Looking for summertime art in the city? Don’t want to have to ante up anything but your appreciation? Artscape understands. America’s largest free arts festival is set for Baltimore, the weekend of July 20 – 22.
This is big. Some 350,000 folks are expected to come out to the three-day event, one that will serve up everything from opera to theater, film to folk art, and experimental music to behind-the-scenes tours of the famed Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Aural, visual, tactile – arts in all their flavors rule at Artscape. Music is everywhere. Some of the planet’s top musicians will be performing on the Wells Fargo Stage. Nu-jazz and neo-soul artist Navasha Davis is set to sing Friday, July 20 at 4:30pm, followed by singer-songwriter Laura Izibor at 6. Rounding out the festival’s first night is Brian McKnight at 7:30.
Things heat up Saturday, July 21, especially around 6pm. That’s when Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears take the stage with rock and soul.
Winding up the weekend Sunday, July 22 at 6:30pm on the Wells Fargo Stage is a New Orleans-based funk group, Rebirth Brass Band.
For a lot of regulars the highlight of the weekend has got to be the Art Car Parade, a surrealistic, motorized sashay from the American Visionary Art Museum to Artscape. It starts at 11am on Saturday. Throughout the weekend you can revel in odd, cutting-edge and old-time vehicles at the 19th Annual Art Car and Other Wheeled Vehicle Show.
All of this is easy to access. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is one of the lowest-fare aerodromes around, and there’s a clean, quick and cheap light rail right from the terminal to downtown.