7 Reasons You Should Visit Baltimore This Summer

Baltimore is a perfect pick for a fun weekend trip before summer ends. Somewhat of a hidden gem, Baltimore is full of character-rich neighborhoods, top cultural institutions, and world-class—and affordable—dining and drinking options. Here are 7 reasons why you should book a trip to Baltimore this August.

1. Artsy Events

Baltimore is a hotbed of creativity, and August is packed with art-related events. Learn how to set type by hand or make pop art out of recycled materials during workshops at the Walters Art Museum and the American Visionary Art Museum, respectively. Browse diverse collections of artworks and artisan furniture at the annual Baltimore Art, Antique and Jewelry Show from August 24-27. Or take to the streets to explore dozens of colorful murals dotting the city thanks to projects like Open Walls Baltimore.

2. Summer Cocktails

There is nothing more welcoming on a hot day than a cold beer … unless it’s a crushed-iced cocktail, or maybe a crisp sparkling wine. Frose, anyone? How about an orange crush, a Baltimore favorite? The city’s beverage scene is thriving right now, and when the temperature goes up, the drinks become even more fun. Take advantage of great drink deals through August 31 with the free Baltimore Beverage Passport, and explore Charm City one drink at a time.

3. Food and Neighborhood Festivals

August is a delicious and festive time to be in Baltimore thanks to events like the African American Festival on August 12 and Little Italy’s Feast of St. Gabriele from August 19-20. Try out some of the city’s top vegetable-based dishes during the first-ever Vegan Restaurant Week, running at select restaurants from August 18-26, and culminating with the popular Vegan Soulfest on August 26.

4. Outdoor Dining

Enjoy award-winning food at a waterfront restaurant overlooking the picturesque Inner Harbor, or venture into charming neighborhoods like Woodberry, Mount Vernon and Charles Village for even more alfresco dining options in hidden garden patios, dining areas nestled by repurposed mills, or on sidewalks where you can watch city life go by.

5. Free Outdoor Films

There are free outdoor screenings in almost every neighborhood this August, showing films like “La La Land” and “E.T.” in parks, on sides of buildings, behind businesses and even across from a big hill. One of several screening spots is Federal Hill, where film-lovers can enjoy “Flicks from the Hill,” as well as free access to the American Visionary Art Museum, which sponsors the series.

6. Surprising Urban Green Spaces

It’s easy to enjoy an active lifestyle in Baltimore with the abundance of parks and green spaces inviting you to hike and walk through lush nature in the heart of the city. Did you know the Olmsted brothers, the designers of New York City’s Central Park, thought up the entire park system in Baltimore? Now you do!

7. The Most Beautiful Ballpark in America

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is celebrating 25 years in downtown Baltimore, with special events August 18 and 19. The baseball experience extends beyond the ball park to the nearby Babe Ruth Museum, which celebrates the childhood home of the Baltimore-born Great Bambino. Need another reason to catch a game? Get Orioles ticket discounts here.