Baltimore has a rich African American history that has translated into a powerful Black culture today. Read on for a sampling of what to see, do and explore to immerse yourself in our proud African American heritage.
Celebrate Black culture at these events
Baltimore always has tons of events going on, but some of the best parties happen at AFRAM—the East Coast’s largest celebration of African American culture that typically happens in August in Druid Hill Park, complete with music, food and family friendly events. Vegan SoulFest was created by the co-owner of vegan hot spot Land of Kush as a way to make vegan food more accessible to all. The event brings together delicious food, upbeat music and educational speakers. And don’t forget to support the LGBTQ Black community at Black Pride.
Support Black-owned businesses
The opulent Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon is the only Black-owned luxury hotel in Baltimore. It’s a 1889 historic mansion that’s been transformed into an 18-room hotel with a spa and restaurant, Magdalena. The owners, Eddie and Sylvia Brown are also the founders of the Brown Family Foundation to support the arts, education and health, making philanthropic donations to cultural and artistic institutions around the city.
Check out the jazz scene
Travel back in time to the golden era of jazz at Keystone Korner Jazz Club in Harbor East. Inspired by owner Todd Barkan’s former West Coast club from the 70s and 80s, Keystone Korner has live music seven days a week and a retro Americana menu created by restaurateur Robert Wiedmaier. The club joins others like Caton Castle, An Die Musik, Germano’s Piattini and Bertha’s Mussels in keeping Baltimore’s jazz culture alive.
Each month during the summer, Jazzy Summer Nights brings together some of the hottest local and national jazz and R&B performers with delicious local food vendors for one exciting party you won’t want to miss.
Immerse yourself in history
Baltimore boasts a wealth of cultural attractions, including museums, monuments and historic sites, that celebrate our African American heritage. Be sure to visit the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the only wax museum in the country dedicated to African Americans. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum showcases history and accomplishments of Maryland African Americans. And the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park Museum celebrates the legacy of Frederick Douglass, a famous writer and abolitionist who escaped slavery in Baltimore.
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