By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– It’s been a long and entertaining evening for thousands of Artscape fans and the reviews are already coming in.

Pat Warren has a taste of what you can expect this weekend.

The biggest arts festival in the country is really the country’s biggest block party, as feet will stomp and heads will pop to music and other fun-filled activities at Artscape.

It even has Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake talking.

“Spend up all your money,you don’t have to take it back to the counties, spend it all up here,” she said.

With a wide variety of foods, drinks, and art, the crowd will be loud and ramped up for the start of Artscape.

“OMG the food, the dancing the activities. Everything. I love it. I love it,” said Artscape fan Lolene Mcallister.

“I love it and every year it gets better than the next,” said another fan Miles Sullivan.

The festival will draw an estimated $28 Million from a crowd of 350,000 people.

“We can throw a party, but unless you come it’s not a success. So for the past 33 years we have been doing this festival and it keeps getting bigger and better every year,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

“And it’s cultural. So many nationalities. People get to meet one another. People get to embrace one another. That’s what Baltimore is all about,” said Ronald Harris an avid Artscape fan.

Not coincidentally, this years Artscape theme is ” Join the Movement”, with an emphasis on dance. Clearly everybody’s got at least one good move. Artscape is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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