What’s New in Baltimore

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Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:00pm

BALTIMORE, MD (August 2016) – This fall, Baltimore offers new and exciting events in addition to time-honored traditions.

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Baltimore’s Art Scene
Baltimore is a haven for art lovers. Home to one of the leading arts and design colleges in the country (the Maryland Institute College of Art) and three world-class art museums (The Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Museum and American Visionary Art Museum), there is no shortage of culture in Baltimore. This fall will see an explosion of art in Baltimore with new exhibit openings at The BMA, The Walters and AVAM, as well as the Free Fall Baltimore events that celebrate all things art, and the Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy that honors Renaissance era street painters with elaborate chalk creations. For more inspiration, check out five art pieces worth the trip to Charm City on our website.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Legacy Lives on in Baltimore
Baltimore is the home of Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place at Westminster Burying Ground and his family home, which is now the Poe House and Museum. You can find many artifacts of his life at the Maryland Historical Society, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, and the George Peabody Library. Baltimoreans pay tribute to Poe by honoring his death day in October with an event at Westminster Hall which includes the presence of the mysterious Poe Toaster and Baltimore’s longstanding Poe impersonator can be found giving performances throughout the fall. To learn more about Poe’s macabre history in Baltimore, visit our website: www.baltimore.org/list/follow-edgar-allan-poes-footsteps.

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore
Baltimore is one of seven cities selected to host a Navy Fleet Week to honor the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense and prosperity of the nation. Dozens of gray hulls, vessels and schooners from the U.S. and international navies are expected to line Baltimore’s famed Inner Harbor during the week, bringing thousands of sailors to the region and giving visitors the chance to tour the ships. The USS ZUMWALT will be commissioned on October 15. Named for Admiral Elmo “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., the USS ZUMWALT, DDG1000, is the most powerful, technologically-advanced United States destroyer in our history. This ship is the first of its class and introduces major innovation in ship design, a stealth profile, tumblehome hull, and long-range weaponry. The Navy’s famed Blue Angels flight demonstration team is scheduled to perform above Ft. McHenry and Baltimore’s Harbor October 15 and 16. There will be something for everyone during this weeklong maritime celebration. www.mdfleetweek.com

What’s New & Coming Soon

Marriott Delta Hotel
Downtown
Late 2016
The hotel will be one of the first in the country as the Delta brand was previously a Canadian chain before Marriott purchased it in April of 2015. The first one opened in Orlando and there are some 80 others in the pipeline. The hotel is slated to have 150 rooms and be managed by Crescent Hotels and Resorts. The Delta Hotel intuitively meets the needs of business travelers and carries a strong reputation as a leading, upscale hospitality brand.

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore Hotel
Fell’s Point
Early 2017
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore will open inside the historic Recreation Pier. Over a century old, Recreation Pier was once a dance hall and gathering place for immigrants who came to the United States through Fell’s Point, once the second largest entry point for the nation. The hotel will be the first east coast opening for the Pendry brand, featuring a pool, ballroom, whiskey bar and courtyard decorated with sculpture work. Read more from in the Baltimore Sun and Boutique Design. www.pendryhotels.com/baltimore

Sagamore Spirit Distillery
Port Covington
Early 2017
In Baltimore, where whiskey is used in everything from barbeque to bloody mary’s, Sagamore Spirit is getting ready to serve up rye whiskey right in the heart of the city. This award-winning spirit will soon be made in Baltimore from Sagamore spring water at a stunning waterfront location. A true Baltimore product, this spirit is worth the trip for a taste. www.sagamorespirit.com

Special Events & Exhibitions

The Star Spangled Banner Weekend
Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
September 9-11, 2016
Join Fort McHenry for this weekend celebration of the Star Spangled Banner. Events include "Young Defenders," a program highlighting Baltimore's involvement in the War of 1812, as well as military encampment drills, programs that honor the spirit of defense, and fireworks. All events are family orientated. www.nps.gov/fomc

Que at the Zoo
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
September 10, 2016
Que at the Zoo is a nine-hour music festival featuring a line-up of the regions’ top artists. During the festivities, Baltimore’s wildest BBQ contest will take place. Que at the Zoo brings together music, food and fun. www.marylandzoo.org

4th Annual Family Reunion Expo
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of African American History & Culture
September 10, 2016
Bring the whole family and enjoy food tastings, hotel and vendor information, celebrity meet and greets, genealogy experts, informational seminars, and live entertainment. The expo features a kids zone, karaoke and family games. Get a wealth of information to begin planning your next family reunion. www.BaltimoreReunionExpo.com

Baltimore Seafood Festival
Canton Waterfront Park
September 17, 2016
Enjoy signature seafood dishes from local eateries, live music, cooking demonstrations, refreshing drinks, a family zone, shopping, and more at the third annual Seafood Festival. www.baltimoreseafoodfest.com

Black Box: John Walter's Kiddie Flamingos
Baltimore Museum of Art
September 21 - January 22, 2017
In this 2014 video, John Waters recast his 1972 cult film Pink Flamingos—considered one of the most notorious films ever made—with children reading a cleverly modified G-rated script. www.artbma.org

Baltimore Book Festival
Inner Harbor
September 23-25, 2016
The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity and nationally known authors, book signings, more than 100 exhibitors and booksellers, nonstop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a thoughtfully curated food, craft beer, and wine program. Featured authors include #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back Terry McMillan; Carl Hiaasen, Razor Girl; 2016 One Maryland One Book Winners Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, All American Boys; Baltimore-based writer and columnist D. Watkins, The Cook Up; Romance Writers of America 2016 RITA Award winner for Best First Book, Pintip Dunn, Forget Tomorrow and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Armentrout, The Problem With Forever. www.baltimorebookfestival.org

Fell's Point Fun Fest
Fell's Point
September 30–October 2, 2016
This free Neighborhood Street festival features over 10 live musical artists and many local food vendors to support The Preservation Society and Fell's Point Main Street. It celebrates the historic integrity of the area. www.fellspointfest.net

Madonnari Arts Festival
Little Italy
September 30–October 2, 2016
This 3-day cultural event will showcase elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy, inspired by the 16th century tradition of street painting. The event will be enhanced with Italian food, wine, music, theater and dance in a celebration of the contemporary renaissance of Baltimore’s historic Italian neighborhood. www.littleitalymadonnari.com

Free Fall Baltimore
Citywide
October 1-31, 2016
Free Fall Baltimore is a citywide celebration that offers hundreds of free arts and culture events in Baltimore. Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month in October, area attractions and organizations showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, lectures, workshops, visual art exhibitions, tours and special events. www.freefallbaltimore.org

The Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond: Selections from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection
George Peabody Library
October 4, 2016 – February 5, 2017
Meet the enigmatic Edgar A. Poe: a man who lived in the real world, but tried to write his way out of it. This exhibition of rare materials—from what is arguably the finest private Poe collection in the world—gives viewers the chance to see Poe at work, up close: “The Raven” in Poe’s own handwriting, first editions of Poe’s writings in books, newspapers, and magazines from the 1800s, and examples of the translations, illustrations, comic books, and portraits that have helped extend Poe’s global popularity. www.guides.library.jhu.edu/specialcollections/exhibitions

Baltimore Beer Week
Citywide
October 7-16, 2016
A 10-day celebration of 350+ beer events, festivals, tastings & dinners throughout the Baltimore region. Baltimore Beer Week is a collaborative effort of businesses and beer enthusiasts in our community to celebrate and highlight the unique beer culture that exists in and around the Chesapeake region. www.baltimorebeerweek.com

“Poe is Dead!” The Death Day Tribute
Westminster Hall & Burying Ground
October 8, 2016
This special event commemorates the mysterious passing of Baltimore's most beloved literary son. It will feature dramatic readings of Poe's works and his obituaries as well as other tributes inspired by Poe. The new Poe Toaster will also be on hand; his presence might not be seen, but his appearance will be felt. The event takes place around Poe's original grave in the grassy graveyard behind the church. www.mdhs.org

15th Annual Pigtown Festival
Pigtown
October 8, 2016
The 15th Annual Pigtown Festival returns to Washington Boulevard. This year will have live music by All Mighty Senators, Kelly Bell Band, and Footwerk, cold beer by local brewery Oliver Brewing Co, Pigtown Crush Cocktail, delicious food, local artisans, and the traditional live pig races. www.pigtownmainstreet.org/event/pigtownfest

Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food
American Visionary Art Museum
October 8, 2016 - September 3, 2017
Yummm! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food is a playful visual feast for child and scholar celebrating humankind's relationship with food and the serious creative vision needed to reinvent how a planet of 9.5+ billion earthlings will eat in the year 2050. www.avam.org

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore
Citywide
October 10-17, 2016
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore celebrates the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. The Blue Angels’ Boeing F/A 18 Hornet jets and other aircraft will be on display on the Martin State Airport tarmac and in the skies over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch while schooners and U.S. and allied navy vessels will be ready for boarding visitors in the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and Locust Point. www.mdfleetweek.com

Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race
Lighthouse Point
October 10-16, 2016
The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race is an annual event that benefits the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Schooners dock at Lighthouse Point and can be viewed here during open dock, or during the Parade of Sail. Selected schooners also host area students for a hands-on learning experience. www.gcbsr.org

Sons: Seeking the Modern African American Male
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
October 14, 2016 - January 15, 2017
This exhibition asks visitors to compare their perceptions to reality, journeying through four parts of the gallery. From this microcosm of African American males, visitors can learn of some of the realities and challenges facing African American men. www.lewismuseum.org

Baltimore Running Festival
Inner Harbor
October 15, 2016
The 16th annual Baltimore Running Festival consists of a marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K and Kids Fun Run. www.thebaltimoremarathon.com

A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe
The Walters Art Museum
October 16, 2016 - January 8, 2017
A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe is an exhibition that brings together sacred and secular art to reveal the shared intellectual culture that governed sensory perception in Europe during the late Gothic period. www.thewalters.org

Wizards and Witches Weekend
B&O Railroad Museum
October 22-23, 2016
Young "wizards and witches” will love to explore the magic of railroading at the B&O. Take a steam train ride aboard the Wizards Express. Learn about the science of wizardry through the creation of edible "potions," wizard wands and hats, and much more. www.borail.org

Matisse/Diebenkorn
Baltimore Museum of Art
October 23, 2016 - January 29, 2016
Breathtaking juxtapositions of more than 90 paintings and drawings from museums and private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe reveal the enduring power of Diebenkorn’s firsthand experiences of the French artist’s work and present a stunning new view of two artists who never met. www.artbma.org

Charm City Fringe Festival
Station North
November 3-13, 2016
A 10-day long arts and theatre festival with a multitude of venues, artists, companies, and a whole series of "Fringe After Dark" events that takes place throughout Baltimore. www.charmcityfringe.com

Ferocious Beauty: Wrathful Deities from Tibet and Nepal
The Walters Art Museum
November 13, 2016 – April 16, 2017
Striking works from South Asia depict wrathful Buddhist deities with fearsome qualities. Although they may appear intimidating, the deities use their power to guard against antagonists and thwart obstacles to the spiritual goals of their devotees. Through nearly a dozen sculptures and paintings from the Ford Collection, this exhibition deepens our understanding of these compelling images. www.thewalters.org

The Polar Express
B&O Railroad Museum
November 19-20 and 25-27, 2016
This holiday season create a Christmas memory that you and your family will treasure forever - a journey to the North Pole via The Polar Express. Pajama-clad families can board the train and relive the magic of the classic children's book, The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. www.borail.org

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Sara Warfield
410-659-7071
swarfield@baltimore.org