BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, is coming back to Charm City from Friday, July 17 through Sunday July 19 on Mount Royal Ave. and North Charles St.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Dive In,” focusing on the importance of water as a global resource and basic necessity of life.

The weekend will feature water-centered acts such as the AquaLounge, an art installation of a giant water molecule by Morgan State University and a performance by FluidMovement. In addition, Artscape will have live music of various genres on three outdoor stages, a full schedule of stage performances, arts and crafts from more than 130 artisans and much more.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic are headlining Friday’s MICA Main Stage at 7:30. Saturday will feature The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and reggae favorite Michael Franti & Spearhead. Jazz band Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue will close out the festival Sunday evening.

Bring your kids to enjoy the kid-friendly additions to Artscape, such as a Lazy River, art projects on the BioBus and the self-contained water gardening exhibit, B’more Aquaponics.

The festival is showcasing a lot of local cuisine this year, with 95 percent of food and drink from Baltimore based vendors such as Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, Dooby’s, Clementine’s, Community Produce, Otterbein Bakery and Zeke’s Coffee.

The new Artscape Mobile App for Apple and Android devices allows attendees to create their own custom schedule, set reminders for specific ‘can’t-miss’ events and view the clickable festival map. Follow @ArtscapeBmore for more information leading up to the event and hashtag #artscape2015 to connect with other attendees.

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