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 LGBT community and welcoming events to begin your trip planning.
A Guide to Visionary Artists of Color
Jan. 15 – Dec. 20
American Visionary Art Museum
With museum admission, pick up a free copy of a Guide to Visionary Artists of Color. The guide takes you on a self-guided tour through the permanent collection of a rich legacy of African American and other artists of color.
Baltimore King & Queen of Pride Contest
Come to this community event to see the crowning of the next King and Queen of Pride for 2019! The show benefits the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB).
Madonnari Arts Festival
Sep. 7 – 10
Be a part of the creative process as 75 visual artists and 100 performing artists give vision and voice to this year’s theme, Respect.
2018 Gala Concert with Cynthia Erivo
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's 2018 Gala Concert brings Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Erivo together with the BSO in a dazzling program of Broadway hits and orchestral favorites.
Join Baltimore Magazine and Union Craft Brewing at the brand-new Union Collective for their first-ever Music Festival, featuring a diverse lineup of Charm City artists you won’t want to miss.
Baltimore Book Festival
Sep. 28 – 30
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Featuring author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, panel discussions, walking tours, storytellers and hands-on projects for kids, street theater, live music, and delicious food, beer and wine.
Baltimore Black Pride
Oct. 5 – 7
Save the date for a weekend of Black Pride celebrations and community gatherings in Charm City. Saturday, Oct. 6, will feature a Healing Black LGBTQ Trauma Brunch and the Black Pride Cultural Affair in the evening. Then bring the kids on Sunday, Oct. 7, for Family Fun Day.
John Waters: Indecent Exposure
Oct. 7 – Jan. 6
Baltimore Museum of Art
The first major retrospective of John Waters’ visual art in his hometown of Baltimore examines the artist’s influential career through more than 160 photographs, sculpture, soundworks, and video he has made since the early 1990s.
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