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Whether it’s a ghost tour in Fells, a crawl in Fed, or a haunted house in neighboring Jessup, Baltimore has plenty of Halloween activities for all ghouls and gals. Not sure what you’re doing yet? Check out some of the spooky highlights this weekend:

Halloween Baltimore Pub Crawl

Fells Point has always been a hotspot during Halloween – and this year won’t disappoint! For those over 21, there is a three-day pub crawl, which kicks off on Thursday, October 30. The check-in is at the Point in Fells (located at 1738 Thames St.) where crawlers get a map, drinking cup, and wristband.

Participating venues include: The Points in Fells, Leadbetters Tavern, Riptide by the Bay, Bond Street Social, and Dog Watch Tavern.

Find out more information and buy your ticket here.

Halloween Bike Party

Baltimore Bike Partiers will be celebrating Halloween by biking through Charm City in their favorite costumes. The adventure starts at St. Mary’s Park in Seton Hill at 6:30 pm and concludes at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (1415 Key Highway).  There will be an after party at Little Havana (1325 Key Highway) with a costume contest and prizes.

Go here for more information.

Federal Hill-O-Ween

This costume party bar crawl will be just one night, on Halloween. More than 17 Federal Hill restaurants and bars will be participating in the event and offering food and drink specials.

Check-in is at Mother’s Parking Lot from 6-10 pm, where participants receive wristband, souvenir koozie, map of bars, and giveaways.

Don’t forget to dress up! There will be Halloween costume contests with great prizes.

Buy your ticket here.

RA Sushi’s Boo Bash Halloween Party

Sushi lovers, beware! From 11 am to close on Halloween, RA Sushi Bar & Restaurant will be decked out in Halloween décor and offer a variety of “Boo Bites” and “Potent Potions” while haunting music plays throughout the restaurant.

Some of the spooky offerings include:

  • Zombie Roll: spicy salmon, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno rolled and topped with avocado and sriracha.
  • Witches Brew: a bubbling blend of Southern Comfort, Amaretto Disaronno, cold sake, liqueurs and tropical juices.

Any creepy customers that dare to dress in the best costumes may be able to win some tricks or treats, such as RA Sushi gift certificates.

Bennett’s Curse Haunted House

If you’re looking for a night away from the city and want some creepy mansions, hop over to Jessup to visit Bennett’s Curse Haunted House! $30 ticket includes admission to the three haunted houses on the property – Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D, and Sanctuary of Insanity.

Buy your tickets here.

Still not sure what to wear? Take a look back at 2014 and gain some dress-up inspiration! These are some of my favorite ideas:

  • Support our home team, the Baltimore Orioles, in their incredible journey this season and dress up as one of the superstars – Adam Jones or Nick Markakis anyone?
  • Frozen fans, you’re in luck! There’s an endless amount of things you could be. Let it go and hop over to Pinterest for some ideas.
  • Didn’t complete the ice bucket challenge? No worries, there’s a costume for that.
  • Honor one of the greats we lost this year and dress up as Joan Rivers or Robin Williams (bonus points if you’re a male and dress up as Mrs. Doubtfire!)

Whatever you do this Halloween, make sure you’re being safe and smart. If you’re of the legal drinking age, always drink responsibly and travel in groups.  If you’re new to Uber, use our promo code COLLEGETOWN for a free ride up to $20.  From all of us at Baltimore Collegetown, have a happy Halloween!

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern

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Get in the ‘Spring’ of Things!

It is time to shake off the winter blues and jump into spring, and it seems the weather has finally decided to agree!  Baltimore has dozens of SPRING FESTIVALS and events coming up these next few months!  From concerts to swashbuckling pirate adventures, there is something for everyone.

Finals may be looming overhead, and for some the dreaded job search, but take an afternoon out of your busy schedule to enjoy the beautiful weather (hopefully I don’t jinx it!), and explore some of these great local events Baltimore and the surrounding universities and colleges have to offer.

April:

Tigerfest: Friday, April 19

Towson University, Johnny Unitas Stadium, Auburn Drive, Towson MD

Towson’s annual Tigerfest has a great lineup this year with headliner Wiz Khalifa.  The day will also feature games, entertainment, and inflatable activities!  There is also a beer garden for my fellow 21+ students.

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TICKETS:
Towson Students 
– $20 advance, $25 day of
– On sale: Monday, March 11th
– May also purchase their guest tickets at this time
– One student ticket per OneCard

Non-Students (also includes faculty, staff, and alumni)
– $35 advance, $40 day of
– On sale: Monday, April 1st
– Tickets will not be available on Ticketmaster

Tickets are on sale at the University Union Ticket Office
(Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)

For more information visit: http://towsoncab.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/tigerfest-and-homecoming/

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Fell’s Point Privateer Festival: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

Fell’s Point: Thames Street Park, Ann Street Pier, Broadway Square, and Broadway Pier

Ahoy Matey!

Come honor Baltimore’s rich maritime history with lots of pirate fun!  Entry is free and the weekend features tons of fun nautical events and entertainment.  There are plenty of vendors and drink and food options that will have your mouth watering.

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Each day will conclude with a bang! A battle at sea just off Fell’s Point including the Pride of Baltimore II, will recreate a privateer attack, complete with cannon and black powder gunfire.

And people are known to don their best pirate attire at this event, so don’t forget you eye-patch, peg-leg, sword, and swagger!

For a full list of activities and events and more information visit: http://www.fellspointmainstreet.org/privateerfest.html

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Quadmania: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

UMBC, Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, MD

This weekend-long event is full of music, food, games, dancing, and much more.  Friday night kicks off the weekend with a dance party!  But don’t party too hard because you won’t want to miss all Saturday has to offer with live music, carnival games, food trucks, and thrilling attractions.

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Unfortunately the Sunday concert with headliners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was sold out in less than 4 days, but the rest of the weekend promises a great time.

For more information visit: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/orgs/seb/quadmania/index.html

May:

The Towsontown Spring Festival: Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5

Downtown Towson: from York Road to Bosley Ave. and From Susquehanna Ave. to Allegheny Ave.

Sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Towson is overtaken by thousands of people during this all-ages, all-weekend festival!  There is free entry to the festival grounds and all live music venues.  There is also free entrance to all the beer gardens.

The festival is a great opportunity to get out and hang with friends!  There are going to be dozens of food vendors serving up some tasty festivals favorites like cheese-steaks, BBQ, crab pretzels, pit beef, funnel cakes, brats…I think you get the idea.

Additional events and activities include carnival rides, giveaways, and entertainment!

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After the all-day event head out to some of the local restaurants and bars for dinner! Check out some Towson favorites like The Recher and The Green Turtle.

For more information and stage lineups visit: http://www.towsontownspringfestival.com/

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138th Preakness Stakes & Infieldfest: Saturday, May 18

Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

The running of the Preakness Stakes is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most defining traditions!  The Preakness is smack dab between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, and represents the second of the three races a horse must win to grab hold of the prestigious Triple Crown.

For a more traditional Preakness experience, you can drop a pretty penny for premium seating and tent packages, but ladies, be sure not to forget your oversized sunhats— and gentlemen, your Vineyard Vines printed shorts and bowties.  You can watch the races in style as you sip on a Black-Eyed Susan.

For those looking for a less formal affair, head to the infield.  Get your party on as the races literally take place around you.  Infieldfest features headliners Pitbull, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are sure to show the crowd an amazing time.  The rock band The Goo Goo Dolls are to also make an appearance along with other groups such as Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line & Kristen and The Noise.

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For more information and ticket sales visit: http://www.preakness.com/infield/infieldfest

And check out their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/InfieldFest

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Brew at the Zoo: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217

Spend your Memorial Day weekend celebrating with the animals! For those 21+ enjoy unlimited beer and wine sampling!  Everyone (even those who cannot indulge in the alcoholic libations) can enjoy live music, food & vendors, and all day zoo admission.  This unique opportunity draws in a more “mature” crowd than the usual kiddie clientele, and is perfect for college-age zoo lovers looking for an excuse to visit their favorite furry animals.

This is a great time to check out the zoo if you have not had the chance yet!

For more information visit: http://www.marylandzoo.org/2013/03/bbt-presents-brew-at-the-zoo-2/

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And don’t forget the most important day this spring! May 12!

Oh you forgot didn’t you?

MOTHER’S DAY!

Don’t worry we’ve got your back here at Collegetown!

So get out and enjoy spring with these fun festivals! Let us know if you have any other suggestions!

Katie Windt, Intern

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Boo! Spooky Autumn Activities in Baltimore

Hmmm, the smell of crisp morning air, the sounds of rustling leaves, and tastes of pumpkin-flavored everything… Nothing says fall like HALLOWEEN!

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( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun / September 27, 2012 )

As a kid, I’ve always loved hearing tales of ghost mysteries and spine-chilling urban legends. You can imagine how I felt when I learned about the Baltimore Neighborhood Ghost Tours starting this month.

Whether you’re young or old, hate or love Halloween, there are numerous Charm City events and activities to enjoy for the spooky celebration!

So if you’d like to spare some FUN time after midterms, check out Baltimore Collegetown’s List of Spooky Events this October:

SPECIAL EVENTS

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2012 Halloween Parade & Festival
October 27 at 3:30 pm
Patterson Park
The 2012 Halloween Lantern Parade and Festival: Phantasmic Creatures of Earthly Delight celebrates imaginary beings, magical creatures, and mythological beasts inspired by Patterson Park in Baltimore. Marching bands, playing samba, gypsy music, and more, light the night. All are welcome to dress in costume, make lanterns and carry them in the Parade. www.creativealliance.org

Halloween Improv Comedy Show
October 27 at 8 pm
Strand Theater Company
You can’t get any more Halloween-y than improv comedy. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Halloweenish? Halloweensy? In any case, let the Baltimore Improv Group make your Halloween weekend more fun! www.bigimprov.org

Halloween Special Cruise
October 31
Urban Pirates
A special family cruise at 4 pm and 5:30 pm and 7 pm adult B.Y.O.G. cruises to create a spook-tacular Halloween. www.urbanpirates.com

WALKING TOURS

The Historic Federal Hill Ghost Tour
Now through November 17, Saturdays only at 6 pm and 8:30 pm
This one-hour guided tour through the ages explores the spirits of the past commune with the explorers of the present. Discover the techniques and the science behind ghost hunting while walking the old cobble stones and modern paved streets of this wonderful neighborhood filled with taverns, shops and restaurants, situated just two blocks from the Inner Harbor.  www.federalhillghosttour.ticketleap.com

The Original Fells Point Ghost Walk
Now through November at 7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays (various times in October)
Check out this award-winning tour under the cover of night to explore the many haunted pubs, shops and residences. But don’t stray too far from the group because you never know when you’ll find yourself face to face with the unknown. www.baltimoreghosttours.com

Mount Vernon Ghost Walk
October 7, Saturdays only (various times in October)
Mount Vernon, Baltimore’s cultural center may be more “spirited” than you think. Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood that was home to many of Baltimore’s leading citizens. Hear about those who have never checked out of the Belvedere, a séance gone wrong, and more than one grand dame who still oversees the activities of her home. www.baltimoreghosttours.com

NIGHTLIFE

Boo Bash Party at RA Sushi
October 31 at 7 pm
Party the night away with spooktacular food and drink specials, a costume contest, and a guest D.J. Dress up for the Boo Bash costume contest – Those dressed to kill will have the opportunity to take a bite out of some serious treats, including a $100 RA gift certificate for the first place winner and a $25 RA gift certificate for second place. https://www.facebook.com/RASushiBaltimore

Halloween Pub Crawl in Fells Point (21+)
October 31 at 8 pm
Elaborate costumes. Music. Fells Point Bars. Need we say more? www.fellspointmainstreet.org

Don’t forget to grab a pumpkin latte from your nearest coffee place while you’re enjoying these events. Well, maybe a pumpkin-flavored beer for the last one. Nevertheless, DRINK RESPONSIBLY and have a safe Halloween.

P.S. Share your photos on our Facebook page!

Samantha Lozano, Intern

Fells Point GhostWalk fails to be “Spooktacular”

We’ve often heard people talk of the Original Fells Point GhostWalk. They’ve been in service for years and they’ve received good reviews from most news outlets. And being the huge fans of Halloween that we are, we decided that October would be the perfect time to go looking for ghosts, so we decided to check out the Fells Point GhostWalk this weekend. We have to say we were super-hyped for the tour, and our friends from out of town were also psyched about the potential for some good ghost sightings. However, the GhostWalk left us sorely disappointed.

The tour leaves from Max’s on Broadway (a really great brewery we highly recommend) and costs $15 at the door. Our group got there right in time (tickets are on sale from 6:30pm – 7:00pm when the first tour leaves), so we were the last tour out for the night, departing at around 7:30.

Without giving away too much of the tour, we will tell you that at no point did we see any ghosts or get to go inside any place that was haunted. The “Ghostwalk” is more of a historical walking tour, with stories of hauntings that have occurred in various locations throughout Fells Point. This potentially could have made for an equally great tour (though we do have to say we would still have been disappointed we didn’t get to go inside any buildings), but the stories were told in too juvenile a manner, and didn’t pack the scary punch you’d find during a ghost story around the campfire. Plus, with the loud music blaring from the bars in the area, and people constantly screaming at us from the sidewalk, we needed a more engaging story to keep us entertained.

To the GhostWalk’s credit, they never advertise that they will be bringing you into any haunted places so that really was our misunderstanding, and trying to tell a scary story over the blaring sounds of Rihanna and Britney Spears is quite a challenge. But, we feel like they missed a chance to give us the creepy tour we had craved by creating too cheesy a dialogue and not playing up the spook factor.

Overall the tour left us feeling more bored than spooked, and while we did find a few interesting places to go investigate on our own later in the night, no place left us feeling like we were actually somewhere that was haunted.

Movies on the Pier in Fell’s Point

Recently, I’ve made it a personal mission of mine to go out and explore the different sights in the Baltimore area.  I’ve been here for six years for school and work and there’s still so much I don’t know about this great city.  When I meet people in the area and they ask me “Have you been here?” or “Have you done that?”.  Most of the times my answer is “Oh no, but that does sound interesting!  I’ll def have to check it out!”  So, note to self”  Need to ‘check it out’ more often!

Anyways, I was working on my Collegetown Calendar of Events to distribute to new students.  This calendar will highlight different events that other schools are sponsoring and other fun things going on in the county/city.  In my research, I stumbled upon Movies on the Pier in Fell’s Point.  Basically, movies are played on a 300 ft screen at the Broadway Pier at Broadway and Thames St throughout the summer.  Last night when I went with my friend Priscilla, we saw I Am Legend. 

It was a fun experience to say the least!  The event was BYOC – Bring your own chair!  LOL!  You can get water and popcorn there for $1 each and 100% of the proceeds goes to purchase school supplies and clothes for underprivileged kids in the city.  If you want something more substantial to eat, there are a wide variety of places to choose from in Fell’s. The Sound Garden media store were sponsors of the event.  It was a perfect night to watch an outdoor movie; the weather was great, a nice breeze running through your hair.  It was great to be sitting out by the water and hanging out with your pals and seeing other Baltimoreans enjoying summer life! 

I recall when I was in college, a lot of people said there’s nothing to do in the area, but last night affirmed this misnomer.  Baltimore is a great city – so much to do, so little time.  I mean for goodness sakes, it’s a city!  There is something to do for everyone – whatever peaks your interest, Baltimore’s got it!  It’s truly a matter of one being proactive to find what’s out there.   Keep that in mind!  I must say out of the various neighborhoods I’ve been to, Fell’s Point is definitely my fave! 

For more information on future showings of Movies on the Pier, visit:  http://www.cdjoint.com/filmsonthepier.cfm

Until next time…

This is Ankur…

Signing off..