Baltimore is a city with a deep-rooted art history, and its annual events bring this history to life. One of the most renowned is Artscape, the largest free outdoor art festival in the United States. The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is another must-see, with its unique thematic exhibitions that combine art, science, philosophy, humor, and social justice. For a truly unique experience, book a room at the Revival Hotel, Baltimore's only boutique art hotel.
Here you can enjoy stunning views of the city and its attractions, including the Washington Monument in Mount Vernon Square Park. Show your Baltimore pride with t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirts featuring the Visit Baltimore logo. The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has been around for over a century and houses more than 95,000 works of art, including the world's largest Henri Matisse collection. Gertrude's cuisine in Chesapeake is also worth a visit for its sophisticated menu of regional foods made with organic, local ingredients. Music lovers should check out the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for more than 100 concerts a year. The United States Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is another great option for art enthusiasts.
Here you can find permanent collections and special exhibitions by visionary artists, such as the Cosmic Galaxy Egg and Tree of Life. The Station North Arts Cafe gallery is also worth a visit for its walls filled with local art and delicious hot cornbread waffles. Creative Alliance is an innovative performance space, galleries and artist's guild that offers insight into local and regional art movements. The Eubie Blake Cultural Center hosts dozens of performing and visual arts events and exhibitions as well as functioning as an art workshop center. For something completely different, don't miss the Kinetic Sculpture Race – an annual show of art, athleticism, and ingenuity in which teams compete with human-powered sculptures on the streets of Baltimore. The Brewer's Art is another great spot to explore – it's a phenomenal brewery where you can toast to Baltimore.
Music is also an important part of the city's art scene – check out the Love Groove Festival for young artists to play on a major stage.