Back in April, the BBJ's editorial team went on an outing to Fort McHenry for some team building and brainstorming.
We toured the museum and took in the views of the city from across the water. It was my first time visiting the historic space and it got me thinking — what else haven't I explored in the city? What events and festivals haven't I participated in?
I began to build a list of some of the most popular, or in some cases forgotten, treasures of the city and from that created the BBJ's 2018 summer bucket list.
It's not meant to be fully comprehensive, but instead a sampling of what we thought were the "must do" things for this summer. It's primarily focused on Baltimore City in order to both keep a narrow focus of what qualified to make it onto the list, and to show readers just how much there is to do here.
So, with Thursday being the official start of summer, we present our list. Click the links to explore and let us know how many activities you were able to accomplish over the next three or so months.
THE BBJ'S SUMMER BUCKET LIST 2018
A list of events, places to go and ways to spend your summer in Baltimore.
Click on links for more information about each.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
- June 22: Food Truck Rally
- June 23: Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival
- July 14: Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival
- July 14 - 15: Baltimore Washington One Carnival
- July 20 - 22: Artscape
- Aug. 11 & 12: AFRAM Festival
- Aug. 23 - Sept. 3: Maryland State Fair
- Aug. 25: Vegan SoulFest
- Sept. 15: Baltimore Seafood Fest
GET AWAY WITHOUT GOING FAR
- Tubing on the Gunpowder: Head north to Monkton and float around the river.
- Cascade Lake waterpark: Let the kids loose in the Spray 'N' Playground, go for a dip in the lake or do some fishing.
- Rocky Point Beach and Park: Hit the beach just 20 miles from the Inner Harbor for swimming, fishing, boating and picnicking.
- Patapsco Valley State Park: Explore 32 miles of hiking and recreational areas in Howard County. See Cascade Falls, take the kids to the Tire Park and more.
GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
- See a movie: Take advantage of good weather and see a movie outside at Pics in the Park, Flicks from the Hill or MVP Movie Night. Or, drive East to Bengies Drive-in.
- Go to an Orioles game: The team might be struggling, but a day at Camden Yards is always a good time. Check out one of the theme nights such as LGBT Pride Night, Game of Thrones night and Bark at Oriole Park.
- Support a local business: Go shopping in Fells Point, Pigtown's main street, along the Avenue in Hampden or another of the city's main streets. Finish off the day with a cold drink and a snack at a locally-owned restaurant.
- Volunteer: Go out on your own to pick up trash, or go with a group for something a little more organized.
TOO HOT TO BE OUTSIDE?
- Support the arts: The Waters Art Museum and the Baltimore Museum of Art are always free and often host events like Art After Hours.
- Learn some history: Take a 1 mile train ride at the B&O Railroad Museum, visit the birthplace and museum of baseball legend Babe Ruth or discover the stories of prominent African-American historical figures at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
- Go on a brewery tour: Sample the beers of nine of Baltimore's craft breweries through City Brew Tours.
TAKE A RIDE AROUND TOWN
- Bike Party: Grab your friends and join the crowd of riders for Baltimore Bike Party — a mass monthly ride around the city. The slow moving herd plots different routes every month but a stop for food and drinks is always part of the plan.
- Bike Share: The bicycle sharing system hasn't quite worked out all of its kinks, but you can usually find a handful of them for rent at stations around the city. Grab one and explore!
- Water taxi: A ride on one of the city's water taxis can be refreshing and an easy way to get out on the water. Take a short trip across the Harbor, or do one of the experiences like Whiskey Wednesday.
SEE BALTIMORE FROM A NEW VIEW
- Top of the World Observation Level: See a 360-degree, bird's-eye view of the city from the 27th floor of the World Trade Center in the Inner Harbor.
- Patterson Park Pagoda: Climb endless steps to reach the Pagoda Observatory and see the 137-acre park and beyond.
- The Bygone: For a grown-ups only outing, grab dinner or drinks at the restaurant and bar on the 29th story of the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore.
- The Washington Monument: Hike up 227 steps to the top of the monument and enjoy the view. A virtual experience of climbing to the top can be viewed on-site and online.
- Friends of Patterson Park Concert Series: WYPR presents this series of free musical performances Tuesdays and Sundays from June through August on Pagoda Hill.
- Rhythms & Reels: This series consists of over 140 events at 32 locations this spring and summer, including free concerts, movie showings and other family-friendly programming.
- $5 5K Run/Walk Series: Baltimore City Rec and Parks is putting on nine city wide 5K events between April and December for just $5 per person. Proceeds go toward city-wide park programming.
FRESH FOODS AND HOMEMADE GOODS
Compiled by the BBJ staff
There are markets across the city all summer long. Here are a few:
- Pratt Street Farmers Market: Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Waverly Farmers Market: Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Fells Point Farmers Market: Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar: Sundays, 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.
- Museum of Industry Farmers Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
- Druid Hill Farmers Market: Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
- Pigtown Community Farmers Market: Thursdays, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.