You don’t have to be an Art lover to love Artscape! With more than 350,000 people expected to attend this year’s three day event, there’s something for everyone.
The Festival covers a broad footprint, including Mt. Vernon, Bolton Hill and areas north of Penn Station, up to North Avenue. At one end of the festival is the North Stage near the Maryland Institute College of Art. Further down Charles Street are some of Baltimore’s most renowned centers for music, including The Lyric and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Also on Charles St. is the Charles Theater, which pays homage to great films.
Artscape is a true celebration of all forms of art, and what makes it so unique is the variety and sheer number of artists on hand. There will be more than 150 artists, fashion designers, engineers and craftspeople lining the streets, and countless performances on and off the various stages, including film, music, dance, opera and street performances.
The weather is supposed to be beautiful this weekend and Artscape is FREE. But, if you’re still not convinced it’s worth a visit, here are Media Works’ top five Artscape attractions:
– Music: Artscape features three main stages and a ton of musical acts. This year’s headliners include Brian McKnight, Junkyard Saints, Clutch, Celebration and Emma White. In addition, there are local bands and DJ’s performing all weekend long.
– Roadside Attractions: This year’s event features an area stretching for a quarter mile along Charles St., called “Roadside Attractions”. This area includes sculpture, performance art and music, as well as a 70’ tall Big Wheel, the Art Cars (an Artscape staple), musical acts on the North Stage, and several demonstrations by the State, including a crash test dummy demo and drunk driving simulator.
– Art Car Parade: The Art Car Parade features a series of cars that can only be described as art on wheels. These automobiles have taken the mundane hood ornament to new levels. The parade starts on Sat. at 11AM and travels from AVAM up Charles to the Art Car Lounge, where they will be on display throughout the weekend.
– At-TENT-ion: Preston Street will be home to 20 tents at this year’s festival, where artists started with a white, empty, 2-person tent and transformed it into a unique space of artistic expression.
– Squonk Opera: Have you ever seen a traveling rock opera performance on a huge truck? This year’s event features Squonk Opera’s newest musical and video production, “GO Roadshow”, a traveling performance on a huge truck. You can find them along Preston Street, or by following the human head blimp!