Great Things Not to Miss
FREE FALL > THROUGH OCT. 31 From children’s festivals to risqué cabaret, more than 250 arts and cultural events all over the city come at no charge (but some require advance registration). Times and venues vary. See schedule online. freefall baltimore.com 2 GREAT HALLOWEEN LANTERN PARADE & FESTIVAL > OCT. 24 Patterson Park is set aglow, as marchers travel from the Boat Lake to the Pulaski Monument. Beforehand, enjoy lantern making ($5$10), costume contests and yoga. Festival: 3:30 p.m., parade: 7 p.m. Eastern & Linwood aves., creativealliance. org/halloweenparade
ZOOBOOO! > OCT. 28-30 At The Maryland Zoo, costumed trick- or-treaters collect goodies, play carnival games and cheer on elephants during the pumpkin smash. Free with admission ($18, children $14). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Druid Hill Park, marylandzoo.org
FRINGE FEST > NOV. 3-13 In its fifth year, this festival ZooBOOO! brings indie arts and theater to venues in creative zones like Station North, Mount Vernon and Hampden. See details online. charmcityfringe.com Across the city, winter wonderlands bring on the holiday cheer. NOV. 24-DEC. 24
This market channels traditional Germany with crafts, ornaments, gingerbread, mulled wine and a visit from the Nuremberg Christkind. Most days free entry. Sun.-Thurs. 11 a.m.7 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 8 p.m. West Shore Park, 501 Light St., baltimore-christmas.com LATE NOV.-EARLY JAN.
MIRACLE ON 34TH ST.
For one of the city’s most famous displays, Hampden residents go all out, decorating their houses with scenes both traditional and quirky (hubcap trees, flamingos, Mr. Natty Boh). Free. 34th St. between Chest
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Thousands gather for the 45th annual illumination of the Washington Monument. Fireworks, a beer garden and a kids corner add to the festivities. Free entry. 4-8 p.m. (lighting at 7:45 p.m.) Mount Vernon Place, promotionandarts.org DEC. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE SPECTACULAR
Live music and dazzling fireworks over the water ring in 2017. Free. 9 p.m.12:30 a.m. Inner Harbor, promotionandarts.org