Ultimate Guide

Festivals in Baltimore

Festivals in Baltimore are not only celebrations of art, culture and music, but also the local food, drink and charm that make this city so exciting. Whether it’s favorite regional delicacies, authentic ethnic foods or local craft brews, there is a festival in Baltimore that’s sure to please any palate. Join in a neighborhood block party, listen and dance to Baltimore bands, celebrate the season, or experience live street performances. There’s fun to be had by all at any of Baltimore’s renowned festivals.

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Food Festivals
Belgian Beer Festival

February 15 – 17, 2019
Max’s Taphouse in Fell’s Point presents its 15th annual, three-day festival celebrating the magic of Belgian Beer. With over 200 beers on tap and 300 specialty bottles, Max’s offers a beer for just about anyone. The festival features new releases, U.S. premiers and beers crafted especially for the weekend. Free Admission.
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Baltimore Wine Festival

May 18 – 19, 2019
Indulge in a variety of cheesy, delicious mac and cheese dishes made by over 30 top chefs and food vendors at Power Plant Live! In addition, guests will receive craft beer, wine and Bourbon/Whiskey samples while live bands perform on the center stage.
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Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival

June 22, 2019
Baltimore’s largest crab feast features a four-hour, all-you-can eat crab event perfect for all ages. With more than 60 beers and wines to choose from and local bands playing in the background, this festival is great summer fun. The Inner Harbor will be covered with thousands of chairs, tables and tents for the comfort of guests at this sell-out summer event.
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Vegan Soulfest

August 3, 2019
Vegans and food lovers alike are invited to join in Baltimore’s largest vegan festival, which celebrates the many local vendors this city has to offer. This event brings together a variety of delicious foods, live music, guest speakers and informative exhibits designed to celebrate the benefits of a vegan existence.
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Baltimore Seafood Festival

September 14, 2019
This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates Baltimore’s seafood and the local restaurants that serve it. Samplings include crab cakes, crabs soup, shrimp salad, local oyster, Maryland blue crabs and more. This sell-out event at Canton Waterfront Park also includes refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and a family area with face painting and games.
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Baltimore Craft Beer Festival

November 2, 2019
This festival features the largest selection of Maryland craft breweries for beer lovers to sample. To complement the best of local flavor, enjoy live Baltimore bands, local food trucks, trivia and outdoor games. Guests will also be able to vote for their favorite amateur brewer in the homebrew competition.
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Das Best Oktober Fest

September 28, 2019
In the shadow of M&T Bank Stadium is Baltimore’s largest German festival. This all day event features non-stop contests and prizes, live German music, costumes, dancing and more. In addition, this year’s event includes Bark-Tober: a dog costume contest, a dachshund race and free treats for all pooches.
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Ryleigh’s Oyster Festival

October 10-13, 2019
This two-day festival in Federal Hill celebrates the local love of oysters with bushels of family-friendly fun. Sample over 20 different oysters, starting at just a buck per shuck. If you want to start the festivities early, purchase VIP tickets to the Moet Oyster Ball on the 10th located at the restaurant, where proceeds will benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation. The rest of the weekend is free entrance.
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Taste of Guinness

October 2019

Presented by the Irish Charities of Maryland, the Taste of Guinness is a fundraiser turned cook-off. The best of Baltimore’s amazing restaurants come with their signature dish containing Guinness stout. Attendees will have the chance to vote for the People’s Choice award while tasting more than a dozen dishes and listening to lively Irish music.

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Greek Food & Cultural Festival

October 2019

Celebrate all things Greek, including food, music and dance at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The festival includes family-friendly activities such as cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, Greek dance lessons and of course the finest homemade Greek cuisine.

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Oyster Festival

November 2019

Kooper’s Tavern and Slainte Irish Pub present their annual oyster festival featuring 25 different oysters starting at just $1. Not just for raw oyster lovers- chefs’ specials include great food for everyone. Join this outdoor event in the heart of Historic Fell’s Point offering live music, perfectly paired cocktails and Baltimore’s own Heavy Seas brews. Free Admission***

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Cultural Festivals
Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January 20, 2020
This annual parade continues to be an event for residents, visitors and communities to come together in Baltimore to celebrate the life of one of America’s most influential leaders. Floats, marching bands, color guard and local leaders start the parade off at MLK Boulevard and Eutaw Streets.
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Irish Trad Fest

April 12-14, 2019
The Baltimore Irish Arts Center was founded to ensure the longevity of the city’s vibrant traditional Irish music scene. This annual festival includes workshops on fiddle, pipes, winds, guitar, singing, dancing and more with some of the world’s finest Irish artists. Concerts and performances will be held throughout the weekend for the enjoyment of all.
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7th Annual African American Children’s Book Fair

May 11, 2019
Dive into the world of kids’ literature focused on African Americans and people of other ethnicities. Located at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, enjoy author readings, illustration workshops, performances and crafts.
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Latino Fest

June 2019

Baltimore’s premiere celebration of Hispanic culture, music and art brings people of all backgrounds together in Patterson Park. This music-filled weekend features live concerts including salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, mariachi and more. Dancers will delight the audience with performances and colorful costumes. Enjoy authentic cuisine, community support information and family fun activities such as rock climbing walls, clowns and face painting.

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St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival

June 6-9, 2019
Maryland’s biggest Greek festival offers authentic food, music and dancing for attendees of all ages. This 4-day event is held in Greektown Square on S. Ponca St. and features local eateries, live performances and children’s activities. Free admission.
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Baltimore Caribbean Carnival

July 13-14, 2019
Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean at this annual parade and festival hosted in Baltimore's Clifton Park. Watch as international and local artists perform on stage amidst a pop-up marketplace of vendors offering everything from mouth-watering Caribbean food to unique arts and crafts.
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Artscape

July 19-21, 2019
America’s largest free arts festival in Mount Vernon is a weekend-long event featuring 150+ artists, designers, craftspeople and performers. Sample a menu of international foods and beverages available throughout the festival site. Enjoyment for the whole family includes live concerts, performing arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, hands-on demonstrations, and children’s entertainers. Free admission.
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African American Festival

August 10-11, 2019
The largest cultural celebration on the East Coast, the African American Festival celebrates life, music and culture. Guests can enjoy music performances by national recording artists as well as emerging local talent in Druid Hill Park. Along with entertainment and activities, there will be a wide selection of cultural foods, crafts and services, including financial and empowerment seminars.
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Feast of St. Gabriel

August 17-18, 2019
St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Little Italy presents the annual feast of St. Gabriel. This two-day event features classic Italian food, vino, beer, cannoli, fried dough and a sausage-eating contest. Entertainment for the whole family includes game wheels, bingo, bocce tournaments and kid’s activities.
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Light and Literature Unite Festival

November 1-10, 2019
This year, Baltimore is combining two of its most recognized events - Baltimore Book Festival and Light City - for a weekend full of innovative literature, art and performances you won’t want to miss. During the day, guests will celebrate literary arts through author appearances, book signings, readings, children’s activities and more. Light City will takeover in the evenings, featuring a BGE Light Art Walk, concerts and a fun-filled family zone.
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African American Author’s Expo & Multi-Cultural Book Fair

October  2019

Located at Morgan State University, this event offers workshops and seminars for authors of all skill level. Learn to market and sell books, create workplace wellness and have fun with whole family. Free Admission***

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Columbus Day Parade

October 2019

The celebrations start with Mass at St. Leo’s in Little Italy, followed by a wreath laying ceremony at Columbus Piazza. The parade begins at Key Highway & Light Street and makes its way through downtown, ending in Little Italy. Free Admission***

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Russian Festival

October 2019

Hosted by Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, this festival offers the authentic Russian experience. Traditional recipes are prepared by parishioners and offered for sale along with souvenirs and trinkets made in Russia. Join the celebration while enjoying dance groups, choirs and music ensembles.

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Greek Food & Cultural Festival

October 2019

Celebrate all things Greek, including food, music and dance at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The festival includes family-friendly activities such as cathedral tours, Greek jewelry shopping, silent auctions, cultural exhibits, live Greek dance performances, Greek dance lessons and of course the finest homemade Greek cuisine.

Click here for more information. Come back for 2019 dates

The Polish Fall Festival

Hosted by Holy Rosary Church, this festival celebrates the Polish culture with authentic foods including pierogis, potato pancakes, sausages, cabbage rolls and delicious desserts. Enjoy live music and dancing at this outdoor event in Canton.

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Rath Yatra Festival of India

May 25-26, 2019
A festival celebrating the journey of Hindu deities on chariots brings color and life to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. View the beautifully decorated chariots while enjoying an exotic vegetarian buffet surrounded by live music, dance and drama. Experience cultural exhibits, children’s activities, shopping, books and spiritual discourse. Free admission.
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Ukrainian Festival

September 7-8, 2019
This two-day event features live music, traditional Ukrainian dancers, crafts vendors and authentic Ukrainian cuisine. Enjoy a drink in the beer garden, sample a variety of food vendors and enter in the pierogi-eating contest. Located in beautiful Patterson Park, this festival is fun for the whole family.
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Music Festivals
Frozen Harbor Music Festival

February 2020

This two-day event features some of Baltimore’s best live music venues like Rams Head Live! and Power Plant Live! The festival features 150 acts across 10 stages within Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Music will be brought from all over the east coast with genres including country, rock, reggae, hip-hop and EDM.

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Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival

April 26-27, 2019
In beautiful Druid Hill Park, the Charm City Bluegrass festival features a full day of live performances and endless fun. Guests will enjoy music alongside drinks from Union Craft Brewing, the official beer of choice for the festival, and bites from local vendors.
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First Thursdays

May – September 2019
WTMD hosts this free concert series on the first Thursday in May through September in Canton Waterfront Park. In addition to live music, food trucks and breweries will provide snacks and drinks for guests to enjoy. Check the schedule to see which bands are playing each month.
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Jazz & Blues Festival

June 1, 2019
Listen to the smooth sounds of Baltimore’s best jazz and blues performers as you sample a variety of tasty food and drinks. Bring the whole family for live performances, Little Ones Lane and local artisans in historic Federal Hill. Free admission.
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Baltimore Rhythm Festival

September 14, 2019
Join in the celebration of rhythm-based performance at this iconic festival. Music performances throughout historic Mount Vernon will be advancing the goal of spreading peace through music. Free concerts are held all day, culminating in an evening ticketed show.
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Neighborhood Festivals
Maritime Heritage Festival (formerly Privateer Festival)

April 27, 2019

Previously the Fells Point “Privateer Festival,” the Fells Point Maritime Heritage Festival is back for it’s 15th year on April 27th from 11am to 7pm in the heart of Fells Point. Celebrate Baltimore’s maritime prowess and enjoy an educational land invasion of living history with live music on two stages, historic ships from Sail Baltimore and Ships Company & tours, interactive demonstrations and re-enactors, comedic skits and kids programming, play with parrots, gaze at living mermaids, shop at maritime merchant booths, sip grog, taste grub, join the Privateer Punch stroll and more!

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Maryland Film Festival

May 8-12, 2019

Maryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties -- narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- to tens of thousands of audience members. Click here to learn more.

FlowerMart

May 3 & 4, 2019

This two-day festival is the perfect kick-off to spring. Taking over the streets of Mount Vernon are two stages with live entertainment, hat contests, dancing, kids crafts and street performers. Sample from one of the many food vendors and try the signature lemon peppermint sticks. Free Admission***

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Hon Fest

June 8-9, 2019

“Hon”, short for honey, is a term of endearment used all over Baltimore. This annual festival celebrates Baltimore’s working women by keeping their traditions of beehive hairdos and cat-eye glasses alive. Hampden’s 36th street is filled with local food offerings, beer and wine, Hon contests for all ages, live entertainment, vendors and artists, and children’s activities. Free Admission***

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FIT+ Festival at Harbor East

June 2019

Come get your sweat on at this festival hailing all things health and fitness. Join in outdoor fitness classes, healthy food offerings and demonstrations, music, superhero kid’s zone, photo booth and more, all in the streets of Harbor East. RSVP for free parking and FIT+ gear. Free Admission***

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Pride

June 15-16, 2019

More than 40 years ago, Pride started as a rally with a few dozen supporters but has evolved into a full-fledged festival with more than 30,000 revelers. From the block party in Mount Vernon to the festival in Druid Hill Park, this event offers a weekend full of fun. Join in the high heel race, wave at the parade, or take in a show at one of two stages. Free Admission***

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Artscape

July 19 - 21, 2019

America’s largest free arts festival in Mount Vernon is a weekend-long event featuring 150+ artists, designers, craftspeople and performers. Sample a menu of international foods and beverages available throughout the festival site. Enjoyment for the whole family includes live concerts, performing arts, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, hands-on demonstrations, and children’s entertainers. Free Admission***

Click here for more information.

Baltimore Improv Festival

July 29 - August 4

The Baltimore Improv Festival showcases a variety of local, regional and nationally known improv groups. Shows and classes run all week finishing with a weekend full of workshops for every skill level, located at the Baltimore Theatre Project in historic Mount Vernon.

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Madonnari Arts Festival

September 6-8

This fall, the streets of Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood come alive with color, beauty and tradition. The city will welcome approximately 50 visual artists to the second annual Madonnari Arts Festival, September 8-10, who will bring their talents to South High and Stiles Streets.

The inspiration for this exciting event – the art of street painting – comes from Italy, in a tradition that dates back to the 16th century. Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists who travelled from village to village to create paintings at festivals and on holy days to earn a living. Many of the artists depicted religious images in their work, thus earning their name.

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Hampden Fest

September 2019

What started as a small community event has evolved into a neighborhood-wide arts festival that draws visitors and locals to charming West 36th street. With four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, local merchants, pie-eating contests, children’s activities and live entertainment, this festival is fun for the whole family. Sample locally brewed beer and enjoy regional specialties at locally owned restaurants. Free Admission***

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Baltimore Book Festival

November 1-10, 2019

Baltimore Book Festival and Light City unite to create a one-of-a-kind international event, Friday, November 1 through Sunday, November 10, 2019

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Fell’s Point Fun Festival

October 12-13, 2019

Fell’s Point’s biggest bash of the year offers two days filled with music, beer gardens, food vendors and family-friendly fun. Shop in the streets with more than 40 local artists and boutiques. Discover a new restaurant, sample the offerings from a food truck or vendor and enjoy locally-brewed beer. Free Admission***

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Pigtown Festival

October 2019

Celebrating the neighborhood of Pigtown, this festival takes over Washington Boulevard for an all day event. Dance to one of many local Baltimore bands, enjoy food and drinks from local eateries and watch the famed pig races. The festival also includes shopping of local arts and crafts and Playworks Kid Zone. Free Admission***

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Mt. Washington Village Block Party

October 2019

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Seasonal Festivals
Harbor Harvest Festival

October 6, 2019

This family friendly event invites guests to celebrate the changing seasons at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor. A wonderful day filled with performances, science experiments, crafting, petting zoos, pony rides, hay maze and more.

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Christmas Village in Baltimore

November 23 - December 24

Starting on Thanksgiving until the last Sunday of the year, this authentic German style Christmas market in the Inner Harbor has something for the whole family. Opening weekend includes Christkind from Nuremberg, the tree lighting ceremony and the German American weekend. Enjoy daily events like winetasting, happy hour, Kids Fridays and live performances by local artists.

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Miracle on 34th Street

End of November - Early January

Each year, the 700 block of 34th Street in Hampden lights up with holiday decorations, one-of-a-kind sculptures, and more lights than you could imagine. The tradition started in 1947 by a couple, Bob Hosier and Darlene Hughes, who both loved decorating their homes for Christmas. As the decorations grew, the street attracted more attention until it became a can’t-miss holiday attraction. Thousands of visitors are drawn to the Miracle on 34th Street between Thanksgiving and early January annually.

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Kwanzaa Celebration

December 2019

Join the Reginald F. Lewis Museum for the annual Kwanzaa celebration. Enjoy a showcase of contemporary African fashion, musical performances and the Sankofa Dance Theater. This all day event includes an African marketplace, craft activities, storytelling and a Kwanzaa candle-lighting ceremony.

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Mayor’s Christmas Parade

December 2019

A 2.5-mile parade route through Hampden, one of Baltimore’s most unique neighborhoods, offers a great way to start the holiday season. The parade features floats, local TV and radio personalities, over 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles, a steam calliope, marching bands, Miss Yuletide, Jr. Miss Yuletide and of course Santa Clause. Free Admission***

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Monument Lighting

First Thursday of December

Join the celebration in Mount Vernon for the annual lighting of the Washington Monument. Featuring local entertainers, food, beer garden, holiday activities and a kid’s corner, this event is fun for the whole family. It all culminates in a spectacular fireworks display set to holiday music. Free Admission***

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Olde Tyme Christmas

December 2019

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than an entire day of festive fun? Santa arrives in Fell’s Point via tugboat to take pictures with children. Enjoy warm drinks, an eggnog contest, live carolers a parade of lighted boats and the annual Reindeer Pub Crawl.

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17 Days of Saint Patrick

March 2020

Baltimore’s longest Irish festival lasts 17 days leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Hosted by Slainte Irish Pub in Historic Fell’s Point, enjoy daily food and drink specials, whiskey tastings and seminars, custom glass etching and traditional Irish music.

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Federal Hill Irish Stroll

March 2020

Kick off the St. Paddy’s Day celebration with a stroll down the streets of Federal Hill. Join in as hundreds of Irish-loving beer drinkers flood the streets and turn it green. Enjoy drink specials from more than 13 neighborhood establishments.

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St. Patrick Parade

March 2020

Starting at the Washington Monument and ending at the Inner Harbor, Baltimore's St. Paddy's Parade celebrates Ireland and its heritage, with a bounty of floats, marching bands, and green attire.

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16th Annual CrushFest Block Party

April 27, 2019

Kicking off the outdoor festival season, this block party offers visitors their first chance to get out and dance in the street. With more than 10 different bands join the party with outdoor food and drink vendors, located on the north side of Cross Street Market in Federal Hill.

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FlowerMart

May 3-4, 2019

This two-day festival is the perfect kick-off to spring. Taking over the streets of Mount Vernon are two stages with live entertainment, hat contests, dancing, kids crafts and street performers. Sample from one of the many food vendors and try the signature lemon peppermint sticks. Free Admission***

Click here for more information.

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