Best Events in Baltimore

Whether you’re looking for concerts in Baltimore or want to sample a variety of craft beers, Charm City is your go-to for year-round entertainment. There are Baltimore events for everyone – food festivals, wine tastings, conventions and more! Take a look at some of the best events to hit Baltimore each year.

Baltimore Events

Baltimore Pride

Baltimore Pride is all about fun, diversity and solidarity. It is one of the oldest LGBTQ celebrations in the country and is in its 40th year. This weekend event kicks off with Twilight on the Terrace, a night full of food, fun, and community to raise funds for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland.

The two-hour parade at Baltimore Pride is legendary and traditionally held on Saturday. The 11-block procession starts at North Charles and 33rd Street passing Wyman Park. When the parade ends, the block party begins! Don your brightest colors and enjoy music, dancing, food and drinks. The Pride Festival starts on Sunday and encourages a family-friendly environment. Kid-centered activities include music and entertainment stages, exhibitors and local food trucks. Baltimore Pride usually takes place in Jone. It is free and open to the public, though tickets are available for certain events, such as Twilight on the Terrace.

Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention

The Baltimore Convention Center hosts the Tattoo Arts Convention each year. The event has been organized by Villain Arts for the past 20 years, so it’s no wonder that this convention draws thousands from around the world. For three days, you can meet and greet more than 700 tattoo artists from around the world. Get inspired by their creativity while you awe at the impressive ink.

It’s one of the most unique Baltimore festivals out there, featuring professional tattoo artists, tattoo memorabilia and plenty of sideshow performers. The Tattoo Arts Convention takes place in May. Tickets start at $20 per day, though you may purchase a three-day pass for $40. Children 12 and younger are free.

Fleet Week

Fleet Week Baltimore is a maritime festival that celebrates the best of the Inner Harbor. It also includes an acclaimed air show of the United States Air Force (USAF) Thunderbirds. Create lasting family memories as you tour several different ships, such as U.S., Canadian and British Navy vessels.

It is one of the many Baltimore festivals with free admission. The event typically takes place in October. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early, as the event will close as soon as Fort McHenry reaches capacity. To receive updates about this year’s festival, sign up for newsletters or join email lists.

Fell’s Point Fun Festival

The Fells Point Festival is one of the most beloved family events in Charm City. This free event usually occurs in October. Listen to live music on two different stages, sample local cuisine and create fun family memories. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities for your little ones to enjoy.

Light City Baltimore

You won’t want to miss this Baltimore light show, an explosion of lights, music, art and culture. The festival celebrates the city’s energy creation and is free and open to the public. Watch dazzling displays of light shows during the nighttime hours for an entire week.

During the day, enjoy literature and book-focused activities, as two impressive Baltimore festivals converge into one. The festival also features a many free concerts from local, regional and renowned DJs, bands and musicians across every genre. Listen to experts discuss innovations in food, art, education, health and the environment. The event typically occurs in November.

Concerts in Baltimore

Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore hosts a variety of musical performances throughout the year. The venue has hosted plenty of concerts in Baltimore throughout its history, including famous performances like Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

If you want more live music Baltimore will deliver. Other performers headed to Charm City this year will take the stage at UMBC, Baltimore Soundstage, The Lyric and Camden Yards.

Other Baltimore Events

There are plenty more Baltimore festivals to add to your itinerary. Artscape is the nation’s biggest free arts festival. Enjoy concerts, visual arts exhibitions, food trucks, craft tents, street theater, kid-friendly activities, sculptures, art cars, film and theater evens and more. This event typically kicks off in July. It is free and open to the public.

Other food-and-drink-focused Baltimore events include Baltimore Winefest, a celebration of worldly wines, gourmet food, cocktails and beer. Taste test wine from around the world as you learn how to pair it with various foods. Sit in on wine seminars or participate in cooking demos. Winefest takes place June at Canton Waterfront Park.

Grab a seat at a Baltimore comedy club and prepare for some serious laughs. The Baltimore Comedy Factory hosts nationally-headlining comedians on a regular basis. Catch acts like Bill Bellamy, Marlon Wayans and Teddy Carpenter.

Grab a brew at Das Best Oktoberfest, Baltimore’s oldest-running craft beer festival. Taste test more than 150 international craft beers, wines, ciders and schnapps. Don’t forget the live music, German-centric foods like brats and sausages as well as fun contests (like the all-you-can-eat Brat Contest). The event usually occurs in late September in the lots in front of M&T Bank Stadium.

Celebrate the holidays at the Baltimore Christmas Village, a traditional German Christmas marketplace. It pops up after Thanksgiving and runs until Christmas Eve. Browse through seasonal gifts or grab some hot chocolate. Stay for wine tastings, beer tastings and classic German fare like Bavarian pretzels and bratwurst. It’s fun for the whole family!