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.
Miss Gay Maryland America Pageant
The state pageant for Miss Gay America welcomes the finest female impersonators to the stage to vie for the annual title.
Charm City Bluegrass Festival
Druid Hill Park
Enjoy craft beers and banjo stylings at this outdoor bluegrass extravaganza, featuring more than a dozen musical acts.
Maryland Film Festival
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway Theatre
This five-day event brings feature films and shorts from across the globe to the Station North Arts & Entertainment District.
Kinetic Sculpture Race
American Visionary Art Museum/citywide
Cheer on teams of “kinetinauts” as they power moving art sculptures across a 14-mile course, including a dip in the Chesapeake Bay!
Celebrate all things “Bawlmer” at this festival featuring women, men, children and pets in outrageous outfits inspired by the city’s bold working women.
Baltimore Pride Weekend
Each year in June, PCOM kicks off Pride Month in celebration of Baltimore’s vibrant Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community that culminates into Pride Weekend. Baltimore Pride Weekend 2019 consists of a three-day celebration, that kicks off with Twilight on the Terrace on Friday June 14 followed with the block party and legendary parade on Saturday and Sunday’s festival at Druid Hill Park. Baltimore Pride is now in its 44th year! Last year this celebration was attended by over 30,000 individuals.
Mount Vernon/Station North
Explore art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, live concerts, film, performing arts and family events at the largest free arts festival in the country.
Madonnari Arts Festival
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.
Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore Book Festival and Light City unite to create a one-of-a-kind international event, Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 10, 2019
Baltimore Black Pride
October 25 –27
Save the date for a weekend of Black Pride celebrations and community gatherings in Charm City.
Baltimore Book Festival and Light City
Illuminating art installations and literary showcases – including author appearances – come together at this blockbuster cultural celebration around the Inner Harbor.