Baltimore is a city rich in ethnic and cultural diversity. There are many cultural festivals in Baltimore throughout the year. Baltimore is also home to a thriving arts community. There are many art galleries, museums and performance halls in and around Baltimore where you can see artwork from world-renowned artists to great and eclectic local artists. One of the great ways to see and hear Baltimore’s art and culture in action is at Artscape. Artscape, America’s largest annual free art festival, is held in Baltimore and is attended by over 400,000 people annually. The festival is sponsored by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts. Artscape Baltimore 2015 runs July 17th to 19th along Mt Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Charles Street, and Bolton Street. There are galleries, performance stages and food venues up and down each of the streets in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods. The theme for this year’s Artscape is “Dive In!”. Water, both a global resource and a basic necessity of life, will be a factor in the visual and performing arts program including exhibits at the AquaLounge on Charles and Preston Streets.
Exhibits, Concerts and More at Baltimore’s Artscape
Baltimore’s Artscape art festival features over 150 artists, fashion designers, crafts people, photographers and visual art exhibitors showcasing a wide variety of art from outdoor sculpture to musical performances. There are many live performances including opera, dance, theater, film and experimental music on outdoor stages throughout the festival area as well as indoor performances, including performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on July 17th and 18th at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. You can also take a backstage tour of Joseph Myerhoff Symphony Hall, home of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 19th. Local, regional and national rock, jazz, and R&B acts will be performing on three stages: Main Stage at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), John Hopkins University Station North Stage and the Sound Off Live Festival Stage over the weekend.
Artscape has a variety of food vendors at the show featuring traditional festival food to international cuisine. The majority of food vendors at Baltimore Artscape 2015 are from the Baltimore region! There are food courts and food vendors placed around the streets of the event. This year, the proceeds from beer and wine sales will go directly back to the festival! Don’t miss the Food Truck Rally on Charles Street!
The Baltimore Artscape has developed an app for Android or iPhone to allow visitors to create their own festival experience. Visitors can get the latest schedules and event information via the app. You can also find the schedule of performances and competitions via the website. Each day of Artscape has special events, performances and concerts. Visitors can download the daily program to find the latest information and performance times.
Artscape Baltimore’s Family Friendly Events
Family friendly entertainment is a central part of Artscape. There are hands-on projects, face painting, arts and music demonstrations specially designed for children as well as children’s entertainers at the Kidscape at the festival. Older kids can visit Gamescape, a showcase of video games with a focus on the people who create them presented by the University of Baltimore. Visitors to Gamescape can interact with selected video games from local and national developers as well as play more than 30 classic arcade games.
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