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#15 on The New York Times’ “52 Places to Go in 2018” list, Baltimore's urban renaissance continues to flourish as millennial transplants, makers spaces, chef-driven concepts and urban art brings new authentic charms to local neighborhood scenes. 2017’s stream of openings, most notably the opening of Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Fell’s Point and Sagamore Spirit distillery in Port Covington, brought new energy to the waterfront. 2018 developments will draw visitors to hip, trendy neighborhoods like Hampden, Mount Vernon and Remington where local artists and tastemakers are making a big impact.
Light City 2018
For the first time ever, Light City, America’s first international light, music and innovation festival, will be held over three consecutive weekends with Neighborhood Lights kicking off April 6-8 and the BGE Light Art Walk transforming Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into an interactive playground of light and music April 14-21. Light City is expanding to spread more love throughout all areas of Baltimore City with Neighborhood Lights growing from eight neighborhoods to 14, and through the creation of the “Where’s Charlie the Peacock” project, in which one of the most popular original light art pieces from Light City 2016 travels throughout the city popping up in a different community every night from April 6-21. [email protected] Innovation Conferences offers a unique “pay what you can” rate to allow even more people to attend the sessions.
Frederick Douglass Bicentennial
Celebrate the 200th birthday of Maryland abolitionist Frederick Douglass in Baltimore, where he learned to read and worked at shipyards in Fell’s Point before escaping to freedom in 1838. Visit his former home at 524 S. Dallas Street, among the row of houses he built on Dallas Street for African American renters that still stand today. Baltimore’s cultural institutions, such as the National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum and the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park, are also honoring Douglass’ historic legacy with exhibits, lectures, tours, and more. A new wax figure of Douglass will be unveiled at the Legends & Legacies Jubilee on Saturday, February 17.
Baltimore Museum of Art: Indecent Exposure
On October 7, 2018, the Baltimore Museum of Art will launch Indecent Exposure, the first and only U.S. retrospective of Baltimore native John Waters’ work. The exhibition examines the cultural force that is John Waters through over 160 photographs, sculptures, soundworks and videos he has made since the early 1990s. These works deploy Waters’ renegade humor to reveal the ways that mass media and 7celebrity embody cultural attitudes, moral codes, and shared tragedy.
Baltimore's Exploding Culinary Scene
Baltimore has a reputation for fresh seafood—especially its Maryland blue crabs—but the city's culinary scene has transformed into a must-visit destination with high-end and inventive eateries consistently opening throughout all of its neighborhoods. There's a reason Zagat named Baltimore the No. 2 Food City in the U.S. With the opening of R. House and revitalization plans for Lexington Market and Cross Street Market, as well as Mount Vernon Marketplace and Belvedere Square, Baltimore's food hall scene is booming with dozens of dining and gathering options under each single roof.
Baltimore Beer-cation Trail
Since Mary Pickersgill sewed the Stars and Stripes on the floor of a local brewery, Baltimore has been a beer-drinking town. From the first German immigrants setting up elaborate breweries and leafy beer gardens, Baltimore has embraced its proud history of local brewing. Today, the city is home to craft beer breweries big and small, award-winning gypsy brewers, beer-mixologists, tap houses and sports bars all serving the best of local ales, pills, IPAs and stouts.
Baltimore Neighborhood Guide
Baltimore is known as a city of neighborhoods with more than 200 of them, all with a unique history and feel. Each one reflects Baltimore's unique and quirky personality easily experienced through restaurants, historic sites and attractions, shops and architecture.
Dine Around the World in Baltimore
Planning to travel overseas to expand your palate? Save your miles and reduce your carbon footprint. Baltimore welcomes cultures from across the globe with its expanding culinary scene – take your palate on an international journey with a guide to worldly dining in Baltimore.
Everyone knows that Baltimore has an incredibly rich sports history and has produced legendary athletes throughout the decades from Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken Jr. to Johnny Unitas, Carmelo Anthony and Ray Lewis. Not to mention the most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps! Back in 1995 when Michael was still perfecting his fly stroke, one man had the idea to revolutionize the way athletes perform and that idea has changed the landscape of the athletic apparel industry. 20 years later, Under Armour's Baltimore based headquarters is attracting health conscious millennials and professionals to its eclectic neighborhoods, creating a boost in wellness trends and experiences to the area.
Baltimore's Story is America's Story
Trace our country's journey to independence in Baltimore where soldiers, stations at Fort McHenry, depended the city from British attack during the War of 1812, when Francis Scott Key wrote our national anthem. Visit the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House to see the home where Mary Pickersgill sewed the flag that inspired it all. The modern railroad also found its start in Baltimore in the early 19th century and at B&O Railroad Museum you can see the first piece of track ever laid. Tour the last all-sail Civil War ship still afloat in the United States, the USS Constellation, and climb the Washington Monument, our nation's first monument dedicated to the first president. Whether you want to trace Edgar Allan Poe's old stomping grounds or learn more about sports legend Babe Ruth's birthplace, history comes alive before your eyes when you visit Charm City.
Family Friendly Fun in Baltimore
With so many kid-friendly attractions in the Inner Harbor, plus historic monuments and museums offering unique children's programs, Baltimore is an ideal vacation spot for the whole family. The city's location on the East Coast and proximity to a major airport make getting here simple, but the great deals and discounts at local attractions, hotels and restaurants are what really draw the crowds. Check www.baltimore.org/special-offers to find ways to save money and have fun, and don't miss the National Aquarium's Living Seashore touch pool, military reenactments at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, and the hands-on science laboratory at the Maryland Science Center among others.
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