Artscape, America's largest, free arts festival features continuous musical performances by local, regional and national talent on multiple outdoor stages, indoor and outdoor visual arts exhibitions, theater, opera, dance, street theater and special activities geared towards children. Artscape takes place Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 2018 along Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has announced the schedule for Artscape 2018. Headline performers are TLC, Toots & The Maytals and ZZ Ward as well as Garth Fagan Dance and Squonk Opera. Other programs include Artscape Artwork Projects, Youth Day, Kidscape, Theatre and more. Visit to learn more. 


Applications for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our 2018 festivals are now closed. If you are an emerging musician/band and are interested in applying to perform at one of our 2019 festivals, please visit here after May 15, 2018 to submit an application. 

The Sound Off Live! application is for emerging musicians/bands interested in performing at one of our three festivals (Light City, Artscape, and Baltimore Book Festival). Sound Off Live! is a special event, which takes place in October, where emerging musicians/bands selected from the application process perform live in front of a panel of judges, to possibly earn a performance spot (concert stage performances) in one of our three festivals for the following year.

Questions? Email

If you do not consider yourself an emerging musician/band and would like to be considered for Artscape, please email

More Information

Visit for program descriptions, news and more. 


There are many opportunities to sponsor Artscape.

Request for Qualifications

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is no longer seeking quotes from equipment vendors for the 2017 festival season. Check back for the 2018 festival season. Please direct any questions to Tess Cooper at