5:30 p.m., The Boathouse Canton, 2809 Boston St., citypaper.com/sizzlinsummer, $25.
We’ve done our annual Sizzlin’ Summer issue for years, but it only just occurred to us that it was a great excuse to throw a party. It starts early, which means you can head over right after work. A ticket in gets you an appetizer and two drinks. And it’s for a good cause—a portion of the proceeds will go to The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.