Welcome back to work. Summer is almost over, and the fall dining event season is about to kick into gear. This fall's highlights include the 30th edition of the Maryland Wine Festival, Baltimore's 20th Dining Out for Life event, the fifth go-round for Baltimore Beer Week, and The Baltimore Sun's inaugural Supper Club.

Art to Dine For

Sept 7-Dec. 8

Now in its 11th season, the Creative Alliance's dining series features 19 one-of-a-kind parties in a variety of styles and settings, from a picnic in Remington to a tour through Green Mount Cemetery that's followed by a champagne brunch in a private apartment. Many of the events include performances, informal talks or hands-on activities. Prices vary.

Multiple locations, http://www.creativealliance.org

Dining out for Life

Sept. 19

Some 40 Baltimore-area restaurants are participating in the annual dining event, with proceeds going to Moveable Feast, a provider of meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions. Among the restaurants participating this year are Brewer's Art, Clementine, Woodberry Kitchen, Jack's Bistro, SoBo Cafe and Waterstone Bar and Grille.

Multiple locations, http://www.diningoutforlife.com/baltimore

The Maryland Wine Festival

Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sept. 22, noon-6 p.m.

Attractions at this annual celebration of Maryland wine, now in its 30th year, include tastings from local vineyards, artisans and craft vendors, wine seminars, food from local restaurants, and lots of live music. Tickets are $30.

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center St., Westminster, 410-386-3880, http://www.marylandwine.org/mwf

Baltimore Sun Supper Club

Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Sun University, The Baltimore Sun's series of seminars led by Sun editors and reporters (including this one), presents The Baltimore Sun Supper Club. Each Supper Club event will include dinner and an informal discussion on dining trends with Baltimore's top chefs, restaurateurs and food authorities. The debut at Gertrude's will be a talk on the farm-to-table movement with Gertrude's owner and executive chef John Shields. Tickets, which include dinner, are $80.

Gertrude's, 10 Art Museum Drive, 410-332-6431, BaltimoreSunStore.com/SunUniversity

B&O Brasserie 4th Annual Crab Bash

Sept. 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Regional chefs cook-off against one another in search of Baltimore's best crab dish. Guests can watch the chefs do battle, enjoy live music, sample the chef's dishes, nibble on hors d'oeuvres and enter a raffle. The Baltimore Bartenders' Guild will prepare a cocktail to accompany each dish. The event is a benefit for the Pratt Contemporaries. Tickets are $35.