The sheer number of Artscape events can make navigating the festival an overwhelming experience. So check out the festival map and consider these “don’t miss” picks for each of the three days, including a few that will get you out of the heat.
Over the course of the weekend, keep your eyes open for Baltimore Shakespeare Factory’s pop-up workshops and ask about upcoming performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Evergreen House; check out Destination 1, an environmental installation (see above) by Morgan State School of Architecture faculty and students on the Midway at Charles and Mount Royal; take in the spectacle of Squonk Opera at Charles and Preston streets; and gawk at this year’s batch of Art Cars on your way to the Station North stage on Charles. To get out of the heat, go see work by Sondheim Prize finalists at MICA’s Decker and Meyerhoff galleries. Take the little ones to Kidscape near MICA’s Main Building on Mount Royal, and gamers should head across the street to Gamescape.
Friday evening, Sojourne brings smooth and sophisticated jazz/funk to the Festival Stage (Mount Royal & Mosher), r&b up-and-comer Bridget Kelly headlines the Main Stage at 6 pm, electronic duo Matmos plays the Station North Stage (Charles & North) at 8 pm, the Maryland Film Festival screens short films at 7 pm at the Charles, and Annex Theater begins its weekend-long run of 10-minute plays at 8 pm at Penn Station.
On Saturday at the Main Stage, Krar Collective plays high energy Ethiopian music at 3 pm, Lafayette Gilchrist lights up the Festival Stage at 5 pm, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings New Orleans jazz to Bmore at 6 pm, and the North Mississippi Allstars deliver a rocking set of hill country blues at 7:30 pm. To beat the heat, go hear the BSO’s OrchKids inside MICA’s Brown Center at 3:30 pm and stay for Lyric Opera’s Verdi performance at 5 pm.
Sunday, the legendary Wailers play classic reggae on the Main Stage at 6 pm. At 2 pm, the Baltimore Rock Opera Society performs (inside!) at Single Carrot at 1727 N. Charles Street (Everyman’s former location), and Bach in Baltimore will play some of the composer’s best-known works at the Brown Center at 3 pm.
And be sure to explore—there's plenty to discover!