If you’re looking for an eclectic cultural immersion that lets you keep your wallet in your pocket, get to Baltimore in July for Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the nation. Spanning 14 square blocks around the Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA), the giant, three-day festival welcomes more than 350,000 people to the streets of Baltimore to celebrate the arts.
Immerse Yourself in All Things Art
You’ll hear—and feel—the mix of music from right around the corner and all over the world and be greeted by more than 150 fine artists and fashion designers selling their creations. Get lost in larger-than-life exhibits produced by local artisans and enjoy a packed schedule of dance, opera, theater and film in neighboring venues.
Discover Innovative Craftsmanship at Artscape Exhibits
Be on the lookout for artists decked out in impeccable costumes and locals letting their freak-flag fly; join a makeshift marching band for an impromptu parade; or revel amongst the street-corner dance troupes, sidewalk puppeteers and park-bench performers vying for onlookers’ cheers. From art-cars covered in bottle caps and pennies to sculptures made of shopping bags, the unusual, eye-catching creations on display are sure to amaze you.
Capture the festival feel of Coachella or Bonnaroo in the heart of Charm City—and without the cover charge! Take a seat and listen to one of the many bands performing on the three outdoor stages that have featured talents ranging from G. Love to Aretha Franklin.Or, ballroom dance in a parking lot that has been magically transformed into a garden oasis.
Activities for All Ages
Artscape is an open invitation for the entire family. Budding artists can enjoy Kidscape where hands-on activities and inventive games encourage friendly competition for all. And for those adults looking to continue the fun after dusk, there’s Artscape After Hours, complete with illuminated city streets and dancing under the streetlights and the stars.
If art of any kind stirs your passion, three days at Artscape is just the ticket to carry you through ’til next year—and best of all, it’s free.