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Central to Our Outstanding Quality of Life

From the stage of the historic Hippodrome Theatre in west Baltimore, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called for County residents to come out and support the world class arts and cultural attractions in Baltimore City.

“Those of us who live in Baltimore County know how important the city is to the entire region. We benefit from the exceptional arts and cultural attractions just down the road from county residents,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Let’s stand together in support of our neighbors.”

Baltimore Arts Just Down the Road LogoKamenetz noted that last year Baltimore County residents visited Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions over 687,000 times.“That is why Baltimore County provided $2.8 million in grants this year to support arts, sciences and humanities non-profits in the Baltimore region. The Walters, the National Aquarium, Center Stage and the Baltimore Symphony are as central to our outstanding quality of life as the Orioles and the Ravens.” 

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake applauded this regional call to support Baltimore City cultural attractions.

“We are all one region. There is so much good in Baltimore City that is good for Baltimore County, and vice versa," said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. "I appreciate the County Executive's recognition of that fact and his efforts to encourage Baltimore County residents to support the amazing array of arts opportunities in Baltimore City." 

Special County Tourism Web Page 

Baltimore County has created a special page on its tourism website, with quick links to information about Baltimore City arts and cultural attractions. 

“I believe in leading by example. I look forward to seeing many Baltimore County residents in the city as my wife Jill, my sons and I continue to enjoy what’s special about living here,” said Kamenetz.  

City Arts Leaders Applaud Program, Invite All to Enjoy 

"Baltimore County has always provided the backbone to cultural Baltimore, via their passion, attendance and financial commitment to the arts. Nothing says, ‘One Baltimore’ better than the global language of arts and music,” said Rebecca Hoffberger, founder-director, American Visionary Art Museum. 

“We are delighted that County Executive Kamenetz is encouraging county residents to enjoy the city’s many wonderful cultural attractions,” said Clair Zamoiski Segal, chair, BMA Board of Trustees. “The BMA is looking forward to showcasing all of its beautiful renovations, gorgeous collection galleries, and new exhibitions—and we want to remind everyone that general admission is always free.”

 “We will always be grateful for the continuing support of Baltimore County residents,” said Don Hutchinson, president and CEO of The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. “So many residents are members and visitors to the Zoo. We hear from visitors that they really enjoy spending time with their family and friends in the Zoo, unplugged from their computers and televisions, talking to one another about the experiences they are having here.”

 “I wish to extend a special thanks to County Executive Kamenetz and the County government for remaining committed to the arts in Baltimore City,” said Julia Marciari-Alexander, the Andrea B. and John H. Laporte director of the Walters Art Museum.

 “We are grateful for the incredible support Baltimore County gives to Center Stage, especially in regard to our upcoming temporary move to Towson University,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah. “We’re looking forward to bringing professional theater to the doorsteps of Baltimore County residents, and welcoming them back to the city next year to a completely renovated building.”

“Port Discovery Children's Museum is proud to provide the children and families of Baltimore County the opportunity to connect purposeful play and learning through our educational, interactive exhibits and programs. We join County Executive Kamenetz in inviting you to come down and imagine, play, learn and grow in our nationally recognized children's museum,” said Bryn Parchman, executive director of Port Discovery.

“The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, and we could not thank the residents and leadership of Baltimore County enough for being our biggest and most loyal supporters for an entire century! We welcome everyone to join us at the Meyerhoff this holiday season and beyond, and look forward to uplifting the hearts of our audience for many more years to come,” said Paul Meecham, president and CEO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

$2.8 Million in County Grants Support City Arts and Cultural Organizations

Arts, Sciences and Humanities Organizations in Baltimore City Serving the Region–FY2016

  • American Visionary Art Museum         
  • Bach in Baltimore
  • B&O Railroad Museum                         
  • Baltimore Choral Arts Society
  • Baltimore Clayworks                            
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Baltimore Museum of Industry             
  • Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
  • Baltimore Theatre Project                      
  • Center Stage
  • Concert Artists of Baltimore                 
  • Creative Alliance
  • Everyman Theatre                                 
  • Handel Choir
  • Hippodrome Foundation                       
  • Historic Ships in Baltimore
  • Jewish Museum of Maryland                
  • Living Classrooms
  • Lyric Opera                                           
  • Maryland Art Place
  • Maryland Historical Society                  
  • Maryland Science Center
  • Maryland Zoo in Baltimore                   
  • National Aquarium
  • Port Discovery Children’s Museum      
  • Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Star Spangled Banner Flag House         
  • Walters Art Museum


Boordy Good Life Thursdays photoJulian Baker
  Intern, Baltimore County Office of Communications

Thinking about going somewhere for live music this summer? No need to fly to Nashville for country or bluegrass. The Good Life Festival at Boordy Vineyards provides good food, great music and an excellent atmosphere for just $10. Feel free to bring the kids as all guests under 16 have free admission. Come back to the Vineyards all summer, as the Summer Evening Concerts rock every Friday night from May to August.

Booking a trip to Cleveland to check out some classic rock? First, head on over to Parkville any Friday in the summer to see the PCBA Spring Concert Series. The event is free in the backyard of Racer’s Cafe, one of the best craft beer bars in town.     

Shakespeare isn’t only performed in the Globe Theatre. Join Stephanie and Saar at the Gordon Center for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the work of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn will be paired with selections from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy performed by actor Stanley Morstein. Tickets for the June 14th event are free, but must be reserved.

Towson Feet on the Street photoIf the fun atmosphere of New Orleans is your thing, swing by Feet on the Street Block Party on Friday nights to experience Towson’s local music scene. There will be beer, wine and cocktails for the adults, and moon bounces and face painting for the kids. It might even start to look like Mardi Gras. Admission is free, and it goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every night through September 25th.

Even the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is coming up to the County on July 3 and 4 for their Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, or you can buy your tickets in advance. Guests get to see the BSO perform classic American music with a spectacular fireworks show after the performance.

The Lurman Summer Concert Series, free every Saturday and Sunday from May to August, has all of the above; blues, funk, country, R&B, and classic jazz are on tap all summer long. The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville is your one stop shop for all things music this summer.

Baltimore County’s more than 80 summer concerts have everything you’re looking for; from Reggae in White Marsh to Folk in Catonsville, all you need for a summer of music is right here in the County.  

Review a complete list of concerts and events this summer.

Baltimore County Tourism logoJuliet Morris
Intern, Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences

Summer is here, and here with it are beach vacations, sleep-away camps, and Fourth of July picnics. The season is busy, but somehow an abundance of free time always wedges its way in between the events marked on the calendar. Students with eight weeks off from school sometimes find themselves glued to the television with nothing else to do all day. The warm weather and longer days make it so even adults who are still occupied from nine to five find some extra time on their hands. If you are trying to find a way to wile away your spare summer hours, look no further. There are tons of art, music and theatre performances here in Baltimore County all summer long.

Arts and sciences organizations in Baltimore County offer a diverse group of programs that will help make the most of your child’s summer. Summertime Crickets, a program by the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, introduces children ages four and five to the world of music. Kaleidoscope! Arts Camp in Catonsville channels another area of creativity, focusing on visual arts. This two-week day camp offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students looking to be creative and have fun!

photo of a Cockpit in Court playAnother great family outing is a night at the theatre with Cockpit in Court’s summer season, presented at CCBC Essex. The company will celebrate forty years of theatre with five diverse shows: Gypsy, A Murder is Announced, Me and My Girl, Social Security, and Seussical Jr.  Whether you’re looking to see a musical or a play or whether you are bringing the kids or having a grown-up night, Cockpit in Court is a summer treat for any occasion.

If you are looking for more theatre, the annual Summer Playwright’s Festival presented by Open Space Arts is a Baltimore County tradition that you will not want to miss. Open Space Arts is stationed in Reisterstown and holds their big summer show the first two weekends in August. The festival features several short plays written by inspired members of the community. Local actors bring these original pieces to life on Open Space Arts’ charming outdoor stage. The Summer Playwright’s Festival is an entertaining and unique theatre experience that the whole family can enjoy.

photo of band at Lurman Woodland theatre

The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville hosts a free concert series with performances every Saturday and Sunday from June 1-August 25. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with the family and experience all different kinds of music. Spread out your blanket and enjoy concerts from a variety of bands, ranging from the Catonsville High School Steel Band to 1940s swing by the Bayside Big Band to old school blues. Download the concert schedule at and you will be sure to find a concert that suits your style.

These are just a few of the many arts events happening in our area this summer season. For a complete list of summer events and attractions in Baltimore County, please visit

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