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May 26, 2024


Leisure is the section where we highlight the intriguing, exciting and all-around fun events and activities happening in Baltimore over the weekend.

Wadsten describes her love for Bloody Mary’s, a tasty drink that doubles as a snack.

Winter cocktails from The News-Letter staff

Holiday season is upon us, and I am ready for you, Mariah Carey. While everyone’s holiday plans look different this year, we here at The News-Letter have got you covered! We’re offering our favorite cocktails to enjoy over the next few months, regardless of which holidays you’re celebrating... provided you’re 21+. 

Abrams offers some fun ways students going home for break can spend their last weekend in Baltimore.

Events this weekend in Baltimore (Nov. 20 — 22)

Thanksgiving Break is just around the corner and some students will be going home to their families, many until Intersession begins in January. If this sounds like you, here are some ways you can enjoy your last fall weekend in Charm City (following COVID-19 guidelines, of course).

Skillful trivia can beget prizes, such as this $25 gift card from Nepenthe.

Four ways to play trivia from your couch

My newest fascination over the past couple of weeks has been trivia, which is partially related to the fact that I just discovered that Nepenthe Brewing Company has trivia every Wednesday. They are currently taking a hiatus due to increased COVID-19 restrictions in Baltimore City, but my team totally won $25 in bar cash at the most recent rendition. 


Milk & Honey Market by Vanguard Coffee near Penn Station is the starting point for a Station North Mural Art Tour this Saturday. 

Events this weekend (Nov. 12 — Nov. 15)

Merritt Clubs is holding a virtual trivia night to benefit Shepherd's Clinic, a clinic that works to provide health care for the uninsured. The trivia will be hosted by Charm City Trivia. $50 for a six-person team. 

The crabby tots at the Point in Fells were a cheesy delight to have alongside pitchers of mimosas. 

Some of the better and cheaper boozy brunch options in Baltimore

Brunch can be served up in many forms, but one of the most appealing facets of a decent boozy brunch is the deals. Drinks at restaurants can get expensive, so if you’re a student doing some balling on a budget, here’s a list of some of the best brunch deals in Baltimore... provided you’re 21+.

Head downtown this Sunday to flex your cornhole skills in a regional tournament.

Events this weekend in Baltimore (Nov. 6 — 8)

Join Pandemic Clothing Company, a woman- and Black-owned business, for its virtual launch party. The launch will feature a DJ, giveaways, mixologist prizes and more. A portion of proceeds from sales go to COVID-19 research, and all attendees will receive discount codes for up to 20% off. RSVP. Free.  


Nepenthe offers flights, giving patrons the chance to sample four different beers.

Nepenthe's menu makes for a fun drinking and dining experience

Enough people have either posted on social media or talked about going to Nepenthe Brewing Company that I felt inclined to get a group together and go myself. Located right off of the Main Street in Hampden, Nepenthe offered a lively atmosphere, plenty of seating and, most importantly, awesome food and beer.

Pine recreates some of her favorite Baltimore activities while spending the semester at home.

If you miss being in Baltimore, try this at home

There may seem to be a never-ending barrage of content posted by Hopkins students who flocked back to Charles Village in early September to escape their hometowns or get the most out of their leases they couldn’t cancel. But many people (including myself) can only watch from afar.

This Los Angeles cemetery was featured in A Nightmare On Elm Street, which The Charles Theatre will screen outdoors this Saturday.

Events in Baltimore (socially distanced!) this weekend: Oct. 15-17

The Garage Sale is a curated outdoor and indoor mini-market in Remington, running on select Thursdays and Saturdays and featuring local vendors, creators and craft-makers. In order to be COVID-19-friendly, the market is outdoors on the patio and throughout the parking lot or inside the 6,500-square foot Garage at R. House. Free (but reserve space online due to COVID-19).  

Fadensonnen’s lights, tents and picnic benches all contributed to a cozy and cool vibe.

Fadensonnen's beer garden offers great drinks and even better vibes

My friends and I have become increasingly conscious of the lost months from March onward and our rapidly approaching graduation this coming May. A month ago, we finally all congregated in our East University home. This has led to a few spontaneous get-togethers as we attempt to explore new socially-distanced and outdoor venues during what may be our final year in Baltimore.  

Rudy Malcom discusses the importance of the Waverly 32nd Street Farmers Market.

The Waverly Farmers Market means more than your performance

 It’s Saturday morning. You step outside your building hungover, 15 minutes late, organic tote bag in hand. You spy two figures waiting for you. One of them sports fading blue hair. Clearly, she’s not like other girls (newsflash: she is). The other figure wears a neck gaiter (okay Miss Rona) and oversized sunglasses. She could literally be anybody. 

Mobtown Ballroom hosts quarantine telethon to support artists

The coronavirus’ (COVID-19) impact on the world and Baltimore has been far-reaching and all-encompassing. For artists and venues who rely on audiences and crowds to make ends meet, its impacts can be particularly drastic. However, venue Mobtown Ballroom, located in the downtown neighborhood Pigtown, has sought to help artists support themselves in a time where performance might otherwise be difficult to participate in.

The ricotta crostino with tapenade and parmesan was the highlight of Abrams’ meal.

Orto offers pricey carry out Italian fare during pandemic

Given the current Maryland stay-at-home order, my housemate and I have been primarily at home with each other since she returned to our off-campus house in Charles Village early last week. Our search for activities has left us on increasingly long walks, which this Wednesday included picking up Orto in Station North. 

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