Fourth of July fireworks in Baltimore. Photo by jankgo via Flickr Creative Commons.

It’s Fourth of July weekend in Baltimore, which means fireworks, festivals and fun with family. The city’s fireworks show at the Inner Harbor, which was cancelled the past two years due to the pandemic, will resume this year. This weekend also brings a plethora of music events, from raga jazz to chamber music to soul music to a Grateful Dead tribute.

Check it all out with our Baltimore weekend events calendar:

Old Fashioned Class, Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m., Baltimore Spirits Company’s Cocktail Gallery. Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks, especially if those new tricks are a little old fashioned. Learn how to make the classic Old Fashioned from bar manager Hannah at the Cocktail Gallery. The class will explore how each component — sugar, bitters and spirits — create the perfect drink.

Roaring Twenties, Friday, July 1, doors open at 6 p.m., Ottobar. Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties will perform with Wild Pink & Carly Cosgrove.

Charu Suri, Friday, July 1, 7 p.m., An Die Musik. Indian pianist and composer Charu Suri will perform a solo jazz piano concert, featuring her “raga jazz” work, some original pieces and jazz standards.

Twilight Family Stroll, Saturday, July 2, 5-7 p.m., The Maryland Zoo. Grab a flashlight, notepad and your family as you work to uncover clues left by a mystery animal along an African journey. Attendees will visit natural habitats of nocturnal creatures and participate in games to explore animal senses.

Chamber Music Concert, Saturday, July 2, 7 p.m., Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The BSO Academy Chamber Music Concert is free and will include quartets and quintets by Antonín Dvořák, Ludwig van Beethoven, Paquito D’Rivera, and Alexander Borodin. Also, look out for the BSO’s Fourth of July-themed performances on July 3 and 4 with fireworks displays.

Grateful Dead Tribute, Saturday, July 2, 10 p.m., Baltimore Soundstage. Join the Dancing Bears for a tributed to the Grateful Dead.

The B-Side Summer of Soul, Sunday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Holliday & Saratoga streets, After the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar under the Jones Falls Expressway, enjoy soul music performances.

Baltimore Fireworks, Monday, July 4, 9:30 p.m., Inner Harbor. After a two-year pause, Fourth of July fireworks will be back at the Inner Harbor this year. There will also be assorted events across the Baltimore area that day. Read more about them here.

Cherry Hill Festival, Monday, July 4, 1-10 p.m., Middle Branch Park. The Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will celebrate its 6th year, featuring performances by TT the Artist, Sister Carol, Navasha Daya, The Legendary Ingramettes, and more with host Elsa M. The Black-led and -founded festival will also feature food trucks, exhibits, and vendors all day. And the event will culminate with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Marcus Dieterle is the managing editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He returned to Baltimore in 2020 after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Md. He can be reached at

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