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If you find yourself in downtown Baltimore this summer, you’re in luck. Whether you’re heading to the city for a meeting or class or – if you’re a Baltimore City resident – you have jury duty, make the most of your trip by finding something fun to do while you’re in the neighborhood. From enjoying evening hours at the Aquarium to taking in one a weekday concert, downtown offers plenty of ways to make doing your civic duty a little more fun.

Even if you don’t have an obligation downtown, the Inner Harbor is a great destination for the day or evening. Take the kids for a fun summertime field trip, gather friends for a concert and dinner, or spend some time exploring the educational attractions around the Harbor.

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All summer long, there are plenty of events and activities to keep everyone busy and happy downtown.

 

Live Music

Summer is concert season in downtown Baltimore and the lineup never disappoints.

Baltimore SoundstageBaltimore Soundstage hosts tons of shows and events throughout the summer, from a Baltimore Pride after party on Saturday, June 15 to tribute band Almost Queen on June 22 to SIR’s Bad Karma Tour on July 25 and The Eras, a Taylor Swift Dance Party on August 16.

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Pier Six Pavilion’s Harbor-front location is an ideal spot for summertime concerts and its lineup hits all the genres. The schedule includes classic acts like Little Feat on Jue 15, hip-hop stars like T-Pain (June 25), R&B’s Fantasia on August 9, country star Jon Pardi on September 5 and jam band The String Cheese Incident on September 29.

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The Ram’s Head Live! schedule is a fun one this summer, featuring acts like Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls on June 21, HOBO Johnson & The Lovemakers on July 9, The Connells July 12 and G.JTimberlake-Show2

Love & Special Sauce on July 19.

Ram’s Head is also hosting WTMD/WYPR’s Saturday Morning Tunes show Taylor Swift for Kids the morning of Saturday, June 22.

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CFG Bank Arena is hosting some big acts this summer, including Tim McGraw on Friday, June 21, Chris Brown on June 30, Justin Timberlake on July 3, Janet Jackson on July 13, Missy Elliott with Ciara and Busta Rhymes on August 1, Slipknot on August 9, two nights of Usher on August 23-24, and Pearl Jam on September 12.

Plus, CFG also hosts WWE Monday Night RAW on August 5 at 7:30 p.m. and the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party the weekend of August 16-18.

https://www.cfgbankarena.com/events/

 

Power Plant Live!

All summer long, Power Plant Live! hosts free live music every Friday, including acts like The Way Outs on June 14, Soundtown June 28, and Conner Smith on July 12.power plant live baltimore

The venue also hosts fun festivals throughout the year, like the Maryland Mac & Cheese Festival the weekend of June 29-30, which features everything from a cheese fry bar to a Cheez Whiz can holding contest.

https://www.powerplantlive.com/events

 

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

All summer long, Port Discovery has late hours – open until 7 p.m. – on Fridays, and admission from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is just $15.

Plus, throughout the summer, the museum will host fun and informative events like Play It Safe on June 22, when families have the opportunity to meet experts in childhood safety, and National Ice Cream Day on July 20, when there will be free ice cream samples available and ice cream-themed activities.

https://www.portdiscovery.org/visit/programs-events/calendar-special-events/

 

Fleet Week

Maryland Fleet Week is back this June, bringing ships, flyovers and lots of fun to the Inner Harbor from June 12-18.Maryland Fleet Week Harbor Park Garage Baltimore 4

A lot happens during Fleet Week – and much of it is centered around the Inner Harbor, including flyovers from both modern and historic aircrafts and free public tours of US Navy, Coast Guard and Army Corps of Engineers vessels, along with traditional sailing and working ships.

Fleet Week officially kicks off with a welcome ceremony at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at 4 p.m. on June 12. Ships will start arriving in the Harbor on June 12 and will be open for tours starting on June 13.

There will also be a STEM & History Education Tent located at Pier 1 on Friday, June 14 through Sunday, June 16, plus bands, fun activities and even a kids’ parade around the Inner Harbor Promenade on Saturday, June 15.

https://www.visitmaryland.org/article/fleet-week-faq

 

Harborplace Summer Sunday ConcertsMisspentYouth

Throughout the summer, Harborplace is the place to be on Sunday evenings. Each week, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Harborplace will come alive with a fun free concert.

On June 16, local favorites the Kelly Bell Band will perform. Later in the summer, the event features acts like Fire Kite Party, Vertigo Red, the Ronny Smith Jazz Band, and Misspent Youth.

https://www.waterfrontpartnership.org/events-calendar

 

Baltimore by Baltimore

Throughout the summer and early fall, Baltimore creatives gather for five daylong “Music & Makers” festivals, called Baltimore by Baltimore, at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Upcoming dates include July 6, August 10, September 7 and October 5.

Each festival features a slightly different lineup of artists and makers, plus food trucks and vendors that show off the best of Baltimore’s creative community.

https://www.waterfrontpartnership.org/baltimore-by-baltimore

 

National Aquarium

Summertime is an ideal time to check out the National Aquarium – it’s especially fun on super hot days when the Aquarium feels extra cool.National Aquarium Harbor Park Garage

Throughout the summer, the Aquarium offers great deals, like half-price Friday nights and Maryland Mornings, when Maryland residents can visit before noon on weekdays at a discount. The attraction also has First Saturday and First Sunday of the month early access hours for guests with disabilities, as well as a number of regularly scheduled events and programs.

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Parking Downtown

Whether you’re heading downtown for a concert, to hit the Aquarium, for Fleet Week events, or for anything else this summer, figuring out parking ahead of time is a surefire way to make your trip easier.

Located at 55 Market Place in downtown Baltimore, Harbor Park Garage is centrally located near the Inner Harbor and in close proximity to tons of downtown restaurants and attractions, including Power Plant Live!, the National Aquarium, the Historic Ships and Pier Six Pavilion.

Parking at Harbor Park is reasonably priced and the garage offers deals for visitors going to many downtown destinations. The garage is clean, well-lit, and staffed 24/7 by a friendly, knowledgeable crew who are happy to answer questions the neighborhood, nearby attractions, and more. Harbor Park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is accessible to I-83 and other major routes in and out of downtown Baltimore.

 

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