Dates: July 15, 16 & 17, 2011
Hours: Friday: noon-10:00 p.m.; Saturday: noon-10:00 p.m.; Sunday: noon-8:00 p.m.
Locations: Mount Royal Ave. and Cathedral St./North Charles St.
Taking up 12 city blocks, the festival is held at multiple outdoor stages, tents, display areas and nearby
galleries. Note that several streets will be closed around the festival site.
Tickets: Free tickets are available before the festival at or during the festival at Guest
Services located inside the lobby of The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric
on Mt. Royal Ave. and Oliver St. Tickets are not required for outdoor concerts and activities.
Transportation: See Amtrak, MTA, parking and biking directions at:
Food & Beverage: Local and ethnic food vendors along with Charm City Hospitality will offer various
For more information:

Credit: Artscape

Even your youngest budding artist will have plenty to do and see at this year’s Artscape, a three-day arts extravaganza in the heart of the city. But with more than 350,000 planned attendees, 173 exhibitors and 175 tents, go armed with this roadmap of kid-friendly activities. Don’t miss:

The Rabbit Hole

Pearlstone Park on Preston Street (between Cathedral Street and Howard Street)
Hours: Fri to Sun – All day

Available all three days, this new, interactive exhibition combines an outdoor sculpture garden and a riding play area. The space features Wonderland Estates, a collection of repurposed playhouses dubbed “tract housing for trolls,” and the Mini Prix, where kids can race in mini pedal-powered art cars.

The Theatre Showcase

The Theatre Project – 45 W. Preston St.
Hours: Sunday – 12:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.

Each day of the festival includes an assortment of workshops, theatre presentations and ethnic dances, but Sunday’s offerings (noon, 4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m.) are especially geared for younger audiences, including a young reporter’s workshop, vocal music concert and Bolivian cultural dance demonstration.

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The Pinkard Gallery inside the Bunting Center at Mt. Royal Ave. and W. Lafayette Ave
Hours: Fri to Sun – All day

A past crowd-pleaser, this exhibit showcases videogames and their creators. Visitors can converse with exhibitors and even play the games at an onsite arcade. A “Best of Show” contest will allow visitors to vote on their favorite game, with winners announced on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Don’t miss the video game-inspired artwork by several visual artists, three of which hail from Maryland.

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Make It At Artscape

The Cohen Plaza in front of the Brown Center on Mt. Royal Ave
Hours: Fri to Sun – 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Featuring hands-on activities from noon to 7:00 p.m. all three days, this tent includes a storytelling corner, plus mini workshops where kids can create windsocks, jewelry, musical instruments, puppets, hats and more. Children must pre-register for workshops as space is limited. For registration information, contact:

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Lyric Park on Oliver St. and Mt. Royal Ave
Hours: Fri and Sat: 9:30 p.m., Sun: 7:30 p.m

Baltimore’s own Nana Projects will put on several unique parades throughout the three days, featuring stilt walkers, ribbon trees, music and costumed performers. A special finale will be held each night before the close of the festival

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Art Car Show And Parade

Charles St. and E. Lanvale St
Hours: Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Kids will love how ordinary cars are transformed into works of art. The vehicles will be on display all three days; an art car parade will take place Saturday, 11:30 a.m. (Friday and Saturday: 9:30 p.m., Sunday: 7:30 p.m.).

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Street Theater

The MICA main building steps on Mt. Royal Ave. and W. Lanvale St.
Hours: Fri to Sun – All Day

Several daily scheduled performances, from magic shows to hula hoop displays, are sure to grab the kids’ attention. But even if you missed a designated time, you still might catch a “pop up performance,” where song and dance will unexpectedly begin. For specific performance times, check out their website.

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Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

The Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St.
Hours: Sat – 2:00 p.m.

Come in from the heat on Saturday and check out a free performance of some classic favorites by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at 2:00 p.m.

Lurdes Abruscato is a local freelance writer and contributing blogger to several sites. She is always on the lookout for worthwhile activities and creative pursuits for her two children.