Top 5 Instagrammable Things at Artscape 2017


Artscape is a Baltimore tradition and is one of the nation’s largest FREE art shows! That’s right, FREE! The festival produced by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts happens during the third weekend of July each year and takes over the Mt.Vernon and Station North footprint with free art exhibits, food vendors, drinks, shows and art vendors. 

It’s become one of my favorite Baltimore traditions and Chris and I don’t plan anything for that weekend intentionally. We like to leave the weekend free to enjoy the festival on multiple days instead of trying to cram everything into one day. It’s always the HOTTEST weekend of the year and this year was no exception. Temps were in the high 90’s with a heat index of 100+ so we had to enjoy the festival in short bursts. Luckily our best friends live three blocks away so we could go back to their place to rehydrate and soak up some AC before going back out. 

This year the theme for Artscape was Camping. I was curious to see how that theme would translate at the festival and I was pleasantly surprised! The exhibits sprinkled throughout the festival really reflected the camping theme. 

Here are my picks for the Top 5 Instagrammable Things at Artscape 2017!

Let’s Build a Big Campfire!


I loved the giant campfire built by Steve Baker. It felt very Claes Oldenburg esque and was 20′ tall made from steel and logs! So so cool to see a giant campfire sitting in the middle of the Kids Zone. 

The Charles Street Campsite 


It’s not everyday you see grass on the Charles Street Bridge! This is one of my favorite places from Artscape this year! A campsite was built including a ‘Dancing Forest’ by an artist that I’ve worked with, Graham Coreil-Allen. 

Art Cars


These crazy cars were a repeat from years past but it’s the first time I remember seeing them! The paint jobs were quirky and fun but my favorite was the van with a Unicorn head attached! I also loved the Artscape sunglasses behind the cars. 

Artscape Sunglasses


Every great festival needs a spot for attendees to snap a pic for the ‘gram. This was the spot for Artscape. There was only one person in line when I had my friend take this photo for me but we noticed a line formed later in the weekend.

Aquarium Falls


The National Aquarium created a waterfall made from plastic bottles at Dolphin Street (the perfect location for them!). It was a participatory installation where festival goers could donate their water bottle to add to the installation designed by MICA artist Kasey Jones. 

Have you been to Artscape before? Next year’s festival will take place from July 20th-22nd!




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