Announcements / Sep 19th, 2023

Spooky Season at Creative Alliance

When is the official start of spooky season? It’s a hotly debated topic, and one we are here for. A chill has entered the air, it’s getting darker earlier, and Fall solstice approaches…so we say, light some candles, string up the cobwebs, order that pumpkin spice latte, and check out our Halloween programming! Start a new tradition, or carry on established ones. As always, we’ve got a huge variety of programming, and there is surely something for everyone, even if you’re only a tiny bit spooky!

FREE SIGNATURE EVENT! The 24th Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival | More Info
SAT OCT 21 | 4PM | Patterson Park Pulaski Monument (rain date SUN OCT 22)
With over 20 years of monumental lantern making and spectacle-creating under their belts, the diverse communities of Baltimore come together each year to create The Great Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival in Patterson Park! The day begins with a family festival, featuring an adorable kids costume contest, lantern making, pop-up performances, an arts & crafts market, and more. Grab a picnic blanket for your family and friends and enjoy an array of food and treats from local food trucks and enjoy the afternoon. Once the sun sets, the magic begins. Dragons, mythical creatures, and spirits parade through Patterson Park surrounded by bright and beautiful music. Everyone is welcome to grab a lantern and march with thousands of neighbors, artists, musicians, and performers. Many more line the parade route to watch the delightful Great Halloween Lantern Parade wind through the night!

Stilt Walker Workshops | Registration & Info
SUN SEP 24, OCT 1 | 3:30 PM | The Creativity Center
SUN OCT 15 | 3:30PM |Patterson Park Boat Lake
Calling all NEW Stilt Walkers! Have you ever wanted to be a stilt walker? Now’s your chance! Train with Baltimore’s best, Jes Raschella, of Baltimore Hoop Love. We are putting together a large troupe of stilt walkers to walk together wearing illuminated costumes in the Great Halloween Lantern Parade. If you stilt walk already, we would love for you to be there with us! If you have always wanted to learn to stilt walk, we will be hosting workshops and meetups to learn and to practice. If you would rather not walk stilts and support us with your two feet on the ground, we would love for you to join us on the ground support team!

Drop-In Lantern Making Workshops
Create the next great lantern! This year we explore the animals that live in our beautiful park at night—think bats, owls, rats, foxes, moths, racoons, and night blue herons! Bring your lantern back to our spectacular parade on Saturday, October 21st (Rain Date: October 22nd), and you can shine bright through the night! All ages welcome, all supplies provided. Limit of 5 per group reservation. Suggested donation $5-$10 per person.

SAT OCT 7 | NOON–3PM | Creativity Center | Registration & Info
SUN OCT 15 | 10AM–2PM | Patterson Park Charter School | Registration & Info
WED OCT 18 | 4–7PM | Creativity Center | Registration & Info

Members Only!
WED OCT 11 | 6–7:30PM | Marquee Lounge | Registration & Info
THU OCT 12 | 6–7:30PM | Marquee Lounge | Registration & Info

NEW EVENT! The Charm City Burlesque & Variety Festival
SAT SEP 30 | 8PM | The Telltale Masquerade | Patterson Theater | Tix & Info
Masquerade with us through the eerie ambiance on Saturday night. Don your finest attire and join the sinister mischief makers and the dreamers as we take you on a journey into all that is dark and whimsy. Let us entice you and titillate your senses with bewitching acts of burlesque, belly dance, sideshow, circus, and drag! Stick around after the show for a dance party with DJ Villainess as she spins dark beats and hypnotic rhythms. Check out the whole lineup of shows, workshops, and classes here.

Creative Alliance | Chocolate Covered Rocky Horror

Chocolate Covered Rocky Horror
THREE SHOWS! | OCT 5, 6, & 7 | 7PM Mingle, 8PM Show | Patterson Theater | Tix & Info
We are taking it back to 60s’ fashion, dance, and of course, social climate with The Rocky Horror 60s’ Show. Dive into a wild night featuring live shadow cast, innovative choreography, and crowd participation, that takes the Rocky Horror shadow cast experience to a whole different dimension. This racy rendition encourages unity and reminds us all that we have greater enemies as a people. Since 2015, Chocolate Covered Rocky Horror has been a tribute to the queer experience while showcasing and exposing minorities to liberating art forms.

ESSENTIAL TEASE: Burlesque Student Showcase
FRI OCT 27 | 8PM | Patterson Theater | Tix & Info
Essential Tease instructors Ruby Rockafella, Tempete La Coeur, and Jacqueline Boxx are proud to welcome a bevy of brand-spanking new burlesque performers to the stage! After completing an 8-week-long workshop that transformed them from the inside out, these students are ready to bring their acts and assets to the stage, and for many of them, it will be for the first time ever! Featuring guest MC Chris Jay of Pretty Boi Drag! Burlesque is all about costuming, storytelling, and bewitching an audience. With their showcase so close to Halloween, it’s only natural that many of our students gravitate toward creating dark, eerie acts for their stage debuts!

Fairies, Foes, and False Lovers: A Celtic Halloween
SUN OCT 29 | 7PM | Patterson Theater | Tix & Info
Baltimore returns to the roots of All Hallows’ Eve! Led by acclaimed singer Heather Lloyd (ilyaimy) and mandolinist Joel Michael-Schwartz, an all-star ensemble of musicians is bringing songs of ghosts, monsters, fae, witches, and, (of course), murder most foul to Creative Alliance. Heather and Joel share a love of old, macabre songs and their peculiar place in our lives and hearts and are eager to bring these haunting melodies to you during the spookiest time of year.

FREE! Día de los Muertos Workshops, Parade, & Festival

Sugar Skulls with Artesanas/Calaveras de Azúcarcon las Artesanas
Join Creative Alliance’s Artesanas to celebrate Latinx culture! Sugar skulls and sugar art has been a tradition since the 17th century during the Day of the Dead celebrations. They’re created from homemade sugar paste, put into molds, then decorated and placed on real gravestones to honor the return of a spirit. It’s also a tradition that families will give sugar skulls as gifts, too. Come make your own sugar skulls! All supplies included. 

¡Únase a las Artesanas de Creative Alliance para celebrar la cultura Latinx! Las calaveritas de azúcar y el arte del azúcar han sido una tradición desde el siglo XVII durante las celebraciones del Día de Muertos. Se crean de pasta de azúcar casera, se colocan en moldes, luego se decoran y se colocan sobre lápidas para honrar el regreso de un espíritu. También es una tradición que las familias regalen calaveritas de azúcar. ¡Ven a hacer tus propias calaveras de azúcar! Todos los materiales estan incluidos.

MON OCT 23 | 3–5PM | Walbrook Branch | Info
TUE OCT 24 | 5:30–7:30PM | Southeast Anchor Branch| Info
FRI OCT 27 | 3–5PM | Hamilton Branch | Info
SAT OCT 28 | 1–3 PM | Enoch Pratt Central Library | Info

Día de los Muertos Altar Making/Altar de Muertos
Celebrate life and new beginnings with Creative Alliance’s Artesanas! Learn the traditions and art techniques of Día de los Muertos and altar making. Bring a portrait of a deceased loved one to place and honor on any of our community altars.

¡Celebra la vida y un nuevo comienzo dirigido por las Artesanas de Creative Alliance! Aprende las tradiciones y técnicas artísticas para montar un Altar de Muertos, y conoce más sobre la tradición del Día de los Muertos. Los animamos a llevar retratos de sus seres queridos para ser honrados en los altares comunales.

THU OCT 26 | 4:30–6:30PM | Brooklyn Branch | Info
SAT OCT 28 | 2:30–4:30PM | Hampden Branch | Info
MON OCT 30 | 5:30–7:30 PM | Enoch Pratt Central Library | Info
TUE OCT 31 | 5:30–7:30PM | Southeast Anchor Branch | Info

FREE! CIELO Presents: Día de Los Muertos Parade & Festival | More Info
SAT NOV 4 | NOON–4PM | Patterson Park & Creative Alliance
Parade starts from Patterson Park Pulaski Monument (Between Eastern Ave. & S. Linkwood Ave.) to Creative Alliance (3134 Eastern Ave.). El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration that honors deceased family members with a colorful, exciting, traditional celebration. The CIELO department is happy to bring this annual holiday to Baltimore to remember our loved ones who passed away but stay in our hearts. So, dress up, paint your face, and join us for a family procession with the gigantic Catrin and Catrina puppets, a Mariachi band, and neighbors to walk from Patterson Park to Creative Alliance! Artesanas welcome you with homemade hot chocolate and pan del Día de los Muerto (Day of the Dead bread). Continue celebrating El Día de los Muertos with performances, live music, costume contests, making traditional art work with the Artesanas, and more!