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A Tour of Canton & Brewers Hill

Canton, and neighboring Brewers Hill, is a waterfront area known for its fun and active personality. Here’s how to make a day of exploring Canton & Brewers Hill.

The heart of Canton is a quaint square rimmed with restaurants, pubs and shops along O’Donnell Street. But wander off O’Donnell Square Park to the surrounding blocks and you’ll find the quintessential Baltimore—from the nearly lost Baltimore art form of painted screens to rows of classic marble stoops on traditional Baltimore brick and Formstone row houses.

Brewers Hill is home to a historic renovation of two original landmark breweries: Gunther and National. You’ll know you’re here when you see the illuminated Mr. Boh sign winking down at you.

Things To Do in Canton & Brewers Hill

Canton is filled with activity at shops, bars, restaurants and popular annual events. Canton Waterfront Park is a hot spot for events like WTMD’s First Thursdays, a free outdoor summer concert series, and annual food and drink festivals. Peruse the shops around O’Donnell Square and stop at the waterfront restaurants along Boston Street or in the Can Company.

Try some traditional or duckpin bowling at the charming Patterson Bowling Center, then stop by Gunther & Co., located in the historic Gunther Boiler Building for a modern American menu that is globally influenced and locally spun. A two-story living wall of plants and open kitchen create an inviting atmosphere for enjoying brunch, happy hour or a special occasion dinner. For a more traditional Baltimore experience, head to Captain James Landing for a steamed crab feast or Maryland crab cakes. The restaurant is shaped like a merchant vessel so you can’t miss it!

Canton & Brewers Hill Restaurants

It’s not hard to find great food in Baltimore, and Canton & Brewers Hill are no exception. Here are just a few great places to eat in Canton & Brewers Hill if you’re looking for a break from your exploration.

Events in Canton & Brewers Hill

There are several annual events and festivals in Canton & Brewers Hill. Get a true feel for the neighborhood at these can’t-miss events.

WTMD First Thursdays

On the first Thursday of the month from May to September, Towson University’s radio station, WTMD, hosts its First Thursdays concert series in Canton Waterfront Park. Come by to meet fellow music lovers, to see a live show and grab food from some of the best food trucks in town.

Baltimore Seafood Fest

This annual waterfront festival at Canton Waterfront Park showcases Baltimore’s favorite restaurants and their signature seafood dishes. A portion of the proceeds are given to local nonprofits.

Baltimore Wine Festival

Sample more than 100 wines from all over the world at this annual summer festival at Canton Waterfront Park. There is also craft beer and spirits, dozens of local food vendors, live music, cooking demos, wine tasting seminars, shopping and family fun.