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Welcome...........................................................5 The GLCCB.......................................................6 My Baltimore............................ 8, 16, 31, 39 Vincent DePaul, Lea Gilmore, Maggie McIntosh, Monica Stevens, Carlton Smith, Owen Smith Anthony McCarthy, Rebecca Nagle, Kelly Walker, Steve Satta, and DDm





Eye on Baltimore............................... 12, 53 Baltimore Map............................................34 Essentials......................................................66

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication. The GLCCB/Gay Life assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information published herein. Copyright 2013 by The GLCCB/Gay Life. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the written consent of The GLCCB/Gay Life.


2013 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide

Welcome to Baltimore! Also welcome to the 2nd annual Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide! This edition includes up-to-date information for the great resources in last year’s guide, plus much more. We have compiled a year’s worth of exploring and interviewing to produce this expanded version with even more LGBT-friendly resources than before. Learn where to stay, what to see, and where to eat, shop, and play; explore Baltimore’s diverse neighborhoods—from the historic to the eclectic; meet local celebrities, activists, and politicians and see where they bring their LGBT friends. Check out local meet-ups from outdoor adventures and roller derbies, to singing and reading groups. Learn about staying in shape during your stay, and finding satisfying options for relaxing or blowing off steam. Everything from yoga classes to leather bars can be found in these pages. We are also proud to bring you a brand new wedding section! With the passage of the Civil Marriage Protection Act, same-sex couples can now get legally married in Maryland. Not only is this great news for LGBT Marylanders (and the history of equality in general) but for out-of-towners too. Now, Baltimore is not just a great destination for your next vacation, but also for your special day! You’ll find everything you need from welcoming congregations and venues to every vendor under the sun: photographers, florists, caterers, bands, officiants, and much, much more. How did we decide who and what to include in this year’s LGBT visitors guide? We started with the LGBT-owned and staffed establishments that have long been a part of our community. Then we talked to our colleagues, coworkers, friends, and families to find out about the places they patronize and recommend. Finally, we collected information from the local businesses who contacted us: the hotel manager who wants the community to know she supports LGBT visitors; the restaurant owner whose establishment hosted marriage equality fundraisers; the entrepreneur who knows his products will resonate with the community. Rather than a guide that just lists places that will merely accept any LGBT dollar, we strive to create a guide full of actively supportive, engaged people, businesses, and resources so that your visit to Baltimore will be welcoming. Enjoy your stay!

The Staff of Gay Life & The GLCCB

The GLCCB, 241 W. Chase St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410.777.8145 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) publishes Gay Life, produces Baltimore Pride, and provides numerous other services to Baltimore’s LGBT community.

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Gay Life has been a free publication of the GLCCB since 1979. We distribute 10,000-12,500 copies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage on local events, conversations with visiting celebrities, and in-depth explorations of important topics that affect the LGBT community.

Visit us at or call 410.777.8145 Editor Maggie Beetz

Art Director M. Cory Burgess

Contributors Dan McEvily, Doug Rose

Advertising Sabre Chase

Photographers John Kardys, Jon-Michael Moses 5


In 1977—less than ten years after the Stonewall riots in New York—the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) was founded. At the time, Baltimore was by no means a stranger to LGBT activism. During the late ‘60s and early ‘70s a number of lesbian journals began publication in Baltimore. In 1972, the Baltimore Chapter of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) was established. There were also groups for African-American lesbians and, in 1973, gay and lesbian Catholics. Gay student groups at local universities and the Baltimore Pride rally both appeared in 1975. That spring, the Baltimore Gay Alliance (BGA) had its first meeting. The BGA began its work galvanizing the community into one entity, celebrating diversity and offering sanctuary. By 1977 it was clear that the BGA needed to form a unified community center, and the articles of incorporation were signed on March 28, 1977 establishing the Gay Community Center of Baltimore (GLCCB). In 1985, Lesbian was added to the organization’s name to create the most commonly know acronym: GLCCB. In 2002—in an effort to remain inclusive—the GLCCB incorporated the entire community it serves into its name to become the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLBTCCBCM) while retaining the familiar (and more manageable) nickname of “the GLCCB.” At first the GLCCB survived only through the hard work and self-sacrifice of committed volunteers who provided meeting space, operated a switchboard, and distributed a newsletter out of homes and basements. The newly established GLCCB Health Clinic—later to become Chase Brexton Health Services, Maryland’s LGBT health provider—shared space with MCC. In 1980 however, the GLCCB found a home at 241 West Chase Street.


In 1979, The GLCCB newsletter evolved into the Baltimore Gay Paper—now known as Gay Life. Today, Gay Life distributes 10,000-12,500 papers 6

throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging coverage on local events, as well as national and international news. Gay Life regularly tackles important and relevant topics such as personal finance for same-sex partners, local resources for LGBT youth, faith-based support, and health care issues. Gay Life also covers local theater, concerts, art shows, fashion, festivals, films, discussions, fundraisers, contests, and regularly includes opinion pieces and Q&As with local celebrities and community figures. As always, Gay Life is a free publication of the GLCCB that is available in print and online at


Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of our community in Maryland and throughout the Mid-Atlantic for nearly 40 years. In the decades since, Baltimore Pride has grown to become Maryland’s largest LGBTQ visibility event, providing an opportunity for the greater Maryland community to experience and learn more about the LGBTQ community through a weekend of wonderful events and exhibitions. Attended annually by an estimated 30,000 people, Baltimore Pride is recognized not only as the premier LGBT event in Maryland, but also one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City. The Parade and Block Party are held in Mount Vernon, one of the most historic areas of the city and one of the centers of LGBT life in Baltimore (learn more about this neighborhood on p. 42). The Festival takes place in a lakeside setting in beautiful Druid Hill Park, which provides a pleasant and casual environment for the festivities of the day. The origins of Baltimore Pride date back to 1975 and the GLCCB has been the producer of Baltimore Pride since 1977. Learn more at Things have changed markedly from the days when the GLCCB operated out of basements, fought for its right to hold the Pride Celebration, or watched gay rights bill after gay rights bill get voted down by the Baltimore City Council. With ever-increasing acceptance, things may appear to be less challenging now, but there is still much work to be done. There will always be challenges, both personal and societal. Through individual gifts, generous bequests, fundraisers, and grants, the GLCCB has been able to expand its services to include more support groups, increased educational opportunities, and more community outreach services. Learn more at 2013 Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide

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Identifies: A champion of the LGBTQ community and outspoken producer for emerging filmmakers and artists in Maryland. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I like to walk them through the original set of John Waters’ Hairspray in Highlandtown, taking them to Pacey’s on Eastern Avenue (a.k.a. the Hefty Hideaway dress shop) and the remnants of Eldorado’s Hair Salon, both from the film. Afterwards, we stop by Baltimore’s best pizza at Matthews. After that, we walk across the street to the Patterson Theater where I show them the beautifully restored deco theater and then venture to David Nauman’s Bay Cafe on the Waterfront. After that a light snack at Canton Dockside on Boston Street for the best crabs and burgers in town. Another great Baltimore spot is Felicia Baker’s Highlandtown Gallery on Conkling Street, a beautifully restored 1900s building. You will find art work from amazing artists, crafts, hometown food, Wi-Fi, and possibly even a local band playing. After they are thoroughly brainwashed with how cool Baltimore is, we would end up at the Belvedere’s 13th Floor for a night cap—a Sloop Betty martini or a St. Germain & Champagne cocktail—and UTZ potato chips.


Identifies: A singing activist who cares. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: Fell’s Point is a fun place with a splash of European vibe. I also love going to the American Visionary Art Museum—it’s a funky and fabulous place. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum and the Eubie Blake Heritage and Cultural Arts Center are also two Baltimore treasures worth checking out. Food? One must get a Baltimore chicken box.

Photo courtesy of Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast.


1840s Carrollton Inn 50 Albemarle St. 410.385.1840 Admiral Fell Inn 888 S. Broadway 410.522.7377 Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards 110 S. Eutaw St. 410.962.0202


Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 700 Aliceanna St. 410.385.3000 Embassy Suites Baltimore/Hunt Valley 213 International Cir. Hunt Valley, MD 410.584.1400 Gramercy Mansion 1400 Greenspring Valley Rd. 410.486.2405

Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown/Convention Center 550 Washington Blvd. 410.685.5000 HI – Baltimore Hostel 17 W. Mulberry St. 410.576.8880 Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel 401 W. Pratt St. 443.573.8700

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Renaissance Harborplace Hotel – Baltimore 202 E. Pratt St. 410.547.1200

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport 1739 W. Nursery Rd. Linthicum Heights, MD 410.694.0808


Royal Sonesta Harbor Court 550 Light St. 410.234.0550

Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor 301 W. Lombard St. 410.685.3500

Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast 801 S. Charles St. 410.837.0010

Hotel Brexton Baltimore 868 Park Ave. 443.478.2100

Sheraton Baltimore City Center 101 W. Fayette St. 410.752.1100

Hotel Monaco Baltimore 2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6170

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore 300 S. Charles St. 410.962.8300

Hyatt Regency 300 Light St. 410.528.1234 The Inn at 2920 2920 Elliott St. 410.342.4450

Sleep Inn & Suites – Inner Harbor 301 Fallsway 410.779.6166

The Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 4 W. University Pkwy. 410.235.5400

Tremont Plaza Hotel 222 St. Paul Pl. 410.727.2222 Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court 612 Cathedral St. 410.727.7101

The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf 1000 Fell St. 410.522.7777 Mount Vernon Hotel 24 W. Franklin St. 410.727.2000

TAG Approved® gayfriendly hotels and attractions meet six LGBT welcoming qualifications: Enforce non-discriminatory policies including “sexual orientation.” Treat heterosexual and domestic partners equally in personnel policies. Provides LGBT diversity and sensitivity training for employees. Empower customers and employees to be “watchdogs” of its gay and lesbian business practices. Gives back to their community. Employs staff who reflect the diversity of their community. Learn more at

Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore 20 W. Baltimore St. 410.539.8400 The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.

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Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave. 410.539.2000


DELEGATE, MARYLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY Identifies: I’m Diane’s wife. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I take them to places that they would find fun, interesting, and uniquely Baltimore. Fort McHenry for the history buffs, the American Visionary Art Museum, a walk along the Inner Harbor, or seeing an outdoor movie in Little Italy. For dinner, one of my local favorites is The Dizz in Remington.

Monica Stevens

ORGANIZER, SISTAS OF THE T Identifies: A transgender woman of color. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: My tastes are as eclectic and as diverse as my friends, so we could go to the Caton Castle Lounge for a night of jazz and dinner, the Bohemian for funky, urban, hippy-artsy-indie music and poetry, or the Walters, followed by dinner at Sacha’s and a recital at the Peabody. Maybe we would just go for a walk in Sherwood Gardens—it completely depends on the mood.

Carlton Smith

CEO AND FOUNDER OF BALTIMORE BLACK PRIDE Identifies: Same Gender Loving When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: For nighttime fun, I take friends to Paradox, Ziascos, the Hippo and Club Bunns. During the daytime, a tour of the Inner Harbor, the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, and Charles Village. Living in Mt. Vernon, I would suggest visitors head over to City Cafe and Mt. Vernon Stables for great dining in an LGBT friendly environment and also make sure to stop by Spirits of Mt. Vernon for a great selection of American, European and New World wines.

Owen Smith

FIELD ORGANIZER FOR GENDER EQUALITY ISSUES, EQUALITY MARYLAND Identifies: I am a 30 year-old racially, genderly, and sexuality proud queer activist and Waverly resident. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: My favorite spots in Baltimore are the National Aquarium for when I need the beauty of nature and the American Visionary Art Museum when I desire art. Hot spots for great activism and volunteer work are Equality Maryland and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. When I need community, I love the gender performance shows of the Charm City Kitty Club, the Hippo and Bearings Bike Project for trans* positive fun and a great work out.

Photo by Adam Bouska.

Photo by Willet Walker.

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 ANIMALS The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore 1876 Mansion House Dr. Druid Hill Park 410.396.7102

Arena Players 801 McCulloh St. 410.728.6500

CENTERSTAGE 700 N. Calvert St. 410.332.0033

The longest-operating AfricanAmerican community theater in the U.S.

provocative, and entertaining perfor-

Located in Druid Hill Park (home of Baltimore Pride!), this zoo provides shelter to 1,500 animals, a Polar Bear Watch, and an award-winning Children’s Zoo. Learn about animals in your own backyard, trek through the Maryland Wilderness, or embark on an African Journey!

Baltimore Arena (formerly 1st Mariner Arena) 201 W. Baltimore St. 410.347.2020

National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St. 410.576.3800

Baltimore Concert Opera 11 W. Mt. Vernon Pl. 443.445.0226

More than 11,000 animals from more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats. Exhibits include a 225,000-gallon ring shaped aquarium, Dolphin Amphitheater, and a world-renowned rain forest.

BCO offers a new experience by operating in an affordable and intimate setting that highlights the human voice.

Indoor sports and entertainment venue near the Baltimore Convention Center and the Inner Harbor.

Baltimore Performance Kitchen Free theater and dance performances across Baltimore that explore big questions and incite meaningful exchanges.

 PERFORMANCE 14 Karat Cabaret 218 W. Saratoga St. 410.962.8565

An die Musik Live 409 N. Charles St. 410.385.2638 An intimate classical, jazz, and world music venue and part of the non-profit, MusikNOW.

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This nonprofit, artist run space offers casual performances, music, dance, film, and video in an informal nightclub setting.

Not-for-profit theater hosts smart, mances; a consistently broad range of productions in two intimate performing spaces; a variety of dramaturgical, community, and educational programs; plus an LGBT night for subscribers.

Creative Alliance at the Patterson 3134 Eastern Ave. 410.276.1651 A dynamic center of art in all genres, Creative Alliance supports area artists and advocates for cultural expression rooted in a sense of place.

Everyman Theatre 315 W. Fayette St. (New location!) 410.752.2208 An intimate Equity theatre with a resident company of local artists dedicated to producing quality plays that are accessible and affordable to everyone.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral St. 410.783.8000

Fells Point Corner Theater 251 South Ann St. 410.276.7837

Internationally recognized as having a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras.

Located in a historic brick firehouse, FPCT offers an intimate setting for theater as well as art and acting workshops.

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center 12 N. Eutaw St. 410.837.7400 Originally built in 1914, this 2,300-seat renovated theater is a centerpiece of world-class stage performances.


Iron Crow Theatre Company 443.637.2769 Already a staple in the LGBT community, Iron Crow produces new works, queer classic works, and presents productions rarely seen in mainstream Baltimore venues.

The Mobtown Theater at Meadow Mill 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Ste 114

Spotlighters Theatre 817 St. Paul St. 410.752.1225

The Charles Theater 1711 N. Charles St. 410.727.3464

Exceptional, diverse, creative, bold, and affordable theatrical productions that stimulate both audience and artist.

Baltimore’s oldest movie theater screens independent and foreign films.

The Strand Theater 1823 N. Charles St. 443.874.4917

Landmark Theatres Harbor East 645 S. President St. 410.624.2622 This first-run cinema has seven screens, a full bar and gourmet concessions.

Born out of Johns Hopkins University, this theater company specializes in classical and new works.

Dedicated to providing opportunities for women artists, writers, designers and directors, with a focus on producing original works.

Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric 140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 410.900.1150

Toby’s Dinner Theater    Best Western Hotel & Conference Center 5625 O’Donnell St. 410.649.1660

One of the city’s most livelyand important institutions for more than a century.

Broadway and original musicals with an exceptional buffet-style dinner. 

Traditionally the theater where all John Waters’ films open in Baltimore, The Senator is scheduled to re-open in late spring 2013, after a $3.5 million renovation of the 1939 Art Deco landmark that will include three additional boutique theaters.

Peabody Conservatory Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall 1 E. Mount Vernon Pl. 410.234.4500

Vagabond Players 806 S. Broadway 410.563.9135 

The Rotunda Cinemas 711 W. 40th St. 410.235.5554

Built in neoclassical style, the Concert Hall is one of the oldest recital halls in America.

Pier Six Pavilion 731 Eastern Ave. 410.783.4189 Gorgeous outdoor concert venue offers spectacular views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

“America’s Oldest Little Theatre,” continuously operating since 1916, has produced plays by H.L. Mencken, Eugene O’Neill, and more.

The Senator 5904 York Rd.   410.323.4665

This hidden gem has a loyal following.


Windup Space 12 W. North Ave. 410.244.8855

American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900

Bar and art space regularly featuring homegrown art, music, and film.

America’s official national museum and education center for intuitive, self-taught artistry offers quirky, fun, and fantastic exhibits you won’t find anywhere else in Baltimore.

The Yellow Sign Theatre 1726 N. Charles St.

Rams Head Live 20 Market Pl. 410.244.1131

Original, edgy, innovative, mostly DIY shows by local artists and performers.

B&O Railroad Museum 901 W. Pratt St. 410.752.2490

Indoor music venue, club, and bar in downtown Baltimore.


A “national treasure” of railroad artifacts.

Single Carrot Theater 1727 N. Charles St. 443.844.9253 Carefully selected diverse and challenging productions that complement one another.


Bengie’s Drive-In 3417 Eastern Blvd.   Middle River, MD 410.687.5627 Just outside of Baltimore, this drive-in is worth a trip down memory lane.

The Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1700 BMA features 90,000 works of art, plus Gertrude’s restaurant, summer jazz concerts, and a new contemporary wing.

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Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy. 410.727.4808

Jewish Museum of Maryland 15 Lloyd St. 410.732.6400

Covers airplanes, cars, civil rights, space exploration, and more.

America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture, and community.

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower 21 E. Eutaw St. 443.874.3596

Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument St. 410.685.3750

Visit artists’ studios, purchase art, enjoy special events, and learn about the tower’s great history.

A cultural institution with more than 350,000 objects and 7,000,000 books and documents, including Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript.

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Culture Center 847 N. Howard St. 410.255.3130 Musical theater and jazz performances, an extensive art gallery, historical preservation, and after-school arts instruction.

Maryland Science Center 601 Light St. 410.685.5225 Exhibits plus IMAX theater, planetarium, and interactive science encounters.

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine 2400 E. Fort Ave.

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum 1601 E. North Ave. # 3 410.563.3404

This coastal fort successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor in the War of 1812 and inspired the poem that became our National Anthem.

Well known for its moving exhibit on the Middle Passage, the museum highlights stories that make up the African-American experience.

Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum 1417 Thames Street 410.685.0295

Port Discovery Children’s Museum 35 Market Place 410.727.8120

The museum gallery and learning centers tell the story of Frederick Douglass and Isaac Myers, and more.

Educational and interactive exhibits, programs and activities for children ages 10 and under.

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum 301 W. Camden St. 410.625.7060

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture 830 E. Pratt St. 443.263.1800

250 years of American pop culture.

Historic Ships in Baltimore 301 Pier 3 410.539.1797 Tours, activities, live cannons, and more.

James E. Lewis Museum 2200 Argonne Dr. 443.885.3030 Serving the academic and cultural needs of Morgan State University’s community and beyond.


The largest African-American museum on the East Coast.

Sports Legends Museum 301 W. Camden St. 410.727.1539 Dedicated to the historic legacy of local and regional sports. Also home to the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum. The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House 844 E. Pratt St. 410.837.1793 Former home of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired the National Anthem.

Top of the World Observation Level 401 E. Pratt St. #2700 410.837.8439 A breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor, and beyond.

The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles St. 410.547.9000 Art and artifacts from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe include more than 30,000 objects in this internationally-renowned museum.

 TOURS Charm City Food Tours Various Neighborhoods 800.979.3370 Experience Baltimore’s culinary scene.

Elite Fitness Tours Combines group fitness with tourism.

Segs in the City Historic Fells Point, Inner Harbor, and Federal Hill 800.734.7393 Ride a Segway to explore points of interest in waterfront communities that date back to the early 18th century.

Spirit Cruises 866.835.8837 The most entertaining way to see and experience Baltimore, with dining, dancing, and entertainment.

Urban Pirates 913 S. Ann St. 410.327.8378 Offering family adventure cruises and adult B.Y.O.Grog cruises.

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The Bay Café 2809 Boston St. 410.522.3377

This waterfront café offers a great atmosphere for dining or hanging out with friends.  

Blue Hill Tavern 938 S. Conkling St. 443.388.9363 A contemporary fine dining American restaurant where you can enjoy great food and drink without sacrificing the comforts of home.

Clementine at the Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. 410. 276.1651 Great food, lovely ambiance, and a friendly neighborhood vibe, this spot is perfect before catching a show.

Eastern Sit In & Carry Out 1927 Eastern Ave. 410.814.6188 A friendly breakfast counter run by one incredibly nice lady, this is the kind of place that makes you want to be a regular.

Jack’s Bistro  3123 Elliott St. 410.878.6542 Innovative cuisine includes enticing options like “Mac + Cheese + Chocolate,” and a “Buttered Popcorn Martini.”

Matthew’s 3131 Eastern Ave. 410.276.8755

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“Baltimore’s first pizzeria” continues to win accolades from loyal patrons.

Morning Edition Café 153 N. Patterson Park Ave. 410.732.5133 Freshly prepared brunch entrees come with Zeke’s coffee and classic cocktails at this quirky corner café.

 CHARLES VILLAGE & CANTERBURY Alizée 4 W. University Pkwy. 443.449.6200 A wide range of entrees, salads, and soups plus a vibrant, trendy bar area.

Panera Bread 3600 Boston St. 410. 522.2940

The Ambassador Dining Room 3811 Canterbury Rd. 410.366.1484

Saturday morning meeting location for the LGBT Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers club.

The best Indian cuisine in a serene restaurant of unmatched elegance. 

Sauté Restaurant 2844 Hudson St. 410.327.2883 Organic and locally grown seasonal produce, meat purchased from the finest purveyors in the region.

Yellow Dog Tavern 700 S. Potomac St. 410.342.0280 Providing the neighborhood with fresh gourmet food and excellent service in a delightful and relaxing environment.

Café Azafrán 3700 San Martin Dr. 410.338.4757 At JHU, this hidden wonder offers locally grown foods, vegetarian options, and a full espresso bar.

Donna’s Café 3101 St. Paul St. 410.889.3410 Coffee and pastries, salads and sandwiches, innovative dinner menu, and carefully selected wines, beers, and special beverages.


Freshii 3113 St. Paul St. 410.467.3737

B&O American Brasserie 2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6172

M&S Grill 201 E. Pratt St. 410.547.9333

A wide range of meals that cater to almost every dietary restriction.

An approachable American brasserie menu features local and seasonal ingredients and daily specials.

Classic American cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of legendary eateries of the early 20th century.

Boheme Café 400 E. Pratt St. 410.347.9898

Maisy’s 313 N. Charles St. 443.220.0150

Amazing espresso drinks, great soups and sandwiches, plenty of vegetarian options and tasty sweets.

Feel at home in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Maisy’s restaurant and the Ox Lounge.

Cazbar 316 N. Charles St. 410.528.1222

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant 711 Eastern Ave. 410.234.1300

Carma’s Café 3120 St. Paul St. 410.243.5200 Muffaletas and pannini, salads, soups, homemade yogurt, and locally roasted coffee.

Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 410.889.3399 Nationally acclaimed Chef John Shields brings his signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine to the BMA for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, and outdoor dining in the sculpture garden.

Niwana Restaurant 3 E. 33rd St. 410.366.4115 The best Korean and Japanese cuisine in the area.

One World Café 100 W/ University Pkwy. 410.235.5777 Vegetarian restaurant, bar and café with tasty selections in a cozy and artsy environment.

Tamber’s 3327 St. Paul St. 410.243.5777 Diner serving both classic American and classic Indian dishes, popular among Johns Hopkins undergrads.

 DOWNTOWN Alewife 21 N. Eutaw St. 410.545.5112 This delicious and conveniently located gastropub the perfect stop before a show.


An authentic Turkish dining experience with the popular club iLounge upstairs.

Edo Sushi Inner Harbor Inc. 201 E. Pratt St. #2075 410.843.9804

A rich bounty of seafood specialties from the Pacific Northwest, Atlantic Seaboard and Chesapeake Bay.

Rated America’s Top Japanese Restaurant by Zagat Survey.

Miss Shirley’s 750 E. Pratt St. 410.528.5373

Fogo de Chao 600 E. Pratt St. 410.528.9292

Eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist. Maryland’s best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in three locations (including Roland Park and 1 Park Place in Annapolis).

Upscale Brazilian restaurant featuring skewered meats prepared Gaucho-style.

Hard Rock Cafe 601 E. Pratt St. 410.347.7625 Down-home American food seasoned with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll.

Heavy Seas Alehouse 1300 Bank St. 410.522.0850 Fresh, seasonal and local ingredients create bold and assertive dishes that stand up to the intense beers Heavy Seas is known for.

Kona Grill 1 E. Pratt St. 410.244.8994 New American cuisine and full sushi bar. Bar, patio, and happy hour available.

Rusty Scupper 402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 This delicious food and their magical view are enjoyable at brunch, lunch, or a great night out.

 FEDERAL HILL & LOCUST POINT Afters Café 1001 S. Charles St. 410.244.0909 Frozen yogurt that regularly impresses visitors and regulars alike.

Bluegrass Tavern 1500 S. Hanover St. 410.244.5101 An informal fine dining experience, with a special focus on America’s finest bourbons.

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Elvis 1022 Light St. 410.244.8817 Visitors can get a hefty and delicious plate of freshly made San Franciscostyle burritos or tacos for under $10.

Hot Corner Lee’s House of Steaks Cross St. Market 1065 S. Charles St. 410.645.0241

Matsuri 1105 S. Charles St. 410.752.8561

Mother’s Federal Hill Grille 1113 S. Charles St. 410.244.8686

Repeatedly voted Baltimore’s Best Japanese restaurant.

Join Ravens and Orioles fans for pub grub in this well established sports bar.

Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar 902 S. Charles St. 410.234.0235

Nick’s Fish House & Grill 2600 Insulator Dr. 410.347.4123

Baltimore’s most authentic cheesesteaks.

Federal Hill’s best coffee spot has a dining room and a wine bar that comes to life in the evening.

Hull Street Blues Café 1222 Hull St. 410.727.7476

Miguel’s Cocina y Cantina 1200 Steuart St. 443.438.3139

Unpretentious seafood, sandwiches, pastas, salads, and pub grub, plus allyou-can-eat Sunday brunch.

Authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex fare and exotic tequila cocktails.

Little Havana’s 1325 Key Hwy. 410.837.9903

Mr. Rain’s Fun House American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 443.524.7379

Cuban inspired cuisine and irresistible mojitos in a waterfront setting.

Inventive, upscale restaurant offers creative takes on American classics.

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Known to support AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and Moveable Feast, Nick’s has a waterfront dining room and outdoor deck with live summer entertainment.

Regi’s American Bistro 1002 Light St. 410.539.7344 A true neighborhood spot with homestyle American cuisine, members of the Chesapeake Region chapter the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals meet here. The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.


Silo.5% Wine Bar 1200 Steuart St. 443.438.4044

Geckos 2318 Fleet St. 410.732.1961

Shuckers Restaurant & Bar  1629 Thames St. 410.522.5820

Explore more than 30 wines by the glass or 200 by the bottle, plus small plates, salads, and entrees at this glamorous Silo Point branch of Hampden’s 13.5% Wine Bar.

Southwest cuisine in a cool, casual atmosphere.

A Maryland seafood restaurant so gay-friendly, the owners provided meeting space for the (now defunct) local chapter of Stonewall Democrats.

SoBo Cafe 6 W. Cross St. 410.752.1518 A good and quiet option that serves comfort food with a twist.

Thai Yum 1006 Light St. 410.528.2146 Exclusively Thai and exceptionally delicious in the heart of Federal Hill.


  Arcos Restaurante 129 S. Broadway 410.522.4777

Rustic and refined, traditional Mexican comfort foods presented side-by-side with eclectic approaches to new and flavorful combinations.

Bertha’s 734 S. Broadway 410.327.5795 Iconic Baltimore seafood restaurant where diners famously “Eat Bertha’s Mussels.”

Blue Moon Café 1621 Aliceanna St 410.522.3940 Enchanting breakfast and brunch spot, famous for the Captain Crunch French Toast, is open 24 hours on weekends.

Ding How 631 S. Broadway 410.327.8888 Peking Duck is frequently recommended at this reliable, dine-in Chinese restaurant.


Johnny Rad’s 2108 Eastern Ave. 443.759.6464 From lunch to late night this pub offers great food, including vegan selections.

Kali’s Court and Kali’s Mezze 1606 Thames St, 410.276.4700 (Court) 410.563.7600 (Mezze) Mediterranean cuisine (especially seafood) is the specialty of this elegant Greek restaurant (Court) and tapas bar (Mezze).

Sip & Bite 2200 Boston St. 410.675.7077 24-hour hole-in-the-wall diner enjoyed by families, the 4am crowd, and everyone in between.

Sticky Rice  1634 Aliceanna St. 443.682.8243 An unusual mix of American, PanAsian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere.

Liquid Earth 1626 Aliceanna St. 410.276.6606

Tortilleria Sinaloa 1716 Eastern Ave. 410.276.3741

Innovative vegetarian, vegan, raw, and living foods deliver intelligent nutrition in a casual, convivial setting.

Authentic and flavorful Mexican tacos, tamales, and quesadillas, plus Baltimore’s best tortillas.

Louisiana 1708 Aliceanna St. 410.327.2610


This fine dining restaurant and special occasion venue (including samesex weddings) offers American and French-inspired dishes with authentic Creole flavors.

Mr. Yogato 723-A S. Broadway 410.276.1006 The best frozen yogurt treats in a super fun yet chill atmosphere.

Salt 2127 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5480 A new American tavern serving innovative renditions of classic favorites, guaranteed to bring back nostalgic memories of even the most experienced palate.

  Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine 4709 Harford Rd. 410. 319.6227 Louisiana inspired cuisine and live jazz and blues music.

Clementine 5402 Harford Rd.   410.444.1497 Great food with a cross-cultural twist and a different menu every evening.

Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Rd. 410.426.1930 Burgers with a loyal following in a warm and down-to-earth setting.

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Koco’s Pub 4301 Harford Rd. 410.426.3519

The Dizz  300 W. 30th St. 443.869.5864

Petit Louis Bistro 4800 Roland Ave. 410.366.9393

Voted best crab cake and best wings.

This favorite neighborhood bar with a fiercely loyal following offers good food and cheap drinks in a casual and funky setting.

Classic French bistro fare and seasonal dishes.

Lost in the 50s Diner 5512 Harford Rd. 410.254.1639 Enjoy a taste of the past at a great place for food, folks, fun, all-day breakfast, as well as lunch and dinner plates.

Maggie’s Farm 4341 Harford Rd. 410.254.2376 In support local farms and food artisans, Maggie’s Farm offers “refined peasant cuisine” that has been grown and raised responsibly.

Tooloulou’s Artisan Pizza 4311 Harford Rd. 443.627.8090

The Food Market 1017 W. 36th St. 410.366.0606 Approachable, serious comfort food by Chef Chad Gauss, in a smartly designed industrial-modern space. 

Golden West Café  1105 W. 36th St. 410.889.8891 This hipster hang out in Hampden welcomes all for drinking, dining, and (late night) live alternative music.

Rocket to Venus 3360 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.7887 Retro-space age atmosphere, unique and comforting food options, and beer for every palate.

Woodberry Kitchen 2010 Clipper Park Rd. 410.464.8000 Farm-to-table restaurant focusing on the best local ingredients.


Tooloulou (the Cajun word for crab) is a neighborhood place that features artisan pizza, po’boys, and Bayou-inspired specials nightly.

Grano Emporio 3547 Chestnut Ave. 443.438.7521 Grano Pasta Bar 1031 W. 36th St. 443.869.3429

Valentino’s 6627 Harford Rd. 410.254.4700

Inexpensive pasta dishes and traditional multi-course meals are distinguished by a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary trends in Italian cuisine.

Chazz—A Bronx Original 1415 Aliceanna St. 410.522.5511

Johnny’s 410.773.0777 4800 Roland Ave.

Cinghiale 822 Lancaster St. 410.547.8282

An unpretentious, everyday place for the Roland Park neighborhood.

Cinghiale celebrates the richness and style of the modern Italian kitchen.

A family restaurant with a casual, friendly atmosphere and top quality food prepared by professional chefs.


PLUS KESWICK, REMINGTON & ROLAND PARK   Alchemy 1011 W. 36th St. 410.366.1163 Fresh, innovative menu, hand-crafted desserts, sophisticated wine selection, elegant comfort.

Alonso’s & Loco Hombre 413-415 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.3433 Two great restaurants specializing in American and Mexican cuisine, in one convenient location.

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Miss Shirley’s 513 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.889.5272 Eclectic southern style cuisine with a local twist. Maryland’s best breakfast, brunch, and lunch in three locations (including Inner Harbor and Annapolis).

  Papermoon Diner 227 W. 29th St. 410.889.4444 An eclectic, great place to meet friends and share delicious comfort food.

Charleston 1000 Lancaster St. 410.576.0766 An exquisitely refined take on American cuisine of the South.

Developed by actor Chazz Palminteri.

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant 616 S. President St. 410.727.5107 An authentic Irish pub serving Irish American cuisine, built in Ireland and shipped to Baltimore.

Patisserie Poupon 820 E. Baltimore St. 410.332.0390 Traditional French café fare, illy coffee drinks, and delicious pastries served in a charming shop.


Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St. 410.534.7296

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop 222 Albemarle St. 410.685.4905

Marie Louise Bistro 904 N. Charles St. 410.385.9946

This restaurant unveiled a space of such staggering and sumptuous loveliness, patrons swoon upon entering. The menu is comprised of tapas and main courses.

Authentic Italian treats such as gelato, rum cake, tiramisu and many other homemade cookies and cakes.

The menu merges French, Italian, and Mediterranean food.

Ten Ten 1010 Fleet St. 410.244.6867 Seasonal American dishes with influences from the Chesapeake and Southern cuisine and a slow food approach to cooking.

Wit & Wisdom 200 International Dr. 410.576.5800 Wit & Wisdom redefines the ordinary tavern and elevates it to extraordinary fine dining heights.

 LITTLE ITALY Café Gia 410 S. High St. 410.685.6727 A new, warm, comfortable Sicilian bistro.

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant 237 S. High St. 410.837.0309 One of Little Italy’s best-known and best-loved restaurants.

Da Mimmo’s 217 S. High St. 410.727.6876 Gourmet Italian food in an elegant atmosphere.

 MOUNT VERNON 4 East Madison Inn 4 E. Madison St. 410.605.2020 Salads and sandwiches from vegan to carnivore.

The Brewers Art 1106 N. Charles St. 410.547.6925 Affordable and delicious housemade brews with outstanding New American eats served in the elegant upstairs or dungeon-esque downstairs.

City Cafe  1001 Cathedral St. 410.539.4252 This is the place to see and be seen for homo- and metro-sexuals.

Iggies 818 N. Calvert St. 410.528.0818 Made with fresh ingredients and the upmost respect in the handling of them.

Indigma 801 N. Charles St. 443.449.6483 IndigmaRestaurant.Com “The enigma of Indian cuisine” where creative innovation and the traditional are so intricately balanced.

Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant 901 Fawn St. 410.727.9414

Land Of Kush  840 N. Eutaw St. 410.225.5874

This family-owned Little Italy restaurant serves delicious Central and Southern Italian cuisine.

Incredible you-wouldn’t-believe-it’svegan soul food.

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Michaelangelo’s Pizza 235 W. Read St. 410.462.3662 Easily the best Italian delivery, Michaelangelo’s Pizza will satisfy your cravings.

Midtown BBQ & Brew 15 E. Centre St. 443.835.2472 Come for the brew and the BBQ and stay for the Karaoke, trivia night, and fun events.

Milk & Honey Deli  816 Cathedral St. 410.685.6455 This market/deli offers tasty, healthy, and organic sandwiches and paninis, as well as groceries—and an espresso bar to boot.

Minato Sushi Bar 1013 N. Charles St. 410.332.0332 Born in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Minato has earned its reputation, constantly earning rave reviews and accolades.

Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon 909 N. Charles St. 410.685.7427 Dining room offers a wide selection, brunch, and regular specials, cozy and inviting bar invites you to relax or mingle.

The Owl Bar 1 E. Chase St. 410.347.0888 Located in the historic Belvedere Hotel, this tavern was Baltimore’s greatest speakeasy, still offering great times today.

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Red Maple 930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 This Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night.

Sascha’s 527 527 N. Charles St. 410.539.8880 Located in a glorious 19th century Mt. Vernon townhouse, offering creative American cuisine, with global touches from Asia to France, and Morocco in between.

Stang of Siam 1301 N. Calvert St. 443.453.9142 The delicious Thai menu that the whole city is talking about.

Waterstone Bar & Grille  311 W. Madison St. 410.225.7475 A unique and upscale atmosphere where everything is reasonably priced with quality and tastes that make all of the items become an instant favorite.

XS 1307 N. Charles St. 410.468.0002 Restaurant, bar and cafe featuring a diverse menu of coffee, sushi, cocktails, breakfast, desserts, panini, and more.


  Ethel & Ramone’s  1615 Sulgrave Ave. 410.664.2971

The “Chesapeake Bay meets Louisiana Cajun” fusion fare is “simply amazing.” The food is only surpassed by the owner’s affable personality.

Sushi Hana 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4228 An expansive selection of specialty

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rolls and reliable and tasty cooked Japanese fare.

 STATION NORTH Bohemian Coffeehouse 1821 N. Charles St. 410.400.0022 Students, artists, and hipsters hang out offers Zeke’s coffee, plus vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and traditional offerings for breakfast, lunch, or just a snack.

Internet Café, Bar, & Restaurant 2118 Maryland Ave. 443.759.6147 Pub food including wings and burgers, plus seafood, vegan selections, and free Wi-Fi.

Joe Squared 133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 Award-winning coal-fired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, long rum list, and eclectic beers. 

Darker than Blue Cafe 3034 Greenmount Ave. 443.872.4468 “Modern American” cuisine by Culinary Institute of America-trained chef in a jazz-inspired, fine dining restaurant.

Pete’s Grille 3130 Greenmount Ave. 410.467.7698 Michael Phelps’ favorite spot for carb-loading before his morning training. Great for lunch, too.

Thai Restaurant 3316 Greenmount Ave. 410.889.6002 One of Baltimore’s first Thai restaurants, and still among the best.

CRABS You have to eat crabs when you visit Baltimore, hon! Bo Brooks 2701 Boston St. 410.558.0202

Sofi’s Crepes 1723 N. Charles St. 410.727.7732

Canton Dockside 3301 Boston St. 410.276.8900

Fresh and natural sweet and savory crepes filled, folded, wrapped in one neat package you can eat on the go or enjoy at their outside tables.

Conrad’s Crabs 1720 E. Joppa Rd. 410.882.1515

Station North Arts Café 1816 N. Charles St. 410.625.6440 A “small-batch from scratch” restaurant with a rave reviews at a place where food, art, music, theater, and fine crafts come together.

Tapas Teatro  1711 N. Charles St. 410.332.011 Seasonal, fresh ingredients, a full range of international flavors, rustic, reasonably-priced wines and a range of interesting beers.


The Crackpot 8102 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.828.1095 Faidley Seafood 203 N. Paca St. 410.727.4898 L.P. Steamers 1100 E. Fort Ave. 410.576.9294 Rusty Scupper 402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 S & J Crab Ranch 2 W. Pennsylvania Ave. 410.821.6789



Identifies: One of Baltimore’s biggest (and loudest) cheerleaders, I am gayer than pink ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and I enjoy telling my gay, straight, or simply confused friends from around the world about our unique and eclectic city.     When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: Baltimore is a great city for LGBT visitors! When my friends come to town I hook them up for a short or long comfortable stay at either the Hotel Brexton in Mt. Vernon, the Scarborough Fair Bed and Breakfast in Federal Hill or my favorite downtown hotel, the Springhill Suites. As a certified foodie, find me and my LGBT guests enjoying authentic Italian at Chazz in Harbor East, breakfast at the Eastern Avenue Carry Out or the Sip n Bite in Canton, Miss Shirley’s on Cold Spring Lane and of course, drinks, good food and fabulous fellowship at the City Café or the historic Stable.  To get our dance on I’m going to drag tourists to Club Bunns for Baltimore’s best DJ Thommy Davis and of course if there is time, we’re taking in the current exhibits at The Walters, BMA, or the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.

Rebecca Nagle

PERFORMANCE, NEW MEDIA, AND COMMUNITY ARTIST Identifies: Queer. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: A lot of the best queer things in Baltimore are underground but they’re well worth the hunt. Be sure to check out Baltimore’s monthly queer and trans party Glitter Thighs: part cabaret, all dance party, Glitter Thighs is a multi-gender, multi-generational, pansexual night for all bodies and sexualities. The decade-old Charm City Kitty Club is Baltimore’s longest-running lesbian event and is a thrice yearly cabaret celebrating feminist and queer talent from Baltimore and beyond. And lastly is the even less frequent but insanely special Transmodern Arts Festival, an annual festival of genre-bending, performance-leaning radical and experimental artists from around the world. And here is a great little secret that is always there! In a hidden back corner of Baltimore’s largest urban park is a zen garden made out of headstones. The story goes that the headstones were donated to the parks department to use for granite from the company’s stock of typos and people who did not pay their bills. For years the city stored them in a pseudo-dump in the back, hidden section of the park. Some creative folks got together and rearranged to the dump to create a very special and contemplative spot. See if you can find it between the Maryland Zoo and Clipper Mill.

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16 Tons 1100 W. 36th St. 410.554.0101 A comfortable, eclectically-appointed shop is stocked with a variety of clothing and accessories for men.

Brightside Boutique 1133 S. Charles St. 410.244.1133 Fashion-forward clothing, shoes, and jewelry at vintage prices influenced by the tattoo culture and New York style.

Dreamland  845 W. 36th St. 410.467.1582 Crafty vintage clothes for him and her, plus jewelry and gifts.

Eye Candy 849 W. 36th St. 410.889.0607 Fashionable lenses and eyewear specific to each client’s needs.

Handbags in the City  840 Aliceanna St. 410.528.1443 Must-have designer handbags plus clothing, shoes, and luxurious accessories for men and women.

Hunting Ground 3649 Falls Rd. 410.243.0789 Small designers and brands, plus wearable and affordable vintage clothing.

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Jean Pool  92 Village Sq. 410.466.1177 A boutique denim store that caters to both men and women with the goal of finding the perfect fit for everyone.

Katwalk Boutique 1709 Aliceanna St. 410.669.0600 KatwalkFashionShowroom One-of-a-kind designer clothing and accessories. Featured for six years in Baltimore magazine’s Best of Baltimore edition.

Ma Petite Shoe  832 W. 36th St. 410.235.3442 This boutique is unlike any other, specializing in the world’s most fabulous shoes from some of the newest designers, plus vegan products and chocolates.

Urban Chic 811 Aliceanna St. 410.685.1601 Men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from a mix of established and up-and-coming designers.

 ART Area 405 Gallery 405 E. Oliver St. 410.528.1968 The primitive urban character reflects its long history and provides an alternative setting to traditional “white-wall” galleries.

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Art Gallery of Fells Point 1716 Thames St. 410.327.1272 Non-profit artists’ cooperative featuring original art and prints from local artists. 

Baltimore Clayworks 5707 Smith Ave. 410.578.1919 Non-profit ceramic art center offers classes as well as beautiful ceramics made from safe, natural materials from the earth.

Charlotte Elliott  837 W. 36th St. 410.243.0990 Fine art, antique furniture, jewelry, gourmet treats, books, and worldwide treasures.

Crystal Moll Art Gallery 1030 S. Charles St. 410.952.2843 Watercolor cityscapes capture the essence of Federal Hill.


Theater Project

Antique Row

Mother Seton House

Power Plant LIVE!

Baltimore Arena Hollins Market

Irish Shrine & Railroad Museum

Sports Legends at Camden Yards/ Geppi Entertainment Museum

Historic Ships in Baltimore

Seven Foo Lighth Camden Station MARC Trains to Washington, D.C.


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Homewood Ave

BALTIMORE VISITOR CENTER 401 Light Street Baltimore, MD 21202 1.877.BALTIMORE Northeast Market

St. Vincent de Paul Church

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B’nai Israel Congregaton

The Baltimore Visitor Center is simply the best place to start exploring the new Baltimore. This 8,000-square foot, state-of-the art facility offers an array of information resources and services, all designed to make your stay in Baltimore one to remember. Catch up on special events, purchase tickets for attractions, museums, tours, and harbor cruises, pick up brochures, make reservations for dining and lodging, and learn about the city’s history, arts, neighborhoods, and shopping— all in one convenient location on the West Shore of Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor.

Jewish Museum of Maryland

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church


Baltimore Civil War Museum

Vagabond Theatre

George Wells House

241 W. Chase St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410.777.8145

The GLCCB serves as a clearinghouse for information, resources, and services within the LGBT community. From local gay-owned/friendly business, to O’Donnell St medical professionals, real estate agents, attorneys, therapists, and Bo sto other professionals, the GLCCB nS attempts to connect visitors witht the particular resource they seek.

Fleckenstein Gallery 3316 Keswick Rd. 410.366.3669 Custom and archival framing plus a diverse collection of local and regional artists.

Museum Shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1844 A wide variety of items exclusive to the BMA.

Gallery 788 218 W. Saratoga St. 202.210.8361

s.c. lord design  3000 Chestnut Ave. 410.961.4597

A new co-op gallery space in the heart of downtown Baltimore.

Gallery and archival framing from oversized antique posters to threedimensional works, works on paper to vintage photographs.

Load of Fun Arts 120 W. North Ave. A community based gallery presenting emerging and established artists.

Mark Cottman Gallery 1014 S. Charles St. Baltimore, MD 21230 443.872.0943 Exclusively featuring Mark Cottman’s work and his expressions of passion and humor.

Maryland Art Place Power Plant Live! 8 Market Pl., Ste. 100 410.962.8565 Nonprofit organization committed to exhibiting contemporary art by Maryland artists.

Metro Gallery 1700 N. Charles St. 410.244.0899 A multipurpose performance space, art gallery, and bar.

Minás 815 W. 36th St. 410.732.4258 Two venues in one: an art gallery and a boutique with clothing, jewelry, local crafts, retro toys, Japanese ceramics, and more.

Mud and Metal 1121 W. 36th St. 410.467.8698 Functional crafts handmade by amazing artists. Gifts for your home and the ones you love. 


Sideshow Shop at American Visionary Art Museum  800 Key Hwy. 443.872.4926 AVAM’s gift shop offers original art, books, scarves, jewelry, souvenirs, and toys.

Steven Scott Gallery 808 S. Ann St. 410.902.9300 Paintings and works on paper by emerging, mid-career and established American artists, including works by Annie Liebowitz, Francesco Clemente, Nan Goldin, Tom Miller, Kiki Smith, and John Waters.

 BOOKS Alliance Comics 904 Light St. 410.685.0021 Great selection and a welcoming staff.

Atomic Books 3620 Falls Rd. 410.662.4444 Legendary, alternative, independent bookstore specializing in comics and graphic novels, as well as John Waters’ fanmail.

Book Escape 805 Light St. 410.504.1902 Extensive collection of new, used and rare books plus readings and events.

Cyclops Books 30 W. North Ave. 410.752.4487 This anchor for the Station North Arts & Entertainment District scene also exhibits art and hosts live music.

The Ivy Bookshop 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.2966 Baltimore’s “literary bookshop” plays host to many area book clubs and visiting.

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Read Street Books and Coffee 229 W. Read St. 410.669.4103 New and used books, vintage paperbacks, lesbian fiction, plus espresso, teas, Italian sodas, and desserts.

Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse 800 St. Paul St. (until 9/13) North Avenue Market (unit block W. North Ave., after 9/13) 410.230.0450 Baltimore’s collectively owned and operated infoshop, fair-trade organic coffeehouse, and veggie café.

 HOME Arhaus Furniture 660 S. Exeter St. 410.244.6376 Eclectic international design meets quality, eco-conscious American craftsmanship.

Avenue Antiques/The Ideal 901 – 905 W. 36th St. 410.467.0329 More than 60 merchants in two stores carry everything from fine antiques and art to vintage clothing and collectibles. The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.

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Curiosity 1033 S. Charles St., 2nd fl. 410.727.6262

Zelda Zen 46 E. Cross St. 410.625.2424 Home décor, funky art, cards and jewelry.

Unique and beautiful objects for your home and hard-to-shop items for people and occasions.


David’s on the Avenue 914 W. 36th St. 410.467.8159

Hampden Junque  1006 W. 36th St. 410.889.6453

This consignment shop offers a carefully curated collection of affordable used furnishings.

Buying and selling chic nostalgic antiques, collectibles and junque.

Great Finds and Designs 1924B Greenspring Dr., Timonium 410.561.9413 Quality pre-owned furniture and accessories that express your individual style.

Nouveau  514 E. Belvedere Ave. 410.962.8248 Furniture and accessories that are fun, funky, contemporary, and transitional. 

Paradiso 1015 W. 36th St. 410.243.1317 Destination for exceptional furniture, lighting, contemporary jewelry, fine craft, outsider art, and gifts.

Phina’s for the Home 919 S. Charles St. 410.685.0911 Top-quality home linens and bath and body products and gifts.

Su Casa 901 S Bond St., #1 410.522.7010 This flagship for a small, local chain is frequently named Baltimore’s Best Furniture Store.

Trohv Baltimore 921 W. 36th St. 410.366.3456 Home goods and gifts that reflect a mix of urban grit and southern sensibility.


LovelYarns ​​ 3610 Falls Rd. 410.662.9276 LovelYarns specializes in locally handdyed and handspun yarns and encourages “Yarn-Bombing” (knitted graffiti).

Spirits of Mt. Vernon  900 N. Charles St. 410.727.7270 Champagne, wine, gourmet cheese, crystal stemware, decanters, plus weekly wine tastings and Boris the wine dog.

Video Americain 400 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.243.2231 The best selection of independent, local, foreign, cult films, and documentaries, plus extensive LGBT and adult sections.

 PETS Camp Bow Wow 7165 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia 410.964.2275 Premier dog boarding and doggie daycare facility.

City Pet Center 504 S. Haven St. 410.732.8292 Boarding, grooming, and doggie daycare with great prices, exceptional care, and up-to-date amenities.

Dogma  1340-G Smith Ave. Ste B 443.708.4420 and

 MUSIC & MOVIES Normals 425 E. 31st St. 410.243.6888 Used books, records, and CDs.

Read Street Video 211 W. Read St. 410.728.8273 With a thousand movies, this tiny Mt. Vernon video shop fills a niche and does it well.

Sound Garden 1616 Thames St. 410.563.9011 Buy and Sell CDs, DVDs, LPs, vinyl, and video games at one of the largest new and used music stores.

DID YOU KNOW? David T. Abercrombie, founder of Abercrombie & Fitch, was born in Baltimore in June 1867.

3600 Boston St. #20 410.276.3410 Food, treats, products, and grooming services for cats and dogs.

Howl 3531 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.2469 Natural, high quality pet products, special food needs, and chemical/ filler/by-product–free foods.

Pet Valu 871 E. Fort Ave. 410.783.1590 and

1209 N. Charles St. 410.230.0410 One of the largest selections of pet toys and accessories. 

Scrub-A-Dub Dog 5909 Falls Rd. 443.919.7909 A full-service dog-washing salon with top-of-the-line pet care products.

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ARTIST & OWNER, ARTSTAR CUSTOM PAINTWORKS Identifies: Lesbionic. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: We start the morning at Zeke’s Coffee, followed by brunch at Clementine. Afterwards, we get our yoga on at Charm City Yoga. From there, we head to the American Visionary Art Museum. Finally, we wrap up the day with dinner at City Cafe, but not before stopping by Divine’s grave in Prospect Hill on the way to pay homage to the icon of filth.

Steve Satta

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, IRON CROW THEATRE Identifies: I think of myself as “queer,” although I don’t always use that word.   When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: I almost always take friends to the “gayborhood” and nightspots like Grand Central Station and the Hippo, followed by Mt. Vernon Stable for a late night nosh. For a quieter atmosphere, I favor Jay’s on Read Street.  For meals I like to stick closer to my Hamilton neighborhood—Clementine’s for dinner and Valentino’s for a great diner breakfast.    Entertainment depends on the person. Ellicott City is wonderful for antiquing and Fell’s Point for coffee at The Daily Grind and window-shopping, or the Aquarium for those with more touristy tastes. The American Visionary Art Museum is also a must.   Of course many of my friends are theater folk and we always take in a show:  Everyman, CENTERSTAGE, Single Carrot, Glass Mind, Theater Project. And I try to convince everyone to experience a class at Charm City Yoga. It’s hard to describe a “typical” LGBT Baltimore experience when LGBT people are so diverse, and Baltimore is so full of great stuff!


RAPPER/MUSICIAN Identifies: Gay. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: When friends come to Baltimore, I take them to XS Restaurant in Mid-Town Belvedere, Paradox and Ziascos Bar & Lounge for nighttime fun.

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Kelly Walker

Club Bunns (Dance/Hip-Hop) 606 W. Lexington St. 410.234.2866 N.G.A.ClubBunns An exciting and safe environment that caters largely to the African-American community and plays the latest hiphop hits into the early morning hours.

Club Charles (Welcoming) 1724 N. Charles St. 410.727.8815 A dark and hipster-y dive that’s a low key spot for a drink before or after catching a film at the Charles Theater. 

Club Hippo (LGBT, Disco) 1 W. Eager St. 410.547.0069 The Hippo has been a cornerstone in the LGBT community for more than 40 years. Whether you want to dance, relax, or enjoy a cocktail and a game of pool, the Hippo has something for everyone! Wednesday’s Gay Bingo benefits the GLCCB.

The Drinkery (Gay) 205 W. Read St. 410.225.3100 A dark, loud, and friendly neighborhood bar with karaoke and great twofor-one happy hour deals.

Gallery One (Gay) 1735 Maryland Ave. 410.539.6965 This friendly, casual bar is welcoming to both men and women.

The Get Down (Mixed, Dance) 701 S. Bond St. 443.708.3564

Grand Central (Gay) 1001-1003 N. Charles St. 410.752.7133 Grand Central has three distinct areas: The Disco, The Pub, and Sappho’s (an exclusive ladies lounge).

Idle Hour (Welcoming) 201 E. Fort Ave. 410.468.0357 This laid back, friendly, neighborhood bar is off the beaten Federal Hill path, but the beer, the art, and atmosphere are more than worth it.

Jay’s on Read (Mixed) 225 W. Read St. 410.225.0188 An intimate, upscale, relaxed atmosphere with daily drink specials. Live piano Friday and Saturday evenings.

Joe Squared (Live Music) 133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 Award-winning coal-fired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, long rum list, and eclectic beers. 

The Laughing Pint (Welcoming) 3531 Gough St. 410.342.6544 Popular with artists, performers, and audiences from the nearby Creative Alliance at the Patterson, this casual drinkery serves up inexpensive drinks, freshly prepared pub food, and games.

Mixers (Mixed) 6037 Belair Rd. 410.483.6011

PWs Sports Bar & Grill (Mixed) 9855 Washington Blvd. N. Laurel, MD  301.498.4840 People come for the live music and karaoke, multiple TVs, pool, and darts. The bar also sponsors league teams.

The Quest Bar (Gay, Karaoke) 3607 Fleet St. 410.563.2617 This neighborhood gay bar attracts locals with its happy hour specials, jukebox selection, and regular talent shows.

The Paradox (Dance) 1310 Russell St. 410.837.9110 Baltimore’s premier home for dance music of all genres with upgraded sound, lighting, bar and lounges.

Red Maple (Dance) 930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 This Asian tapas lounge has tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance, and a musically diverse late night.

The Rowan Tree (Mixed, Local) 1633 S. Charles St. 410.468.0550 Gay-owned and -operated, this neighborhood pub draws a mix of gay and straight patrons.

Triple L and Leon’s (Gay) 227 W. Chase St. 410.539.4850

A two-level DJ-oriented space.

This is a small neighborhood bar/club with a cool deck and big sound system.

Just two doors down from the GLCCB, Leon’s Leather Lounge (Triple L) is a leather/levi bar. Attached to Triple L is Leon’s, Maryland’s oldest gay bar.

Golden West Café (Live Music) 1105 W 36th St. 410.889.8891

The Ottobar (Welcoming) 2549 N. Howard St. 410.662.0069

Ziascoz (Dance, Mixed) 1313 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5790

At night, Hampden’s hipster health food café offers up some of the most innovative performance programming.

Baltimore’s premiere venue for live sub-mainstream music is also a dream venue for dive-bar lovers.

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Mount Vernon is beautiful, colorful, lively and like no other neighborhood in Baltimore. Mount Vernon historically has also been the center of gay life and gay celebration in Baltimore, and, in many ways, it still retains that role. Mount Vernon is pleased to host the annual Pride Parade and Block Party for Baltimore, and the city’s best gay clubs are right on historic Charles Street in the heart of the neighborhood. Many residents and community leaders in Mount Vernon are gay as well. Mount Vernon is filled with 19th-century mansions, charming workers cottages, and the city’s best entertainment, culture, and restaurants. From cafes to fine dining, from Afghan to Thai, and everything in between, it is all in Mount Vernon. Mount Vernon is also home to The Walters Art Museum, CENTERSTAGE, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Modell Center for the Performing Arts, The Lyric, the Maryland Historical Society, the George Peabody Library, and the Enoch Pratt Free Library. It’s easy to spend a day or an entire weekend in Mount Vernon trying to take in everything this gorgeous community has to offer. Mount Vernon also has many lodging options, of all which are gayfriendly. There is much to enjoy in this neighborhood that CNN once described as “more European than Mid-Atlantic.” For what’s happening now in Mount Vernon go to Courtesy of Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association

 STATION NORTH Baltimore’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District, more commonly called Station North, sits in the center of the city, near Penn Station and historic Mount Vernon. The first Baltimore neighborhood to be designated an Arts and Entertainment District, Station North is an eclectic mix of people, architecture, arts, food and fun. Theaters, cafés, galleries, music venues, restaurants and bars fill this residential and commercial area. Former industrial buildings have evolved into attractive artist studios and residential lofts. New, modern units have been constructed, though beautiful, three-story, early 20th-century row homes provide most of the Station North housing. With creative types in abundance, entertainment is vital in Station North. Venues feature jazz, improvisational music and performance, dance parties, comedy and film screenings. The neighborhood hosts the Station North Flea Market the first Saturday of each month featuring artists’ work. The community also celebrates the last Friday of every month with Final Fridays in which spaces in Station North are transformed into spectacular celebratory environments filled with musicians, performance artists, art installations, and food for all to enjoy. Courtesy of Visit Baltimore


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 FEDERAL HILL Baltimore’s historic Federal Hill neighborhood lies just south of the famed Inner Harbor. Known for its picturesque park—an oasis, with incredible day and night views of the Baltimore Harbor and skyline, Federal Hill enjoys a storied history. The hill was given its name in 1788 after thousands paraded there celebrating ratification of the new “Federal” U. S. Constitution. Having been used as a key “look-out” destination during the Civil War, Federal Hill maintains a large U.S. flag, cannons, and a monument honoring its history. An eclectic group calls Federal Hill home today, upwardly mobile young professionals, affluent emptynesters, and families who have lived in row-homes in the neighborhood for generations. Pubs, restaurants, galleries and antique shops line the streets, where you can also find salons, boutiques, and the Cross Street Market—a 19th-century marketplace that continues to serve as the neighborhood commercial and social hub. The walkable neighborhood is close to Baltimore’s professional sports stadiums, Oriole Park at Camden Yards and M&T Bank Stadium allowing many to patronize Federal Hill pubs and restaurants before and after games. The new Charm City Circulator makes it convenient to get to and from Federal Hill for free. Courtesy of Visit Baltimore


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Fell’s Point is an historic waterfront community just one mile east and a 15-minute walk, 10-minute water taxi ride, or 5-minute cab ride from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Established during the colonial era, Fell’s Point is a neighborhood rich in history, attractions and colorful people. Known to many visitors as a wonderful place to eat, shop, and play, its diverse residents enjoy a very livable community where individuality is welcome. Fell’s Point is a mixed-use neighborhood, so many services and shopping opportunities are within easy walking distance. This neighborhood has a lot of character and options for all. Events vary throughout the year: you can watch Santa come in on a tug boat in December, shop local at the Farmers’ Market, or attend Fell’s Point Main Street’s annual Come to Fell’s Point, and make your own history.


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See Page 27 for details Hamilton-Lauraville is a neighborhood that enjoys its parks and open Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine spaces. The Herring Run meanders through Morgan State University Clementine and the neighborhood’s many large homes nestled among mature Hamilton Tavern trees. This offers a variety of outdoor experiences such as hiking, Koco’s Pub cycling, and sports. Montebello Lake is a 1.37 mile loop that attracts Lost in the 50s Diner runners, walkers, cyclists, and pet lovers for a little exercise around a Maggie’s Farm beautiful lake setting. Tooloulou’s Artisan Pizza The neighborhood also has a strong and growing commercial district comprised of many business owners that live in the neighborhood. In addition to the many great restaurants and pubs, the Green Onion Market, a fresh locally-owned market, will open this spring. From June through October, Lauraville hosts The Tuesday Market at 4500 Harford Road, Tuesday evenings 4-8pm. This is a small community market with fresh farm produce, fruit, meats, cheese, bread and more. Prepared foods are available for commuters and community members to take home, or visitors can stick around and enjoy a meal, a little music, and artisan wares. Urban agriculture is alive & growing in Hamilton and Lauraville. There is a great story tucked in the backyards, rooftops, schoolyards & marketplaces along Harford Road. The Hamilton Crop Circle, an urban farm, maintains a large produce garden on the grounds of Hamilton Elementary Middle School, as well as in large backyards and at the site of the Tuesday Market. The food, grown locally, finds its way to the farm-totable restaurants in the area, such as Maggie’s Farm, Clementine & Hamilton Tavern.

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 HAMPDEN Traditionally a blue collar community, Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood has morphed into eclectic at its very best. Located just minutes from the Inner Harbor, young urban professionals now call the brick rowhouses and luxury condos home, but the “Bawlmer Hons” remain. Hampden celebrates its quirkiness, and people from all over come to join in the fun. In fact, one of the city’s most popular events is Honfest, named for the local term of endearment “Hon,” short for “Honey.” Honfest features the enormous beehive hairdos, cat eyeglasses, leopard print attire and language—“Balwmerese”—indigenous to this area. The neighborhood started in 1802 as housing for workers in the new flour and cotton mills. While Hampden maintains a modest, small town atmosphere with its original structures and businesses that have been around for a long time, former factories are now artist studios, offices, wine bars and new restaurants and boutiques intertwined with new mixed-use development. Hampden’s combination of old and new, with its central location, makes it one of Baltimore’s most distinctive and desirable areas.

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 BROMO TOWER ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT The Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District unites the city’s Westside community, and underscores its potential as a thriving arts neighborhood in downtown Baltimore. Located in close proximity to the city’s main sports venues, the convention center, central business district, and the Inner Harbor, the district builds on a significant collection of existing arts assets, including visual and performing arts venues. Top Broadway touring productions can be seen at the France Merrick Performing Arts Center at the Hippodrome Theatre, while the 1st Mariner Arena regularly fills thousands of seats for special events and concerts featuring stars such as Rihanna and Carrie Underwood. The area is also home to the new, state-of-the-art Everyman Theatre, which produces quality plays that are accessible and affordable to everyone. The District also features a myriad of venues representing local ATTRACTIONS independent artists: Current Gallery, See Page 17 for details EMP Collective, Gallery 788, H&H 14 Karat Cabaret Building (Gallery Four, the Whole Arena Players Gallery) and Sub-basement Studios. Baltimore Arena In addition to well established Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower venues and attractions to the south, Eubie Blake Cultural Center the Bromo Tower A&E District is Everyman Theatre bounded in the north by Mount Hippodrome Theatre Vernon and includes an interesting mix of cultural institutions, such as the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, Maryland Historical Society and National Dentistry Museum, as well as the Historic Seton Hill neighborhood. The extreme boundaries of the proposed district are Read Street (north), Park Avenue (east), W. Lombard Street (south) and S. Greene Street (west). The district derives its name from the iconic Emerson Bromo-Seltzer Tower, a 15-story skyscraper erected in 1911 at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard Streets designed by Joseph Evans Sperry for Bromo-Seltzer antacid magnate, Captain Isaac E. Emerson. It served as Baltimore’s tallest building until 1923. A renovation of the virtually abandoned building began in 2007 transformed the space into studio spaces for visual and literary artists. By Daniel McEvily

 HARBOR EAST Baltimore’s swanky Harbor East neighborhood is barely recognizable to those who knew it in the not too distant past. Filled with hotels, restaurants, shops, office buildings, condominiums and entertainment venues—all connected via wide sidewalks and open spaces leading to the renowned waterfront—Harbor East thrives, but with a much different vibe. Dilapidated warehouses from the Industrial Boom of the early 1900s cluttered the area until a major transformation got underway at the end of the century. Now, about the only thing stored in bulk in Harbor East is wine within trendy restaurants. Harbor East shines as an outstanding example of blending history and culture with business, recreation and fun. There’s something for everyone in this rapidly growing area between Fell’s Point and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Joggers share the sidewalks with bikers and leisurely strollers window shopping the upscale boutiques. Harbor East has also evolved into a restaurant lover’s paradise.

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 BEAUTY Balance The Salon 409 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.366.6169 Flaunt 803 W. 36th St. 410.235.1001 Missi Kibelbek Licensed Massage Therapy 822 W. 36th St, 410.889.7107 Neal’s The Hair Studio 856 Park Ave. 410.528.8100 Sprout Salon 925 W. Paruk Ave. 410.235.2269 Zena’s Spa and Salon 1014 N. Charles St. 410.783.1971

 CATERERS Biddle Street Catering 410.727.7777 Black Tie Caterers 410.669.3500 Charles Levine Caterers 410.363.0900 48

Chef’s Expressions 410.561.2433 Class Act Catering by Jim Britton 410.368.1334 The Classic Catering People 410.356.1666 Copper Kitchen 410.244.7152 Dionysus’ Kitchen 410.744.4300 Occasions Caterers 202.546.7400 Rouge Catering 410.527.0007 Simply Elegant Catering 410.484.4554 The Spice Rack Catering 301 919.8078 Windows Catering 703.519.3500

Beginning Ballroom 410.231.3262

 FLORISTS Candlelight Floral Designs 240.409.3635 Crimson and Clover Floral Design 410.534.5455 Edge Floral Event Designers 301.330.5232 Flower Box Events 410.878.0373 Flowers & Fancies 410.653.0600 LV Creative Designs 301.392.6055

 FURNITURE AFR Event Furnishings 301.362.4300


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Creative 410.244.0066

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Meetings and Events Unlimited 240.278.1905 Rev. E. Sean Penn 443.467.4263

 MISC. Gala Cloths 12360 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 410.790.8171 Smyth Jewelers 825 Dulaney Valley Rd. Towson Town Mall 1.800.638.3333 Also in Timonium, Ellicott City & Annapolis

Tuxedo House Inc. 2135 Greenspring Dr. 410.252.6220 Women’s Industrial Exchange 333 N. Charles St. 410.685.4388

My Deejay 888.438.6935 Nachibear DJ Services 410.337.8801 Maryland Bagpiper— Piping For All Occasions 410.382.0200 Young At Heart DJ Service 443.794.9832

 OFFICIANTS Baltimore Ethical Society 410.581.2322

SJB Ministries Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns 202.253.3629 Serving all faiths and all people

Spirit Unions 410.595.5097 Weddings by Sandy 410.340.3224

 PHOTOGRAPHY Balance Photography 443.904.6743 Borrowed Blue 410.532.0679 Daniel McGarrity Photography


Donna Dallas Ordained Celebrant 410.458.7677

Absolute Entertainment 410.761.1212

Rev. Alberta Eaton 410.256.5330

Eric Gerber Photography 410.335.8142

Bialeks 410.484.7978

Rev. David B. G. Flaherty Officiant Extraordinaire 443.691.9800

Garth Phoebus Photography 301.378.0510

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Elaine Studley Photography 301.670.1762

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Jay W. Photos 410.952.6724 Jennifer McMenamin Photography 410.746.3843 John Heredia Wedding Photography 404.895.6276 John Kardys Photography Lisa Webb Photography 410.419.5927 MPD Photography & Video 443.821.6998 Sachs Photography 410.889.7854 Stoker Studios 443.504.4103 Studio C Photography Imaging 240.446.6085 Visual Image Photography & Videography 410.378.2806

 PHOTO BOOTHS Lovely Day Photo Works 410.207.0826 Smilez Photo Booth 443.212.8777 ShudderBooth Photo 443.955.5637 The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.


 VIDEOGRAPHY JP Studios Video Production Services MPD Photography & Video 443.821.6998 Video Vignette 410.931.3224 866.688.8483

 TRANSPORTATION On The Town Limousines, Inc. 301.829.7999



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Adorned Events, LLC 301.379.1573

1840s Ballroom 29 S. Front St. 410.385.1840

Boutique Events 410.292.1921 Couture Events & Weddings, LLC 202.599.0824

Elizabeth Bailey Weddings 410.879.8984 Plan it Perfect 410.685.4765 Regal Celebrations 301.774.5236 Van Landingham Design Studio 870.917.8861 Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen 301.775.3173

 STATIONERY Glyph Fine Press 101B N. Washington St. Havre de Grace, MD 410.939.0504 It’s a Snap 410.583.7845

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 x228 Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel 30 Trevanion Rd. Taneytown, MD 410.756.6812 Baltimore Ethical Society 306 W. Franklin St. 410.581.2322 The Belvedere 1 E. Chase St. 410.332.1000 The Black Eyed Susan 2600 Boston St. 410.342.6960 Chase Court 1112 St. Paul St. 410.727.1112 The Cloisters Castle 10440 Falls Rd. Pikesville, MD 410.821.7448

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301.446.3240 elegantsettings.html Entertainment Cruises 561 Light St. 866.845.7245 Groups/Baltimore Frederick Douglass窶的saac Myers Maritime Park & Museum 1417 Thames St. 410.685.0295

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Louisiana 1708 Aliceanna St. 410.327.2610 Padonia Park Club 12006 Jennifer Rd. 410.252.2046



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 COMMUNITYBASED ACTIVITY GROUPS Baltimore Area Gay Men’s Outdoor Adventure Group This social group organizes activities that include hiking, biking, camping, rafting, canoeing, and tubing.

Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers 410.662.2887 LGBT runners and walkers of all ability levels are welcome to join weekly Saturday morning outings along Baltimore’s waterfront, followed by brunch.

Charm City Roller Girls Four intraleague teams and two interleague teams make roller derby the most exciting thing to hit Charm City since the crab cake.

Charm City Volleyball LGBT volleyball organization offers weekly social and competitive volleyball events. All skill levels are welcome during social play, most Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm.

Chesapeake and Potomac Softball (CAPS) League Team Hippo Coach Ryan Bos: Club Hippo sends the local team to represent Baltimore in this DC-based LGBT league. League games are on Sundays beginning in May.


Chesapeake Squares Baltimore’s premier square dance club for gays and straights offers “open house” dances at various times throughout the year. Visitors are welcome on Tuesdays.

Baltimore GLBT Social Group Friendly LGBT folks meet monthly for potlucks, cook outs, theme parties, day trips, and game nights.

Lucky Charms Football Club

Baltimore Gay Bridge Night

Baltimore’s new LGBT soccer club for all people to enjoy soccer in the Baltimore area, regardless of skill level, sexual orientation, gender, race or religion. 

Experienced LGBT and straight bridge players meet every other Monday night for dinner, socializing, and bridge play.

Out and About Bowling Leagues 410.426.0491

Baltimore Gay Couples/Singles Social Group

Cheer on Baltimore’s LGBT bowlers at three different league nights during the 32 weeks that follow Labor Day or at the Monday night summer league.

A new social group for LGBT and LGBT-friendly couples and singles for fun times and social gatherings. 

 AFFINITY GROUPS Baltimore Area Lesbian Social Club LesbianSocialClub Social group for lesbians (singles and couples) who want to network and meet new friends.

Baltimore Feminist Reading Group BmoreReadingGroup. Open to women, trans*, and genderqueer-identified people. BFRG meets weekly for socializing and discussion inspired by feminist texts. Meets at the GLCCB.


Baltimore Gay Professionals Bringing LGBT Professionals together for socializing, networking, host discussions, and/or dating.

Baltimore Men’s Chorus A long tradition of providing the Baltimore community with a wide variety of exciting choral music.

Baltimore NOW The local chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) sponsors a monthly happy hour for socializing, holds monthly meetings, and organizes to promote equality for all women. Meets at the GLCCB.

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Night Out at Centerstage Centerstage welcomes members

A welcoming monthly book club for LGBTQ individuals. Meets 3rd Mondays, 7pm in room 202 at the GLCCB.

of the LGBT community who are subscribers to Night Out, a pre-show cocktail hour.

Charm City Country Crew Charm-City-Country-Crew


Celebrating the Country Western subculture of the LGBT community, this group hosts events, dances, gatherings, concert outings, and house parties.

Chicks on the Run This women’s activity group welcomes “chicks” of all ages to attend concerts, theater, comedy clubs, sporting events, museums, dinner, movies, bowling, and more.

COMMAND MC Corps of Men Making a Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club sponsors the Mr. Maryland Leather contest, hosts bar nights and social events, and raise money and awareness for gayrelated charities.

Imperfectly Perfect Pairs ImperfectlyPerfectPairs This social group is for committed gay and lesbian couples who want to share friendship and camaraderie with likeminded couples.

LGBTQ Humanist Council of Baltimore Exchange ideas, find support, and speak out with one voice on issues of concern to the LGBTQ-humanist community.

MiGi Promotions A group of professional GenXers who organize events and gatherings catered to eclectic and embracing lifestyles.

New Wave Singers of Baltimore

A social group for gay men living with HIV. PozBaltimore organizes restaurant outings, movie nights, and other events.

Prime Timers of Baltimore A social groups for mature gay or bisexual men and the men who admire them.

Straight Eights: Lambda Car Club Events, tours, and other activities for LGBT classic car enthusiasts and collectors.

Women of Color A discussion/social group for lesbian, bisexual, and queer women of color from ages 20+. Meets at the GLCCB.

Women Out and About BWOAEvents A social group for LBTQ women who want to meet new people while enjoying fun activities.


 YOGA CLASSES Baltimore Yoga Village Hampden (410.662.8626) Mt. Washington (410.377.4800) BYV offers yoga for practitioners of all levels, in a variety of lineages and styles.

Charm City Yoga Multiple locations 1.800.336.9642 For beginners as well as Vinyasa, hot Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha, pregnancy, restorative, and gentle yoga classes.

Gentle Beginners Yoga GLCCB 241 W. Chase St., Rm. 201 410.777.8145 Drop-ins are welcome every Sunday at 3:30pm for gay instructor Tim Hurley’s soothing and revitalizing yoga class. $9 donation requested.

Yama Studio Ruscombe Mansion Hill House Community Room 4801 Yellowwood Ave. 410.464.9000 Yoga for practitioners at all levels, plus Ayurvedic consultations.

 ATHLETIC CLUBS & FITNESS CENTERS Elite Fitness Tours Various locations 443.842.4070 A unique exercise experience where participants can visit Baltimore and simultaneously explore local landmarks while getting their workouts. From a guided Harbor jog to a trip up the Washington Monument’s 228 steps, enjoy the best of Baltimore as you get in shape.

Federal Hill Fitness 39 East Cross St. 410.752.3004 Sister store to Mt. Vernon Fitness (p. 56) offers the same high quality services and amenities.

Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Family Center Y 900 E. 33rd St. 410.889.9622

Maryland’s only GLBTS mixed chorus performs an eclectic repertoire of choral music from madrigal to pop, classical to jazz.

Cardio equipment, Cybex strength equipment, free weights, a rock climbing wall, and a four-lane, 25-yard indoor lap pool, plus a “Stay-n-Play” child care and a community playground.

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Maryland Athletic Club 655 President St. 410.625.5000 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment, more than 70 strength training stations, free weights, a 25-yard lap pool, and more.

Meadow Mill Athletic Club 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. 410.235.7000 40,000 square foot full service fitness club offers numerous amenities, including the largest indoor squash facility in the United States.

Merritt Athletic Clubs Full service fitness clubs offer a variety of trial, short- and long-term membership options, as well as special promotions, such as a free seven-day fitness makeover.

Mt. Vernon Fitness 1016 N. Charles St. 410.878.2990 Personal training programs are emphasized in this elegant, full-service club located in the heart of Mt. Vernon.

 SUPPORT GROUPS Alcoholics Anonymous GLCCB 241 W. Chase St. Rm. 201 410.777.8145 LGBTQ-centered AA recovery groups, welcoming to all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Meets every Monday and Thursday at 8:30pm, and Saturdays at 6:30pm. AA-Positively Sober, an open meeting that provides a safe place for those with HIV or other health related issues, meets every Sunday at 6:15pm.

Narcotics Anonymous GLCCB 241 W. Chase St., Rm. 201 410.777.8145 Rap group for men in recovery. Meets every Sunday at 11:30am.

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MORE GROUPS AT THE GLCCB The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB) is proud to offer a wide range of free and low-cost programs, events, and services to the community.

 YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT PROGRAMS   Express Yourself! Tuesdays, 4-6:30pm •

LGBT Youth art group explores a variety of mediums and techniques such as printmaking, photography, wearable art, guerrilla art, book arts and drawing. Ages 13-19.

  Rainbow Youth Alliance Baltimore City 1st, 3rd & 5th Tuesdays 7-9pm • A support, social, and discussion group for LGBTQ teens and allies. Ages 13-19.

  Queer Baltimore Young Adult Coalition (QBYC) 1st Saturdays • 4pm

A monthly discussion and social action group dedicated to providing and forging queer spaces in Baltimore and providing queer young adults with an outlet to build their social circle and themselves.

 HEALTH & WELLNESS PROGRAMS   Gentle Beginners Yoga Sundays • 3:30pm

Everyone is welcome in this soothing and revitalizing yoga class. $9 suggested donation.

HIV & Syphilis Testing FREE and confidential testing provided by the Baltimore City Health Dept.

  Poz Men Wednesdays, 7-8pm •

A free, weekly, peer-led support group for HIV-positive men.

 TRANSGENDER PROGRAMS   Akanni 2nd Tuesdays, 6pm •

A support group for all transmen that are conforming & non-conforming at any stage in their transition process. Presented by Black Transmen, Inc.

  Baltimore Trans-Masculine Alliance 3rd Thursdays, 6:30pm • A support group for trans* men (FTM).

  Tran*Quility 2nd and 4th Saturdays, 8pm • A support group for trans* women (MTF), and anyone who varies from traditional gender expression.

GLCCB • 241 W. Chase St. • 410.777.8145 •

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The Baltimore Ethical Society 306 W. Franklin St. Ste. 102 410.581.2322

Dundalk Church of the Brethren 2660 Yorkway 410.284.7081

Holy Comforter Church 5513 York Rd. 410.433.1801

Beit Tikvah 5802 Roland Ave. 410.464.9402

Emmanuel Episcopal Church 811 Cathedral St. 410.685.1130

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1131 Mace Ave. 410.687.5531

Bolton Street Synagogue 212 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.5354

Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Ave. 410.485.7654

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church 1316 Park Ave. 410.523.1542

Faith Presbyterian Church 5400 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.435.4330

Insight Meditation Community of Washington (Baltimore) Baltimore Yoga Village 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4800

Cathedral of the Incarnation 4 E. University Pkwy. 410.467.3750

First and St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ 6915 York Rd. 410.377.5224

Channing Memorial Church 3230 Bethany Ln., Stes. 3 & 4 Ellicott City, MD 410.203.0474

First & Franklin St. Presbyterian Church 210 W. Madison St. 410.728.5545

Corpus Christi Church 110 W. Lafayette Ave. 410.523.4161

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore 12 W. Franklin St. 410.685.2330

Christ Lutheran Church 701 S. Charles St. 410.752.7179 Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd. 410.823.8293


Govans Presbyterian Church 5828 York Rd. 410.435.9188 Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. 410.433.6650

Keepers of the Holly Chalice Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Wiccan Religious Organization Light Street Presbyterian Church 809 Light St. 410.539.0125 Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore 401 W. Monument St. 410.669.6222 New Ways Ministry 4012 29th St., Mount Rainier 301.277.5674 SGI-USA Baltimore Two-Spirit Group LGBT Nichiren Buddhists & allies

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Towson Unitarian Universalist 1710 Dulaney Valley Rd. 410.825.6045

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Unity by the Bay 836 Ritchie Hwy. Ste 18 Severna Park, MD 410.544.7990

St. Angela Merici Old Catholic Church 410.233.5555 3700 Greenspring Ave. St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 1900 St. Paul St. 410.752.5804 St. Matthew Catholic Church 5401 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.433.2300

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St. Matthias Episcopal Church 6400 Belair Rd. 410.426.1002 St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 120 N. Front St. 410.962.5078 Second English Lutheran Church 5010 Briarcliff Rd. 410.945.2350

Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore 4007 Old York Rd. 410.244.0884

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Interfaith Fairness Coalition of Maryland Believe Out Loud



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 MAY 2013 Transmodern Performance Festival (May 2–5) A cultural phenomenon presenting radical, experimental, expectationdefying work from artists who defy cultural normative practices and disciplines.

Flower Mart (May 3–4) Mount Vernon Place A colorful festival of spring featuring flower sales, gardening items, high quality crafts, food and music.

Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race (May 4) Inner Harbor, Canton, Patterson Park The American Visionary Art Museum hosts this unique competition for amphibious, human powered works of art.

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Dreamgirls (May 4–5) Modell PAC at The Lyric Touring production of the famed Broadway musical.

Maryland Film Festival (May 8–12)

Ride for the Feast (May 10–12) A two-day, 140-mile bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore City raises awareness of nutritional needs of people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

Annual event presents approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films from all over the world.

Carter Johnson Leather Library (May 10–12) The GLCCB

Michael Feinstein: The Gershwins and Me (May 9) Modell PAC at The Lyric

Traveling collection of thousands of books, magazines, posters, art, club and event pins, newspapers, event programs, and ephemera visits Baltimore.

Feinstein performs the classics celebrate the legacy of George and Ira Gershwin.

Videopolis (May 10–11) Metro Gallery Held across the street from the Charles Theater during the Maryland Film Festival, find work that doesn’t make more traditional festival formats.

138th Running of the Preakness Stakes (May 15–18) Pimlico Race Course Following the Kentucky Derby, the annual Preakness Stakes is run the third Saturday in May with a weeklong celebration.


International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (May 17) Sowebo Arts and Music Festival (Late May) Hollins Market Four stages of live musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a salon art show, and more.

Museum Week (May 19–24) Celebrating cultural institutions with programs and discounts.

Act a Lady (May 24–June 8) Baltimore Theatre Project Baltimore premiere of a play by Jordan Harrison. Men of a small Prohibition-era town decide to put on a play dressed in “fancy-type, women-type clothes.”

 JUNE 2013 Charles Village Festival (June 1–2) Wyman Park Dell (Charles and 29th Sts.) Live entertainment on two stages, crafts, beer/wine and food vendors, plus entertainment for kids and a neighborhood garden walk.

HonFest (June 8–9) Annual celebration of all things “Bawlmer” pays tribute to the neighborhoods, distinctive dialect, and people of Baltimore.

Tour dem Parks, Hon (June 9) Begins at Carroll Park Annual bike ride through Baltimore’s parks and neighborhoods.

Baltimore Pride (June 14–16) Baltimore’s three-day celebration of LGBT Pride!

LatinoFest (Late June) A fun-filled weekend of Hispanic culture featuring live music, costumed dancers and traditional foods.


 JULY 2013 Fourth of July Celebration (July 4) Celebrate Independence Day with a blast of vivid fireworks and live entertainment in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

African American Festival (July 6–7) M&T Bank Stadium An eclectic mix of entertainers, educational exhibits, arts and crafts, foods, and children’s activities.

Artscape (July 19–21) Mt. Vernon and Station North Arts & Entertainment District America’s largest free arts festival features visual art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography; live outdoor concerts, performing arts, and family events.

DC/Baltimore One Caribbean Carnival (July 13–14) Lake Clifton Park Parade and celebration of Caribbean food, arts, and culture.

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week (July 26–August 4) A delicious week of Baltimore’s best eateries.

Hamilton Street Festival & Classic Car Show (Late July) More than 80 vendors, great food, 16 bands and performers on two stages and a display of classic cars.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival (Late July and August) Various Locations BPF is devoted to the presentation of newly developed works by Maryland and DC playwrights.

 AUGUST 2013 The highlighted businesses are advertisers or supporters of this guide.

Chesapeake Pride Festival (August 3) Mayo Beach Park Edgewater, MD A family-friendly waterfront celebration of Maryland’s LGBT communities near Annapolis, MD.

Otakon (August 9–11) Baltimore Convention Center Three-day fan festival celebrates anime, manga, and all facets of Asian pop culture.

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show (August 22–25) Baltimore Convention Center Featuring more than 500 of the world’s top exhibitors.

Maryland Renaissance Festival (August 24–October 20) Annapolis, MD Visit a 16th-century British village complete with jesters, jousting, and jugglers for nine consecutive weekends.

Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival (Late August) Little Italy Live music, dancing, games, pizza, vino, porchetta, Italian sausage, cannoli, pasta, vendors, fried dough, and good old-fashioned camaraderie between paesani.

Grand Prix of Baltimore (August 30–September 1) Downtown Baltimore rocks the spotlight for worldwide race fans.

 SEPTEMBER 2013 HampdenFest (Early September) 36th Street and Falls Road Neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors to enjoy the community of merchants on and around West 36th Street with toilet races, mustache championships, and live music.

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Ukrainian Festival (Early September) Patterson Park Unique arts and crafts, customary songs and dances, a beer garden, assortment of appetizing foods, children’s activities and storytelling.

Baltimore Comic-Con (September 7–8) Baltimore Convention Center A long list of comic and graphic superstars, sellers, collectors, and other comic-related services, plus a costume contest and The Harvey Awards.

High Zero Festival (September 16–22) Baltimore Theatre Project Experimental improvised music also includes numerous satellite locations to enjoy related media presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and more.


Dining Out For Life (September 19) Various Locations Baltimore Dine at a participating restaurant, and proceeds help feed hundreds of men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer.

Baltimore Book Festival (September 27–29) Mount Vernon Place Local and national authors, books sales, food and music.

The Lauraville Fair (Late September) A great community fair with food, music, family-friendly entertainment and many vendors in a beautiful park setting.

 OCTOBER 2013 LGBT HISTORY MONTH! Free Fall Baltimore Citywide More than 300 festive and free activities throughout the month.

Mount Vernon Ghost Walk Enjoy the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood. Also available are the Original Fells Point Ghostwalk and Fell’s Point Haunted Pub Tour.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (October 4–6) Maryland State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD Top artisans display and sell unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, and more.

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Baltimore Black Pride (Early October) Baltimore Black Pride brings together the community to embrace and celebrate diversity with a full schedule of events, including workshops and town hall meetings, entertainment, and the annual Cultural Affair and Fall Festival.

Fell’s Point Fun Festival (Early October) Fell’s Point This two-day street party featuring foods, arts and crafts, and musical beer gardens.

National Coming Out Day (October 11) Baltimore Running Festival (October 12) Citywide The annual festival offers courses for runners of all abilities.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (October 14–20) Baltimore, MD to Portsmouth, VA Promoting awareness of maritime heritage and encouraging the preservation of the Chesapeake’s natural resources.

We Will Rock You (October 15–20) Hippodrome Theatre The worldwide smash hit musical by Queen and Ben Elton is a guitarthrashing, leather-clad show.

Russian Festival (October 18–20) Traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts and more.

Baltimore Open Studio Tour (Late October) Step into the studios of Baltimore’s visual artist during this free, selfguided tour.


Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival (Late October) Patterson Park Creative hand-made lanterns create a magical glow for this festive costume parade and celebration for all ages.

 NOVEMBER 2013 Mr. Maryland Leather & COMMAND MC 25th Anniversary Run (November 1–3) Raise money and awareness for gayrelated charities and coordinate with other Leather Clubs and non-profit organizations that service the GLBT and HIV/AIDS community.

TransParent Day (November 3) Celebrate being a parent without concern of the stereotypes of gender.

Greek Food and Cultural Festival (Early November) Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation Three days of delicious homemade Greek foods, wine, beer, music, dancing, jewelry, arts, gifts, and groceries, plus tours of one of Baltimore’s most beautiful cathedrals.

Jersey Boys (November 12–24) Hippodrome Theatre The show about Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons is “Working Its Way Back” to Baltimore.

Transgender Day of Celebration (November 19) Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20) Bazaart Holiday Marketplace (Late November) American Visionary Art Museum Annual sale of original creations.

 DECEMBER 2013 Miracle on 34th Street Hampden Visit 34th Street on a December night after dark and learn about a beautifully bright Baltimore holiday tradition.

World AIDS Day (December 1) Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade (December 1) Hampden – Medfield Holiday kick-off featuring marching Ravens, Harley Davidsons, Mummers, Boumi Temple performers, the Mayor, and of course, Santa Claus.

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats (Early December) Baltimore Waterfront Fell’s Point Yacht Club’s glittering annual holiday event to support Toys for Tots.

Merry Mart (Early December) Creative Alliance at the Patterson A unique craft show featuring a diverse mix of art and craft from Baltimore and beyond.

White Christmas (December 3–8) Hippodrome Theatre Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written.

A Monumental Occasion (December 5) Lighting of the Washington Monument Mount Vernon Place A spirited evening celebration of the holidays with live seasonal music and fireworks.

B&B Holiday House Tour (Early December) The Better Baltimore Bed & Breakfasts welcomes participants with food, wine, and seasonal décor.

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Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour (Early December) Union Square (Hollins and Stricker Sts.) Stroll through H.L. Mencken’s Victorian streetscape and visit fine 19th-century homes decked for the holidays.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular (December 31) Inner Harbor Ring in 2013 alongside family and friends with live music and dazzling fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

 JANUARY 2014 Blue Man Group (January 10–12) Hippodrome Theatre Surround yourself in an explosion of comedy, music, and technology.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade (January 18) Martin Luther King Boulevard Celebration for the late civil rights activist features entertaining high school and community marching bands, decorative floats, and civic organizations.

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Late January) A delicious week of great savings at Baltimore’s best eateries.


 APRIL 2014

Black History Month

International WAMMfest (Early April) Towson University

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7) V-Day (February 14) Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) The anchor for Baltimore’s V-Day event to end violence against women and girls is the annual production of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues at MICA.

Book of Mormon (February 25– March 9) Hippodrome Theatre From South Park creators this show has been described as “the best musical of this century.”

B’more Dance Mixer (Late February) Baltimore Theatre Project

Women and Minorities in Media celebrates and encourages women and minorities to be involved in media production through talks and screenings.

CityLit Festival (Mid–April) Enoch Pratt Free Library CityLit Project partners with Enoch Pratt Free Library for Baltimore’s daylong celebration of literature.

Miss Gay Maryland America Competition (Late April) Club Hippo Where the boys are boys and female impersonation is an art.

Professional dance companies showcase artists in an inviting, social atmosphere.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival (Late April) Maryland State Fair Grounds Timonium, MD

 MARCH 2014

Top artisans display and sell unique creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, and more.

Baltimore Dance Invitational (Late March) Baltimore Theatre Project A week-long series of performances and dance-related events organized by The Collective.

Charm City Invitational Volleyball Tournament (Late April) Volleyball House • Elkridge, MD Teams from across the country compete in Baltimore’s official North American Gay Volleyball Association tournament.

School 33 Art Center’s Lotta Art Benefit (Late April) Silo Point • 1200 Steuart St. An evening of fine art and appetizing food, featuring a lottery-style drawing for works by more than 100 artists.

EcoFest (Late April) Photo courtesy of Visit Baltimore.

Kicking off Baltimore Green Week with fun and great food.

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Fell’s Point Privateer Festival (Late April) Fell’s Point Celebrate the rich history of Fell’s Point.





Month High Low January 41° 24° February 44° 26° March 53° 34° April 65° 43° May 74° 53° June 83° 62°

BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport Info and Terminal Paging 410.859.7111 or 800-I-FLY-BWI Pricing estimates for transfer to Downtown Baltimore: Shuttle service $22 Individual taxi $35 Sedan, limousine or van $45+ Bus, metro or light rail $1.60


The Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) operates bus, Metro Subway, Light Rail and MARC train services. For fares and schedules, please call 888.218.2267 or 410.539.5000 or visit The Charm City Circulator is a free bus service with four routes that intersect downtown Baltimore; and connect to other transit like the Light Rail, MARC, Metro Subway and the Baltimore Water Taxi. Call 410.396.0456 or go to


Yellow Cab 410.727.7300,


An Extraordinar Limousine Company 410.437.8200 A.S. Midway Tours, Inc. & Limousines 410.367.6900 Baltimore Trolley Tour 410.768.1148 Callaway Transportation 410.795.8300 Charm City Connections 410.661.6033 E-Cruises, LLC 443.506.4107 Event Transportation System 703.503.5100 ExecuCar 410.859.8518 Hubers Bus Service 410.766.1108 RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportaton 800.878.7743 SuperShuttle BWI 800.258.3826 ZBest Limousine Service, Inc. 410.768.1148


Enterprise Rent-A-Car 800.RENTACAR,


Amtrak 800.USA.RAIL, MARC (MTA) Train Service 866.743.3682,

 PARKING For parking garages, see map on pages 34-35. Motorcoach Information Baltimore offers a state-of-the-art Inner Harbor parking facility. Only two miles from the heart of the Inner Harbor and adjacent to the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Baltimore’s new parking facility makes motorcoach access to downtown a breeze. For details on price, reservations or general inquiries, please call 877-BALTIMORE or visit Inner Harbor Loading and Unloading Zones Area One (West) — Baltimore Visitor Center/Light Street: Loading and unloading are permitted on the northbound lane of Light Street by the Baltimore Visitor Center. No staging is allowed. Area Two (North/East) — National Aquarium/Pratt Street: Loading and unloading are allowed on the north side of the Inner Harbor at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. No staging is allowed.

 PET FRIENDLY To find dog-friendly locations, go to

 MEDICAL SERVICES & HOSPITALS Concentra Medical Center with Urgent Care 410.752.3010 (Downtown Baltimore Location) Johns Hopkins Medicine 410.955.2280 (Adults) 410.955.5680 (Children) Mercy Medical Center 410.332.9477 University of Maryland Medical Center 800.492.5538

 CITY & STATE OFFICIAL CONTACTS Maryland Office of Tourism 401 E. Pratt St., 14th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410.767.3400

Baltimore Water Taxi A fleet of 14 boats operates continuous service to more than 35 attractions. 800.658.8947,

Office of the Mayor City Hall, Room 250 100 N. Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202 410.396.3835

Cruise Terminal Departures from the Port of Baltimore to various ports-of-call in Canada, New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Serviced by Royal Caribbean, Carnival and American Cruise. Visit for a complete list of the port’s cruise offerings.

Visit Baltimore 100 Light Street, 12 Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410.659.7300



Month High Low July 88° 67° August 85° 66° September 79° 58° October 65° 43° November 56° 37° December 45° 28°

Office of the Governor 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401 410.974.3900, 800.811.8336 Maryland Relay (TTY) 800.201.7165,

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