Weekend Events Calendar: Artscape, after-hours events for Artscape, Ratscape and more

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Welcome to the middle of the summer, Baltimore. Of course, that means Artscape has arrived. Get the lowdown on what’s happening inside and around the Station North festival. Plus, a few foodie events and chances to combine fitness and awareness. Get out there:

Happening tonight
AARF Summertime Happy Hour: 5-9 p.m. at Blue Pit BBQ. The Animal Allies Rescue Association hosts a happy hour fundraiser, complete with photo booth.

Brews & Views: 6-9 p.m. at Harbor Point. The latest edition of the summer concert series on the peninsula south of Harbor East features music from The Henchmen, SGT GUSTO and Nick Volk. Plus bar service by Dooby’s and food from Kooper’s and Urban Oyster.

3rd Thursday Happy Hour Outdoors with Karter Jaymes: 6-8 p.m. at Reginald F. Lewis Museum. The guitarist plays outside, while inside the museum is open. Cash bar and food will be available.

Sandtown Community Festival: 6-8 p.m. at Easterwood/Sandtown Park. Black Professional Men, Inc. hosts a festival focusing on health and wellness.

KoRYEan: A Haenyo Takeover: 6-10 p.m. at Rye Fells Point. Pop-up purveyors of Korean food Irvin Seo & Collin Morstei finish a two-night stint at the Fells Point cocktail bar.

Gathering For The Gazette – Trivia Benefit Night: 6:30-9 p.m. at Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub. BMore Knowledgeable – Trivia For A Cause hosts a benefit for the families of the victims of the shooting at Capital Gazette Communications.

Baltimore Brew: 7-9 p.m. at the Light St. Enoch Pratt Free Library. This is not an investigative reporting talk. Waverly Brewing’s Roy Fisher and Checkerspot Brewing’s Judy Neff talk beer–styles, business and what to put in it.

“Rock Rubber 45s” Baltimore Premiere: 8-10 p.m. at Motor House. The film follows  Bobbito Garcia, a.k.a. Kool Bob Love, and his influence on hip-hop, sneakers and basketball. Pre-show party at 6 p.m.

Flicks From the Hill: 9 p.m. at American Visionary Art Museum. The outdoor movie series on the side of Federal Hill features “Casablanca.” Pre-screening yoga starts at 6:30 p.m.

Friday, July 20
Artscape 2018: July 20-22. at Charles and Mt. Royal. Baltimore’s big free arts festival is back, stretching from Station North to MICA with visual art, theater, comedy and music. It’s a chance to check out the city’s arts scene, all in one place. There’s no theme this year, leaving the 150+ artists and performance groups even more room to be creative. TLC, Toots and the Maytalls and ZZ Ward headline the main stage.

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Ratscape Baltimore 2018: July 20-22 at YNot Lot and Windup Space. Just a block from Artscape, the festival showcasing the city’s underground music returns after a three-year hiatus. Among the notable acts are JPEGMAFIA, Wume and Joe Biden (not the VP).

Artscape After Hours: July 20 and 21, starting at 9 p.m. After the official Artscape programming ends, move over the Charles St. to keep dancing. Some of the programming that will keep going includes Dance Camp, DJs at Charles and North Ave., film at the Parkway and LOL @Artscape with Baltimore Improv Group.

MICA Art Market: Artscape Edition: July 20-22 at MICA Brown Center. During the festival, work from nearly two dozen students, faculty and alumni will be available to peruse right alongside the street party.

RPG Fest: July 20-22 at No Land Beyond: The Station North spot hosts tabletop and RPG games during Artscape, as well as a Baltimore Rock Opera Society pop-up shop and other merch from Post Typography, Noveltyhaus and Cats on the Lake. Plus, beer and wine.

Late Night Double Feature Improv: July 21-22 and 27-29 at Fells Point Corner Theatre. The audience helps decide what happens to the newlyweds who move into a new house in the 1960s. The cast rotates for each performance.

Raspberry Sour Limited Release: 3-10 p.m. at Heavy Seas Beer. The Halethorpe-based brewery pours the first-ever beer made in its small-batch brewhouse.

3rd Fridays in the Square: 4 p.m. at O’Donnell Square Park. The new outdoor series in Canton featuring music from Joey Harkum and Charles Kavvoosi.

Summer Sounds: 6-9 p.m. at Belvedere Square. North Baltimore’s prime Friday night festival features music from Tumblehome, along with local vendors.

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“Friday”: 7 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre. Take a break from the heat and watch the 1995 classic starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker.

The Prince Experience: 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Soundstage. Gabriel Sanchez pays tribute to the Purple One.

Wet City 2-Year Anniversary: July 20-22. The Mt. Vernon hangout has a pair of collaboration double IPAs brewed with Burley Oak and Cushwa, ready for the party. Plus, grab a plastic growler to head back out to the festival.

Eze Jackson’s Artscape After Party: 8 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The Baltimore emcee hosts a party with four Baltimore DJs–DJ B-Eazy, Mr. 14th, DJ Excel and Queen HD–to keep things spinning.

Dave Heumann, Insect Factory, Mount Rainier, Mugward: 9 p.m. at the True Vine. Heumann, a member of the local psych rock stalwarts Arbouretum, headlines a show with his solo indie folk work.

4 Hours of Funk: 9 p.m. at Windup Space. Keep the party going after TLC with MC Kotic Couture and Cool DJ Willie and your favorite funk and soul.

Sazon Bmore: 10 p.m. at The Crown. Keep dancing in Station North after Artscape with DJs Scottie B, Jon Kwest, Lil Elle and Sazon Libre.

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Saturday, July 21
Whiskey on the Waterfront: 11 a.m. at Sagamore Spirit. The family-friendly outdoor concert series in Port Covington features live music, food and beverages from Rye Street Tavern.

Shuckin’ in the Streets V: noon-10 p.m. at Lee’s Pint and Shell. The Canton corner spot has 20,000 oysters for the day. The $10 ticket benefits the Chesapeake Oyster Recovery Partnership and Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Karaoke Lounge at Artscape: 1-7 p.m. at Metro Gallery. Want to grab some A/C and heat up the mic? Metro Gallery provides a free space to belt out a favorite jam from DJ Penfold’s songbook.

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Ravens’ open practice: 5 p.m. at M&T Bank Stadium. A chance for the Flock to watch this year’s Ravens squad practice on their home turf. The open practice will include an inflatable obstacle course, autographs, football drills, a Madden video game booth, post-practice fireworks and more.

Faust: 8 p.m. at Creative Alliance. Krautrock legends Werner “Zappi” Diermaier and Jean-Hervé Péron head to Highlandtown, forming a true Artscape dilemma. Bonnie Jones opens.

Champion Sound 4: 8 p.m. at Windup Space. Hosted in conjunction with Ratscape, the event features SCIENZE of Brooklyn alongside Maryland and Virginia emcees.

Safe Space: A Playwrights Fellowship Reading: 8 p.m. at Cohesion Theatre Company. The company that provides immersive theater hosts a public staged reading of work by R. Eric Thomas, who is developing a new full-length play as part of Cohesion’s fellowship program.

Y2K Flash Back Party: 9 p.m. at The Depot. Where would we be if this here internet went down as 2000 began? Ponder while dancing to DJ Kamau, J-Dot and Dave Acevado.

Skin Tight Soul Party: 9 p.m. at The Crown. Landis Expandis is joined by Chris Brooks at the Station North venue.

METRO/SEXUAL: 9 p.m. at Metro Gallery. The drag show hosted by Baby celebrates Artscape with eight performances.

Centurion Comedy: 9 p.m. at Atomic Books. The Hampden hangout’s Eightbar plays host to 100 minutes of stand-up from local comedians including Rose Vineshank, Leelend Clayton, Mizz Jaxxxn and John Conroy.

Lovescape: 9 p.m.-midnight at The Elephant. DJs J Gray and Discuji spin in the Gilded Age mansion.

Sunday, July 22
Run4Keith: 7:30 a.m. at Dovecote Cafe. Runners4Justice provides education about the case Keith Davis Jr., who was shot by police then charged with the murder of a Pimlico security guard in 2015. A mistrial was declared at his most recent trial. Three- and five-mile routes explore The Big Jump.

Artscape Bike Tour: 10 a.m. at The Melody Cafe. Bike and Brunch Tours heads through West Baltimore for a look at history and culture, then to the harbor. Baltimore Young Professionals will be along for the ride.

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“Sixteen Candles”: 10 a.m. at the Senator Theatre: John Hughes’ Brat Pack-era classic starring Molly Ringwald gets the big-screen, classic-theater, Sunday-morning treatment.

Sazon Libre Day Party: 3-7 p.m. at Waverly Brewing. Head to the patio for a Sunday afternoon refresher, where tropical bass specialist Sazon Libre Familia will be spinning tunes.

Much More Than an Open Mic: 4 p.m. at Baltimore Theatre Project. Normally held on second and fourth Wednesdays at Impact Hub, the platform for artists, entrepreneurs and all creative Baltimoreans sets up shop for Artscape.

Christmas in July: Closing The Island Room: 5 p.m.-midnight at Pen & Quill. The island getaway stashed inside the Station North restaurant closes with special drinks, limbo and more.

Cardboard Explosion: 6 p.m. at Black Cherry Puppet Theatre. Puppeteer Brad Shur shows how cardboard can come to life, by turning the shapes into puppets and unfurling a performance.


  • Baltimore Restaurant Week kicks off July 27, with multi-course menus around the city offering discounts.
  • Bit Gen Gamer Fest XIII shows how video game music and metal unite. It’s got 18 musical acts on July 28 and 29 at Ottobar.
  • BronyCon, the massive fan convention for My Little Pony aficionados who fall outside the original target audience of young girls, returns to the Baltimore Convention Center July 27-29.
  • David Byrne, legendary frontman of the Talking Heads, brings the American Utopia Tour to Merriweather Post Pavilion on July 28.
  • AFRAM Festival returns to Druid Hill Park in August, with a full weekend of activities including musical headliners Ella Mai, Dru Hill, Jacquees and VaShawn Mitchell.

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