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50+ Awesome Things to Do This August in Baltimore

DRINKING + DINING

Baltimore Restaurant Week
Through- August 13 | Baltimore
With two-course brunch and lunch menus from $12-20 and three-course dinner menus from $20-35, Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week is the perfect time to try a new restaurant or stop by an old favorite. Reservations are not required to get the deal, but are recommended.

Union Craft Brewing’s Fifth Anniversary Celebration
August 5 | 6 p.m. | Union Craft Brewing
Union Craft Brewing will celebrate five years of sud-making with rare and vintage beers, a full custom cask bar, and some brand new brew debuts. Food from Gypsy Queen Café, The Local Oyster, and Ekiben will be on sale, and three-piece Baltimore legends Big In Japan will reunite — for one night only — for the celebration.

Best of Baltimore Party
August 17 | 5:30-11 p.m. | Hippodrome Theater at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Celebrate the best of Baltimore and its 110th anniversary while feasting on dozens of eats from the city’s best restaurants, as selected by Baltimore magazine.

Around the World Bar Crawl
August 19| 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. | Power Plant Live!
Experience a dozen countries right here in Baltimore during this around-the-world-themed bar crawl. Get your passport stamped in Italy, England, the Caribbean, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Mexico, and more as you try to make it around the world in one day. Don your tackiest American tourist costume to enter individual and group costume contests.

Vegan Soulfest
August 26 | 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Baltimore City Community College
Now in its fourth year, this celebration of veganism and vegan culture includes music, artists, speakers, demonstrations, exhibitors, and plenty of vegan vendors, products, and food. This year’s keynote speakers include David “The 300 Pound Vegan” Carter, a professional football player and vegan educator, and Tracye McQuirter, author of “By Any Greens Necessary.”

Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
August, every Sunday | 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Jones Fall Expressway
Don’t miss your chance to see what’s in season at Maryland’s largest producers-only market, now celebrating its 40th year. Purchase fruits, veggies, meats, baked goods, and dairy products, or grab a meal from vendors selling pit beef sandwiches, breakfast burritos, crepes, and more.

Fell’s Point Haunted PubWalk
August, Friday-Saturday | 7 - 9 p.m. | Fell’s Point
Ghosts are rumored to walk the streets and inhabit bars, homes, and former bordellos in this waterfront neighborhood. Order a drink at some of Fell’s Point’s most storied taverns as an paranormal expert shares tales of hauntings in the area.

 

ART + CULTURE

School 33 Art Center: Something to be looked at, Something to be used
Through August 6 | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Baltimore
In this solo exhibition, fine artist Giulia Piera Livi takes everyday objects and interposes them to distort viewers sense of space, explore their ability to inhabit rooms, and merge the dreamlike with the rigid.

Baltimore Fashion Week
August 6-13 | Times vary | Columbus Center
The Fashion Umbrella Foundation’s largest fundraiser and Baltimore’s longest-running annual fashion event is now 10 years strong. Fashion-filled events include designer runway shows and showcases, a bowling fundraiser, and a panel of sneaker illustrators.

Paint Nite: Paint your Pet
August 11 | 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Baltimore Visitor Center
Send Paint Nite a clear, well-lit photo of your furry friend and they’ll make preparations for you to paint a portrait you can take home of your pet. All supplies are provided and cocktails will be available. No experience necessary.

Make Night
August 17, 19 | various times | The Walters Art Museum
Learn how to set type by hand during this interactive workshop that compliments the museum’s new Martin Luther exhibit. Be sure to check out the exhibit as well as the Walter’s exciting collection that spans dozens of centuries.

Pop Art Workshop
August 19 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | The American Visionary Art Museum
Join artist Michael Albert in making handmade art projects out of recycled materials. Check out AVAM’s collection of self-taught art, or grab vegan and non-vegan food at its in-house restaurant, Encantada, while you’re there.

Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show
August 24-27 | various times | Baltimore Convention Center
The Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show makes its 37th annual appearance in Baltimore and offers a diversity of collections including furniture, American and European silver, major works of art, Asian antiquities, porcelain, Americana, antique and estate jewelry, glass, textiles and more.

Art/Sound/Now
August 24 | 7-8:30 p.m. | The Walters Art Museum
Electronic artist Jimmy Joe Roche, violin and sitar artist Raw Silk, and Jonna McKone perform and present to create connections between aspects of the museum’s Baroque galleries and their own work.

Front Room: Adam Pendleton
Through Oct. 1| 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Baltimore Museum of Art
New York-based artist Adam Pendleton examines and questions the freedom of abstraction in relationship to language, politics, and identity. The animating force of his work is found in Black Dada—the artist's term for a broad conceptualization of blackness. This exhibition will feature paintings, collages, and screen prints.

CONCERTS + SHOWS

Baltimore Improv Festival
July 31- August 6 | 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. | Single Carrot Theatre
Now in its 11th year, the Baltimore Improv festival brings seven nights of world-class comedy shows to the Single Carrot Theatre. There will also be two days of improve workshops if you’re interested in getting in on the laughs.

All Time Low
August 2-3| 6:30 p.m. | Rams Head Live!
Billboard chart-topping American rock group All Time Low began as a Baltimore-based band when its members were in high school in 2003. They are now touring in support of their latest album, Last Young Renegade, which was released in June.

Summer in the Squares
August 2, 9, 23 | 8:30 p.m. | Mount Vernon Place
Enjoy free concerts in picturesque Mount Vernon, with music by local groups like Classical Revolution, Lyric Opera Baltimore and Symphony Number One.

Rebelution: The Good Vibes Summer Tour 2017
August 3 | 6:20 p.m. – 9:20 p.m. | Pier Six Pavilion
Grammy-nominated band Rebelution will bring their reggae beats to Pier Six Pavillion during their summer tour with Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, and Hirie.

WTMD First Thursday Concert
August 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Canton Waterfront Park
Hear live music on two stages at festival-like free concerts on the Canton waterfront. This month’s show features Chicago Batman, Nikki Lane, The Wild Reeds, Current Sweet, Honey Island Swamp Band and Outcalls.

Fluid Movement’s “Sharkespeare
August 4-6 | various times | Patterson Park Pool
Avant-garde water ballet group Fluid Movement re-imagines Shakespearean classics like Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s one of the most Baltimore things you’ll see this month.

Dweezil Zappa: 50 Years of Frank
August 5 | 8 p.m. | Rams Head Live!
Dweezil Zappa, the son of Frank and Gail Zappa, watched his father perform from the side of the stage since he was in diapers. In continuation of a decade-long project he has been working on, Dweezil will stop by Baltimore on an extension of a North American tour that honors his father.

J. Cole
August 6 | 8 p.m. | Royal Farms Arena
Star rapper J. Cole performs his latest hits at the downtown performance center.

Moonrise Festival
August 12-13 | 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Pimlico Race Course
DJs, live bands, and performance artists from around the globe will gather under the moon to perform for two nights across four stages at Pimlico Race Course. Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Carnage, and Dill Stradamus are just a few of the dozens of bands included in the lineup.

Ellen Cherry
August 12 | 12 p.m. | Germano’s Piattini
Hear local songstress Ellen Cherry perform her special blend of storytelling at this classic Little Italy establishment.

Summer Social Concert Series: The New Romance
August 11 | 5 - 8 p.m. | West Shore Park
Eighties tribute band The New Romance will rock West Shore Park during this night of food trucks, bar service, and live music. There will also be a kids zone and plenty of games to keep the young ones busy.

Mary J. Blige
August 13 | 8 p.m. | Pier Six Pavilion
Watch R&B legend Mary J. Blige perform her soulful hits like “No More Drama” at this summer concert stage, which has one of the most beautiful settings with the Inner Harbor as the picturesque backdrop to must-hear acts.

Jazz Appreciation Night
August 17 | 6 p.m. | Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with the musical stylings of renowned keyboardist Greg Hatza at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, where you can also enjoy food and drinks while you listen to the live music.

Summer Sounds at the Square: Patrick and The Swayzee’s
August 18 | 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Belvedere Square
This retro rock and soul band from Key West, Florida, is returning to Belvedere Square by popular demand. The band plays well-known and b-side tunes from 60s-era bands, including the genres of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll, surf instrumentals, rhythm and blues, and soul.

Goo Goo Dolls: Long Way Home Summer Tour with Phillip Phillips
August 22 | 7:30 p.m. | Pier Six Pavilion
Enjoy hits from the chart-topping Goo Goo Dolls, who have had 19 top ten singles on various charts and have sold more than 12 million albums worldwide. Supporting act Phillip Phillips won the eleventh season of American Idol in 2012.

Cirque Du Soleil: Ovo
August 23-27 | 7:30 p.m. | Royal Farms Arena
The largest theater producer in the world’s latest circus production to come to Baltimore is Ovo, an immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects. Watch creatures fly, leap, bound, and crawl as you enjoy a score inspired by the music of Brazil.

SPORTS + ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

The Basketball Tournament Semifinals and Finals
August 1-3 | 7 p.m. | Coppin State University
Two million dollars are at stake at this winner-takes-all tournament in which anyone 18 or older can enter a team or play. After regional rounds across the country and a 16-team tournament in New York, the semifinals and finals are taking place in Baltimore and will be broadcast on ESPN.

Charm City Run to Shake Shack
August 8 | 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. | Charm City Run
Lace up your sneakers and get ready to run 3-5 miles around the city until you reach Shake Shack, where your first beer is on them! Meet at Charm City Run, follow their employees on one of two routes, and your stuff will be magically transported from the shop to the shack.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins
August 10 | 7:30 p.m. | M&T Bank Stadium
Hometown heroes the Baltimore Ravens face off against the Washington Redskins in this out-of-conference matchup. The two teams have met each other six times, and both teams have won three games.

Celestial Flow with Pop Up Yoga Baltimore!
August 11 | 8 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. | Canton Waterfront Park
Welcome the Perseids Meteor Shower by donning celestial-themed, brightly colored, or otherwise fun clothing and joining Pop Up Yoga Baltimore for a Vinyasa-style class outdoors. Great for kids and beginners; it’s recommended you bring a yoga mat, water, and towel.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills
August 26 | 7 p.m. | M&T Bank Stadium
Since 1999, the Baltimore Ravens have faced off against the Buffalo Bills seven times, with the Ravens winning 4 games and the Bills winning three games. Come witness a rare opportunity to see these teams meet.

FILMS

Flicks From The Hill: “Julie & Julia”
August 3 | 9 p.m. | Federal Hill
Bring a blanket to Federal Hill for an outdoor screening of the 2009 film “Julie & Julia” starring Amy Adams and Meryl Streep. Films are broadcast on a 30-foot-wide screen on the side of the American Visionary Art Museum. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a free boot camp with Savoy Fitness.

Mystery Science Theater 3000
August 9 | 8 p.m. | Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric
Embrace nostalgia for the late ’80s television show, which is now back with a new central character and his robots narrating bad movies.

“Wet Hot American Summer” Interactive Movie Night
August 10 | 6:30 p.m. | The Creative Alliance
Attendees are encouraged to dress up in 1980s camp counselor costumes for an interactive screening of the 2001 spoof that launched the careers of stars like Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper and Elizabeth Banks.

Flicks From The Hill: “The Nutty Professor"
August 10 | 9 p.m. | Federal Hill
Bring a blanket to Federal Hill for an outdoor screening of the 1996 comedy “The Nutty Professor” starring Eddie Murphy and Jada Pinkett Smith. Films are broadcast on a 30-foot-wide screen on the side of the American Visionary Art Museum. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a free kickboxing with Federal Hill Fitness.

Flicks From The Hill: “Moonstruck”
August 17 | 9 p.m. | Federal Hill
Bring a blanket to Federal Hill for an outdoor screening of the 1987 cult Moonstruck starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. Films are broadcast on a 30-foot-wide screen on the side of the American Visionary Art Museum. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a free pilates with Arielle Gordon.

Flicks From The Hill: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”
August 24 | 9 p.m. | Federal Hill
Bring a blanket to Federal Hill for an outdoor screening of the 1982 classic blockbuster E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial directed by Steven Spielberg. Films are broadcast on a 30-foot-wide screen on the side of the American Visionary Art Museum, and food trucks will be available from 5:30-9 p.m. Come at 6:30 p.m. for a free bike ride with Race Pace Bicycles.

Pics in the Park: “La La Land”
August 26 | 8 p.m. | Center Plaza
Come see the multiple Oscar-winning film “La La Land” at this outdoor screening on the lawn in Center Plaa. Bring your own blanket or lawn chairs; movies begin at sundown.

FESTIVALS, TOURS + MORE

Dog Days Of Summer Block Party
August 5 | 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Creative Alliance
The Creative Alliance is once again hosting a community block part to honor our four-legged friends. Activities include a doggy obstacle course and pools for swimming, free art activities for the family, and DJs spinning pet-inspired tunes. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome.

Bronycon
August 11-13 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Baltimore Convention Center
Fans of “My Little Pony” can enjoy panels, vendors and guests from the show during this unusual annual convention, where attendees can unabashedly dress as their favorite furry little horse and bond with like-minded fans.

African American Heritage Festival
August 12 | 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. | Druid Hill Park
Co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Baltimore City, this annual festival is filled with art, culture, stepping, musical performances, food, and community outreach activities. The festival has been taking place for more than 40 years.

Downtown Landmarks and Lions: Monumental City Tour
August 13 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Hollywood Diner at the Sunday Famer’s Market
On this leisurely stroll through a little over a mile of Baltimore, you’ll discover where all the noble lions, neo-Egyptian sphinxes, and hellish fiends are hiding—and you’ll uncover their history. A perfect diversion for history and architecture lovers.

Beach Party Bash
August 14-18 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | B&O Railroad Museum
Enjoy the final days of summer before the school year starts at the B&O Railroad Museum, which in addition to extensive exhibits, is offering train rides and kids’ activities.

Feast of St. Gabriele
August 19-20 | 12-8 p.m. | Little Italy
Join the festivities at this beloved annual Little Italy celebration. Enjoy the neighborhood’s best classic Italian and Italian-American food and drink during this lively street festival.

View the Solar Eclipse
August 21 | 1-3 p.m.
Watch the first solar eclipse in 99 years (safely, with special eclipse glasses), as 80-90 percent of the sun is blocked at the moment of greatest eclipse in Maryland. The eclipse will start a little after 1 p.m. and reach totality just before 3 p.m.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure
August | Baltimore City
Join in on this scavenger hunt and experience Baltimore in a new way. The 20-challenge quest takes 2.5-3 hours to complete; it begins outside the Maryland Science Center and takes you 1.5 miles to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, passing points of interest like the U.S.S. Constellation, Power Plant, and Little Italy along the way.

City Lights Cruise
August | 8 p.m. | Cruises on the Bay by Watermark
Spend an evening watching the sunset and enjoying the twinkling lights of the Baltimore skyline from the water. You’ll get a new perspective on the iconic Domino sugar sign and other attractions as they reflect of the water. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on this 60-minute cruise. Dogs cruise for free.

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