“Historic, artsy, soulful.” These are the words that come to mind when Common thinks of Baltimore, Maryland. After filming the motion picture “LUV,” the rapper/actor fell so deeply in love with the city’s diverse neighborhoods and culinary scene that he was tapped to be a “Visit Baltimore” ambassador.
From its world famous harbor to its rising creative scene, the city of Baltimore is one that embraces the change of the future while recognizing its rich past. Though difficult times and long-standing issues have made headlines as of late, the city has a rich, proud African-American history and culture that should not be ignored.
Looking to experience the “Charm City” for yourself? Here are some of the best ways to check out what Baltimore has to offer, this fall and beyond:
3RD ANNUAL BALTIMORE FAMILY REUNION EXPO
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
of Maryland African American History & Culture
September 12, 2015
Experience what family is all about at this festive, family-friendly event, featuring workshops and celebrity seminars to help you plan the ultimate family reunion. Also, enjoy live performances, culinary delights and a fun-filled kid zone.
Explore a “Living Seashore” in this new permanent 27,000-square-foot interactive exhibit featuring more than 150 Mid-Atlantic creatures. Visitors will be encouraged to touch horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, stingrays and moon jellies in this wonder world of aquatic life.
LEGO® CASTLE ADVENTURE
Port Discovery Children’s Museum
Through September 20, 2015
Explore, build and play in Port Discovery’s newest traveling exhibition—LEGO® Castle Adventure! The whole family will be transported back in time with this fantastic exhibition, featuring royal thrones, secret passageways, working catapults and more.
BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL
September 25–27, 2015
It’s bookworm heaven at the 20th annual Baltimore Book Festival, featuring hundreds of local and national authors speaking on 10 stages, as well as cooking demos, poetry, workshops, panel discussions, live music, food and more.
FREE FALL BALTIMORE
October 1-31, 2015
Hundreds of free events and unique performances throughout the city, including arts workshops, dance lessons, exhibitions, music performances, plays, puppet shows, walking tours and free admission to museums; all during the month of October.
THE BIG HOPE SHOW
American Visionary Art Museum
Opens October 3, 2015
Feel the inspiration and transformative powers of hope in the face of cynicism and despair with this jubilant exhibition marking AVAM’s 20th anniversary.
BALTIMORE BLACK PRIDE
October 9-11, 2015
Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops and town hall meetings, entertainment, and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival.
PAUL SIMON: WORDS AND MUSIC
Jewish Museum of Maryland
Opens October 11, 2015
Still crazy after all these years? Crazy about Paul Simon, of course. Direct from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this new exhibit about one of America’s favorite singer-songwriters premieres right here in Baltimore. The exhibit features original guitars, draft lyrics, costumes, SNL video clips and a special narration by Paul Simon himself.
MURALS, MANSIONS AND MONUMENTS TOUR
Departs from the Baltimore Visitor Center
Through October 31, 2015
The Murals, Mansions and Monuments Tour is the newest sightseeing bus tour experience showcasing wonderful neighborhoods, the art scene, parks and historic buildings that represent the past and present of Baltimore.
GUIDED WALKING TOURS
Through November 2, 2015
Experience Baltimore’s unique heritage with guided walking tours of the city’s most historic neighborhoods including Fell’s Point, Little Italy, Jonestown, Mount Vernon, and Pennsylvania Avenue.
To find out more information and plan your visit to this Baltimore City, please visit www.Baltimore.org