Cabaret Macabre @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Journey into a world of vignettes inspired by the dark comedy of American artist/writer Edward Gorey. This show features the masterful physical storytelling of Happenstance Theater. These dimly lit characters and often ill-fated tales will have you in stitches (the good kind, we hope). Shows are Oct. 24th/25th at 8 p.m., Oct. 26th at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Oct. 27th at 3 p.m., Oct. 28th at 8 p.m., Oct. 31st at 8 p.m., Nov. 1st at 8 p.m., Nov. 2nd at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Nov. 3rd at 3 p.m. Pay-what-you-can shows are Oct. 24th/28th.

Cirque Italia’s Water Circus @ Great Frederick Fair

Be amazed as aerialists fly effortlessly across the stage, jugglers pass dizzying numbers of clubs and acrobats battle the wheel of death in Cirque Italia’s water circus. This production features incredible lighting and water effects to enhance the already stellar lineup of circus performers. Shows are October 31/November 1st at 7:30 p.m., November 2nd/3rd at 1:30/4:30/7:30 p.m.

Beginner Handstand Workshop with Chris Gatti

Enhance your hand balancing with expert acrobat Chris Gatti during this three-hour workshop geared toward beginners. Chris will break down the steps to achieving a good handstand into small pieces and help you work especially on body alignment, flexibility, balancing and kicking up into a handstand. Participants should have some experience attempting handstands (a ten second hold with back against a wall is ideal. A freestanding handstand is not required for entry.

Cirque Mei @ Hylton Performing Arts Center

Behold this elite troupe of circus artists from China, performing traditional acts including plate spinning, group bicycle acrobatics, foot juggling with umbrellas, contortion, lion dancing and hoop diving. A pre-performance discussion will begin one hour before the show (7 p.m.) in Merchant Hall.

Cabaret Macabre @ Baltimore Theatre Project

Journey into a world of vignettes inspired by the dark comedy of American artist/writer Edward Gorey. This show features the masterful physical storytelling of Happenstance Theater. These dimly lit characters and often ill-fated tales will have you in stitches (the good kind, we hope). Shows are Oct. 24th/25th at 8 p.m., Oct. 26th at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Oct. 27th at 3 p.m., Oct. 28th at 8 p.m., Oct. 31st at 8 p.m., Nov. 1st at 8 p.m., Nov. 2nd at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Nov. 3rd at 3 p.m. Pay-what-you-can shows are Oct. 24th/28th.

Cirque Mei @ GMU Center for the Arts

Behold this elite troupe of circus artists from China, performing traditional acts including plate spinning, group bicycle acrobatics, foot juggling with umbrellas, contortion, lion dancing and hoop diving. A pre-performance discussion will begin 45 minutes before the show (7:15 p.m.) on the Monson Grand Tier.

Gloomeys Sideshow & Circus

Enjoy a night of magic, games, oddities and variety performances at Gloomeys Sideshow & Circus, an imaginarium, carnival and adult sideshow, all rolled into one sensationally spooky Halloween event.

Cirque Mei @ GMU Center for the Arts

Behold this elite troupe of circus artists from China, performing traditional acts including plate spinning, group bicycle acrobatics, foot juggling with umbrellas, contortion, lion dancing and hoop diving. A pre-performance discussion will begin 45 minutes before the show (1:15 p.m.) on the Monson Grand Tier.

Maryland Renaissance Festival — Closing Weekend

Final weekend! Gallivant about the magical realms of the Maryland Renaissance Festival, where visitors can delight in live circus, sideshow, theater and musical acts, alongside jousting demonstrations, food stalls, costume shops and artisan vendors. The setting? The village of Revel Grove (aka Annapolis, Md.) amidst the reign of Henry the VIII during his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Get lost in the 1530s and let history come to life!

Kids younger than 7 years get in for free throughout the festival’s run. Gates open at 10 a.m., festival closes at 7 p.m.

The Great Southern Sideshow Hootenanny

A convention-defying lineup of acts will take the stage at Pie Show DC for a rollicking night of sideshow stunts, exquisite oddities and guaranteed amazement. A Celebration of the Great American art of sideshow – A size-able cast of characters ready to bring you EYE POPPING, THRILLING & SHOCKING event! The Southern Sideshow Hootenanny is a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Organization dedicated to celebrate the Great American art form of Sideshow both past and present. While the big event is held in New Orleans every year, the Hootenanny is partnering with The Palace Productions to bring a showcase of Mid-Atlantic performers to Washington DC. Witness the best sideshow and variety the DMV has to offer. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.