From Indie rock to the Caribbean’s colorful sounds, Baltimore’s music scene has escalated with quite an extensive variety of emerging musical acts. With the sounds of Nirvana-inspired classics and popular music infused with a modern element, Baltimore’s newest bands have set the pace for 2012 as the year of an eclectic daze. Take a moment to reflect on these great bands that hopped on the music radar this year.
Oftentimes, the New Year provides a time of reflection. Many find themselves analyzing past mistakes while also mulling over ideas for personal enhancement. Instead of spending your days creating the lengthy, unrealistic resolution lists, reflect on how you’re going to make this New Year’s Eve memorable at the best parties in Baltimore.
Live music, food, drinks and one of the best fireworks shows in the nation are coming to Baltimore yet again for the New Year’s Eve Spectacular. Expected to take over the entire Inner Harbor amphitheater area, the Baltimore New Year’s Eve Spectacular will feature a full fireworks show that will take off at midnight on the dot. Enjoy the main event with live music from local bands while you’re waiting for the fireworks, which will start around 9 p.m. Whether you spend this New Years in your home or venture out into the city, you’ll be able to view a sky covered with neon lights during this free fireworks show. Don’t fret over parking fees or hotel accommodations, as this guide will help you set up a great night before the New Year.
Baltimore may not have too many folks dressed up like Eskimos, but there will certainly be a fair share of yuletide carols sung by the city’s melodious choirs. During this winter season, charities, churches and local organizations have partnered to host a number of holiday concerts that will have you decking the halls all through the town. From traditional carolers to Grammy-winning singers, this year’s upcoming holiday concerts are ones the entire family will cherish. Start roasting those chestnuts and bring your mug of hot cocoa while you listen to the nostalgic sounds of Christmas joy.
Fans of theme bars should check out the variety of expositions at these local hangouts in Baltimore. Rich Baltimore traditions can be found throughout for a fun nightlife around the city.
Thanksgiving is one of the most anticipated and stressful holidays of the year. Between coordinating travel arrangements, cooking large amounts of food and scrubbing the house before guests arrive, it can be quite overwhelming to tackle that long to-do list. Take the pressure off, and take over the town during black Wednesday, a pre-thanksgiving celebration full of tasty beers and premium cocktails. Slide into the city to experience some of the best bars for this pre-Thanksgiving bash.
As the holidays approach and you prep to visit the in-laws, it’s important to know exactly where to grab the best booze at Baltimore/Washington International. There is nothing like getting to the airport super early in case the security lines are really long only to get through security quickly and have a ton of time to kill before boarding starts for your flight. These are the bars that promise the best booze to pass the time.
When it comes to music, people prefer to listen to tunes that speak to the soul and evoke memories. If you long for the days before Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Kesha, Bruno Mars and Nicki Minaj, take a trip down memory lane with these local bands who keep your favorite musical artists and songs alive.
Halloween’s a double-edged sword: everyone gets to wear costumes and run amuck, but kids are everywhere. For a little adults-only action, the best Halloween parties in Baltimore promise all of the glitz and ghouls and none of the trick-or-treaters.
Few places can scare up a good time like Charm City. As Halloween creeps closer and closer, locals and visitors alike may enjoy a festive night at some local haunts that serve up great ghost stories with their suds. In a historic place like Baltimore, expect tales of wars, politics and heartaches gone by at the best haunted bars around.
Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival originating in Germany that runs from late September to the first weekend is October … typically. Charm City prefers to take its time when it comes to celebrations involving a top-notch brew, and chooses to feature its largest Oktoberfest celebration Oct. 13. Other fine Baltimore establishments feature festive German beers throughout the month and participate in Baltimore Beer Week, in which patrons may sample authentic brews from all over the globe, win prizes and fill up on some schnitzel.
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