Baltimore City lit up for Light City Baltimore Festival
Light City

Baltimore’s Multi-Day Festivals are Too Big for Just 24 Hours

By Jim Meyer

These awesome B-More events cram life- long memories into two or three days of fun.

Baltimore City lit up for Light City Baltimore Festival
Light City

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Artscape, the Largest Free Arts Festival in North America
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Artscape Artcar

This massive, amazing, and massively amazing festival takes over a broad swath of Baltimore centered on the Maryland Institute College of Art, and celebrates art and artists of every stripe. From symphonies to punk rock and rap to bagpipes, you’ll find every genre of music including massive stars like Wycleaf Jean, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, and so many more. Plus, whimsical sculptures, tucked- away galleries, food, eclectic shopping, amusement rides, and performances of every kind. Make it to Artscape once, and you’ll be back every year!

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Make Your Plans for Baltimore AFRAM
Baltimore
AFRAM Festival
Baltimore AFRAM

AFRAM, an African-American Festival, is an exhilarating tribute to art, music, food, culture, dance and life. One of the largest African-American festivals on the East Coast, AFRAM fills the 745 acre urban oasis of Druid Hill Park (yes, the same Druid Hill Park that gave R&B legends Dru Hill their name). Baltimore AFRAM is two days of community, two days of celebration, and two days of coming home.

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Wine Village
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Wine village in Baltimore
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Welcome to Wine Village in Baltimore, the newest wine festival at the Inner Harbor. Following Germany’s traditional and casual wine events, it is finally time for Baltimore to get a taste of them. Enjoy a wine and food market in addition to local and international wines as well as European delicacies, summer appetizers and desserts.

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Be Bold, Be Proud, Be Home at Baltimore Pride
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Baltimore Pride
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What is Pride? The better question is, what isn’t it? Pride is what you want from it. Yes, there’s the legendary parade, the amazing music, the outfits, and the spirit, but more than anything, Pride is about being with family. One of the oldest and largest Pride festivals in the U.S., and centered on the historic, LGBTQ+ welcoming neighborhood of Mount Vernon, Baltimore Pride has been a safe and thrilling space to let your rainbow flag fly free since 1975.

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The Preakness Stakes, When Baltimore Takes the World’s Center Stage
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 Horse racing  in Maryland

Second jewel in horse racing's legendary Triple Crown, Preakness is so much more than Saturday’s two minutes of thundering hooves, it’s about tradition, it’s about pageantry, it’s about coming together with the friends you know you’ll see every year. Oh, and of course about 100,000 revelers rocking to massive international bands like Pit Bull on the infield at the biggest and best party on the East Coast. And with two days of racing including Friday’s Black-Eyed Susan Day when the fastest fillies take to the track, plus nearby events including the annual Preakness Balloon Festival, there is something for everyone at Preakness.

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Maryland DeathFest Takes the Metal to Eleven
Maryland
Deathfest
Deathfest

If you’re wondering how much more metal Maryland DeathFest get, the answer is none. None more metal. Dedicated to bringing big bands and the coolest acts from the global underground together to rock the Old Line State so hard, Maryland DeathFest is a headbanger’s heaven.

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Breath Deep the Tradition at Baltimore Flower Mart
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father and daughter
Flower Mart

Taking over remarkable Mount Vernon Place with its towering monuments, dancing water features, and sophisticated Old World beauty, the two-day festival has been a harbinger of spring in Baltimore since 1911. Originally founded to encourage the growing of flowers, fruits and vegetables in the backyards and gardens of Baltimore, this colorful gathering is high on the list of where Charm City finds its charm.

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Memorial Day Means SoWeBo Arts & Music Festival
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SoWeBo Arts & Music Festival
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Since 1983, South West Baltimore has been celebrating the three-day Memorial Day Weekend with just about the rockingest party known to humankind, the SoWeBo Arts & Music Festival. Punk rock and puppet shows. Fresh food and fire-eaters. Nothing shows the motley side of Mobtown better than this beloved annual festival.

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Walk the Red Carpet at the Maryland Film Festival
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Maryland Film Festival at the SNF Parkway
Maryland Film Festival

Now with its permanent home in the renovated, historic SNF Parkway theater, the Maryland Film Festival brings the avant garde and crowd-pleasing films alike to the streets and theaters of Baltimore. With appearances by the stars and the filmmakers, and of course the beloved John Waters Pics-- a curated closing night show with selections by Charm City’s auteur of the odd, the Maryland Film Festival has been a must for film fans since its founding in 1999.

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The Fells Point Fun Festival is Lots of… Well, Fun!
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Fells Point Couple with Dog

Now entering its seventh decade of music, food and, um, did we mention fun? It’s right there in the name, the Fells Point Fun Festival is just that. FUN! Started in 1967 to fight plans to build a highway over the neighborhood, the Fells Point Fun Festival has become an icon of neighborhood pride in this most welcoming community. Spanning seven city blocks in this historic waterfront neighborhood, it’s a guaranteed great time.

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Fill Your Need for Speed at Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show
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Blue Angels Fly by Fort McHenry
Jay Baker

Every other year, Baltimore and Maryland roll out the red carpet for our military as Charm City hosts its spectacular Fleet Week & Air Show. Grey-hulled navy ships descend on Baltimore harbor for tours and more, while the skies above Fort McHenry become a showplace for fast flying fighter jets including the legendary U.S. Navy Blue Angels and U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds.