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Here is your list of the best free things to do in Baltimore – Late Summer

-Courtersy Visit Baltimore


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The Baltimore Museum of Art

This museum is home to the internationally renowned Cone Collection, and it holds the largest and most significant collection of Henri Matisse’s works in the world. Outside the BMA’s walls lies the lavish Sculpture Garden, featuring two terraced gardens, fountains and 33 sculptures. Every Sunday the museum hosts hands-on workshops, interactive gallery tours and more activities for families, including the museum’s Family Audio Tour. The tour highlights 20 objects in the collection and is narrated by Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer.


The Walters Art Museum

Owner of  more than 25,000 pieces of art and offers free general admission (excluding special exhibits). Bring the whole family to enjoy special family tours and activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the displays of knights’ armor, the statues, the colorful paintings, the furniture and the many small and lovely objects – including Fabergé eggs. The museum hosts a variety of free family programs as well, from drop-in art classes on Saturdays and Sundays to museum tours with family-friendly guides.


The exterior of the American Visionary Art Museum

is almost as interesting as what you’ll find inside. The building is surrounded by unique and curious sculptures that you can explore for free and it’s open 24/7. Museum admission fees apply for access to indoor galleries.


School 33 Art Center

Get in touch with your inner artist by exploring free exhibitions at Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center. The exhibitions showcase the work of artists from the mid-Atlantic region.


Enoch Pratt Free Library

For over 60 years this library continues to enchant book lovers of all ages with its immensity – it spans an entire city block in length. It’s one of the first to be built with an accessible street level entrance. The library’s various neighborhood branches feature free classes, musical performances, children’s story times, special guest speakers and more throughout the year.



Be an Art Scholar for a Day at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Enjoy the free exhibits in all of the galleries on campus at MICA.

The Galleries @ the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower 

It has been transformed into studio space for visual and literary artists. Take part in Open Studio Day to view impressive artwork by talented artists. During this free event, guests can visit artists’ studios; view or purchase works of art; and enjoy refreshments and light fare.

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Hard Rock Cafe

Enjoy Free Outdoor Concerts at the Hard Rock Café Baltimore at the Inner Harbor on Thursday through Sunday nights from May through September.

Free movies and concerts 

across Baltimore City parks from April to October.


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Cylburn Arboretum

Discover Nature’s Beauty at the The Cylburn Arboretum.  This nature preserve and city park spans about 207 acres. Experience the feel of a grand estate in a rolling countryside, all within city limits. Collections of Japanese maples, hollies, conifers, Maryland oaks, tree peonies and magnolias stand on spacious lawns and in luscious gardens surrounding the Victorian mansion. Explore trails that wind through the woodlands, on which you can discover rare trees, native plants and wildflowers.


Carroll Park Bike and Skate Park

Get geared up to throw down on ramps, rails and stairs at the Carroll Park Bike & Skate Park, located just behind the Carroll Park Recreation Center on Bayard Street. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.


Charm City Circulator

Become an Urban Explorer on the Charm City Circulator . Here is  your fast, friendly, free and green shortcut to Baltimore’s hotspots seven days a week. With connections throughout many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods, you can hop from one neighborhood to another quickly and without breaking the bank.



Outdoor Movies 

Films on the Pier

in Fell’s Point features free movies on Wednesday nights beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the Broadway Pier.


The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy 

sponsors free community events in the squares every Wednesday night. These events include music, dance and vocal performances and movies shown on a large inflatable screen.



Outdoor Movies

On Thursdays in July and August at 9 p.m., grab a blanket or a folding chair and catch a free film after dusk on Federal Hill. Flicks from the Hill is sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, and admission into the museum is free on these “flicks days” between 5 and 9 p.m. before the film.



Cruise the Fell’s Point Art loop

Spend an evening mingling with artists, sampling cheese and wine and soaking up the arts in Fell’s Point. On the first Friday of every month, the Fell’s Point Development Corporation works with 13 local galleries to display pieces by local artists. The types of art may include woodworking, photography, sculpture or oil paintings. Restaurants offer specials and stay open late.


Story Time with the Urban Pirates

 Join the crew of Baltimore’s own pirate ship, Fearless, to hear swashbuckling tales of adventure with Urban Pirates! Climb aboard the ship in historic Fell’s Point, where the crew of pirates will take your family back in time without ever leaving the port. Enjoy the captivating tales of pirate history every Friday at 9 a.m. throughout the summer. 


Rock Out to Live Music at Power Plant Live 

Stop by Power Plant Live! on Friday evenings for the Friday Night Live! concert series. Watch local artists and national headlining bands perform on the newest permanent outdoor stage.

Stargazing Fridays

Where can you find an open-air, rooftop observatory in the middle of the city? Just head to the Maryland Science Center, where every Friday from 5:30-9 p.m. you can stargaze like an astronomer with the help of the center’s 10-foot telescope. Fun fact: The refurbished telescope was built in 1927!


First Fridays in Hampden

A frequent setting in John Waters’ films, Hampden still celebrates the bouffant and grilled-cheese charms of Charm City. Come “down to Hampden, hon” for First Fridays of the month. Participating merchants stay open late to host events, parties and special sales.




The Baltimore Book Festival

It’s a non-stop, three-day literary explosion held every year in September that brings together hundreds of authors, exhibitors and booksellers. Get your favorite book signed, listen to one of the nonstop readings on Center Stage (or any of the other four stages for that matter) or join a workshop or panel discussion. These activities and more await you at the Baltimore Book Festival.



What started as a small community event has evolved into a neighborhood-wide arts festival that draws visitors and locals to charming West 36th Street. With four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, local merchants, pie-eating contests, children’s activities and live entertainment, Hampdenfest is fun for the whole family.


Pigtown Festival

Come see what the other communities are squealing about. The Pigtown Festival is downtown Baltimore’s only community festival wild enough to bring you “SQUEAKNESS”-the running of the pigs!!! This FREE family friendly event features live music- Ursula Ricks Project, The Scotch Bonnets and Rufus Roundtree and Da B’more Brass Band, an array of local food, arts and craft vendors, great craft beer, pie eating contests and a fantastic KidZone.


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