July 13th, 2019
If you like art, music, and good food, then Artscape is the event for you! Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, taking place rain or shine. This year, the three day long festival will be from Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st.
About the Event
For years, Artscape has been hosted by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts and always draws a large crowd to the city. Artscape will be held from 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am-7pm Sunday, with Artscape After Hours on Friday and Saturday from 9-11pm. The theme for this year is Discover, inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing, which happened fifty years ago in 1969. Here is everything you need to know to get ready to blast off into the world of Artscape!
Artscape takes place in the Midtown and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods on Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street. To get there you can take the purple route of the Circulator to North Avenue- Station North Arts District, or the Lightrail to the University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal Avenue stop.
See artist’s visions come to life at Artscape’s visual arts exhibits. On Friday and Saturday the Maryland Film Festival will be hosting Film at Artscape, which will show a variety of films at Parkway Theatre. Animations on the Big Screen will be held every day of Artscape, presenting short films created by artists from all over the country, and even including works from a few international artists. The Artists’ Market at the center of the festival will feature work from hundreds of artists and be representative of all types of art, including painting, sculpture, photography, wearable art, and more. Of course, behind every video game is a talented designer, so this type of art could not be left out! Visit Gamescape on any of the three days of Artscape, where you can check out new and in-progress video games created by local developers.
There is something to appeal to everyone’s eye with all of these exhibits and more at Artscape!
You can’t have a festival without performances! There will be plenty of acts playing over the course of the three days of Artscape. One returning Artscape favorite this year is Street Theater, presented by the University of Baltimore, which will feature music, acrobatics, international dance, and more. Some of the concerts showcasing local talent include performances on the Morgan State University Festival Stage, which will feature Sound Off Live! winners, as well as other local acts. The Johns Hopkins University Station North Stage, will host local indie bands. Another highlight of Artscape is the silent disco, where you can really dance to your own beat. Everyone has their own set of headphones playing a different song, so no one knows what the person next to them is dancing to. During Artscape After Hours, check out the music along Charles Street from North Avenue to Preston Avenue.
Food is a delicious work of art itself, so good food is important at an art event. Of course there will be Maryland classics such as fried oysters, Otterbein cookies, and crab cakes. There will also be some new options this year, including brick oven pizza, and for those willing to step out of their comfort zone, deep fried watermelon. Drinks include frosty lemonade, matcha, beer from Maryland’s Open Gate Guinness Brewery, orange crushes with Reyka Vodka, Jack Daniel’s Honey spiked lemonade, and Josh Cellars rosé. All beverage proceeds benefit Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in order to be able to continue hosting this spectacular event.
For the Kids
There are plenty of activities for younger art lovers to enjoy here as well! Kidscape will be taking place at Pearlstone Park at Cathedral and Preston Streets and offers many options. The B&O Railroad Museum will be hosting an exhibit with crafts that will help educate kids about the history of the railroad, so they can learn and have fun doing so. There will also be an interactive Kidscape Performance Space and the Civic Works’ Tiny House, which is made up of energy-saving materials. Teenscape is organized by teenagers themselves, and will feature a Youth Artist Market, as well as numerous concerts. Artscape is full of fun for all ages to enjoy!
With so much going on, there is something for everyone at Artscape! Making it part of your weekend plan would sure be a stroke of genius.