What's New In Baltimore Winter/Spring 2016

Baltimore announces new visitor experiences and milestone anniversaries in 2016

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 11:30am

BALTIMORE, MD (December 17, 2015) – Baltimore’s museums and attractions are offering visitors more to experience and more reasons to re-visit at the start of the new year 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

Baltimore’s American Treasures citywide event. Carroll Mansion will serve as the epicenter of a citywide celebration of Baltimore’s built environment and cultural heritage that has played a leading role throughout our nation’s history in defining America’s design heritage and aesthetic. Carroll Mansion and 25 other iconic Baltimore destinations designated as the nation’s first official American Treasures sites will showcase the best of Baltimore’s design heritage with tours, lectures, design winners and culinary experiences at participating locations April 23 – July 7. The All American House, sponsored by MADE: In America, will debut at Carroll Mansion on April 23, 2016, and the house will be open to the public through July 7, 2016. The house will be created by student designers from Maryland and regional universities. www.madeinamerica-usa.org

Celebrate Black History Month in Baltimore. Baltimore has a rich African American history that is celebrated all year long at places like The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, but the month of February is an opportunity to spread even more education and awareness of African American history and culture. There will be museum exhibits, special lectures and celebrations. For a complete schedule of events, visit baltimore.org/article/black-history-month-baltimore.

Milestone anniversaries across Baltimore in 2016. Many of Baltimore’s most beloved institutions and attractions are celebrating important birthdays in 2016. See for yourself why they’re so successful after so many years – and help them celebrate. The National Aquarium celebrates 35 years on August 8; the Maryland Science Center turns 40 years old on June 24; the National Parks Service is celebrating 100 years at all of its parks, including Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, on August 25; the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 100 years during its 2015-2016 season; and Artscape, the nation’s largest free arts festival, is celebrating 35 years in July.

What’s New & Coming Soon

Science and Main
Maryland Science Center
Opens December 18, 2015
This new permanent exhibit invites visitors to take a walk down Main Street and discover how science interacts with your everyday life. Wander past iconic Baltimore landmarks while solving puzzles, exploring physics and completing engineering challenges at various shops, a construction zone and even the airport. In this Baltimore-inspired exhibit, brick rowhome storefronts line the road – but don’t just window shop, each store has its own related problems to solve and activities to complete. www.mdsci.org

Baltimore Then and Now
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Opens February 2016
The Baltimore Museum of Industry has been entrusted with the Baltimore Gas and Electric company’s archival collection, consisting of some 80,000 photographs of Baltimore’s streets, buildings and businesses. The museum selected 31 of the best photos from the BGE collection, and the public was invited to help capture what those places look like today. Winning photos will be awarded and included in the exhibit. www.thebmi.org 

Beyond Chicken Soup: Jews and Medicine in America
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Opens March 13, 2016
The exhibit will examine how medicine has shaped the way Jews are seen, and see themselves. Focusing on the Jewish experience in the United States, Jews and Medicine in America will show how the field of medicine has been a vehicle, by turns, for discrimination, acculturation and strengthening Jewish identity. Each section of the immersive exhibit explores an aspect of American Jews’ experience with medicine, as well as the broader relationships between medicine and identity: the use of admissions quotas to regulate who enters medical school, the ritualized roles of patient and practitioner in the office visit, the sectarian hospital as a refuge from discrimination and a locus of community pride, the search for biological definitions of identity in the laboratory, and presentation of self in the fitness center. www.jewishmuseummd.org

Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore
October 15-16, 2016
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show in Baltimore celebrates the rich naval traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. The Blue Angels’ Boeing F/A 18 Hornet jets and other aircraft will be on display on the Martin State Airport tarmac and in the skies over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch while schooners and U.S. and allied navy vessels will be ready for boarding visitors in the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point and Locust Point. www.visitmaryland.org

Recreation Pier Boutique Hotel
Fell’s Point
Fall 2016
Originally a dance hall and once a social and educational hub for early 20th century Baltimore immigrants, the Recreation Pier has a rich place in Baltimore's history. Built in 1914, it once housed the harbormaster's office. Families used to gather on the pier for a swim or an afternoon of sunbathing. More recently, it served as a stand-in for a police station in the NBC drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets.” Sagamore Development, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s development company, is converting this historic structure to a 128-room hotel. The original head house will be the hotel entrance containing the main lobby and bar on the ground level, with office space on the upper level. Two levels of guestrooms wrap around the existing pier with 60 percent of the rooms having views onto the harbor while the others look over an interior landscaped courtyard. The hotel will have three floors of rooms, a restaurant and a ballroom, and there will be an outdoor pool and bar at the end of the pier. www.bhc-architects.com

Black History Month

Black History Month Celebration
National Aquarium
February 5, 2016
Celebrate Black History Month with a special evening focused on African American history throughout the region featuring music, performances and more fun for the whole family! Live jazz will transport guests back to one of Baltimore’s legendary jazz clubs and allow them to explore the National Aquarium exhibits in style. During the evening, wine and beer will be available for purchase for the 21+ crowd. www.aqua.org

Celebrate Black History Month at the B&O
B&O Railroad Museum 
The B&O Railroad Museum opens a new African American exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to the railroad industry. Learn about these men and women who filled vital jobs along the B&O Railroad's line and understand how significant social issues, such as segregation, affected railroading. New exhibits focus on African American passenger travel during segregation and chefs and waiters who worked on B&O dining cars. www.borail.org

Frederick Douglass Week in Baltimore
February 14-20, 2016
Join BBH Tours to celebrate the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass with lectures, re-enactments, tours and discussions. For more information, call 443-983-7974 or email [email protected].

To Catch a Thief!
USS Constellation 
Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2016
This one-hour tour aboard the USS Constellation will focus on the U.S. ship’s role in intercepting and prohibiting the illegal Atlantic slave trade in the years leading up to the Civil War. Tours and hands-on activities combine to bring into view Constellation’s active career combating the slave trade and her exciting capture of the slave ship Cora, from which she rescued 705 captive Africans. www.historicships.org

Special Events & Exhibitions

New Arrivals: Matisse Prints & Drawings
Baltimore Museum of Art 
December 9, 2015 – July 3, 2016
Approximately 20 prints and drawings demonstrate the continuing legacy of the BMA’s relationship with the Matisse family. Etta and Claribel Cone’s dedication to collecting the art of Henri Matisse established at the BMA one of the most comprehensive collections of the artist’s work. The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation in New York made a promised gift of an impressive group of prints from the artist’s later years. A major gift from the collection of Marguerite Matisse Duthuit included prints as well as remarkable drawings related to a masterwork from the Cone Collection, “The Yellow Dress.” www.artbma.org

Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community
Maryland Institute College of Art 
December 11, 2015 – March 13, 2016
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community is a traveling exhibition examining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) identities and ideas through fiber crafts. Curated by John Chaich, Queer Threads showcases works of art from 26 artists from the United States, Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Denmark who combine fine art traditions with thread-based craft materials and processes, including crochet, embroidery, knitting, lace, macramé, needlepoint, quilting and sewing, to show the diversity of LGBTQ experiences. The exhibition, making its Maryland debut at MICA, marks the first time the pieces have been displayed together for the purpose of connecting and highlighting their queerness. www.mica.edu

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Downtown Westside
January 18, 2016
Baltimore city honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with regional marching bands, color guards, steppers, equestrian units, dance squads, civic organizations and floats. The parade steps off at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street, continuing south on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. www.promotionandarts.org

A Renaissance Original: Carlo Crivelli
The Walters Art Museum 
February 28 – May 22, 2016
Carlo Crivelli was one of the most original artists of the Italian Renaissance. His paintings dazzle through spectacular effects, suggesting the materiality of goldsmiths’ work and luxury textiles. The exhibition brings together loans from national and international collections, and reunites, for the first time in more than 100 years, five of the six panels of an altarpiece Crivelli painted for a church in Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic coast. www.thewalters.org

CAA Men’s Basketball Championship 
Royal Farms Arena 
March 4-7, 2016
The Colonial Athletic Association brings its men’s basketball championship tournament to Baltimore once again. Cheer on your favorite college teams from up and down the East Coast as the excitement rises throughout the weekend, ending with the league championship game. www.caasports.com

Light City Baltimore
March 28 – April 3, 2016
Installed in the Inner Harbor area, Light City Baltimore features a 1.2-mile BGE Art Walk with illuminated visual artworks, pop-up performances, musical performances and concerts, all free and open to the public. Light City Baltimore also features a daytime ticketed innovation conference called LightCityU, a dynamic learning campus dedicated to exploring the technology of social change. www.lightcity.org

Privateer Festival
Fell’s Point 
April 15-17, 2016
Inspired by a long maritime history of schooners and privateers, the Annual Privateer Festival includes a craft, food and merchandise market; live music and entertainment; children’s activities; dockside ship tours and cruises; live battle reenactments featuring the Pride of Baltimore II; a grog garden; and a nautical pet costume contest. www.fellspointmainstreet.org/privateerfestival.htm

Baltimore’s American Treasures
Carroll Mansion 
April 23 – July 7, 2016
Carroll Mansion will serve as the epicenter of the citywide celebration of Baltimore’s built environment and cultural heritage that has played a leading role throughout our nation’s history in defining America’s design heritage and aesthetic. Carroll Mansion and 25 other iconic Baltimore destinations designated as the nation’s first official American Treasures sites will showcase the best of Baltimore’s design heritage with tours, lectures, design winners and culinary experiences at participating locations. www.madeinamerica-usa.org

Maryland Film Festival
May 6-10, 2016
Designed to advocate for films and filmmakers as they enter the marketplace, the Maryland Film Festival celebrates the art of film in the tradition of famous Baltimoreans like John Waters and Barry Levinson. Documentaries, short films and features are screened at several locations throughout the city as Baltimore goes to Hollywood for the better part of a week. www.md-filmfest.com

Mount Vernon 
May 6-7, 2016
FlowerMart is free and is full of flowers, food and fun for families. Buy plants and flowers, arts and crafts, garden accessories, and more. Many types of bedding flowers will be sold, plus hanging baskets, herbs, carnivorous plants, seed bursts at the Parks and People booth and vegetable plants. In addition, several nonprofit, wellness and commercial vendors will be there to display their services and goods. The event also includes many great vocal, dance and instrumental acts performing on two stages. www.flowermartmd.org

Kinetic Sculpture Race
American Visionary Art Museum 
May 7, 2016
Kinetic sculptures are amphibious, human-powered works of art custom-built for the race. Each May, the American Visionary Art Museum hosts the East Coast Kinetic Sculpture Race Championship on the shore of Baltimore’s Harbor in central Maryland. The eight-hour race covers 14 miles – mostly on pavement, but also includes a trip into the Chesapeake Bay and through mud and sand. This year’s theme is myths and monsters. www.kineticbaltimore.com

Running of the Preakness Stakes
Pimlico Race Course 
May 21, 2016
The famed Preakness Stakes, the middle jewel of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown, is the largest single-day sporting event in the state of Maryland. Preakness InField Fest, a multi-entertainment festival, features national bands, two stages, unique attractions and fun activities throughout the day as fans await the running of the Preakness Stakes. www.preakness.com

Heart and Seoul: Growing up in Korea
Port Discovery Children’s Museum 
May 30 – September 2, 2016
Ride “Hallyu” (the Korean Wave) with the debut of a brand-new exhibit that digs right into the heart and soul of the culture. Heart and Seoul: Growing Up in Korea focuses on five South Korean children’s everyday lives. Through their diverse interests, customs and ambitions, including their love of K-Pop and Korean cuisine, their habit of texting to communicate, and even their dreams of being accepted into a good college, their drive is what keeps them studying after school at "hagwon" (or cram school) until midnight. You’re invited to connect to the world’s “most wired country,” where there’s plenty of Wi-Fi and almost everyone owns a Samsung cell phone. www.portdiscovery.org

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Moneé Cottman
Visit Baltimore
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