Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces Spring and Summer events

Mayor Sheila Dixon and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts present fun, festive and free activities for spring and summer 2009. From April’s Lotta Art to July’s 28th annual Artscape, there are plenty of tours, exhibitions, festivals, parades, and more to attend.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Open Studio Day – Visit artists in their studios and purchase their works in this historic building, 21 S. Eutaw Street. This event takes place on a monthly basis.

April 4 from 1-5 p.m.
May 7 from 5-9 p.m.
June 4 from 5-9 p.m.
July 2 from 5-9 p.m.
August 6 from 5-9 p.m.
September 3 from 5-9 p.m.
November 7 from 1-5 p.m.

December 5 from 1-5 p.m.

School 33 Art Center’s Lotta Art, presented by Provident Bank
An evening centered around a lottery-style drawing to benefit School 33 Art Center’s exhibitions and education program. Each ticket holder is guaranteed a piece of artwork, donated by one of more than 125 local artists, 6-10pm with drawing at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 25. This year the event will be held at beautiful Silo Point, 1700 Beason Street, 410-396-4641.

Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar
Fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, organic foods, smoked meats, cheeses, artwork, crafts, and more fill the state’s largest producers-only market, 8 a.m. – sellout (usually 12 p.m.), Sundays, May 3-December 20, underneath the Jones Falls Expressway at Holliday & Saratoga streets. Newly added- flea market for guests to shop for craft and home bargains.

School 33 Art Center’s Masked
A group exhibition curated by Washington, D.C. based collector Joan Weber and featuring the work of nearly a dozen women artists from the mid-Atlantic and beyond, May 8-June 27. School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, 410-396-4641.

Baltimore Screenwriters Competition
The Baltimore Film Office announces the winner of the Baltimore Screenwriters Competition during Maryland Film Festival, May 8-10. Prizes include cash and all access passes to the Maryland Film Festival, location TBD.

Preakness Parade of Lights
Moves to the evening to become an illuminated spectacular. Floats, bands and giant balloons march through downtown as part of Preakness Celebration Week honoring the second jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown Preakness Race, Friday, May 15, 8:30 p.m. The parade route: Pratt Street from Howard Street to Market Place.

MECU’s Pee Wee Preakness
Tykes race on bouncy hippity-hops while clowns and costumed characters cheer on the junior jockeys, 11:30 a.m., May 12, Federal Hill Park located on Warren Street near Battery Avenue.

Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals
Baltimore celebrates its proud ethnic heritage with festivals featuring crafts, foods, dances, live entertainment and special ceremonies, weekends May through October, price and locations vary.

Polish Festival – May 29-31, Patterson Park $
St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival – June 11-14, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
LatinoFest – June 27 & 28, Patterson Park $
African American Heritage Festival – July 3-5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards $
Caribbean Carnival Festival – July 10-12, Druid Hill Park $
International Festival – August 1 & 2, Poly/Western High School
FestAfrica 2009 – August 8 & 9, Patterson Park $
Ukrainian Festival – September 12 & 13, Patterson Park
Korean Festival – September 12, War Memorial Plaza
Russian Festival – October 16-18, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church

Baltimore’s Fourth of July Celebration
An array of entertainment throughout the day culminating with a fireworks spectacular, July 4, fireworks at 9:30 p.m., Inner Harbor.

The Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize Finalists Exhibition at the BMA
View the works of the visual artists vying for top honors and $25,000 in the area’s most prestigious arts competition, June-August, Baltimore Museum of Art on Art Museum Drive. Winner announced July 11, 7 p.m.

School 33 Studio Artists’ Exhibition
A group exhibition highlighting work made by current and recent studio artists during their residency at School 33, July 9-August 22. In conjunction with Artscape’s city-wide exhibitions. School 33 Art Center.

America’s largest free public arts festival featuring continuous musical performances by local, regional and national talent on three outdoor stages, indoor and outdoor visual arts exhibitions, film, theater, the Artists’ Market with crafts and works of art for sale, opera, dance, street theater and special activities geared towards children, July 17-19, Friday and Saturday, 12-10 p.m. and Sunday, 12-8 p.m., the 1200 block of Mount Royal Avenue.

Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition, presented by MECU
Part of Artscape, this new competition gives jazz groups a chance to compete for top honors, July 18, 3-6 p.m., location TBD.

Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway Vocal Competitions
The competition is part of Artscape. The event honors the unique singing style of Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway as local singers compete for top awards, July 19, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 1212 Cathedral Street.

Baltimore Book Festival
The mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of the literary arts offers 200 local and celebrity authors, bookstores, publishers, children’s writers, storytellers, author signings, crafts, food and entertainment, September 25-27, Friday and Saturday 12-8 p.m., and Sunday 12-7 p.m., Mount Vernon Place centered on the 600 block of North Charles Street.

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