What's New in Baltimore Fall/Winter 2015

Baltimore Announces New Visitor Experiences and Milestone Anniversaries in 2016

Monday, August 17, 2015 - 3:15pm

BALTIMORE (August 17, 2015) – Baltimore’s museums and attractions are offering visitors more to experience and revisit this winter and throughout 2016.

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Light City: First of its kind festival in United States. The city of Baltimore presents the first large-scale international light festival in the United States March 28 through April 3, 2016. The festival is a celebration of light, art, music and innovation that will bring together local, national and international artists, musicians and thinkers. In 1816, Baltimore was the first American city to illuminate its streets with gas lanterns, revolutionizing the landscape and forever transforming the city with light. It’s with this spirit of invention and transformation that 200 years later Light City will invite the world to join in a celebration of light. www.lightcity.org

New luxury and boutique hotel openings. With three new upscale hotels recently opening their doors, Baltimore offers even more options for the discerning traveler. The Ivy Hotel is Baltimore’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Located in Mount Vernon, the Ivy houses a luxury spa and restaurant in a historic mansion inn. Also in Mount Vernon, Hotel Indigo is perfect for the traveler searching for a bit more charm with his or her stay. As a pet-friendly hotel with a 24-hour fitness center, close proximity to Penn Station and Baltimore’s world-class restaurants and attractions, Indigo offers just that. Hotel RL is re-creating the hotel experience for a new generation of travelers, starting in the lobby and ending with the RL food truck and artisanal coffee. Part café, part restaurant, part workspace, and decorated with curated art, the hotel offers a free-flowing creative and comfortable space.

Christmastime in the city. Whether it’s seeing the Miracle on 34th Street tradition in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood or enjoying “It’s A Waterfront Life,” there is something to get everyone in the holiday spirit in Baltimore this winter. Enjoy the outdoor ice rink or the German-inspired Christmas Village with vendors and train rides for kids. The annual lighting of the Washington Monument takes place in December in Mount Vernon, and the holiday season will end with fireworks during Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular.

Baltimore’s culinary scene: Bring your appetite. Baltimore is more than just crab cakes – the city is rich in culture and culinary offerings, boasting some of the nation’s top restaurants and biggest celebrity chefs. Baltimore’s cuisine has a comfort vibe that is recognizable in restaurant service, and cozy yet upscale atmospheres with diverse menus to please every palate. A selection of Baltimore’s top restaurants include Fleet Street Kitchen in Harbor East, Waterfront Kitchen in Fell’s Point, Gertrude’s in Charles Village, AGGIO in Power Plant Live! and the Food Market in Hampden. Within the past year, nationally recognized chefs have brought new restaurant concepts to Baltimore including Guy Fieri, Chefs John Besh and Aaron Sanchez, and Bryan Voltaggio, and in the past two years two of our own chefs, Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen and Cindy Wolf of Charleston, have been finalists for the James Beard award, with Gjerde taking home the award in 2015.

Hauntingly good times in Baltimore. Baltimore’s rich history as a port town and final resting place of Edgar Allan Poe provides the perfect Halloween backdrop. Get spooked with a tour at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum and include a stop at the gothic poet’s gravesite at Westminster Hall, then unwind with a haunted pub crawl with Wicked History Tours in Fell’s Point’s oldest and most mysterious bars. For something with more treats than tricks, check out the Halloween celebrations at Baltimore’s most popular attractions – the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum to name a few.

What’s New & Coming Soon

Here We Grow! Exhibit
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Opens October 24, 2015
Through words, ideas, sounds and interactive elements, “Here We Grow!” will introduce children to farm processes, products and people. With themes of science and technology, history, local ecology, global economics, and art, visitors will develop an appreciation for the importance of agriculture in their lives and learn about concepts of agricultural conservation and sustainability. www.portdiscovery.org

Baltimore Museum of Art Center for People & Art
The Baltimore Museum of Art concludes its multi-year renovation with the opening of the Center for People & Art (CP&A) on October 25, 2015. This new area of the museum offers visitors an interactive experience that includes an innovative thematic exhibition, “Imagining Home,” and a variety of programs and partnerships with Baltimore artists and neighborhoods. The $4.5 million, 5,500-square-foot CP&A includes a gallery that draws together works from across the collection around a theme, a commons that highlights the voices and creativity of the Baltimore community, and a studio for hands-on art-making for all ages. The CP&A also encompasses a new docent room for the museum’s dedicated gallery teachers and a renovated school group entrance and orientation foyer, where docents welcome thousands of schoolchildren who visit the museum each year. www.artbma.org

The Ivy Hotel
205 E. Biddle Street, Mount Vernon
The Ivy Hotel is the premier luxury hotel in Baltimore's historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The Ivy’s 18 guest accommodations – nine suites and nine rooms – each feature a fireplace, a private bathroom, and character and charm all their own. Some have balconies, and others have easy access to the boutique Ivy spa, where all treatments are customized. The Ivy experience is like staying in the magnificent private home this historic brownstone mansion once was: all-inclusive, sophisticated, chic and a whole lot of fun. www.theivybaltimore.com

Hotel Indigo Baltimore-Mount Vernon
24 West Franklin Street, Mount Vernon
The Hotel Indigo Baltimore Mount Vernon will be one of the newest upscale hotels in Baltimore. The original downtown building, a national historic landmark, was the first YMCA in Baltimore. The pet-friendly boutique hotel is minutes from the Inner Harbor, and with 4,000 square feet of meeting space, close proximity to the Baltimore Convention Center and a convenient location near the Amtrak station, this property is a great option for business travelers. www.hotelindigo.com/baltimoremd

Hotel RL
207 E. Redwood Street, Inner Harbor
Hotel RL is an experience of all things authentic, creative and curious. Driven by discovery and infused with a sense of adventure and wonder, stays at Hotel RL are as inspiring as they are memorable – flowing with artisanal coffee, curated local art and ultra-comfortable rooms. www.redlion.com/Baltimore

Murals, Mansions and Monuments
There’s more to see in Baltimore than the neighborhoods surrounding the Inner Harbor. Let us open your eyes to the wonderful neighborhoods, art scene, parks and historic buildings that represent the past and present of Baltimore. This new addition to the trolley tour circuit will start by traveling along the Charles Street National Historic Byway, which leads to some of Baltimore’s amazing neighborhoods, historic buildings, grand museums and mansions, acres of parks, and a veritable rainbow of public art. All tours depart from the Baltimore Visitor Center. www.zbestlimo.com/tours/baltimore-trolley-tour/

Special Events & Exhibitions

Baltimore Seafood Festival
Canton Waterfront Park
September 19, 2015
The second annual Baltimore Seafood Festival is a family-friendly event that features live music, cooking demos by Baltimore's top chefs, oyster- and crab-eating contests, a family area, a crab feast tent, and Baltimore's favorite restaurants serving their signature seafood dishes. www.baltimoreseafoodfest.com

The Shindig
Carroll Park
September 19, 2015
This year’s two main stages will be anchored by rock radio staples Godsmack and 90s alternative giants Stone Temple Pilots. Joining the energy-fueled festivities will be the legendary Anthrax, Chevelle, Helmet and Reverend Horton Heat! Rounding out the rock fest will be exciting new buzz bands Nothing More and Crobot plus homegrown talent Silvertung, Black Angel Down and More to Monroe. The woods is also home to the Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities. www.theshindigbaltimore.com

Baltimore Book Festival
Inner Harbor
September 25-27, 2015
The Baltimore Book Festival is back for its 20th anniversary with even more to see. The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts showcases more than 200 renowned authors, book signings, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, cooking demos, children’s activities, exhibitors, food and live music. www.baltimorebookfestival.org

Free Fall Baltimore
October 1-31, 2015
Hundreds of free events and unique performances throughout the city, including arts workshops, dance lessons, exhibitions, music performances, plays, puppet shows, walking tours and free admission to museums; all during the month of October. www.freefallbaltimore.com

The Big Hope Show
American Visionary Art Museum
October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016
“The Big Hope Show” opens on the eve of the AVAM’s 20th anniversary celebration and is an original and unabashedly idealistic art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope. More than 25 visionary artists, among them many “super survivors” of enormous personal traumas, exhibit soulful creations reflecting their personal transcendence and, often, a heightened or newfound creativity and sense of humor. www.avam.org

Baltimore Black Pride
October 9-11, 2015
Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops and town hall meetings, entertainment, and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival. www.blackpridebaltimore.org

The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe
Enoch Pratt House at the Maryland Historical Society
October 9-29, 2015
“The Mesmeric Revelations! of Edgar Allan Poe” is an immersive two-hour theater experience inviting audiences into a world that channels the spirit and characters of one of Baltimore's most treasured writers in a historic 1840s home. Encounter characters, objects, stories, secrets, states of mind. Your intuition will guide you, logic will fail you and your inner monologue will be unreliable at best. www.mdhs.org

Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
October 10, 2015 – April 3, 2016
“Ruth Starr Rose: Revelations of African American Life in Maryland and the World” is the first-ever comprehensive exhibition of Eastern Shore–based artist Ruth Starr Rose who boldly used her gifts as an artist to chronicle black life. Born in 1887 to a well-off family, Rose began her work as a teenager before completing her formal art training in New York. The close relationships she formed in local communities in Copperville and Unionville of Talbot County were her personal achievement, allowing her to paint on observation, not limited to just creativity. The recent rediscovery of Starr Rose, a white, internationally trained female artist, offers an opportunity to explore the work, family and faith of her Eastern Shore neighbors in a realistic and historic manner. Viewers are invited to see her paintings, sketches and lithographs, one of the only portfolios to represent African Americans as stalwart citizens as any other subject. www.lewismuseum.org

Paul Simon: Words and Music
Jewish Museum of Maryland
October 11, 2015 – January 18, 2016
In its first stop since opening at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in October 2014, “Paul Simon: Words and Music” will feature autobiographical films, videos of select performances and more than 80 artifacts, chronicling the life, career and creative inspiration of two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simon. Included is original narration by the artist, recorded specifically for the exhibit and unavailable elsewhere, as well as costumes, film clips, letters and memorabilia associated with his career. www.jewishmuseummd.org

Baltimore Running Festival
October 17, 2015
The annual marathon’s scenic course takes participants throughout Baltimore’s diverse and historic neighborhoods. www.thebaltimoremarathon.com

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts
The Walters Art Museum
November 8, 2015 – January 31, 2016
The great Mughal, Safavid, and Ottoman empires flourished during a time of rapid change and artistic innovation in the Islamic world, as people, ideas and technologies spread across Europe and Asia. At the heart of the empires’ courts were networks of individuals – writers, poets, artists, craftsmen – who produced extraordinary works of art for the ruling elite. The free exhibition features more than 120 works including paintings, calligraphy, textiles, ceramics and jeweled luxury objects. Dating from the 16th to the 18th century, these exquisite works of art were created in historic India, Iran and Turkey, a vast geographic area that extends from the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean Sea. www.thewalters.org

Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink
Mid-November 2015 – February 2016
Inner Harbor
Baltimore’s outdoor ice rink returns to the Inner Harbor for a second season! In addition to the open skating times, the rink will offer skating lessons and will host games of broomball, among other events. www.innerharboricerink.org

German Christmas Village
Inner Harbor
West Shore Park
November 26 – December 27, 2015
The Christmas Village is a combination of an outdoor and indoor event – the outdoor area around the Walter Sondheim Fountain brings the original Christmas Village charm with its traditional German-style wooden huts to Baltimore. This holiday season, the Christmas Village will return even bigger and better to Baltimore! The village will feature new attractions and vendors, traditional European food, sweets, and drinks. The event is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. www.baltimore-christmas.com

Miracle on 34th Street
34th Street in Hampden
November 28, 2015 – January 1, 2016
One block in Hampden puts on a Christmas light display that is surely visible from space. Neighbors in this block of rowhomes string Christmas lights across 34th Street. Inflatable snow globes, musical trains and blinking angels adorn homes. A few even allow visitors to peek inside. The lights are on every night from Thanksgiving weekend to January 1, including all night on Christmas Eve. www.christmasstreet.com

B&O’s Magical Holiday Express
B&O Railroad Museum
December 1, 2015 – January 3, 2016
All aboard the B&O’s Magical Holiday Express Community Giving Train, a holiday spectacular celebration in the B&O Roundhouse devoted to trains of all sizes and shapes, holiday festivities, a winter wonderland of family fun and activities, and a way to help local charities who help those in need this season. There is something to see and do every day at this event, with all new holiday decorations; hands-on crafts and contests; live entertainment; train rides; model train layouts; appearances by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Frosty and LEGO Man; and much more! www.borail.org

A Monumental Occasion
600 Block of Mount Vernon
December 3, 2015
Baltimore's aglow for the holiday season with the official lighting of the Washington Monument. Enjoy featured entertainment, fireworks and refreshments. Pre-event festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with the official ceremony at 7 p.m. www.promotionandarts.org

Baltimore’s New Year's Eve Spectacular
Inner Harbor
December 31, 2015
Ring in the New Year alongside friends and family with live music and spectacular midnight fireworks in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. www.promotionandarts.org

Milestone Commemorations

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Centennial Celebration
The BSO celebrates 100 years of music this 2015-2016 season. The season, the ninth under direction of Music Director Marin Alsop, features appearances by such renowned artists as Lang Lang, Yo-Yo Ma, Andre Watts, Leon Fleisher, Hilary Hahn, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and Baltimore’s own John Waters. New works will be premiered, exciting signature projects will debut, and local artists and those who got their start on the BSO stage will perform, all leading up to the 100th Anniversary Concert on February 11, 2016, featuring violinist Joshua Bell performing his own unique adaptation of Bernstein’s “West Side Story Suite.” www.bsomusic.org

Artscape’s 35th Anniversary
Mount Royal Avenue & Charles Street
July 15-17, 2016 The nation’s largest, free arts festival celebrates its 35th anniversary with continuous musical performances by local, regional and national talent on multiple outdoor stages, indoor and outdoor visual arts exhibitions, sculptures, art cars, film, theater, crafts, opera, dance, street theater, and children’s activities. www.artscape.org


Moneé Cottman
Visit Baltimore
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