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.
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Plan Your Artscape 2018 Escape Today
The 2018 festival is headlined by legendary girl group TLC, reggae group Toots & The Maytals and blues rock sensation ZZ Ward. Also, Dance returns to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric with Garth Fagan Dance from Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagen. A full schedule of events can be found on www.artscape.org.
In recent years, Artscape organizers have applied an overarching theme, relevant to both the arts and Baltimore City, into the festival’s creative thinking. For 2018, “the year we didn’t have a theme” they’re going back to the basics and celebrating art and Baltimore’s pop-up institutions.
New for 2018, Artscape is proud to shine a light on the creative and artistic talent of Baltimore’s youth, with plans to showcase youth-focused programming (in both the visual and performing arts) on Artscape’s opening day – Friday, July 20, 2018. Festival-goers can also enjoy the new Silent Disco via their own headphones featuring some of Baltimore's best DJ talent. And free pedicabs will be available for visitors to see the festival by bicycle.
Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 22
Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday: 11am-9pm, Sunday: 11am-7pm
Artscape After Hours: Friday and Saturday 9-11pm
Artscape takes place in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District along Mount Royal Avenue, Cathedral Street and Charles Street.
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.
Highlights From 2017 Camp Artscape
Last years Artscape theme was camp. Take a look at last years highlights.
back by popular demand, Art Cars return to Artscape! Cars will gather at the American Visionary Art Museum on the morning of Saturday, July 22 at 11am and caravan through the city to Mount Royal Avenue, where they will parade through the festival site to their home on Charles Street by Penn Station (at Charles Street Camp Site).
the great outdoors just got greater, with five large-scale camp-themed art installations, showcasing both the visual and performing arts: Barter Boat Trading Post (Charles Street by Penn Station); Let’s Build a Big Campfire! (Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets); Camp Ready (1300 block of Charles Street between Mount Royal Avenue and Preston Street); Dance Camp (1704 N. Charles Street); Who’s Watching (Charles Street by Penn Station)
Charles Street Camp Site
come relax in the great urban outdoors, soak up the sun in Adirondack chairs, taste camping-inspired eats and connect with fellow “campers.” (Charles Street by Penn Station; adjacent to Charles Street Trail)
Charles Street Trail
featuring installation, socially-engaged sculpture, and performance works, Charles Street Trail will incorporate three distinct artist works into one meandering “trail” experience.
Dance at The Lyric
returning to Artscape, Dance at The Lyric features Argentinian dance sensation Che Malambo, a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming and song – the heart of the gaucho (South American cowboy) tradition; free performances on Saturday and Sunday.
Film at Artscape
No more “coming soon!” because it’s here! Make sure your Artscape must-see list includes the feature presentation, free shorts, and visits with the filmmakers at the Parkway Theatre, (5 West North Avenue)
The Fred Prize Portable Gallery
New this year is a portable gallery for the winner of The Fred Prize, built by Open Works. The winning student artist will have their own curated show in a brand new portable gallery on the median of Mount Royal Avenue.
Kidscape (New Location!)
the great outdoors just got greater, with Kidscape now located in Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets.
Local Beers and Breweries
Artscape is proud to serve 100% local beers in 2017; featuring Flying Dog Brewery – Numero Uno; Heavy Seas Beer – Pounder Pils; The Brewer’s Art – Resurrection; Union Craft Brewing – Duckpin Ale
The Mess Hall
An interactive area with demonstrations and performances, featuring the culinary arts, camp and outdoor-related education and entertainment, with programming from cultural and arts organizations (Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets)
Welcome to the Mystic Campgrounds of Gamescape presented by University of Baltimore
On Gordon Plaza, the University of Baltimore will create a game-like campground experience where patrons can take part in an interactive scavenger hunt featuring “Spawn Time” giveaways, photo ops and more.
Camp NASA: The Universe Awaits
Camp NASA comes to Artscape this summer featuring educational, interactive, and fun hands-on activities for would-be space explorers of all ages. Visitors can see what life is like on the International Space Station, touch a Moon rock, and train like an astronaut. There will even be scale models of the next generation rocket that will take humans to Mars.
In celebration of the 2017 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize exhibitions, a shuttle will be available on Sunday, July 23 between 12pm-5pm to transport Artscape Festival visitors between the Semi-Finalist Exhibition at MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff galleries, the Finalist Exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, and The Dog and Pony Show, an exhibition featuring Sondheim Prize Finalists from years past, located at Area 405.
Youth Arts Council
Join the Baltimore Youth Arts Council for camp games, friendship bracelets, and an open mic! Hear your favorite local teen rappers and musicians perform while having fun with old and new friends!