Some Baltimoreans describe Artscape as a free-for-all celebration of the visual and performing arts. The art festival attracts thousands of attendees each year with its vast art exhibits, live concerts and enchanting performances by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Artscape is set to kick off this weekend in the Mount Royal Avenue and Cathedral Street, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Charles Street and Bolton Hill neighborhoods.
Everyone is invited to what is deemed America’s largest free arts festival. Here are five highlights of this year’s “Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits” that you will not want to miss.
20-Foot Campfire – To complicate this year’s “Camp Artscape” theme, a massive campfire made of logs and steel will be set up in Pearlstone Park. If you want to refresh your outdoor survival skills, head over to Charles Street, where experts will be offering free survival tips. To top it off, there will be street performances, a social dance and dancing competitions for everyone to enjoy on Charles Street near Penn Station.
NASA In Charm City – For the space enthusiast it will be all about Camp NASA with plenty of free educational and exciting exhibits. Get an up close and personal look at what life would really be like on the International Space Station. Enjoy a reenactment of astronauts training for a space expedition and touch a moon rock, all on Preston Street.
Return Of The Outrageous Art Cars – Artists have no qualm with their mediums or surfaces. They will apply their masterpieces to just anything and art enthusiasts love it. Automotive art is returning to Charm City, bringing with it eight vehicles decorated with some of the most fanatical art. This year’s art car caravan will begin at 11 a.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum, travel through Mount Royal Avenue and come to an end on Charles Street.
Cascade Of Falling Water – A campout would not be a campout without a waterfall and nature trails. Kasey Jones, a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, will transform Mount Royal Avenue at Dolphin Street into a majestic waterfall, with stepping stones, a stream and nature trail.
A Little Something For The Gamer – Gamescape was specifically designed for the video game enthusiasts, especially those who are still drawn to the classics, such as Streetfighter, Pac-Man and pinball. Real-time video gaming competitions will be displayed on a big screen near the Charles Street Bridge on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and at the University of Baltimore’s H. Mebane Turner Learning Commons on Maryland Avenue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.