If you would have told me three years ago, when I first arrived in Baltimore for my First Year orientation at Loyola University Maryland, that I would one day be spending my Mondays and Wednesdays sitting in the Baltimore Collegetown office researching things to do in Baltimore each week (and writing about it!), I would have probably asked, “why?” The truth is, a lot has happened since orientation and I have fallen madly in love with Baltimore during my time here. I spent my junior year studying abroad in Belgium and often found myself missing Baltimore things like Golden West Café, being called “hon,” and sitting in Fells Point by the Inner Harbor.
So, that’s a little bit about me. Now I’d like to formally introduce myself -- I’m Nikki and I’m the new Marketing and Events Intern at Baltimore Collegetown and the new voice for these blog posts. Hopefully over these next few months we will get to know each other a bit better and you can see into some of the reasons why I have fallen in love with Baltimore.
Fall is one of my favorite seasons in Baltimore. I love the brisk weather and changing colors of the leaves but the festivals that fill my schedule each weekend during the months of September and October have always been a highlight. I’ve compiled a list of some of the various festivals happening around Baltimore this fall. Some of my favorites include: Hampdenfest, The Baltimore Greek Festival, and Light City Baltimore – which is November this year and joined with the popular Baltimore Book Festival.
Sat Sept 21 12-7PM – 18th Annual Pigtown Festival @ Pigtown Main Street
Sat Sept 21 11AM-7PM – Hampdenfest @ On the Avenue
Oct 12-13 – 53rd Fell’s Point Fun Festival @ Fells Point Historic District
Sat Oct 12 11AM-5PM – Canton Fall Festival @ Patterson Park
As I mentioned before, my go-to fall festival in Baltimore has always been Hampdenfest because of its proximity to Loyola’s campus and the quirky energy that Hampden always has. This year, I’m going to try to make it to the other festivals because 1. I know they will be a blast and 2. It’s my senior year and I want to start exploring other neighborhoods and get out of the “Loyola bubble.”
Fri Sept 13 5-10PM $5 GA – 3rd Annual Trucktoberfest @ The Castle 3355 Keswick Rd
Sat Sept 14 12-7PM $15 GA – 6th Annual Baltimore Seafood Fest @ Canton Waterfront
Sat Sept 21 3PM-11PM – Charm City Night Market @ Historic Chinatown 200 Park Avenue
Oct 5&6 $10 GA – Baltimore Taco Festival @ Power Plant Live
If you know me, you know I’m a HUGE foodie. I basically live and breathe food. I’m going to try my best to make it to all of these food festivals but I’m hyped for the Charm City Night Market. This market is put on by the Chinatown Collective and highlights the Asian community in Baltimore. There will be delicious eats, live performances, and over 25 local artists and makers.
Sept 14-15 – Annual Polish Fall Festival @ Holy Rosary Church
Fri Oct 18 6PM – 46th Annual Russian Festival @ Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church
Oct 10-13 – 48th Annual Baltimore Greek Festival @ 24 W Preston St
After traveling to Greece last year during my time abroad, I fell in love with the Greek culture, people, and food. I am excited to head to the Annual Baltimore Greek Festival the weekend of October 10th to get my fix of gyros, loukoumades, and pretend I’m back on Mykonos island swimming in crystal clear water.
Sat Sept 14 9AM-3PM – Butchers Hill Hall Flea Market & Craft Fair @ Patterson Park
Sat Sept 28 8PM $10, $7 Members – Made in Baltimore Short Film Festival @ Creative Alliance
Oct 3-6 – Baltimore Japan Art Festival @ Station North Arts District
Oct 10-20 Charm City Fringe Festival
Sat Oct 12 12-6PM – 12th Annual DIY Fest @ 2640 St Paul St
Sun Oct 27 8AM-3PM – 18th Annual Jazz & Blues Festival @ Federal Hill Main Street
I’m really interested in checking out the Baltimore Japan Art Festival. One of the things I love most about Baltimore is all of the unique events and things there are to do–this festival is just one of them! I have recently become fascinated with learning about Japanese culture and am hoping to travel there one day in the future. This art festival will give me a great introduction into a new facet of art that I’m not currently familiar with.
There’s a lot happening in the next couple of months. For me, like most college students, my schedule is hectic with the start of classes, clubs, and trying to maintain my social life. Even though my schedule is packed, I find myself making the time for these kind of events not just because I love them but they remind me of all the things I love about Baltimore. Plus, senior year has a lot of events built in that are draining my bank account so I’ll take a few cheap and free events to hang out with my friends and meet new people any day!
Looking for more fun? Check out Baltimore’s Office of Promotion & The Arts’ Free Fall Baltimore for free events in October throughout Baltimore. And as always, make sure you’re signed up for our Weekly Cheap and Free emails!