Baltimore County Now
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. And 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.
If 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 every night through September 25th.
Even the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is coming up to the County on July 3rd and 4th 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 here. Guests get to see the BSO perform classic American music with a spectacular fireworks show after the performance.
The Lurman Summer Concert Series, put on for 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.
For a complete list of concerts and events this summer, please click here.
Baltimore County Tourism & Promotion
Whether you prefer classical in the park, folk along your local main street, some smooth jazz at a winery or vineyard, or rockin’ riffs at a raucous festival; there is something for everyone in Baltimore County with more than 150 concerts taking place this summer. Best of all, many of them are free and kid-friendly, so there is no need shell out for the babysitter.
With so much going on there is no excuse to spend a weekend evening at home watching Netflix (the new episodes of Orange is the New Black will still be there when you get home). Those winter doldrums will be back around before you know it, and you’ll be glad you spent your summer afternoons and evenings with some great music!
Here is a complete list of outdoor music and dance concerts throughout the summer.
Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences
There’s a new place to get smart in Baltimore County. Actually, it’s a place to get “smARTS,” a new Baltimore County arts television show premiering March 7 at 7:00-7:30 p.m. on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County.
We call the program smARTS because we believe this is the smart place to find out about Baltimore County’s arts scene. The show covers music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Towson and Owings Mills.
We also feel the arts really do make you smarter; smarter about the world, about ideas and emotions, and smarter about how creative expression makes our lives more meaningful and just plain fun.
Carolyn Black-Sotir, chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, hosts the program, The premiere show includes an interview with Marin Alsop about the new Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, whose new home is the Carver Center for Arts & Technology in Towson; a preview of the 25th Baltimore Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills; and a discussion about For All the World to See, an exhibit at UMBC focusing on the impact of visual images and the civil rights movement. A “Get smARTER” segment looks at how County composer Valencio Jackson developed the show’s original theme music.
smARTS premieres March 7 and airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30-noon on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County. Segments are available 24/7 on the Baltimore County government web site www.baltimorecountymd.gov
SmARTS is produced by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.