Happening Saturday: Pigtown Festival, BARCStoberfest, and more

-14th Annual Pigtown Festival: If your experience of Pigtown has been limited to using it as an alternative parking lot for Ravens and O’s games, you owe it to the neighborhood and yourself to visit its annual pig-racing festival. Enjoy delicious racing bacon—well, future bacon—plus live music from the Kelly Bell Band, Jah Works, and Nelly’s Echo; local food and craft vendors; a kids area; and more. Noon-7 p.m., Pigtown Main Street, 700-900 blocks of Washington Boulevard, (443) 908-7038, pigtownmainstreet.org, free. (Maura Callahan)

-Baltimore Open Studio Tour: Unless you're an artist who has the good fortune to create your work among other artists, rarely do you have the opportunity to see artwork in its developing stages. In-progress artwork is often just as enticing as the finished product, and sometimes better—it's much easier to ruin something than to finish it. To see artists at work, with all the weird, beautiful, gross, masturbatory stuff that goes on in studios, can be more eye-opening than seeing the art on the clean walls of a gallery. It's also a great opportunity to buy art, because the artists don't need to include that hefty gallery cut when selling their work straight out of the studio. Tour artists' studios all over the city and meet a handful of Baltimore's emerging and established artists. Oct. 10-11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, various locations, (443) 263-4350, school33.org, free. (Maura Callahan)

-11th Annual BARCStoberfest: At first blush, BARCStoberfest sounds like an event held by the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter during which people drink lots of beers with their pets or pets up for adoption, but it's not that (hey, someone should really run with that idea, though). Instead, it has costume contests and a dog agility course, both of which are adorable in their own right, as well as food and live entertainment. And there's also the Ready, Set, Sniff 5K or one-mile walk through lovely Patterson Park to raise funds for BARCS. And let's not forget that all of this will help our furry friends still looking for a home. We can't think of a better place to spend an autumn day with your dog (or cat, if you're one of those people who owns a cat leash). 11  a.m.-3 p.m., Patterson Park, 27 S. Patterson Park Ave., (410) 396-4694, baltimoreanimalshelter.org. (Brandon Weigel)

-Rest in Power: A Monument Quilt Workshop to Memorialize Trans Women of Color PART 2: We've written before about FORCE's Monument Quilt project, in which sexual assault survivors and their allies to create quilt squares that either share their experiences with sexual assault or express solidarity with survivors and tell them that they are not alone. Now, the organizers behind FORCE are teaming up with the Baltimore Trans Alliance and focusing their efforts on honoring trans women of color, who face violence—both sexual violence and other kinds of violence—at disturbingly disproportionate rates: The National Transgender Discrimination Survey reported that 64 percent of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime, and several trans women of color here in Baltimore were murdered last year. Create a quilt square to honor and show solidarity with Mia Henderson, Mya Hall, and all other trans women of color who have been victims of or survivors of violence. 1-5 p.m., Area 405, 405 E. Oliver St., themonumentquilt.org, free. (Anna Walsh)

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