Highlandtown
southeast-baltimore

Highlandtown has been a neighborhood of immigrants since 1866. It has an eclectic mix of residents, and the many restaurants and shops reflect this international heritage.

Highlandtown

Community of Creatives

Highlandtown, one of Baltimore’s three official arts and entertainment districts, is a hub of artistic activity, with dozens of artist studios open to the public each month, several community theater companies, street art like the BUS stop sculpture, and a thriving multi-arts space, the Creative Alliance. The latter arts hub is in the landmark Patterson Movie Theater, its marquee now a beacon for innovative arts in the Highlandtown community. The Creative Alliance includes two galleries for contemporary art, a 200-seat flexible theater, a classroom, media lab, live/work studios for eight artists and the Marquee Lounge. With programming almost every day of the week, the center hosts everything from drag shows and bluegrass bands to book talks and art openings.

Park and Recreation

One of the most active parks in the city is Patterson Park, which is surrounded by row houses and four distinct neighborhoods. Be sure to visit the Patterson Park Pagoda, a Baltimore landmark and gathering spot for community events like outdoor concerts and festivals. The park also includes an eclectic ranges of architectural styles, including Italian Villa, Gothic Revival, Exotic Revival and Romanesque Revival—the late 19th century plan was intended to free visitors from the stresses of urban life. The park is indeed an oasis, which is almost always buzzing with people walking dogs through its more than six acres of green space, feeding ducks at the pond, or enjoying any of the playgrounds, pools or the more than 35 athletic fields and courts.

International Flair

A neighborhood of immigrants since 1866, Highlandtown remains a melting pot of cultures even now. Irish, Germans, Poles, Italians and Latinos have made their homes in the community, and the many restaurants and shops reflect this diverse heritage. Today, Highlandtown’s residents are an eclectic mix of artists, ethnicities, long-time homeowners and newcomers, all who are fiercely proud of their neighborhood. The community is truly international – from the German Beer Gardens in 1889 to the Italian immigrants who built Our Lady of Pompei in 1925 to the more recent wave of Latino and African immigrants.

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