You never need a special reason for a Baltimore getaway, but there are plenty of festivals to prompt you to pack your overnight bag. Here’s a sampling of events to begin your trip planning.
21st Annual Baltimore Book Festival
Inner Harbor, September 23-25, 2016
The Baltimore Book Festival brings hundreds of authors to Inner Harbor, for book signings, readings and performances. There are also workshops, hands-on projects for kids, live music, food and beverages.
11th Annual Free Fall Baltimore
Various Locations, October 1-31, 2016
The free city-wide arts and culture celebration takes place during the entire month of October for National Arts and Humanities. There are more than 200 free events from over 90 organizations. Dates, times and venues vary.
Baltimore Black Pride
Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops, town hall meetings, entertainment and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival.
Various Locations, March-April, 2017
The first large-scale, international light festival in the United States is a celebration of light, culture, music and creativity. This innovative and immersive experience transforms the city and the way we view our surroundings.
Miss Gay Maryland Pageant
Horseshoe Casino, April, 2017
36th Street, Hampden, June, 2017
A truly original festival, Honfest celebrates all things "Bawlmer" and embodies the warmth and affection bestowed upon neighbors and visitors alike by the city's historic working women. The nationally recognized event covers four city blocks in Hampden, a revered old-style Baltimore neighborhood filled with quirky shops, quaint restaurants and endearing residents.
Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration
Inner Harbor, July, 2017
Fourth of July Celebration
Mount Royal Ave, July, 2017
The largest free arts festival in the country features 150+ artists and craftspeople; visual art exhibits; incredible live concerts on three outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, fashion, film, experimental music and performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.
Baltimore Gay Pride
Mount Vernon, Druid Hill Park, July, 2017
The Charm City celebrates LGBT communities, families and pride with free outdoor events for the largest LGBT festival in Maryland! Saturday brings residents and visitors to Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street for the Pride Parade and a fabulous block party of music, food and more. The celebration continues with a family-friendly festival that celebrates the diversity of Baltimore and the LGBT community.