When visiting Baltimore for the Thanksgiving weekend, which starts with Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 28 and continues through Monday, Dec. 2, take advantage of events and attractions for which Baltimore is known. Many people will take to the stores and shopping malls for Black Friday specials. But for those looking for a diversion from the start of the winter holiday shopping season, there are many other activities to sample.

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(credit: 8×10)

Strange Design – Recreating Phish Shows In Their Entirety
The 8×10
10 E. Cross St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 625-2000

Date: Nov. 29, 2013 at 8 p.m.

Take a break from holiday shopping and go see “Strange Design – Recreating Phish Shows In Their Entirety” at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 at The 8×10. In recreating a Phish tour, Strange Design chose the 1991 tour because it was a banner year for Phish, in which the band played with The Giant Country Horns and also introduced new songs. Or take in a performance by Brothers Past at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30. Tickets for both shows are $13.

Creative Alliance at The Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 276-1651

Date: Nov. 27 and 29, 2013

For a touch of the artistic side of life in Charm City, join the Creative Alliance at the Patterson for a performance of Let the Monkey Go with Greasy Hands during the Thanksgiving Dance Party on Wednesday, Nov. 27, and a Post-Turkey Tango with Ema Trifillio Trio and Mark Longerbeam. The latter performance is on Friday, Nov. 29. The Creative Alliance members include artists, community organizers and educators who have the mission to bring together area artists with the residents of the area.

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B&O Railroad Museum
901 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, Md. 21223
(410) 752-2490

On Wednesdays and Sundays, the B&O Railroad Museum offers train rides. The All Aboard All Day pass offers unlimited rides on the Happy Train, Choo Choo Blueville, Mile One Express and the Carousel. Tickets are available on site. Tickets are $10, with paid admission to the museum, and the price for members is $5. The museum includes one of the oldest and most complete collections of memorabilia relating to railroad history in the Americas.

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(credit: mdhs.org)

Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 685-3750

Discover the history of Maryland and Baltimore in the War of 1812 at the Maryland Historical Society. The exhibit “In Full Glory Reflected: Maryland During the War of 1812” includes the largest collection of items devoted to the War of 1812. Included in the exhibit is an original “The Star-Spangled Banner” manuscript penned by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814. The exhibit will be available for viewing through Dec. 31, 2013.



Wit & Wisdom
200 International Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 576-5800

Escape leftover turkey by heading out to Wit & Wisdom, an American tavern located in the Four Seasons Hotel. The menu includes everything from seafood to steak and specializes in comfort food created by Chef Michael Mina. From burgers to crab dishes, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a brunch buffet on Saturdays and Sundays. In addition to food, the tavern and lounge is known for signature cocktails, an extensive wine and beer selection and a selection of non-alcoholic favorites.

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