Fall festivals keep rolling this weekend, from Fells Point to Halethorpe. On the side of homegrown talent, check out DIY Fest and the always-filling ChiliBrew. On the stage and screen, there are the Black International Film Festival, podcasts and theater from the fringe.
Welcome to the first-ever Baltimost, our awards recognizing some of the people, places and things that make Baltimore such a unique place to live. As regular readers of the site know, the portmanteau for this comes from a column by contributor Karen Nitkin. To date, she’s spoken with nearly 20 subjects, relaying parts of each person’s life story, told in their own words, and the thing they enjoy most about the city.
In many cases, the everyday people featured in the Baltimost column are contributing in their own way to the daily fabric of Baltimore’s culture, and if not that, their experiences say something about being here.
When we thought about putting together some kind of award, it felt like a good idea to extend that concept. What people, places and things help to define Baltimore and make it a better place?
As much as we enjoy Best of Baltimore lists, this is not meant to join those. No winner is better than someone or something that’s not on here, and the 30 selections by our staff are in no way a complete representation of the city.
But we do think it’s a good place to start and a way of nodding to Baltimore’s great qualities. Hope you enjoy reading. (Brandon Weigel)
Weekend Events Calendar: Doors Open Baltimore, Night Brunch Festival, Edgar Allan Poe Festival, PinBaltimore
Can you feel the weather changing? Does it make you want to open the doors? Well, that’s what Baltimore is doing this weekend. With Doors Open Baltimore, the city’s overlooked architectural wonders and creative spaces invite the public inside for tours.
Plus, check out brand new festivals on the calendar: Night Brunch Festival comes to Harbor Point for three days of brunch, and Sweaty Eyeballs celebrates animation at the Parkway. Over at Poe House, the beloved Baltimore author gets his own weekend celebration. Here’s the full schedule:
The first day of fall has past, so it’s the season to get German–or get scared, depending on how fast you want to dive in. This weekend, check out Oktoberfest celebrations around town, or head to Station North Tool Library and get help on a project you’ve been meaning to tackle. Plus, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra returns. Here’s the full lineup:
Festival season is in full swing, with Hampden and Pigtown each offering neighborhood celebrations and one-of-a-kind racing events. Elsewhere, show up for your trash wheel fandom, or check out High Zero Festival’s one-of-a-kind musical performances. And don’t forget the return of Charm City Night Market.
Our fourth annual Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Independent Schools is out. Check out the digital version above, and learn more about what you will find in the guide in the letter from the editor, Muffy Fenwick, below.
Letter from the Editor
We are excited to introduce the fourth annual Baltimore Fishbowl Guide to Baltimore Independent Schools. We hope you will enjoy the enhancements to sections highlighting programmatic initiatives, innovative administrators, and impressive student leaders as well as thoughtful stories about issues facing schools today.
Weekend Events Calendar: Pratt Central Library reopens, Roots and Raíces Festival, Abell Community Street Festival
This weekend offers plenty of chances to step out in the streets and celebrate the city: The Enoch Pratt Free Library’s central branch returns, Abell throws a street party and the Roots and Raíces Festival supports immigrants through the arts. Plus, opportunities to eat local seafood and sample the local spirits. Check out the lineup:
For this year’s Maryland State Fair, Baltimore Fishbowl contributing photographer J.M. Giordano captured the lit-up rides and carnival games using a type of film repurposed from old movie film stock.
The result is a retro-style array of deeply saturated, dynamic colors. See the photos below:
This weekend brings a number of festivals combining neighborhood and cultural celebrations, including the Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy, Locust Point Festival and the Baltimore Ukranian Festival. On the stage, concerts include Cardi B’s long-awaited headlining turn at 92Q’s Royal Farms Arena festival, and a free Future Islands show at Union. Here’s the full lineup:
Labor Day Weekend Events Calendar: Billie Holiday Music and Arts Festival, Baltimore Comedy Festival, Black Femme Supremacy Film Fest
Sticking around town this weekend? There are plenty of events to close out the summer, celebrating Billie Holiday, black femmes in film, comedy and more. Plus, check out music from local bands like Lower Dens’ two-night album release, and a trio of Baltimore luminaries at Current Space.