If you’re looking for an eclectic cultural immersion that lets you keep your wallet in your pocket, get to Baltimore July 19-21, 2019 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. View YouTube video
Artscape 2019 Festival Schedule
The 38th annual Artscape is headlined by R&B vocal group SWV (also known as Sisters With Voices) on Friday, July 19 at 7:30pm, James Brown Dance Party featuring Fred Thomas of James Brown’s Band with special guests on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30pm, 80s icon ska band English Beat on Sunday, July 21 at 5:30pm and the world premiere of Squonk’s brand new show “Hand to Hand,” with performances throughout the weekend. More info...
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
Inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on “Artscape Saturday”—July 20—the festival’s 2019 theme is Discover. Explore the festival’s exciting array of delightfully unexpected and out-of-this-world experiences. 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.
Activities for All Ages
Artscape is an open invitation for the entire family. Budding artists can enjoy Kidscape and Teenscape 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.