Baltimore is a very diverse place. With its rollicking nightlife, extravagant seafood and signature food and world-class sports scene, it is sometimes easy to forget that Baltimore is a place with significant cultural and artistic roots that have worldwide significance. One of the more down-home cultural indulgences is the bustling dinner theater community. If you are a fan of dinner-and-a-show, or would like to try a new experience, then these are the recommended five to try.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament – Baltimore Castle
7000 Arundel Mills Circle
Hanover, MD 21076
(866) 543-9637
www.medievaltimes.com

Medieval Times has a pretty impressive pedigree, having been a mainstay of Maryland entertainment for years, with several branches and hundreds of positive reviews from enthralled audience members. Jousting is the official Maryland State sport, and Medieval Times brings it back in a big way with two hours of jousting, sword fights and feudal fun, all fueled with a meal fit for a king, including lavish dishes like tomato bisque, garlic bread, half a chicken and ribs. This is all couched in an enormous theater built to look like the ancient castle that housed such events on the European days of yore. Come feed your hunger for food and your appetite for fights and fun in this one-of-a-kind event.

Credit:www.facebook.com/grandhistoricvenue

Credit:www.facebook.com/grandhistoricvenue

Grand Historic Venue
225 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 573-8444
www.grandhistoricvenue.com

Everybody loves a good murder mystery, and the experience is only enhanced when the audience is put in the center of the action. Come to the Grand Historic Venue and participate in the Baltimore Murder Mystery Dinner Theater hosted by Do or Die Productions. The show is entirely interactive, and the audience is invited to participate as much or as little as they choose. The dinner includes a choice of chicken or vegetarian entree, non-alcoholic beverages and gratuity. A cash bar is also available. The show is light and comic while also being a whodunnit that lets every audience member play detective. This light yet engaging theater is an unforgettable experience.

(AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

(AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

Catonsville Dinner Theatre
5130 Greenwich Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21229
(410) 917-2911
www.cdtshows.com

Catonsville Dinner Theatre is an eclectic theater company that offers shows covering classics such as “Godspell,” “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Fiddler On The Roof,” “A Christmas Carol” and others. Each show offers a variety of concessions for audience members to purchase as they enjoy the show. If you are in the mood for theater classics, browse Catonsville Dinner Theatre’s broad list of showings. Here you will find old favorites or classic shows that you’ve never gotten around to seeing before. Expand your cultural horizons with the rich catalog of shows this theater group has to offer.

Related: Best Spots For Dinner Theater In The Baltimore Area

Photo Credit: Baltimore Soundstage via Facebook

Photo Credit: Baltimore Soundstage via Facebook

Baltimore Soundstage
124 Market Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 244-0057
www.baltimoresoundstage.com

Theater isn’t restricted simply to plays. Musical performances are a long theatrical tradition; and no musical theater delivers like the Baltimore Soundstage. Always packed with enthusiastic patrons, Baltimore Soundstage offers an astounding variety of musical performances, including such favorites as heavy metal, neo-soul, dubstep and spoken word, to name just a few. The theater is an intimate environment, allowing patrons to be right on top of the music while still enjoying the rich selection of food made on-site from their own kitchen. Each patron may select from a full menu, instead of being given whatever they happen to be offering that night. If you are in the mood for dinner and a show filled with live music, check out the website, choose a performance that suites your tastes and then indulge your taste buds as well.

(Credit: Pam Smith)

(Credit: Pam Smith)

Magooby’s Joke House
9603 Deereco Road
Timonium, MD 21903
(410) 252-2727
www.magoobys.com

No list of dinner-and-a-show would be complete without a good, old fashioned comedy club. At Magooby’s, you will be treated to a hilarious mixture of both local talent and celebrity comedians, including such names as Tom Arnold, Gilbert Gottfried and Jim Breuer. The menu, however, is not to be laughed at. A truly professional restaurant menu, it includes such goodies as Philly cheesesteak sliders, angus and smokehouse burgers, hummus, buffalo chicken, jumbo shrimp and more (including a number of vegetarian items). Come out and laugh at veterans of comedy and support your local talent in an experience sure to be as tasty as it is hilarious.

Related: Best Venues For Comedy In The Baltimore Area

Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.