Waterfront Partnership is proud to host and produce several free Waterfront festivals for families and visitors to enjoy!
BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL
The exciting Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of appearances by local, celebrity, and nationally-known authors. Come and check out book signings, over one hundred exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by top chefs, poetry readings, workshops, panel discussions, and storytellers! There are also hands-on projects for kids, live music, and a delicious variety of food, beer, and wine.
HARBOR HARVEST FESTIVAL
Every year, Waterfront Partnership invites families to come and celebrate the changing seasons at West Shore Park. It’s a beautiful day filled with performances, science experiments, crafting, a petting zoo, pony rides, a hay bail maze, and more. Most of the activities are geared towards younger children, but there’s plenty for everyone to discover down by the water!
Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people over seven nights.
Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.
Light City’s innovation programming, Light City U generates an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day – while lights, performances and live music re-imagine Baltimore at night.
Support Waterfront Partnership’s Healthy Harbor Initiative and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and attend The Great Baltimore Oyster Festival! At this fall festival attendees enjoy live music, oysters, other seafood options, alcohol, food trucks, family friendly activities and interactive Chesapeake Bay themed displays!
Brews & Views Concert Series
The Waterfront’s newest summer concert series! Jam out to local, live music at Harbor Point’s Central Plaza, while sipping brews and enjoying sweeping views of the harbor. Concerts feature free live music, food trucks, bar service by Dooby’s, craft beer, vendors, and lawn style games from 6-9pm. All concerts are free to attend! View band lineup here
Summer Socials are the perfect, family-friendly way to kick off the weekend in the summer. Bring a blanket and enjoy a fun, family-friendly evening at West Shore Park every second Friday from May through September. Summer Socials feature live music by a local band, kids activities, food trucks, bar service, and the Walter Sondheim Interactive Fountain. Summer Socials are always free and fun to attend! Click here for schedule and special appearances.
Yappy Hours @ Harbor Point
Cocktails with your Cockapoo, wine with your Weimaraner, beer with your Bulldog… Harbor Point’s Central Plaza becomes a playspace for dogs and their humans with drinks, music, food trucks, and of course doggy friendly vendors and activities! Click here for more information
REDEFINE BREAK TIME. Find good food and good vibes at Harbor Market, the food marketplace on McKeldin Plaza.. With food trucks, local vendors, and live music playing every Wednesday, you can taste and hear the best of the city right outside your office. That turkey sandwich is looking a little sad now, isn’t it? For schedule and details, head over to harbormkt.com
Waterfront Wellness is a FREE fitness series designed to make health and wellness easy for our local community. Medifast and its lifestyle brand, OPTAVIA, have a shared mission to offer the world lifelong transformation, one healthy habit at a time. This mission will be brought to life through this summer series, and supports a healthier future in our neighborhoods and the harbor. Together, Medifast and Waterfront Partnership hope to ignite healthy habits within our community! Visit www.waterfrontwellnessbmore.com for class schedule and to register for FREE!
The Waterfront Street Performers (managed by Waterfront Partnership) consist of magicians, jugglers, unicycles, musicians, aerialists, and more! These dedicated performers are at the Inner Harbor to entertain daily from May-October at the Harborplace Amphitheater, Constellation Dock, and Bicentennial Plaza. All shows are free to attend.
Harbor Point Ice Festival
Central Plaza at Harbor Point comes alive for the Harbor Point Ice Festival in January! The plaza is transformed into a magical winter wonderland with twinkling lights, ice sculptures lining the walkways, live music, food & drink, kids crafts, and more. Spectators watch the excitement as award-winning ice sculptors use chainsaws and chisels to create spectacular ice sculptures. Local businesses also sponsor their own ice sculptures that the public can interact with, such as an ice throne, shuffle board game, ice graffiti wall, and multiple photo opps.
Pandora Ice Rink
PANDORA ICE RINK AT BALTIMORE’S INNER HARBOR
Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, or create new family memories at the PANDORA Ice Rink. With special programming and events happening all season long, there’s always something new to experience at this amazing Inner Harbor destination. The rink is open November – January at the top of the amphitheater at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for children/seniors/military, and skate rentals will be available for $4 (or bring your own pair!). The Rink is open to the public seven days a week, with extended hours during the holidays. Skate on over to innerharboricerink.org for additional details on opening events and programming. See you on the ice!
To learn more about hosting an event with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, please download our Event Planning guide.