I feel like its not really Spring until the kickoff of the WTMD First Thursday’s in the Park. And it’s finally here!
This Thursday, May 7th, head to Canton Waterfront Park for a free show and a GREAT time. The 2015 Season opens with Timothy Showalter and his band, Strand of Oaks, and, back for more First Thursday action this year, the ever-rocking Marah. Plus, touring in support of their new album “Drug For The Modern Age,” it’s KOPECKY (Formerly Kopecky Family Band).
Music starts at 6:30pm and admission is FREE! They ask you to not bring outside alcohol to the event, but there will be plenty of beer tents. We recommend you get there early as the place really does fill up. Gather your friends, bring blankets and chairs and some of your favorite snacks and you can’t not have a good time (its basically impossibly). I personally go the appetizer route. Cheese, crackers, fruit, hummus, etc. but can’t say I haven’t brought a couple pizzas before. So there’s always the to-go order option from our plethora of local restaurants (support local businesses!) or food trucks!
Some tips from WTMD:
I heard you can’t drink alcohol in the park?
That’s incorrect. Our long-time partner The Brewers Art will be selling beer, wine and cider during the shows. Even better, they’re bringing more kegs and cases. They will have four locations in the park so the lines will be shorter and move faster.
Can I still bring my own beer and wine in?
We ask that you not bring your own alcohol into the park. The Brewers Art provides a great deal of funding to WTMD and we’d like you to return the favor by purchasing from them.
Parking is the pits in Canton. Where do we park?
We’re asking everyone who drives to park south of Boston Street. We’ve secured a mix of free and pay lots that total 1,000 spaces. If you’re driving from the counties, take the Keith Avenue exit just before or after the Ft. McHenry Tunnel. This will loop you around to Clinton Street where one of the lots is located. There is some street parking there too. The other lot is behind the shops at Brewers Hill. We’ll be posting maps soon.
I live in the city and there is a lot of rush hour traffic. How do I get there?
We’ll be publishing our favorite routes to avoid downtown traffic. We suggest you check out routes that go down St. Paul or Greenmount Ave and cut across to Conkling or another major southbound street.
What about public transit?
The #11 bus runs from Towson through downtown to the park. The Water Taxi runs to 11 pm during First Thursday seasons and we will be speaking with the Taxi folks to see how First Thursdays can fit into their operations.
Will there be more port-a-pots?
You betcha! Below is a site map where the port-a-pots, stage, and beverage stations will be located. We’re working on 20 port-a-pots to start and will adjust the amount as we see how the crowds develop.
What about food?
We are working with many of the popular food trucks to serve the crowd. We have room for six trucks and we expect them to rotate in and out during the season. Of course, you can bring your own food into the park as well.
Dogs were a big part of Mt. Vernon, are they welcome in Canton?
We strongly advise you to think twice about bringing your dog to the concerts. It’s a very crowded environment and pets may not enjoy it as much as you do.
Coming from outside Canton? No problem, you can check out your parking options here.