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City announces 2016 festivals and events schedule

Get your planner out: Dates set for 2016 Artscape, Baltimore Book Festival and more.

While many of us have the holidays squarely on our minds, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts is here to remind us it’s not too early to start filling up our 2016 calendars.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit — which serves as the city’s arts council, events center and film office — announced via press release next year’s schedule for major festivals and other events.

Highlights include the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade (Jan. 18), the first Light City Baltimore festival featuring a free concert by Dan Deacon (March 28-April 3), the 35th annual Artscape festival (July 15-July 17) and the Baltimore Book Festival (Sept. 23-Sept. 25).

Here is a complete rundown:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade: Noon, Jan. 18 (Starts at corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Eutaw Street)

Light City Baltimore: March 28-April 3 (Inner Harbor

Baltimore Farmers’ Market Bazaar: Sundays, April 17-Dec. 18 until sellout, which is typically noon. (Below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets)

Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration: 7p.m.-10 p.m., July 4 (Inner Harbor)

Picnic at the Top: Fourth of July picnic at the Top of the World Observation Level at the World Trade Center Baltimore. 7p.m.-10 p.m., July 4 (401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor)

11th Annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition: June 22-July 31 at the Baltimore Museum of Art (10 Art Museum Drive)

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Award Ceremony: 6 p.m., July 9 at the Baltimore Museum of Art

35th Annual Artscape: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 15-16; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 17 (Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street)

Artscape After Hours: 9 p.m.-11 p.m. July 15-16 (North Charles Street, from Preston Street to North Avenue)

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalists Exhibition: Opening reception from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. July 14 at the Maryland Institute College of Art (1303 West Mount Royal Ave.)

9/11 Memorial of Maryland Exhibit: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Top of the World Observation Level in the World Trade Center Baltimore

21st Annual Baltimore Book Festival: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 23-Sept. 25 (Inner Harbor, along the 400 blocks of Light Street and Key Highway)

11th Annual Free Fall Baltimore: Free citywide arts celebration during National Arts and Humanities Month takes place Oct. 1-31. Dates, locations and times for the numerous events vary, so go to for more information. 

School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour: Kicks off Oct. 7 (time still to be determined) and runs noon-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at various times and locations. For more information, call 443-263-4350 or go to 

School 33 Art Center’s Lotta Art Benefit: 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 12 at School 33 Art Center (1427 Light St.) 

Annual Downtown Partnership Washington Monument Lighting: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular: 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dec. 31 (Inner Harbor) 

For more information on other festivals and events, go to

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