You know summer is afoot in Baltimore when the city begins to overflow with fabulous outdoor festivals. One of our very favorites? Art Outside—the day-long festival that recaptures the spirit of the historic outdoor festival that was held on Sundays around the Druid Hill Reservoir during the 1950s and 1960s. Last year’s festival was such a hit that it’s literally back by popular demand, and will be held this Sunday, May 18th. About last year’s festival, one visitor raved, “To see the diversity of attendees melding among the art, entertainment and sheer fun – all within a unique and naturally picturesque setting in the city – was a welcome breath of fresh air.” With reviews like that, these folks must be doing something very, very right. They’ve got one of our favorite outdoor settings in the city, and a selection of the best artists and artisans around. But what’s more, they’ve got the true spirit of what an arts festival should be—a celebration of creativity and community that’s fun and inspiring for all.
Art Outside will feature local, Maryland artists showing and selling their artwork, as well as a Maryland Distinguished Artist Gallery, showcasing some of the finest talent in the state. There will be performances by students from local schools and arts organizations, as well as strolling entertainment, and arts & crafts activities for children—so it’s fun for the whole family. It wouldn’t be a proper outdoor festival without some of the city’s best food trucks, so be sure to come hungry. Druid Hill Park is indisputably one of the city’s most beautiful spots, and has been for a long time. The reservoir provides a great place to stroll and take in spectacular views of the city, while you’re at it. And the rest of the park provides great spots for picnicking, sunbathing, and casual games of tennis and basketball. So whether you’re just coming to peruse the fabulous artwork, be entertained by our city’s talented young people, or for a whole day of outdoor fun, be sure to swing by (there’s plenty of free parking!) this Sunday and get some culture, fresh air, and inspiration at one of the city’s best art festivals.
Art Outside takes place Sunday, May 18th from 11am-5pm at the Druid Hill Reservoir. Parking and attendance are free, and the festival will happen rain or shine. For more information, visit www.artoutsidemd.org.
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