See marching Ravens, roaring Harleys, and St. Nick himself.
Baltimore's New Year's Eve Spectacular
Dec. 31, bop.org
Bundle up and head out to the Inner Harbor to hear some live music. At the first moment of the new year, see fireworks burst across the sky.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade
Jan. 14, 2013, bop.org
With over 50 organizations taking part in the parade, there's plenty to see at this celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
March, 2013, citypaper.com
In its 16th year,
's Cosmic Cocktail party features food from vendors all over the city, drinks, and dancing.
St. Patrick Parade
March 17, 2013, irishparade.net
Start your St. Paddy's Day off with brunch at James Joyce Pub (be sure to get tickets in advance), take part in a 5K race, and see the parade itself.
City Paper Brew Fest
April, 2013, citypaper.com
Just typing those words made us thirsty, because our annual Brew Fest brings in a variety of brewskis from all over, from local microbrews to international favorites.
Flowermart at Mount Vernon
May 3-4, 2013, flowermart.org
This annual festival goes way beyond blossoms. See live music, dance, and more.
St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival
Early June, 2013, greekfolkfestival.org
Nibble souvlaki, spanakopita, and other Greek foods as you soak in traditional dancing and music.
Mid-June, 2013, baltimorepride.org
Embrace your true colors at the Pride Festival, an annual celebration LGBT culture.
Late June, 2013, latinofest.org
Dive into this two-day festival of Hispanic culture. According to the organization's web site, all proceeds benefit "Education Based Latino Outreach EBLO's ongoing educational, arts and cultural programs offered free to the children and families of the Hispanic community of Baltimore."
African American Heritage Festival
Mid-summer, 2013, africanamericanfestival.net
This two-day family-friendly event highlights African-American history, music, and art.
Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 2013, bop.org
Yeah, this is your standard Independence Day party, but the thing that sets it apart from most others is that it's on the water.
Caribbean Carnival Festival
July, 2013, itsbmorecarnival.com
Catch the carnival parade, live reggae, and delicious Caribbean cuisine.
July, 2013, artscape.org
Often bringing in over 350,000 attendees, Artscape is the country's largest free arts festival. See tons of art cars, exhibitions, crafts, and more. There are live performances as well, including opera, dance, and theater.
Early August, 2013, baltimorecity.gov/ifest
Embracing Baltimore's ethnic diversity, the International Festival honors cultures from all over the world. Sample fare from any number of places, catch live performances, and take part in a city-wide effort to promote unity.