Ends on June 1, 2018

ARTSCAPE 2018: In The Neighborhood  


The 37th annual Artscape – America's largest free arts festival – returns July 20-22, 2018

For 2018, Artscape is now accepting applications from businesses and organizations in the Bolton Hill, Midtown and Station North Arts and Entertainment District neighborhoods, who offer a unique experience for festival-goers. Experiences with an art hook or visual/performing arts related content are strongly encouraged.

In recent years, Artscape organizers have applied an overarching theme, relevant to both the arts and Baltimore City, into the festival’s creative thinking. For 2018, we’re going back to the basics…ART and celebrating Baltimore’s pop-up institution, Artscape. For “the year we didn’t have a theme” we encourage artists and festival-goers to embrace Artscape for what it is – a fully accessible, 100% FREE, world-class arts festival – right here in the heart of Baltimore City.


Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts – the city’s arts council, events agency and film office – Artscape is America’s largest free arts festivals, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. Artscape features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, including exhibitions, outdoor sculpture, photography, Artscape Gallery Network and the $25,000 Janet & Walter Sondheim Prize; incredible live concerts on three outdoor stages; a robust schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, film, experimental music and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; family events such as hands-on projects, demonstrations, competitions, children’s entertainers and street theater; and a delicious, Baltimore-proud menu of food and beverage available throughout the festival site. Artscape’s total economic impact on Baltimore City is $28.5 million.


Artscape takes place rain or shine, and is open from 11am-9pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21, and 11am-7pm on Sunday, July 22. Artscape After Hours (Charles Street only, from Preston Street to North Avenue) is open from 9-11pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 nights.


  • Art Exhibitions
  • Coupons/Discounts on Services/Goods
  • Food and/or Beverage Specials
  • Performances
  • Specialty Menus

Please Note: Participants are required to be self-contained; the festival will not provide any production elements.


The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 1, 2018. 

Submissions will be reviewed and accepted/declined by Artscape staff.

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

If accepted into Artscape’s In The Neighborhood program, you will be notified by June 15, 2018.

Questions? Contact Tess Cooper, Festivals Coordinator (via email or direct dial 443-263-4329).

In The Neighborhood is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA). Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization which serves as Baltimore City’s arts council, film office, and events agency. By producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, and providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

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