Save the dates, get your early-bird tickets, festivals are coming!

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I’m a fan of festivals. Festivals mean nice weathers, cold drinks, spending time with friends and eating foods off trucks. All of my favorite things. Whether you are looking for wine, beer, seafood, music or art, Baltimore has you covered.

I actually had a dream that I already wrote this post listing my top 5 favorite Baltimore festivals for you. Since dream-Steph hates to deprive you, below are my favorite festivals and some that I haven’t been to yet, but plan on attending this year. Did I miss your favorite? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my calendar!

Light City

March 31-April 8th

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor,  featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.

Interested in participating in one of the innovation conferences dedicated to sparking social change? Use coupon code LCFRIENDS50 at checkout for $50 off!

LIT City Dance Party

April 6, 2017

Dine Downtown Baltimore is pumped to present LIT City! They are blocking the streets to party under The Light Tunnel on St. Paul Street (next to Mercy Hospital) for a three-hour open bar, all you can sample, high energy dance party on April 6th from 8-11pm. during Light City! Bring your dancing shoes-DJ Cory T will spin live under the neon lights. Sample food from Downtown Baltimore restaurants, enjoy a drink or two at the bar, dominate the dance floor, or hang out and play glow in the dark life-size games. This is a 21+ event. IDs will be checked at the door.

Sagamore Spirit Distillery Opening Weekend

April 21-23, 2017

Sagamore will be offering free tours, enjoy local food trucks, jive to live music, play outdoor games, and of course, sample their 8-time award-winning rye whiskey. Become a member of the ‘Whiskey Thieves’ for exclusive information on whiskey tastings, discounted distillery tours, and Sagamore gear.

Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival

April 29, 2017

Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival, a one-day event held in the spring at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland, seeks to restore the rich history of folk and bluegrass hidden in the city’s undercurrent for over 60 years. The festival’s lineup features internationally recognized heavy hitters as well as local folk heroes, and attendees can sample local food and beer while stomping their feet to lively music at a beautiful outdoor venue. Sponsors: Union Craft Brewing, Finlandia Vodka, Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, The Local Oyster, Charm City Yoga, Cardinal Tavern, WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, D’Addario, IBMA, The 8×10, Eastman, BaltimoreSocial, MOM’s Organic Market, Appalachian Bluegrass, 88.1 WYPR, 89.7 WTMD, 95.9 The Big Dawg, Ron Howard & Associates RE/MAX Preferred, PDG Rehabilitation Services, H.P. Rawlings Conservatory, Believe in Music, The Craig Willinger Fund, Baltimore Parks and Rec, District 7 Baltimore City Council, Phantasy Tour, American provenance

Highlandtown Wine Fest

April 30, 2017

Tickets will be $20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Your ticket will get you entrance, a souvenir wine glass, delicious antipasto platter and 5 wine tastings. They have arts and crafts vendors, live music and a variety of fun games/activities throughout the day! Tickets are not yet for sale, but check back for the places that will selling them.

4th Annual Kentucky Derby Block Party

May 6, 2017

Not quite a festival but since I’m too old for the Preakness Infield, and too cheap for real seats, so in order to wear my fancy hat, I attend The Chasseur’s Kentucky Derby Party. This block party has live music, great food and drinks, and is always a good time.

Maryland Craft Beer Festival

May 13, 2017

This exciting one-day festival will include beer tastings from 40+ ALL-MARYLAND breweries (including three breweries not yet open to the public!) pouring over 180 unique local craft beers.  In addition, there will be live music, delicious food and an eclectic display of Frederick art. Slightly outside my Baltimore range but you can take advantage of the BAMBus for $60 which includes transport to and from the festival along with VIP access.  Drop off locations TBD.

Brew at the Zoo

May 27 & 28, 2017

It’s the most important fundraiser of the year to support The Maryland Zoo. Experience one of Baltimore’s biggest beer festivals this Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy good times with the animals featuring unlimited beer sampling of more than 80 brew varieties, plus live music, local artisan vendors and, of course, all day admission to the Zoo.  Tickets always sell out. Get yours soon.

3rd Annual Baltimore Wine Fest

June 17, 2017

Early bird tickets are now on sale through April 1. Use promo code WINE2017 to save an additional $5 off your ticket (valid through May 15).

Sip the day away at the picturesque Canton Waterfront Park – enjoying 140+ wines from all over the world. The Baltimore Wine Fest will also feature gourmet eats prepared by local restaurants, chef cooking demos, wine seminars, craft beers & spirits, a wine bar, live music, arts and crafts vendors, a family zone, and the Kohler truck!

Artscape

July 21-23, 2017

Artscape is America’s largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, art cars, photography and the Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages that is available throughout the festival site.

4th Annual Baltimore Seafood Festival

September 16, 2017

Early bird tickets are now on sale through May 1. Use promo code MDCRABS2017 and save an additional $5 off your ticket.

Why the Baltimore Seafood Festival? Baltimoreans are so proud of their crab cakes, crab soup, shrimp salad, local oysters, and of course, Maryland blue crabs. It seems fitting to host a waterfront festival showcasing some of Baltimore’s favorite restaurants serving their signature seafood dishes! Toss in refreshing drinks, live music, cooking demos, and an area for families with toys, games, face painting and more, and you have the Baltimore Seafood Festival – the only large scale seafood festival in Baltimore City.

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