Great Things Not to Miss
ARTSCAPE > JULY 1517 In its 35th year, the nation’s largest free arts festival offers an extravaganza of music, exhibits, theater, dance, film and more with the theme “Space: Explore What’s Out There.” Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. till 8 p.m. Centered around Mount Royal Ave. and Charles St., artscape.org
BALTIMORE PRIDE > JULY 1924 Highlights of this LGBTQ celebration, drawing 30,000 attendees annually, include a high heel race down Cathedral Street, a parade on Charles Street and a lakeside festival in Druid Hill Park. Most events free. baltimorepride.org 3 BALTIMORE ART, ANTIQUE & JEWELRY SHOW > AUG. 2528 Hundreds of exhibitors bring their treasures—from books and paintings to furnishings and gems—to the Baltimore Convention Center. $20 entry. Thurs. noon-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 1 W. Pratt St., baltimore summershow.com
COMICCON > SEPT. 24 At the Baltimore Convention Center, fans unite to celebrate (and imperson- ate) their favorite comic book characters and meet many of the creators. $25$35 general admission. Fri. 1-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1 W. Pratt St., baltimorecomiccon.com 5 RAVENS HOME OPENER > SEPT. 11 Named for the famous poem by one-time local Edgar Allan Poe, the city’s NFL team takes the field at M&T Bank Stadium against the Buffalo Bills. $75-$416. 1 p.m. 1101 Russell St., baltimoreravens.com SEPT. 2325 Local, regional and nationally known authors, like New York Times bestseller Terry McMillan, convene for signings, readings, workshops, cooking demos and panel discussions. Free entry. Daily 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Inner Harbor, baltimore bookfestival.com
FREE FALL > OCT. 131 From children’s festivals to risqué cabaret, more than 250 cultural events all over the city come at no charge (but some require advance registration). Times and venues vary. freefall baltimore.com Food, glorious food! The city’s acclaimed and diverse cuisine takes center stage at these events. JULY 2231
Popular eateries all over town, like Miss Shirley’s Cafe (its crab cakes Benedict at left) and Sotto Sopra, offer tasty deals. Two- course lunch/brunch $12-$20; three-course dinner $20$35 (reservations recommended). baltimore restaurantweek.com AUG. 20
At Baltimore City Community College, explore the benefits of going vegan, learn how to make dishes and sample local products. Free entry. Noon-7 p.m. 2901 Liberty Heights Ave.,
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The famed Chesapeake Bay oyster and Maryland blue crab headline this event at Canton Waterfront Park, where local restaurants serve their signature seafood dishes. From $12, 16 and under free. Noon7 p.m. 3001 Boston St., baltimoreseafoodfest.com OCT. 716
More than 350 events, from tastings and food pairings to pub crawls, toast the city’s hoppin’ craft brewery scene. Times, venues vary. baltimorebeerweek.com
Pickles Pub Next to Camden Yards, this longtime fave draws rowdy crowds on game days. Frank & Nic’s More upscale, this friendly spot about a block from Camden Yards also offers outdoor seating. Looney’s Pub In Canton, the Irish-accented corner bar has pool, arcade games, trivia nights and T-shirts that say “Drink like a champion today.” Mother’s Federal Hill Grille For Ravens home games, fans head to its Purple Patio, a parking lot turned “football field” outfitted with bars and a grill. Turp’s The only sports bar in elegant Mount Vernon, it’s got the requisite TVs and makes its home in a historic brownstone.
DRUID HILL PARK The city’s largest and oldest green space is on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to WEST SHORE PARK Families relax or work out on the “great lawn” of this Inner Harbor
•waterfront plot. Kids head to the Walter Sondheim Fountain (above) to frolic with interactive spouts.
July 15 & Aug. 19 (5- 8 p.m.): Summer Social FORT MCHENRY From this fortress (right) during the War of 1812, American troops successfully defended Baltimore Harbor from the British Navy. The stellate site also inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Now, visitors from all over come for cannon firings, ranger talks and “living history” demonstrations.
Daily: Flag raising and lowering with rangers; Aug. 4 (6-8 p.m.): Twilight Tattoo Ceremony and Concert; Sept. 9-11 (times vary): Defenders Day Weekend
to size 8. Modern shop with lots of colors and wide assortment of wearable clothing from quirky straw hats to trendy sundresses. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.6 p.m., Sat. till 5 p.m. www.weechic. com. 10751 Falls Rd., Lutherville, Md., 410.878.7400 1013 Cathedral St., Mount Vernon, 410.539.4440 Map C2 PHINA’S LUXURY LINEN COLLECTIVE Wide selection of fine linens, towels, pillows, candles and other home goods. Also skincare products by Ahava, Spa Blends and Erbaviva. Everyone who walks in the door receives a wrapped gift. Tues.-Sat. noon- 6 p.m., Thurs. till 8 p.m., Sun. noon-3 p.m. www.phinas.com. 919 S. Charles St., Federal Hill, 410.685.0911 Map C8 SU CASA Stylish furniture, decorative arts, items for the kitchen, including wine gear, stuff for kids. Custom designs/services. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till 9:30 pm., Sun. till 7 p.m. www.esucasa.com. 901 S. Bond St. (at Thames St.), Fells Point, 410.522.7010 Map E8 TROHV Two-level shop stocked with clever, artful gift items: greeting cards, bar and kitchen gear, office accessories, jewelry, baby items. Also furniture and goods by local artisans. Mon.Thurs. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri. till 8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. www. trohvshop.com. 921 W. 36th St., Hampden, 410.366.3456 North of Map A1 2910 ON THE SQUARE Located on O’Donnell Square, handmade gifts, artisan jewelry, accessories and Judaica plus items for pets and for the home. Tues.-Sat. noon- 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.4 p.m. www.2910onthesquare.com. 2910 O’Donnell St., Canton, 410.675.8505 Map G8 AMARYLLIS Since 1985, limited-edition pieces drawn from ateliers of more than 100 local and national designers. Alexis Bittar, Chan Luu, David Urso, Nashelle. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. www.amaryllisjewelry.com. 830 Aliceanna St., Harbor East, 410.576.7622 Map E7 BIJOUX Antique, estate and contemporary pieces. Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco pieces. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. till 5 p.m. www.bijouxjewels.com. 10749 Falls Rd., Lutherville-Timonium, Md., 410.823.5545 BLANCA FLOR Intricately designed jewelry and handmade metalworks (trays, bowls) from Mexico, American
BALTIMORE SPA AND SALON At the Ritz-Carlton Residences, massages, facials, waxing and body wraps, plus hair services. Free valet parking. Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Tues. till 7 p.m., Wed. till 9 p.m., Thurs. till 8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 9 a.m.6 p.m. www.baltimorespasalon.com. 801 Key Hwy., Inner Harbor, 410.625.2427 Map D8 MITCHELL AND CO. Mother-daughter team selling hand-made, all-natural body oils, soaps, scrubs, lotions. Available exclusively at Angel Park and Katwalk boutiques (See Apparel). www. mitchellandcoskincare.com. POP PHYSIQUE West Coast fitness program combining ballet and barre with hands-on instruction in an open loft-like space. Equipment (mats, balls, straps, etc.) provided. Exercisers bring socks or purchase onsite. Classes daily from 7 a.m.-8 p.m., check website for schedule. www.popphysique.com. 339 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, 410.468.0767 Map C4 SHY WATTERS HAIR STUDIO Upscale salon for owner/stylist Shy Watters’ expert treatments: extensions, weaves, blow-outs, color, etc. Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. www.shywatters.com. 1745 Fleet St., Fells Point, 410.779.7047 Map F7 THE SPA AT THE IVY Luxe spa inside The Ivy Hotel for facials, massages and body treatments using Natura Bissé products. Also mani/pedis, makeup/ hair services. By appointment only. www.theivybaltimore.com/the-ivyspa. 205 E. Biddle St., Mount Vernon, 410.514.6180 Map D2 ARUNDEL MILLS Outlet and retail mall with 200-plus retailers, restaurants and entertainment, Cinemark Egyptian 24 Theaters and Maryland Live! Casino. A 20-minute drive from Baltimore. Mon.Sat. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.7 p.m. www.arundelmillsmall.com. 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, Md., 410.540.5110 CROSS STREET MARKET Since 1846, fresh seafood, wings, ice cream, pastries, flowers, cheese, tobacco and fruit. Mon.-Sat. 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Light & Cross sts., Federal Hill, 410.685.6169 Map C8 THE GALLERY Vertical mall with Banana Republic, Johnston & Murphy, Michael Kors and Pandora, plus specialty stalls and independent shops. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun. noon- 6 p.m. www. thegalleryatharborplace.com. 200 E. Pratt St., Inner Harbor, 410.332.4191 Map D6 HAGERSTOWN PREMIUM OUTLETS Outlet stores like Banana Republic, Kate Spade, Nike, J. Crew, Tommy Hilfiger and Coach. An hour-long drive. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. till 7 p.m. www.premiumoutlets.com. 495 Premium Outlets Blvd., Hagerstown, Md., 301.790.0300 THE QG Retro-inspired one-stop department store with men’s and women’s apparel, grooming parlor with billiards room, cigar lounge, spa and shoe shine. Upstairs bar. Mon. 11:30 a.m.- 8 p.m., Tues.- Fri. 10 a.m.8 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.5 p.m. www.theqg.com. 31 S. Calvert St., Inner Harbor, 410.685.7428 Map C6 QUEENSTOWN PREMIUM OUTLETS Savings at 65 stores: Adidas, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Gucci, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren. An hour from city. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. till 8 p.m. www. premiumoutlets.com. 441 Outlet Center Dr., Queenstown, Md., 410.827.8699
glassware and stickers. Hard-to-find merch featuring Baltimore Bohemians, city’s minor league soccer squad. Mon.-Fri., Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sat. till 7 p.m. www.nattybohgear. com. 1624 Thames St., Fells Point, 410.276.1038 Map E7; 3600 O’Donnell St., Canton, 410.285.7666 Map H8 POLINA’S PRIVÉ LINGERIE Quality women’s intimate apparel and accessories. Names like L’Agent by Agent Provocateur, Blush, Eberjay, La Perla. Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. till 6 p.m. www.polinasprive.com. 724 S. Broadway, Fells Point, 410.276.0205 Map F7 QUI PIECE “Fashion studio” for personal wardrobe styling, hair and makeup, plus photography. Specialties include bridal, glam photos. Daily noon- 6 p.m. and by appointment. 407 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, 240.882.4442 Map C4 THE SOUND GARDEN Baltimore institution stocks rare imports to Top 40. Knowledgeable staff. Listen before you buy. In-store performances. Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till midnight. www.cdjoint.com. 1616 Thames St., Fells Point, 410.563.9011 Map E7 TOCHTERMAN’S FLY SHOP Beloved fishing tackle shop run by the same family since 1916. Known for its expertise and dedication to the sport, plus extensive inventory. Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. www.toch termansflyshop.com. 1925 Eastern Ave., Fells Point, 410.327.6942 Map F7 STREETS MARKET & CAFE Local outpost of D.C.-based health food store. Organic local produce, everyday household goods, chef-driven prepared foods. Daily 7 a.m.-10 p.m. www. streetsmarketcafe.com. 222 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, 667.930.3405 Map C5 URBAN CELLARS BEER, WINE & SPIRITS “Local libations” at this Charles Plaza shop. Domestic and imported fine wines, craft beers, premium liquors plus the knowledgeable counsel of owner Jim Amato. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. www.urbancellarsmd. com. 222 N. Charles St., Downtown, 410.528.8088 Map C5 VACCARO’S Find 29 varieties of cookies plus rum cake, cheesecake, tiramisu, sfogliatelle, pasticiotti, eclairs, gelati, Napoleons, cannoli. Sun.-Thurs. 9 a.m.10 p.m., Fri.-Sat. till midnight. www. vaccarospastry.com. 222 Albemarle St., Little Italy, 410.685.4905 Map D6
AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM Unique in the U.S. for presenting work by self-taught, outsider artists. Jim Rouse Visionary Center with art cars, the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, kinetic sculptures. Paintings from the Von Bruenchenhein Collection. “The Big Hope Show,” transcendent work by 25 artists, many “super survivors” of myriad personal traumas, through Sept. 4.
“Matt Sesow: Shock and Awe,” showing the D.C.-based artist’s “raw, visceral, good to the bone” paintings, through June 4, 2017. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $15.95, seniors $13.95, students $9.95, 6 and under free. Sideshow gift shop and Encantada restaurant. www.avam.org. 800 Key Hwy., 410.244.1900 Map D8 BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART Housing 95,000 objects, ancient mosaics to contemporary art. Cone Collection features Renoir, Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso. Newly reopened Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing showcasing 200 years of American artistic efforts, Tiffany hall and grand salon of Maryland-related works. Newly renovated African and Asian art galleries featuring 85 works in the former and more than 2,000 in the latter.
“Front Room: Broomberg & Chanarin,” the longtime collaborators’ new photographs, sculptures, copper plates and films depicting technology’s influence on war, through Sept. 11. “On Paper: Picturing Painting,” largescale color images reinterpreting masterworks as photographs, through Oct. 23.
“Design for Mobile Living: Art from Eastern Africa,” highlighting body ornaments like Kenyan beaded jewelry and objects like Tanzanian shields, created by nomadic cattle herders moving across deserts, highlands and savannas, through Nov. 27. Wed.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Free. www.artbma.org. 10 Art Museum Dr., 443.573.1700 North of Map D1 BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER The city’s tallest building at the time of its 1911 construction, built by Captain Isaac Emerson, inventor of the Bromo Seltzer headache remedy. Now a Westside icon holding studio space for more than 30 visual and performing artists. Open house every Sat. 11 a.m.4 p.m. with clock room tours ($5 donation) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. www. bromoseltzertower.com. 21 S. Eutaw St., 443.874.3596 Map C6 MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART MICA Nation’s oldest fully accredited, four-year, degree-granting art college with gallery for works by national and international artists, faculty and students. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. Free. www.mica.edu. Fox Building, 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave., 410.669.9200 Map C1
THE CLUB AT TURF VALLEY A bent grass course with 36 holes for players of every level. Driving range, practice areas, men’s and women’s locker rooms. Spa, saunas, pools, tennis courts, plus Fairway Lounge and Alexandra’s for dining. www.turfvalley.com. BALTIMORE BASILICA National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In 1806, Bishop John Carroll placed the cornerstone of this landmark site, Mother Church of Roman Catholicism. Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.4 p.m., Sat.-Sun. till end of mass. Guided tours Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sun. noon. Gift shop: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sun. noon-3 p.m. www. baltimorebasilica.org. 409 Cathedral St., 410.727.3565 Map C4 THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI Designed by architect Robert Cary Long in 1845 in Southern German neo-Gothic style. Sun. Mass: Lithuanian (8:30 a.m.), English (10 a.m.), city’s only Tridentine Mass (11:30 a.m.). Mon.-Sat. Mass 7 a.m., 12:10 p.m. Call to arrange tours. Gift shop: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Fri. and Sun. till 1 p.m. www.stalphonsus balt.org. 114 W. Saratoga St., 410.685.6090 Map C4 ST. JUDE SHRINE A center of devotions to St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes. Mass Sun. 8, 9, 11:30 a.m.; Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri. 7 a.m., noon; Wed. 7 a.m., 7:45 a.m., noon; Sat. 7:45 a.m., noon, 4:30 p.m. Check online for additional services. www. stjudeshrine.org. 512 W. Saratoga St., 410.685.6026 Map B4 ST. MARY’S SPIRITUAL CENTER & HISTORIC SITE Site of the first Catholic seminary in the United States (1791) and home of first American saint Elizabeth Seton. Mon.-Fri. noon3:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 1-3 p.m. Call ahead during inclement weather. Free. www. stmaryspacast.org. 600 N. Paca St., 410.728.6464 Map B4