New this year

This weekend, Artscape will bring an abundance of color and quirkiness to Baltimore for the 33rd year. Here are new must-see attractions. 

Aerial Arts Arena

Up in the air (just a little aerial arts humor) about checking out this lineup of acrobats, dancers and more? Don't be. Curated by Baltimore's Daydreams + Nightmares Aerial (DNA) Theatre, the Aerial Arts Arena takes to the skies for a host of performances and visual eye candy. The schedule includes contemporary circus troupes, comedic magician Brian Kehoe.Friday-Sunday, Charles and Preston streets.

Field Day

A collection of games and activities along Charles Street, Field Day embodies the unorthodox creative spirit expected from Artscape. Participants can play a life-size board game, race down an extreme hopscotch course and play "Twister" on a giant pizza. (For example: left hand, mushroom.) Friday-Sunday, Charles Street, from Preston Street to North Avenue.

After Hours

On Friday and Saturday, Artscape's After Hours attractions will light up Charles Street and maintain the festival's high energy after the sun goes down. Food and beverage vendors will stay open late, DJs will take over the Aerial Arts Arena and Station North Stage and LOL@Artscape will showcase regional stand-up comics. It will be hard to miss the 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel with LED lighting, as well as Friday's unveiling of the country's first arts billboard, which will display the work of local artists from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Charles Street, from Preston Street to North Avenue.

If you go

Artscape runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Satursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday at areas surrounding Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Free. For more information and a complete schedule of events, go to

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