Every summer, for three days in July, thousands of visitors of all ages flock to Baltimore to attend Artscape, the nation’s largest free outdoor arts festival. Gathering in outdoor tents, exhibition spaces and various performing arts venues throughout city neighborhoods, attendees will enjoy a vast array of visual arts as well as live arts ranging from Baltimore Symphony Orchestra concerts to dance, opera and theater performances. There is also plenty of kid-friendly entertainment, so it’s a great way to explore art with the whole family.
Artscape features over 150 fine artists, craftspeople and fashion designers, and showcases works in a variety of media, including sculpture and photography. But the festival is not only a feast for the eyes—festival-goers will get their fill of a mouthwatering selection of foods prepared by top Baltimore food vendors, like Zeke’s Coffee, Miss Charlotte’s Crab Cakes and food trucks on Charles Street.
Plan Your Artscape 2016 Escape Today
Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 17
Artscape After Hours: Friday and Saturday 9pm-11pm
Artscape takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods.
FREE and open to the public! Artscape is held outdoors in tents, and inside the neighborhood's premier exhibition spaces and performing arts venues. The event is handicapped accessible.
For more information, check out the Artscape website: www.artscape.org
Highlights From the 2015 Artscape
The visual and performing arts programming at the 2015 festival was built around the theme of water—both the personal and global need for it. A performance by Baltimore aquatic dance group, Fluid Movement, reflected the theme as did “D-Man in the Waters,” a piece by Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company.
Also expressing the water theme: AquaLounge, a portable art installation of a giant water molecule created by Morgan State University architecture students and erected in the center of Charles Street; “Brocean City” from the Baltimore Rock Opera Society; and 45 penciled and stenciled storm drains around the festival site.
Headlined by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, the funk, soul and rock collective world-renown for truly outstanding live performances, other bands on hand were The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.