Outrun zombies, dress up your dog, and hear awesome live music. This weekend, you can do all that and more. Check out our picks for the best eating, drinking, and merrymaking events on Saturday and Sunday, then go have some fun. By Jessica Allen.
Now in its 34th year, the CMJ Music Marathon truly lives up to its name: over the five-day festival, 1,300 performers and bands play 80-something venues, including warehouses, arenas, bars, and concert halls. There are conferences and seminars too. In recent years, famous and fabulous artists like Kanye West have made surprise appearances. Tuesday, October 21, through Saturday, October 25, see schedule for details, tickets required.
Halloween comes a few days early to Socrates Sculpture Park, as it plays host to a free event for canines and their companions. Costumes not only welcome, but downright encouraged. Indeed, there’s a Canine Costume Contest. Don’t worry if you leave the house in your normal clothes, because you can create a costume on site with the park’s resident artists. At the very least, consider getting your face painted. Saturday, October 25, 11 am to 3 pm, free.
In 2006, Ines Markeljevic created Thrill The World, a series of flash mobs that celebrate Michael Jackson and raise money for the Pajama Program, which brings books and jammies to children in need. On October 25, millions of folks on six continents will dance dance dance. Register and/or learn the steps online. All together now: “This is thriller, thriller night / Girl I can thrill you more than any ghoul would ever dare try . . . ” Saturday, October 25, 3 to 7 pm, $5.
Fun as it is to watch Rick Grimes and friends, don’t you sometimes just want to become a zombie hunter yourself? At the Zombie Run, you’ll race around a 5K obstacle course, dodging zombies among an apocalyptic landscape filled with graveyards, smoke, and blood. As if that weren’t terrifying enough, you can do it all again at night, as part of the Black Ops. Both events benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which works with those dealing with disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system. Saturday, October 25, 3:30 pm, $50, tickets required.
This year’s International Chefs Congress, the ninth, focuses on “Cooking Honest: The Power of Authenticity in the Kitchen.” (It’s run by Star Chefs, a magazine for “culinary insiders.”) Among the star chefs who’ll be speaking, cooking, leading workshops, moderating panels, and/or just hanging about are Grant Achatz, Alex Guarnaschelli, George Mendes, Will Goldfarb, and Paul Liebrandt. Sunday, October 26, through Tuesday, October 28, see schedule for details, tickets required.