Take the kids to America’s largest free arts festival this weekend right in Baltimore City. Artscape is the perfect event to excite both the budding artists as well as the adults in the family.
This year’s theme is “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits” because the festival allows everyone to engage in new experiences.
Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople. There will also be visual art exhibits including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and more. Live concerts will take place on outdoor stages and there will be a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Family events include hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater. Kidscape will take place Pearlstone Park, adjacent to Cathedral and Preston streets and offers hands-on activities for children and their families. Activities include:
- The instrument petting zoo with The Baltimore School of Music
- “Stem Camp” with the introduction of coding and robots with The University of Maryland Extension Baltimore City 4-H
- Make nature inspired camp badges with The Walters Art Museum
- Physical activities and nutritional programming with the Y in Central Maryland, and preschool crafts with the Y in Central Maryland – Baltimore City Head Start
- A STEAM “Extreme Egg Drop Challenge” with Dr. Jenkins
- The KidsRock Recycle & Magazine Art project
- Science with special demonstrations from Port Discovery’s limited-time, KLUTZ Amazingly Immature! Exhibit
- Face painting by Planet Awkward with an array of colorful, camp themed designs
- Camp NASA: The Universe Awaits featuring educational, interactive, and fun hands-on activities for would-be space explorers of all ages. Visitors can see what life is like on the International Space Station, touch a Moon rock, and train like an astronaut. There will even be scale models of the next generation rocket that will take humans to Mars and back and a 3D sculptural exhibit celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s amazing scientific legacy
Older kids will love Gamescape located in the H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Ave., for a showcase of video games and the creative people who make them. Check out selected video games as well as classic arcade games of the past.
There will be an international menu of food and beverages available throughout the festival site.
Artscape is free and runs July 21-23 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday. The festival takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods. For details visit the Artscape website.