Artscape in Baltimore touts itself as "America's largest free public arts festival." The weekend brings nationally-known bands, the best food vendors (with plenty of drink, of course) from throughout the city, and a collection of artists and art that is second to none.
Mount Royal, the city's cultural district, is the setting for Artscape, which is free and attracts 350,000 visitors from all over the country each year. If you've been, you'll be back, and if you've never gone, put Artscape in Baltimore on your calendar. It's not to be missed.
When: July 16-18, 2010
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Mount Royal Ave. and Cathedral and Charles streets
With hundreds of thousands of visitors, getting to Artscape can be daunting. Your best bet is to take MTA, a taxi, or that most old-fashioned of transportation modes: walking. Parking on streets in the area usually is brutal, and garages fill up quickly, so my advice is to leave the car at home.
The State Center Metro Subway Station is just steps away from the festival, and is open until midnight, seven days a week. The closest MTA Bus lines to Artscape are the Nos. 3, 11, 13, 14 (Sunday only), 19, 21, 27 and 64. The Light Rail stop at University of Baltimore/Mt. Royal Avenue is in the center of Artscape activities, and the Cultural Center stop on Howard Street is adjacent to the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Light Rail begins service at 6 a.m. on Friday, 7 on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Some stops may have earlier service, so check the timetable for actual times for your boarding location. Light Rail operates until 11pm Monday-Saturday and the last trains will leave Artscape at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 18.
Three days of wall-to-wall music is the highlight of Artscape. There's a full schedule of different types of music on several stages, which includes the BSO, a jazz competition, Billie Holiday Tribute Concert, theater and opera.
The 2010 headliners are:
- Musiq Soulchild - Friday
- Gov't Mule - Saturday
- Wale - Sunday
Art at Artscape
Artscape features the following types of entertainment: