Baltimore Events That Are Both Fun and Affordable
Spending time in Baltimore? Here are some fun things to do during your time there that won't break the bank.
Baltimore, Maryland is a great place to visit. It's only an hour away from Washington, DC, but it has its own fun stuff to do. It can hang on its own. You don't want to spend your life savings having fun in the big city. Here are some exciting and inexpensive events coming up.
"Beautiful Walls for Baltimore" at School 33 Art Center
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Ongoing until January 30, School 33 Art Center presents an exhibition honoring the 40th anniversary of the Baltimore Mural Program. It covers the three galleries at the center featuring new and recreated works. This is a free event running from 11AM - 4PM, Wednesday-Saturday. This is a kid friendly, local artist event.
The exhibit celebrates Baltimore's history and culture, focusing on the giants like Billie Holiday as the original murals do. Baltimore really had an impact on America and this art showcases just that. The Baltimore Mural Program has seen over 250 murals made in this city. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Baltimore National Heritage Association.
School 33 is a part of the Baltimore Office of Promotions & the Arts. It is supported in part by the Maryland State Council. The center is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation grant. School 33 was established in 1979 in South Baltimore as a center for contemporary art.
From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story
The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles Street
The Walters Story focuses on the story of William T. Walters and his son Henry as they brought art to Baltimore through their museum The Walters Art Museum. Together they acquired more than 200,000 items which make up most of the museum's collection today. This collection telling the story will be open until April 17, 2016 on Wednesdays - Sundays from 10AM - 5PM. Open until 9PM on Thursdays. This is a free exhibit.
This exhibit includes 200 pieces from the collection and never-before-seen Walters family photographs. The end of the exhibit celebrates the 80th+ anniversary of the museum, and visitors are asked to consider how giving impacts today.
The Walters Art Museum opened in 1934 and presents a panorama of art from the third millennium BC to the early twentieth century AD. The collection was initially put together by William and Henry Walters and later bequeathed to the city of Baltimore.
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Running until August 1, 2018, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Imagining Home is an exhibit bringing together thirty-seven works from the museum's collection exploring the theme of home. This is the inaugural exhibition for the Patricia and Mark Joseph Education Center. Different types of work such as paintings, sculptures, and textiles from all over the world are on display, showing off different sub-themes such as façades & thresholds, domestic interiors, arrivals and departures. Also on display are interactive works as well. This is a free kid-friendly event.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to a collection of 19th century, modern, and contemporary art. Opening in 1914, the museum now houses over 950,000 pieces of art. The Henri Matisse collection is known to be the largest in the world. Starting in 2006, the museum has no admission price. In addition to the Imagining Home exhibit, check out all the art the Baltimore Museum of Art has on display.
Under The Skin
315 West Fayette Street
For only $25 a ticket, come out to the Everyman Theatre from January 20 to February 21 to watch the play Under the Skin. Michael Hollinger's play explores the family. Lou and his daughter Raina have an estranged relationship and have to reconnect over his need of a kidney transplant. In comes another character who can also be a donor. Raina is faced with a decision over which part of herself to give up. The show plays Sunday 2PM and 7PM, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 7:30PM, Friday 8PM, and Saturday 2PM and 8PM.
Founded in 1990 by Vincent M. Lancisi, the Everyman Theatre is an intimate theater with a residence of actors from the Baltimore area. In addition to showing plays, they offer classes for all ages. Their mission is to make the theater available for the every man, hence the name, Everyman.
As You Like It
Center for the Arts at Towson University
Fine Arts Dr
Twenty minutes from Baltimore is the town of Towson where Towson University is located. They have put a new twist on the Shakespearean play As You Like It. In Shakespeare's day, plays had only male casts. This version has an all-female cast. As You Like It is a story of romance and mistaken identity with the characters Rosalind and Orlando. The play will be taking place until February 14, Valentine's Day on the Mainstage Theater at Towson University. Runtime for the show is approximately two hours and twenty minutes, with a fifteen minute intermission. Tickets range from $10 - $59. Hurry up! Many of the shows have limited seating left. The Valentine's show offers audio description and open caption.
CenterStage is the non-profit theater putting on the all-female version of As You Like It and has been together for fifty years. It is their mission to take risks with theater, "engaging, educating, and expanding the horizons of diverse audiences through challenging, bold, thought-provoking classical and contemporary theater."
4915 Greenspring Avenue
It's free, open to the public, and dogs are allowed as long as they are on a leash. The Arboretum is a 207-acre public greenspace with gardens, trees, and over three miles of trails. The grounds and gardens are open Tuesday - Sunday 8AM - 5PM. The Vollmer Visitor Center is open Wednesday - Sunday 10AM - 4PM, closed in inclement weather. The mansion is only open by appointment in the winter. The Nature Museum also known as the Carriage House is closed December through March. The Greenhouses are not open to the public.
The Cylburn Arboretum has been in Baltimore for over fifty years. The mansion, owned by Quaker businessman Jesse Tyson, was built in 1868. The same architect who designed the Baltimore City Hall, George A. Fredrick, designed the Cylburn grounds in Victorian Renaissance Revival style.
Food Systems Lab Open House
January 27 from 10AM - 12PM the Arboretum will be open for individual drop-ins to learn more about the Johns Hopkins Center for a Liveable Future Food Systems Lab. This is a recurring event. Tours will be offered and aquaponics, combining aqua animals with aqua plants in a close and interactive environment. Questions will be answered. Groups should schedule times separately.
Bear Branch Nature Center
300 John Owings Rd.
Woodpeckers are year-round residents of Baltimore and thus can be seen in the winter. Walking through the fields and forests, nature lovers will be on the lookout for the noisy bird. Afterwards, young nature lovers will get to construct a bird feeder out of recycled materials. This event takes place on January 23 at 10AM. All ages are welcome.
The Bear Branch Nature Center is located less than an hour from Baltimore in Carroll County. Serving the community for over 20 years. They provide nature programs, festival, and outdoor activities like the Woodpecker Walk. The knowledgeable staff members are available year round to answer questions and lead groups of all ages.
Star Storytelling: Our Constellations
Robinson Nature Center
6692 Cedar Lane
Less than thirty minutes from Baltimore is the Robinson Nature Center in Columbia, Maryland. January 23 from 11AM - 11:30AM they will be in the Naturesphere planetarium, discovering the stories behind the constellations. This is for kids ages three to eight. Before and after you can check out what the rest of the Robinson Nature Center has to offer.
Adjacent to the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area, The Robinson Nature Centre is an education facility on 18 acres of land. There are over 1,000 acres of land and water to explore. In addition to the planetarium, the center contains a video alcove with a self-updating multimedia astronomy display, Children's Discovery Room with activities, nature trail, balcony and green rooftop, and classrooms and 150 seat auditorium. Admission to the nature center is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and kids under three are free.
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Live!
Harford Community College
200 Thomas Run Rd.
Bel Air, MD
For as low as $15 a ticket, you can experience live the little tiger from Mr. Roger's Neighborhood who now has his own show on PBS. Taking children on an adventure into his world, Daniel Tiger brings fun, laughter, singing, and dancing. Daniel Tiger comes to Harford Community College via their Family Series sponsored by BGE.
Bel Air, Maryland, is only 45 minutes from Baltimore. Harford Community College was established in 1957 as Harford Junior College.
The 39 Steps
Fells Point Corner Theater
251 South Ann Street
Adapted by Richard Barlowe, Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps is running until February 14. The 39 Steps is a fast paced whodunnit of 150 characters played by a crazy cast of four! General admission tickets are $20 Fridays and Saturdays, $15 Sundays, and Pay What You Want Thursdays. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 8PM. Sunday shows are at 2PM.
Fells Point Corner Theater sprung up from the merge of two theaters in the Fells Point area, surprising the Fells Point theater and the Corner Theater. Their first season was September of 1987, and they are currently in the midst of their 27th season.
Whether you are traveling to the city or you are a resident of the Baltimore area, you will be looking for something fun to do. There are wonderful plays, art galleries, and nature museums to visit that will not cost you an arm and a leg for entertainment.
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