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Jordan Fish
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.




smARTS logoFronda Cohen
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.


 by Fronda Cohen

Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences

This summer, Baltimore County is alive with the sounds of music.  These concerts have the best price of all: under $5.  Most are free! Outdoors with a family picnic or indoors out of the heat, here are just a few of this summer’s free concerts in Baltimore County. As always, check the venue before you head out.

Lurman Woodland Concerts

From New Orleans Jazz to reggae to the golden age of rock and roll, free outdoor concerts every

Saturday and Sunday 6:00-8:00 p.m. until August 26.

For more information, click here.

Towson’s Feet on the Street Block Parties

Grab your lawn chairs and blankets for free live music, children’s activities and food. Every Friday night, 6:00-9:30 p.m., Allegheny Avenue in Towson

For more information, click here.

Charlestown Performing Arts

This August, enjoy early American music, the U.S. Naval Academy Band, and Harbor City Music Company.  Sundays at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Charlestown.

For more information, click here.



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