Fells Point to host trio of new street festivals in 2018

Anxious to remind Baltimoreans how cool their neighborhood is, officials of Fells Point Main Street are bringing three new street festivals to their waterfront community this year.

“We’re looking to showcase the area,” said Misty Keens, the organization’s executive director, noting the festivals have been spread out “over the good seasons,” from spring to fall.

First up will be the Fells Point Light Festival, scheduled to coincide with Baltimore’s third annual Light City celebration. Set to run 5 p.m.-9 p.m. April 14-15, the event will feature lights, live music, art installations and black light painting, Keens said.

The festival is not part of Light City, running April 14-21 at the Inner Harbor, nor part of the satellite Neighborhood Lights installations that will be scattered throughout the city from April 6-8.

“We want to make it more of a family-friendly event here in Fells Point,” Keens said, “somewhere you might want to go to get away from the crowds.”

Next up will be an inaugural Jazz and Art Festival, scheduled for May 12. Envisioned to run in the late afternoon and early evening in the area around Broadway Square and the pier, the festival will feature live music, as well as art installations and vendors.

Lastly, a Crabs & Craft Beer Festival, with plans to include a pop-up oyster bar as well, is set for Sept. 8. Many details still have to be worked out, Keens said, but it will most likely be held under a tent near the pier.

Admission to all three festivals will be free, she said, although food and other items will need to be purchased.

In addition to the three new festivals, Keens said, Fells Point will continue to host the annual Privateer Festival in April, as well as the annual Fell’s Point Fun Festival in October.

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