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!
Let the luck of the Irish shine down upon you at Pierce’s Park when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in one of the most beautiful spots along the harbor! Enjoy live Irish music and step dancing, mesmerizing interactive exhibits, food trucks, strolling entertainment, face painting, and much more.
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!
Summer Socials are the perfect, family-friendly way to kick off the weekend in the summer. Every second Friday from May-August, join Waterfront Partnership at West Shore Park for a free concert series featuring live music, food trucks, bar service, interactive vendors, and the popular Walter Sondheim Fountain and Kids Zone. Bar service is provided by Dooby’s and food truck offerings will rotate throughout the season.
Yappy Hours @ Harbor Point
Head to Harbor Point for Yappy Hours on the First Friday of each month (May-August) from 5-7pm at the Central Plaza. Enjoy drinks, food, music, and BARCS BFF Waggin’ will be on site to administer adoptions of a new cat or dog into your family.
Good food and good vibes are on the menu at Harbor Market, a pop-up food marketplace on McKeldin Plaza. The Market sets up every Wednesday and Friday in the Summer and offers a rotating offering the best of Baltimore’s food trucks and pop-up food vendors. Redefine your lunch break!
Think back to Field Day as a kid – a day of fun outside with your friends, eating good food (snack packs, anyone?) and playing games. We think it’s time to bring back some of the fun! Join us on July 29th for Waterfront Partnership’s 2nd Annual Field Day!
Lace up those sneakers, grab a bottle of water, and head to the Waterfront to get fit every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday- May 27th through September 17th! Enjoy free fitness classes taught by local professional instructors. Back again this year, brought to you by Medifast. Weekend classes are held at West Shore Park (501 Light Street), Wednesday classes are held at Pierce’s Park (711 Eastern Avenue) and Thursday classes are held at Harbor Point’s Central Plaza (1310 Dock Street).
8am- Boot Camp, by XPF Studio
9am- Dance2Fitness, by XPF Studio
8am- Yoga, by YogaWorks
9am- Cross Fit, by CrossFit Federal Hill
5:30pm- Yoga, by Brick Bodies
5:30pm- Yoga, by Corepower Yoga
Visit http://bit.ly/WaterfrontWellness17 to register today!
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.
Pandora Ice Rink
PANDORA ICE RINK AT BALTIMORE’S INNER HARBOR
Want to spice up a date night? Ice skate during your lunch hour? Simply go for a spin under the stars? The PANDORA Ice Rink is just the place.
Open from November 11, 2016 – January 16, 2017, the PANDORA Ice Rink is the heart and soul of winter festivities at the Waterfront. With special programming and events happening all season long, there’s always something new to experience at this amazing Inner Harbor destination.
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. Check back soon for additional details on opening events and this season’s programming!
To learn more about hosting an event with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, please download our Event Planning guide.