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February 22, 2024


Staying in Baltimore for the summer? Check out our recommendations for the best things to do!

We made it, Blue Jays! Classes have ended, and summer is just around the corner. For some of us, that means leaving Baltimore for a few months. For others, though, it means even more leisure time in this lovely city! If you’re sticking around over the next few months, check out these events in Baltimore. 

Summer approaching means some changes at The News-Letter, too. I’ve had a great semester as Leisure Editor, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed the content from our wonderful writers this year. I’m graduating in May, and with that comes the end of my four years at The News-Letter. As bittersweet as this is, I couldn’t be leaving the Leisure section in better hands! Next year, thank the new Leisure Editor, Mingyuan Song, for all the exciting Leisure content that will be coming your way. Have a good summer, everyone! 

All summer 

Pratt Street Market, May 4 Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Pratt Street Market is going to be open every Thursday from May 4 to Sept. 28! Stop by between with friends and co-workers to grab lunch from the food vendors, which change from weekly.


Mount Vernon Place Flower Mart, May 5 6 at 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Take some time during reading period to head to the Mount Vernon Flower Mart! There will be flower vendors, food and drink vendors, and live entertainment in Mount Vernon. Make sure to stop by the beautiful market if you can! Check out the full schedule here

Charm City Bluegrass Festival, May 5 at 3 – 11 p.m. and May 6 at 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Hosted by Union Craft Brewing in Hampden, the Charm City Bluegrass Festival is taking place over two days in May! To celebrate bluegrass and roots music in Baltimore, enjoy a variety of performances as well as the variety of food and drinks available for purchase. Buy tickets for $59 – 169

Free Waterfront Fitness Classes, beginning May 16 

Registration for free fitness classes on Baltimore’s Waterfront opens on May 1, with classes beginning on May 16! Sign up here to get notified when sign-ups are available. 


Baltimore 10 Miler, June 3 at 7 a.m.

The Baltimore 10 Miler runs right through Hopkins and Charles Village. The race starts at the Maryland Zoo, runs through the south gate of campus and goes to Lake Montebello and back. It is a beautiful course and a great way to see Charm City. But if 10 miles is too far, you can always cheer on the runners or volunteer with the race team! 

Baltimore Vintage Expo, June 4 at 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

This year’s Baltimore Vintage Expo is being held at the Union Collective. Though it’s free to attend, early bird tickets, which allow entrance at 9a.m., two hours before the public, can be purchased here for $20. The expo, hosted by Milk & Ice Vintage and Bottle of Bread, will feature vintage and antique clothing, furniture and more from a variety of vendors. 

Baltimore Pride, June 19 25 

A tradition in Baltimore since 1975, Baltimore Pride is a celebration consisting of the Baltimore Pride Parade, Pride Block Party and many other events all around the city. This year, the parade is taking place on June 24 from 1 – 3 p.m. Find out more about all of the events here


4th of July Celebration, July 4 

Baltimore hosts one of the best 4th of July celebrations in the state of Maryland! There is always live music and food propping up the festivities in Inner Harbor, and the U.S. Navy Band usually starts their show at 7 p.m. And, of course, there are fireworks. Grab yourself a seat on Federal Hill and watch the festivities blossom in front of you!

Summer Restaurant Week, July 21 – 30

Restaurant Week returns to Baltimore this summer at the end of July. You can get a five-course meal for much cheaper than usual, so it’s a good time to explore the different options around town! Check out The News-Letter’s interactive food map for some suggestions. 

That’s it for our recommendations on what to do for your summer in Baltimore. I am very honored to be taking over the Leisure Editor post from Leela and am excited to see what we can do in this column in the next school year. Have a great summer everyone! 

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