LGBT Calendar of Events

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

October, 2016

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.

Light City

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

The State Pageant for Miss Gay America attracts the finest female impersonators to compete for the annual title. Contestants take part in interviews and talent and evening gown competitions.


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

Commemorate Independence Day with live music and celebratory fireworks in the heart of downtown Baltimore at any one of these events.


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.