton. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. next Sunday, 1 p.m. Oct. 23, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road. $9-$12. thesenatortheatre.com.
The guy responsible for “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will” brings his Hell on a Highway Tour (with special guest Dylan Scott) to the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. $56.25. modell-lyric.com.
'Structure + Perspective: David Brewster Explores Maryland's Social Landscape'
Works by the Maryland-born painter, commissioned for this exhibit, are paired with artifacts from the Maryland Historical Society’s collection. Of his contributions, Brewster says, “I feel challenged to invent aesthetic techniques that address today's raging social complexities and our cluttered broken contemporary landscape." Through Oct. 14, 2018, at the MHS, 201 W. Monument St. Museum admission $6-$9, free for kids under 3. mdhs.org.