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January 2013 Events & Festivals in Baltimore


Start 2013 right with these events, festivals, and more happening throughout Baltimore. The city knows how to celebrate, whether we’re honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebrating the grand opening of the new Everyman Theater, or even enjoying sauerkraut!

For more programming in Baltimore, be sure to check out this list of new exhibitions at Baltimore museums this winter.

1. Gertrude’s Tenth Annual Krautfest

Friday, January 11 through Saturday, January 12, 6-9 p.m.
Sauerkraut connoseurs will convene at Gertrude's, the restaurant inside The Baltimore Museum of Art, for the 10th annual Krautfest. Dance to live polka music and dine on an enormous buffet menu. Gertrude's says the cash bar will even feature "Krautinis." Tickets are $40 in advance and usually sell out, so reservations are highly recommended.

2. Elvis Birthday Fight Club

Saturday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.
The Creative Alliance at the Patterson
Admission: $20 or $15 for members
Fans of MTV's Celebrity Deathmatch will enjoy seeing their favorite celebrities duking it out at this night of madness, burlesque, and more. Revelers can also put their Elvis trivia knowledge to the test at a contest overseen by the King.

3. Everyman Theatre's Grand Opening Celebration Week

Monday, January 14 through Sunday, January 20
Everyman Theater
The Everyman Theater will celebrate their grand opening at a new location on Fayette Street with a week of activities. Festivities start on Monday, January 14 with a ribbon cutting and the first public performance in the new facility, Tony Award-winning play, August: Osage County. The week continues with more performances of the play, including a "Pay What you Can" night on Tuesday, January 15, and hits a crescendo at the Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, January 19.

4. Life Before Hairspray: Secrets of Ancient Roman Hairdressing

Thursday, January 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
The Walter's Art Museum
The Walter's Art Museum will bring in ancient hairdressing authority Janet Stephens for a talk on ancient Roman hair stylists, who used wigs, bobby pins, hairspray, shampoo, and even electrical equipment to create the elaborate hairstyles were used to seeing in ancient Roman portraits.

5. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

Saturday, January 19, noon
This commemorative procession honors the immeasurable contributions of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The parade, featuring community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, cheerleading squads, and more, will step off a the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, proceed south on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, and disband at Baltimore Street.

6. Orioles FanFest 2013

Saturday, January 19, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Baltimore Convention Center
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 14 and under as well as those over 55 Orioles fans will love being able to meet with their favorite baseball players at this event, where fans can collect autographs and participate in question and answer (Q&A) sessions forums with players. Other highlights of the festival include youth clinics, memorabilia exhibitions, and interactive games. Although the event is open to everyone starting at 11 a.m., season ticket holders can get a jumpstart on festivities at 10 a.m.

7. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

Saturday, January 19, noon-4 p.m.
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum will debut a new exhibition by acclaimed children't book illustrator Bryan Collier, who illustrated Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa. Light refreshments will be provided and an artist talk will take place at noon. The museum will open its doors to visitors for free all day.

8. Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday Bash

Saturday, January 19, 7 p.m.
Westminster Hall
Tickets: $25 presale, $35 at the door
Celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, one of Baltimore's most infamous former dwellers, who was born on this date in 1809. The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum hosts the event, which includes performances of the writer's work by The Poe Toasters as well as displays of Poe artifcats, at Westminster Hall. In years past, the Poe Toaster" would mysteriously visit the writer's grave in the early hours of his birthday. Will someone keep the tradition alive this year?

9. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Celebration

Sunday, January 20 through Monday, January 21
The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a full roster of activities on Sunday and Monday. Festivities kick off on Sunday at noon with a motivational talk from author and Radio One/WOLB-AM radio host Marshall C. Bell and on Monday the museum will screen the Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama. Other activities include musical presentations, storytelling, craft activities, museum tours, and more. The museum will also offer discounted admission at $5.

10. Baltimore Bombers Season Opener

Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m.
Baltimore's professional indoor lacrosse team will kick off their season with a match against the Rhode Island Kingfish at Du Burns Arena in Canton. Tickets start at $10, and season tickets (six games) start at $45.
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