Baltimore kicks off 2015 with several exciting things to do and see. There’s something for everyone from outdoor activities to history tours, kid-friendly events to music festivals. Check out our sampling of the early 2015 events in Baltimore.
Ice Skating at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink
Through Jan. 19, 2015
Enjoy seasonal ice skating in an outdoor rink in downtown Baltimore at the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. The rink is open every day through Jan. 19 allowing you to skate under crisp, sunny skies or starlit nights. Adults can skate for $9, children, military personnel and seniors can skate for $7. Skate rental is $3 per person. After you skate, warm up treat yourself to a seasonal goodie and warm with a hot beverage provided by local food trucks Thursday through Sunday.
Holiday Festival of Trains
Wednesday through Sunday now through Jan.25, 2015
While you’re still in the holiday spirit, take in the Holiday Festival of Trains at B&O Railroad. This annual display includes toy trains and model railroads, perfect for train enthusiasts of all ages. Debuting this year is a a custom built 360 degree LEGO model train layout created by the Washington, D.C. Metro Area LEGO Train Club. This interactive display is made of entirely of LEGOs and includes push buttons that activate lights, motors and sounds. The B&O Railroad is convenient to Wayside Inn, also located in Ellicott City.
Fridays after Five at the National Aquarium
The National Aquarium
Fridays through March 27, 2015
Every Friday evening through March 27, 2015, admission to the National Aquarium between 5 and 8 p.m. is just $12 per person. Fridays after Five allows you to explore at your leisure until the aquarium closes at 9:30 p.m. What will you see? The aquarium has more than 17,000 animals on display in exhibits including the award-winning Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, Shark Alley and an Amazon Rainforest. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit the website or call 410-576-3800.
American Craft Council Show
Baltimore Convention Center
Feb 20-22, 2015
If you love to explore the handmade items of local crafters, you should plan to attend the American Craft Council Show Feb. 20-22, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, this show features more than 650 artists selling handmade items including jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor. This event offers you the opportunity to touch and feel the items, as well as meet the people behind the products. The show will be open Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $14 for a one-day pass and $34 for a three-day pass.
Baltimore Wicked History Tours
March 7, 2015-Nov. 28, 2015
Meets on the sidewalk outside of Max’s on Broadway
When you take a Baltimore Wicked History Tour, you’ll step back in time as you travel along the cobblestone streets of Fells Point and visit some of its pubs and taverns. Guides are well-versed in stories about this waterside town’s most colorful villains, as well as its most celebrated – if unexpected – personalities, including Billie Holliday and Edgar Allan Poe. Tours depart outside of Max’s Sidebar on Broadway at 5 p.m. and last two hours.
3rd Annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival
Druid Hill Park
April 25, 2015
Now in its third year, the annual Charm City Folk and Bluegrass Festival is a celebration of the history of bluegrass in the Baltimore area that pays homage this this music genre’s rich and vibrant history. Acts lined up for the 2015 festival include Jerry Douglas (13-time Grammy award winner and Dobro guitar phenom who is a member of Alison Krauss and Union Station); Noam Pikelny & Friends featuring Aoife O’Donovan, the Highland Hill Boys and many more.
The festival is held at Druid Hill Park, a 745-acre park in Northern Baltimore with rolling lawns and large shade trees.
The Wayside Inn
With The Wayside Inn as home base while you’re in the area, all of these things to do and see are within close proximity. Our bed and breakfast offers six different beautiful rooms, and a stay at The Wayside in includes a freshly made breakfast. The Wayside Inn is a short 30-minute drive from Baltimore, and it’s convenient to gourmet restaurants and shopping.