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The Baltimore Summer Guide is Here

Saturday May 31, 2014

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From Memorial Day through Labor Day, there's so much happening in Baltimore things can get overwhelming. Take advantage of the warm summer months with the Baltimore Summer Guide, the ultimate guide to everything that is happening in Charm City this summer. Inside, you'll find:

  • Outdoor movies, concerts, and theater dates
  • Summer music festivals
  • Swim spots and parks
  • Events, festivals, and holidays
  • A comprehensive museum guide
  • Free attractions and events
  • Tips for beating the heat
  • Summer eats
  • Kid-friendly activities
  • Ideas for getting out of town
  • And more!

And don't forget to follow About Baltimore on social media so you can get reminders on everything that's happening this summer.

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MORE: Tips for Beating the Baltimore Heat

Photo: Ramsey Everydaypants / Flickr

Events and Outdoor Movies This June

Thursday May 29, 2014

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Can you believe it's almost June already? As things heat up for the summer, here are some things you don't want to miss.

June 2014 Events & Festivals
Festivals celebrate Baltimore neighborhoods, African-American and LGBTQ pride, and more.

Free Outdoor Movies This Summer
This summer you can catch screenings of Hairspray, Back to the Future, Rocky, Mamma Mia!, Frozen, and more. This is one list you'll want to bookmark, as dates and movies are still being announced.

MORE: Summer Camps in Baltimore
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Best Public Parks in Baltimore
MORE: Tips for Beating the Baltimore Heat

Photo by ojbryne, flickr.

Now Open: Baltimore's Public Pools

Tuesday May 27, 2014

Dive in to the cool waters of a public pool in Baltimore or a nearby beach.

Now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, Baltimore's outdoor public pools are officially open. At just $1-2, it's definitely the cheapest way to cool off on those warm summer days.

All pools are open weekends only until the weekend of Saturday, June 21, when the pools will also be open weekdays through Monday, September 1 (Labor Day).

Weekend Hours: Saturday, 12-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-6 p.m.
Weekday Hours: Monday-Friday, 12:30 - 7 p.m.
Holiday Hours: 1-5 p.m. (Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day)

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Best Public Parks in Baltimore
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Public Pools and Beaches Near Baltimore

Photo by cobalt123, flickr.

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Flags for Memorial Day.

Memorial Day is this Monday, May 26, 2014. The holiday honors those who have served in the United States Armed Forces, and for many of us, it's also thought of as the unofficial start to summer.

In addition to activities commemorating those who have served, this weekend also brings a Soft-Shell Crab Celebration, Brew at the Zoo, and the Sowebo Arts and Music Festival. Read more

Photo by Tyler Merber, Flickr.

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Plan Your Summer Getaway Now

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Shenandoah National Park makes for a relaxing weekend getaway from Baltimore. (Photo by Libby Zay)

One of the benefits of living in Baltimore is how close we are to charming Chesapeake towns, historic battlefields, and even a national park. Whether you're looking to get out of the city for the day or longer, these guides can help you plan the perfect summer retreat:

Now is also the time to make sure kids have plenty to do over the summer. Here's a list of summer camps to help parents match their kids to the perfect camps.

Photo by Libby Zay.

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Happening Now: Maryland Film Festival

Thursday May 8, 2014

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The Maryland Film Festival, an annual four-day celebration of moving images, is happening now through the weekend. Each year, approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties -- including narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- are shown on screens in and around Station North Arts & Entertainment District. Tickets are $10 per screening, with a few exceptions for special events.

Speaking of films: does that landmark in Baltimore look familiar to you? It might be because you've seen it on screen already:

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Image courtesy Maryland Film Festival.

Make Moms Feel Special This Weekend

Thursday May 8, 2014

Don't forget to honor the special women in your life on Mother's Day. These resources can help you plan a day that is sure to impress:

Brunch and Dinner with Mom
Whether you're looking to catch up with mom at her favorite brunch spot or treat her to the fancy dinner she deserves, here are the tips and tricks to booking a brunch or dinner that shows mom just how much you appreciate her.

Museum Time with Mom
Baltimore has an impressive list of museums, each with their own rosters of ever-changing exhibitions. Make sure you don't miss your chance to see some of these spectacular exhibitions while they're here.

More Activities This Weekend
The Maryland Film Festival starts tonight. Also this weekend is the 45th Annual Market Day at Cylburn Arboretum and a family picnic at participating Y of Central Maryland Family Centers.

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May Brings Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and More

Wednesday April 30, 2014

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Looks like April decided to take the "showers" seriously the last few days! Hopefully that will bring plenty of May flowers; at least we know it brings the annual FlowerMart, as well as some other events and festivals throughout the month.

And don't forget about these two important events happening in the middle and end of the month:

Mother's Day: Sunday, May 11

Memorial Day: Monday, May 26

MORE: Top Events in Baltimore During 2014
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May Events & Festivals
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Spring Museum Guide

FlowerMart photo by Seth Sawyers (Flickr).

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5 Fun Outdoor Activities This Weekend

Thursday April 24, 2014

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My fingers are crossed that it won't rain this weekend, but in any event, here are five picks for outdoor fun to be had.

1. Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday)
More than 30 restaurants and food trucks converge for this bacon-themed block party. [learn more]

2. Boulevard of Chic (Saturday)
Mobile boutiques selling clothing, accessories, and more will roll over to a vacant strip on Key Highway. [learn more]

3. Healthy Kids Day (Saturday)
Y of Central Maryland Family Centers across the city will put on a day of fun-filled activities promoting healthy living. [learn more]

4. Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival and EcoFest (Saturday)
The sounds of folk and bluegrass will fill Druid Hill Park this Saturday (noon-11 p.m.), while EcoFest (11 a.m.-5 p.m.) also takes place in the park [learn more]

5. Federal Hill Main Street's Spring Block Party (Sunday)
This annual block party in Federal Hill promises bands, beverages, food, and fun. [learn more]

The Orioles will also be playing against the Royals at Camden Yards this weekend and the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is in town.

More Spring Activities in Baltimore:

Image courtesy Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival.

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Earth Day Activities in Baltimore

Thursday April 17, 2014

Earth flag by John McConnell

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. But here in Baltimore, we're celebrating all week long with events and activities that focus on mother nature.

Baltimore Green Week
Friday, April 18-Saturday, April 26
Canoe trips, bicycle tours, nature hikes, park cleanups, urban farming workshops, and more.

EcoFest
Saturday, April 26, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Vendors, workshops, music, and more.

Earth Day at the National Aquarium
Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Recycled craftmaking and educational workshops. Free with aquarium admission.

Learn more about these Earth Day-related activities in the April guide to events and festivals around Baltimore.

More Ways to Get Back to Nature

Image: Earth Day flag by John McConnell.

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