Things to Do
You won’t be bored.
Spend a morning at the Maryland Zoo or the National Aquarium before heading to your choice of neighborhood festival and then dinner with friends. Visit any of our 20+ pools and then grab an ice cream cone at a local creamery. Rainy day? How about a stop at one of our 22 Enoch Pratt Free Library branches—one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States? The possibilities are literally endless for Baltimore City residents.
In every part of the city, you can find a gem to celebrate. From a mural tour in East Baltimore, to Honfest, to Flicks on the Hill, Baltimore has something for everyone (and lots of things for those of us on a budget)! – Kim Lillig, Mount Vernon Resident
Photo by Baltimore Museum of Art
Tour your own town.
Whether you’re into art, history, theater, or play, Baltimore has more than enough ways to pass a rainy day.
Free and low-cost museums abound in our fair city, as do kid-friendly classics like the National Aquarium, the Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum. There’s nothing like a staycation right in your own backyard!
Babe Ruth’s Birthplace in Ridgely’s Delight
Get out and get active.
The Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks offers a huge variety of indoor and outdoor recreation activities.
- 18 public parks and trails account for approximately 6,000 acres of parkland, trails and public space.
- 12 recreational facilities offer activities ranging from skateboarding, studying plant species, boating and much more!
- 28 swim facilities offer the public a chance to get active and escape the summer. Swim lessons are also available.
- Baltimore’s Waterfront Promenade includes almost eight miles of walking, biking and jogging space along Baltimore’s beautiful harbor.
Lake Montebello’s Mile-Plus Fitness Loop
Grab a book.
Whether you’re interested in checking out a book, taking advantage of free Internet or attending one of many free events offered throughout the year, visit one of the Enoch Pratt Free Library branches around Baltimore City.
- The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States.
- The system currently includes 22 neighborhood branches.
- Across its branches, the Library hosts hundreds of free events each year.
Baltimore City’s Central Library
Fest with friends.
From food festivals celebrating the city’s best eats to cultural festivals, including AFRAM, Latinofest, Ukrainian, Greek, Russian, and Polish festivals— there’s an event for every resident’s taste in Baltimore City.
Baltimore summers bring movie nights and the largest free arts festival in the country and winter presents your chance to sample Glühwein and ice skate at the Inner Harbor.
Neighborhood gatherings like the Abell Community Street Fair, Remfest, Hampdenfest and the Locust Point Festival offer a chance to meet your neighbors while the Baltimore Running Festival takes you on a tour of our beautiful city by foot. Make sure to head to the top of Federal Hill each spring to catch the start of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, when human-powered amphibious sculptures race from Federal Hill to Patterson Park before hopping into the harbor.
- Honfest in Hampden is as Baltimore as it gets, Hon.
- Charm City Night Market in Downtown is reviving Baltimore’s historic Chinatown.
- Defenders Day Weekend in Locust Point offers a spectacular fireworks display.
- The Great Halloween Lantern Parade in Patterson Park has kicked off Halloween for more than 20 years.
- SoWeBo Arts and Music Festival in Hollins Market brings together local music, local visual artists and entertainers, great food, community.
It wouldn't be the Annual Pigtown Festival without pig races.
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