2019 Spring & Summer Events Schedule

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) announces its events schedule for spring and summer 2019. Spring includes the 42nd season opener of the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar in April, followed by a mega summer with Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration, Artscape, the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, Artscape Gallery Network and the SoBo Summer Music Series in June and July.

Additionally, the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, The Cloisters, School 33 Art Center, and Top of the World Observation Level are open to the public with events throughout the year. Festivals, exhibitions and special events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Events are produced by BOPA and supported in part by grants from the city of Baltimore and the Maryland State Arts Council.

  • Image Credit: Elemental Progression by String Theory Theater at Artscape 2018, photo by Edwin Remsberg

Exhibitions

School 33 Art Center Spring Exhibitions
Through Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11am–4pm
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230

“THE MOTHER OF INVENTION” features artists Kelley Bell, Albert Birney, Sara Dittrich, Noa Heyne, Marnie Ellen Hertzler & Beth Hoeckel, Chelsea M. Rowe, Aidan Spann, Justin Stafford and Jennie Thwing, who incorporate new media in the form of collage, stop motion animation, DIY digital and analog image manipulation, as well as handmade and found objects in their work. Often eschewing linear narrative, and utilizing music, noise and homemade sound effects as a priority over dialogue, these works employ a wide range of media in their creation—becoming versatile vehicles for both visual and performance art. 

“Modern Language” is a solo exhibition of works by Amy Helminiak, a native Baltimore artist, featuring emoji-inspired collages that explore communication in the age of texting and social media. Printed on metal, and incorporating symbols collected via Google Images such as Bernie Sanders heads, haircuts and pink elephants, the featured works focus on the artist’s experiences and surroundings.
 
Ben Piwowar’s studio practice combines drawing, painting and sculptural strategies, deploying an abstract visual vocabulary to evoke states of vulnerability and flux. With “soft obstacle,” he populates School 33 Art Center’s Project Space with works on paper and a series of cast abstract forms. 
 

School 33 Art Center Summer Exhibitions
Friday, May 10–Saturday, August 24, 2019, 11am–4pm
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230

School 33 Art Center presents the “2019 Studio Resident Biennial” in the Main Gallery with artists Mary Baum, Lynne Cazabon, Cheeny Celebrado-Royer, Rachel Guardiola, Taha Heydari, Luke Ikard, Tiffany Jones, Lauren R. Lyde, Sylvie Van Helden and Stephanie Williams, and curated by George Ciscle; “Crisis of Connection,” a group exhibition curated by Alexander Jarman in the Members Gallery; and artist Danni O’Brien in the Project Space. (Description TBA.)

Artscape Gallery Network
June–September 2019
Times and locations vary

Artscape Gallery Network provides residents and tourists with an extended opportunity to view the works of Baltimore’s talented artists before, during and after the Artscape weekend. Galleries in Baltimore City and Baltimore County feature exhibitions and special events. 

14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition
Saturday, June 15–Sunday, August 11, 2019
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Finalists of the 2019 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit their art in the galleries of the Walters Art Museum. The winner of the competition is selected from the exhibition after a review of the installed art and an interview with 2019 jurors Laylah Ali, Regine Basha and William Powhida.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Award Announcement 
Saturday, July 13, 2019 at 7pm
Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201

The winner of the 14th annual Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is announced during an award ceremony and reception. The winning artist or artist collaborators are awarded a $25,000 fellowship. Each remaining finalist receives an M&T Bank Finalist Award of $2,500.

Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Semifinalist Exhibition
July 2019

The art of semifinalists of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize is on view in this group exhibition. (Dates and location TBA.)

Events & Festivals

42nd annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
Sundays, April 7–December 22, 2019, 7am–12pm
Below the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday and Saratoga streets

Maryland’s largest producers-only market offers an assortment of fruits and vegetables, dairy, meats and seafood, breads, plants and delicious made-to-order items, in addition to handmade clothing and accessories, natural bath and body products, home furnishings, souvenirs and original works of art.

SoBo Summer Music Series
June–September 2019
Times and locations vary

The SoBo Summer Music Series features free music concerts and workshops in South Baltimore. The series aims to activate greenspaces and community gathering locations in less frequented neighborhoods, with a particular focus on Cherry Hill, Westport, Lakeland, Sharp Leadenhall and Carroll Park neighborhoods. 

Picnic at the Top of the World ($)
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7:30–10pm (doors open at 7:15pm)
Top of the World Observation Level, 401 E. Pratt St., 27th floor, Baltimore, MD 21202

Top of the World Observational Level offers an unmatchable view of the fireworks. High above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the attraction has a 360-degree view of Baltimore and the festive fireworks, food and beverage, children’s activities, sounds by a DJ and a photo booth.

Ports America Chesapeake Fourth of July Celebration
Thursday, July 4, 2019, 7–10pm
Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Baltimore City commemorates Independence Day with live music and an incredible fireworks display choreographed to today’s hits and classics in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The festivity draws a lively crowd for an exciting evening in the city’s sightseeing hub. 

38th annual Artscape
Friday, July 19–Sunday, July 21, 2019
Mount Royal Avenue, Maryland Avenue and N. Charles Street

Where Baltimore comes together to discover city arts, Artscape is a summer tradition like no other. Celebrating its 38th year in 2019, Artscape is proud to showcase an Artists’ Market of 150 fine artists and craftspeople; live concerts on outdoor stages; immersive visual arts experiences; a robust performing arts program including dance, fashion, street theater, jazz, opera and classical music; family-friendly events and entertainment; teen-focused activities and programming; film, experimental music, improv and a comedy club; and culinary arts with a delicious local eats and refreshing beverage program.

Ongoing

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Open House
Saturday, 11am–4pm
21 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD 21201

Open to the public every Saturday, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower offers a unique experience with artists’ studios, exhibitions and a museum on the 15th floor, all free of charge. Additionally, tours ($8) provide an awe-inspiring view of the clock room and history on one of Baltimore’s most iconic landmarks.

The Cloisters Open House
10440 Falls Rd., Lutherville, MD 21093

The Cloisters, a medieval-inspired attraction and rental facility, hosts open houses throughout the year with local caterers, photographers, florists, DJs and bridal shops. Staff and vendors are available to discuss options for visitors interested in having their special event at The Cloisters.

Spring–Fall 2019 Schedule:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, June 19, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 5–8pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5–8pm

School 33 Art Center
Wednesday–Saturday, 11am–4pm
1427 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230

School 33 Art Center has been the bridge between contemporary artists and the viewing public. Through exhibitions in three gallery spaces, a studio residency program for local artists, special events and workshops, and art classes for adults and children, School 33 works to ensure a vibrant future for artists working in a diverse array of visual media, both in Baltimore and nationwide.

Top of the World Observation Level ($)
World Trade Center, 27th Floor, 401 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202

Located high above Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the Top of the World Observation Level offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor and beyond. Visitors can discover the history and culture of Baltimore through permanent exhibitions and rotating visual art installations.