If you’re looking for an eclectic cultural immersion that lets you keep your wallet in your pocket, get to Baltimore July 20-22, 2018 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
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.
The 2018 festival is headlined by legendary girl group TLC on Friday, July 20 at 7:30pm, reggae group Toots & The Maytals Saturday, July 21 at 7:30pm and blues rock sensation ZZ Ward on Sunday, July 22 at 5:30pm at the MICA Main Stage.
In addition to the talent performing at the Artscape Main Stage,ther stages showcase local, regional and national talent such as The Crawdaddies, Super City, Grayson Moon, Bmore BeatClub, Liberata and more. Also performing are the winners of Sound Off Live!, an annual competition where up-and-coming bands from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia region compete for a performance slot at either Artscape, Light City or the Baltimore Book Festival.Capture the festival feel of Coachella or Bonnaroo in the heart of Charm City—and without the cover charge! Also, Dance returns to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric with Garth Fagan Dance from Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagen. A full schedule of events can be found on www.artscape.org.
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.