The 38th annual Artscape returns to Baltimore with lots of family friendly music, art and interactive fun!
Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. The festival runs Friday, July 19 through Sunday, July 21 along Mount Royal Avenue and Charles Street and is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting over 350,000 attendees over three days. Artscape features over 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, kids activities, and music.
This year, the festival presents the theme Discover inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on Saturday, July 20. Festivalgoers can explore an exciting array of delightfully unexpected and out-of-this-world experiences through outdoor art installations, films, artist vendors, cultural organizations, literary arts, performances and more.
Highlights For Families:
- Gamescape – A highlight of video games and the people who make them.
- Baltimore Youth Film Showcase – A showcase of short film and video works by incredibly talented Baltimore-area high school students, including documentary, animation, avant-garde, comedy, and more!
- Kidscape – Hands on activities for kids and families located at Pearlstone Park at Cathedral and Preston streets. Activities and exhibits provided by numerous organizations, including the B&O Railroad Museum, Historic Ships of Baltimore, Leaders for Tomorrow Youth Center, Maryland Public Television, Maryland Historical Society, and The University of Maryland Extension Baltimore City 4-H.
The 2019 festival is headlined by R&B vocal group SWV (also known as Sisters With Voices) on Friday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m., James Brown Dance Party featuring Fred Thomas of James Brown’s Band with special guests on Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m., 80s icon ska band English Beat on Sunday, July 21 at 5:30 p.m. and the world premiere of Squonk’s brand new show “Hand to Hand,” with performances throughout the weekend.
The festival is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Special Artscape After Hours programming takes place Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Artscape is held outdoors in tents, and inside the neighborhood’s premier exhibition spaces and performing arts venues. The festival is 100% free and accessible, and takes place rain or shine. Visit artscape.org for full festival details.
Parking is available on the street and in area garages. For more information visit parking.com/baltimore/destination/artscape-baltimore/events.