Things to do in Baltimore this week 8/15/21

Well the people have spoken. I’m back – maybe not in the fullest capacity but I’d like to highlight a few must do things every week. I’m mostly going to focus on theater/comedy, food/drinks, and some worthy causes. A lot of stuff is still pretty up in the air with COVID-19 restrictions, mask mandates, and all that not fun stuff. Please get vaccinated so we can do all the fun things again. So first are a few week-long highlights and below that are some recommendations for individual days.

Steel Magnolias
August 10 – September 5
Written by Robert Harling and Directed by Casey Stangl
Over the course of three years, six inimitable women share their lives with wit, warmth, humor, and intelligence, through the highest highs and the lowest lows. A perennial fan favorite of stage and film, Steel Magnolias celebrates the everyday power of female friendship.
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Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week
August 6 – 29
This summer, Maryland Vegan Eats welcomes back returning restaurants and invites new restaurants to participate in a compassionate campaign by encouraging them to offer healthy, plant-based, and/or vegan items as part of their menu selections. Maryland is an exciting and vibrant state full of unique counties, towns, and neighborhoods boasting incredible diversity. Nothing brings people and community together quite like good food. The mission of Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week is to bridge the gap by increasing the awareness, benefits, and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative, and community-based experience. From August 6 through August 29, join us in welcoming back vegan and veg-friendly restaurants during the summer edition of Vegan Restaurant Week: Welcome Back, Maryland! Restaurants are being asked to promote healthier menus with whole food plant-based items that can benefit your health, reduce animal cruelty, and save the environment. Enjoy a variety of plant-based and/or vegan menu items. Customers will get to cast their vote on their favorite dishes. All customers are welcome, not just vegans! Are you up for the challenge? Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week is a great treat for everyone, vegan or not.
Participating Restaurants
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Baltimore AFRAM
August 15 – 22
By now you’ve heard that AFRAM 2021 is returning as a week-long hybrid experience. We’re keeping all of your favorite parts of AFRAM and spreading them across the city for both in-person and digital festivities. Beginning August 15, you can catch us in pop-up locations or online for a week of food, fun and celebration. Then join us virtually for the festival headliners on August 21-22. While this year’s festival won’t bring 100,000 people to Druid Hill Park, we believe that the spirit of AFRAM will still be felt.

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This year, we’ve partnered with local, black and women-owned businesses city-wide for AFRAM Restaurant Week. Each restaurant has created a special menu item for our #Aframily to enjoy from August 15-22. Check out the list below to find a participating restaurant near you.

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Thursday, August 19

The Art of Making Pizza
6PM – 8:30PM
Schola
Pizza, probably one of the most enjoyed foods in this country, is fun and easy to make from scratch at home. We’ll learn to make both a thin crust and deep-dish pizza crust, craft sauces and prepare toppings for this ubiquitous food. We’ll then spend the rest of the class making our own pizzas and eating them! $59
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Highwire Presents: Improv at Old Line Spirits
7:30 – 9:30PM
Old Line Spirits
Highwire Improv is pumped to bring Old Line Spirits an evening of amazing improvised comedy! Get ready to laugh, get ready to be amazed as whole worlds are created before your eyes, all at the amazing Old Line Spirits!
Featuring: Hot Pursuit, Probably, Local Spot, Mouth Stuff.
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SALSA – BACHATA Thursdays
7:30PM – 11:30PM
200 International Dr, Baltimore
Salsa – Bachata Thursdays Nights every week Hosted by SalsAddicts at the Deck. DMV-PA area has a great option Outdoor for every Thursday Night dancing Salsa- Bachata. BYOD and Mask is now not Mandatory but if you prefer to wear at the dance area. its ok.

Friday, August 20

Self-Guided Garden Tours
2PM – 5PM
Evergreen Museum & Library, The Johns Hopkins University
Evergreen Museum & Library is pleased to welcome you back to our beautiful 25-acre property in North Baltimore for a self-guided walking tour that explores the evolution of the house and its grounds over its 163-year-history. Free; donations gratefully accepted.

Center Plaza Summer Concert Series
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Center Plaza
Bring your own blanket & booze and enjoy weekly summer concerts on the Center Plaza lawn. Some weeks will feature local food trucks and pop-up vendors, and some might be more of a dance party. Free!

Friday Night Stand Up
7:30PM – 10:30PM
The Lou Costello Room
2 hilarious stand up comedy shows every Friday Night in the Lou Costello Room on the 2nd floor of Zissimos Bar in Hampden. FEATURING: KANDACE SAUNDERS, MIKE QUINDLEN, MARK JOYNER, TOM MYERS, and your host MICHAEL FURR.
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Date Night – Seafood
6PM – 9PM
Schola
Cook great seafood dishes with your favorite Sous Chef During the summer especially, we love making great seafood as the main attraction in our special dinners. And there’s no better place than the Chesapeake Bay for great seafood! For our first course we’ll place plump cornmeal fried oysters atop a mixed herb salad with lemon vinaigrette and Old Bay Mayo. Then butter poach lobster tails to go with our roast corn, tomato and basil risotto with crispy shallots. And for dessert, a spiced peach cobbler with chantilly cream and candied walnuts. $85
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Saturday, August 21

Yoga at the Zoo
8AM – 10AM
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Yoga at the Zoo is returning to the Maryland Zoo, with the animals providing inspiration and up-close experiences during your practice. You can strike a yoga pose at Penguin Coast, home to more than 95 African penguins, or at the lion habitat under the watchful gaze of lions Zuri and Hassan. New this year is Sunset Yoga at the Elephant Overlook!
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Birdwatching Tour of Druid Hill Park
8AM – 9:30AM
Druid Hill Park – 3001 East Drive
Druid Hill Park is Baltimore’s oldest large park and is home to 745 acres of forests, fields, and a large lake. 189 species of birds have been documented here, including nesting Baltimore orioles and yellow-crowned night herons. Audubon experts will lead us in search of avian friends! No experience necessary. BYOBinoculars! FREE!
Registration Required

Walking Tour of a Nineteenth Century Irish Neighborhood
11AM – 12:30PM
900 W Pratt St, Baltimore
Join the Irish Railroad Workers Museum as we explore a West Baltimore neighborhood where Irish immigrants settled in the years of An Gorta Mor, or Potato Famine. We will discuss the reasons they had to flee the land of their birth, their treacherous journey to America, and new beginnings as we visit their homes, workplaces, church and schools, social settings and shopping areas. We will gather in the little park across the street from the front gate of the B & O Railroad Museum. This tour is free and open to the public: donations encouraged.

Whiskey on the Waterfront
12PM – 7PM
Sagamore Spirit
Whiskey on the Waterfront is back! After a 2020 summer off, we’re excited to welcome our neighborhood back to our waterfront distillery for live music, food trucks, and delicious whiskey cocktails. This outdoor event is family-friendly and weather-permitting. Each month will feature new activities on the lawn! In August, we will be welcoming BARCS Animal Rescue and Care Shelter to campus for a special opportunity to raise awareness and funding for their organization! Enjoy food from Ekiben, B’More Greek Grill, Gypsy Queen Food Truck, Dough Boy Fresh Pretzel Company, and Rita’s Italian Ice. Listen to live music from local artist, Joi Carter, and enjoy beer from local breweries, Suspended Brewing and Sapwood Cellars. Our new whiskey bar, Nineteen O’Nine, will be open for seasonal whiskey cocktails and Cane Collective will also be on site to sell cocktails and bottles of their local mixers. We encourage guests to bring blankets and chairs for the waterfront lawn. A limited number of picnic tables and Adirondack chairs are available. Guests are welcome to bring food and non-alcoholic beverages, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Dogs are especially welcome but must be on a leash.

The Dinner Detective Comedy Murder Mystery Dinner Show
6PM – 9PM
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown-Inner Harbor
Tackle a challenging mystery and dinner. Just beware! The criminal is lurking somewhere in the room, and you may be a Prime Suspect! America’s largest interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing in Baltimore, Maryland! Solve a hilarious crime while you feast on a fantastic dinner. Just beware! The culprit is hiding in plain sight somewhere in the room, and you may find yourself as a Prime Suspect before you know it! Join us for an event that is very different from a traditional murder mystery dinner show. Our actors are not dressed in costume and are hidden in the audience! This results in a fun, social and interactive evening suitable for all adults.
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Everything Will Be Okay, a standup comedy showcase
8PM – 11PM
The Crown
Stand up comedy show at the Crown! Come for laughs, drinks, and korean BBQ. Featured comics include: Beth Haydon, Khairy Creek, Jenny Cavallero, Shawn Leverett, & maybe more! Hosted by Ian Salyers.
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Highwire Improv Night
8PM – 10PM
The Lou Costello Room
Highwire Improv presents a monthly improv showcase at The Lou Costello Room! Join us for 2 hours of in the moment laughs brought to you by people who have been honing their craft in the rectangles of Zoom and ecstatic to be on stage again.
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So yea, it’s not a lot but it’ll do for now. Please follow me on Instagram to see what I’m eating and doing and visit my Facebook for last minute event additions. 

Enjoy!

 – Lindsey

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