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What is Artscape?

Artscape is an outdoor arts festival that attracts artists from across the country to display their work. Part concert, part art show, part street food festival, Artscape brings together a wide cross section of the city each July. More shows, art exhibitions and readings can also be found outside the main staging area in other location across the city.


Where is Artscape?

Artscape is centered on the campus of the Maryland Institute College of Art in the Midtown and Bolton Hill areas of Baltimore. The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric sits at the center of the festival at 140 West Mt. Royal Avenue, 21201. In recent years, more events and activities have been hosted in Station North. Foot traffic also flows into nearby Mount Vernon. For a complete interactive map, click here


When is Artscape?

This year, Artscape will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 19; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 20; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 21.


How much are tickets?

It's all free. Run by the city's Office of Promotion and the Arts, Artscape bills itself as the largest free arts festival in America. All of the performances are free, but plently of artwork is for sale, ranging from prints around $20 to large one-of-a-kind pieces priced at thousands of dollars. Food and drink is also for sale at the Artscape food courts and from nearby street vendors and restaurants.


Where's the food?

There are three major areas for food and drink at Artscape:

  • The World Beat Food Court, Charles Street and Mount Royal Avenue

  • Food Stands near the Main Concert Stage, Catheral Street and Mount Royal Avenue

  • Additional concession stands along the 1700 and 1800 blocks of Charles Street near the Charles Theatre

  • What's on the menu at Artscape?

    Artscape has plenty of typical street festival food like turkey legs and funnel cake, but it also offers a lot of speciality options including ethnic foods and vegetarian options. For a complete list, click here.


    What do I wear?

    Held in the middle of July every year, Artscape is usually hot, very hot. This year's forecast has the high temperature in the upper '90s for Friday and Saturday and slightly cooler at 84 on Sunday. Most people go in casual summer wear: tank tops and shorts and flip-flops. And remember to wear plenty of sun screen because most of Artscape is held outdoors in the sun.


    How do you get there?

    • By car from points south: Take I-95 to the 395 expressway into Baltimore city. Pass M&T Bank Stadium on your left. Bear to the right onto Conway Street. You will be facing the Inner Harbor with Oriole Park at Camden Yards behind you. Make a left onto Charles Street. The festival is 13 blocks north on Mt. Royal Avenue, Cathedral Street and Charles Street.

    • By car from points north: Take 1-83S to the Jones Falls Expressway into Baltimore city, to the St. Paul Street exit. The festival is to the right on Mt. Royal Avenue. Or to park right in the middle of the festival, take 1-83S to the Maryland Avenue exit. Drive straight through the light to the Fitzgerald garage (on the right).

    • By public transit: The light rail's Cultural Center stop will take you right into the center of Artscape. The free Charm City Circulator will take you to Artscape from points south like the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill. There are also plenty of bike racks if you choose to ride your bike to Artscape.


    What's the parking situation like?

    Parking can be an issue. There are private lots and garages (especially further south in Mount Vernon), but expect to pay higher prices because of the event. The most hassle-free way to get to Artscape is the light rail or the Charm City Circulator.



    Who is performing?

    Artscape is known for its diverse concert offerings. Below is the lineup for the Wells Fargo Main Stage (at Mount Royal Station, Howard and Dolphin Streets). For a Station North Stage listing, click here. For a Festival Stage listing, click here.

      Friday

    • 4:30 p.m.: Brittanie Thomas: (R&B/Soul)
    • 6 p.m. Bridget Kelly: (pictured above, Pop/R&B)
    • 7:30 p.m. Kem (R&B/Soul)

    Saturday

    • 1:30 p.m.: ilyAIMY (Folk)
    • 3 p.m.: Krar Collective (Ethiopian Folk)
    • 4:30 p.m.: Jukebox The Ghost (Rock)
    • 6 p.m.: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: (Louisiana Brass)
    • 7:30 p.m.: North Mississippi Allstars (Southern Rock and Blues)

    Sunday

    • 12:30 p.m.: Tosin (Instrumental Progressive )
    • 2 p.m.: Meena Cryle & The Chris Fillmore Band (Soul and Classic Rock)
    • 3:30 p.m.: Flying Eyes (Psychedelic Rock)
    • 5 p.m.: The Golden Road (Country)
    • 6:30 p.m.: The Wailers (Reggae)

    What's new this year?

    • 10,000 Brushes & The Baltimore Mural Experience: Artscape is giving you a shot at contributing to an urban mural. The staff at Artscape is giving away 10,000 paint brushes and has plenty of paint and canvas for the public to express themselves.

    • Artscape After Hours: Most of Artscape will shut down around 9 p.m. each night, but on the 1700 and 1800 blocks Charles street the party keeps going. The street will be closed off to cars, and opened to DJs, laser lights and lots of dancers. And Single Carrot Theatre will host LOL@Artscape, the festival's pop-up comedy club.