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Contents

6 The GLCCB 8 Accommodations 17 Attractions 23 Restaurants 30 Baltimore Map 34 Nightlife 36 Shopping 40 Neighborhoods 44 Wedding Guide 48 Activities 5 0 Congregations 52 Calendar 58 Essentials

My Baltimore 15 Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake 51 57

Demetrius Mallisham Pin-up Happy Jenn (Jennifer Newell) DJ Rosie (Rosie Hicks) Brooklyn Heights Jason Hisley

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 2015 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.

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Baltimore's Inner Harbor

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome also to the 4th annual Baltimore LGBT Visitors Guide! Our 2015 edition includes up-to-date information for the great resources in last year’s guide, as well as a year’s worth of exploring, interviewing and discovering the many fantastic sights and sounds that make Charm City one of the premiere destinations for LGBT travelers. 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. Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events, which includes everything from annual festivals and fairs to regular LGBT happenings about town. 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; and more. Rather than a guide that just lists places that will merely accept any LGBT dollar, we strived 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

1000 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21201 410.777.8145 GLCCB.org Facebook.com/GLCCB 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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GAYLIFE Read it. Live it.

Love it.

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

Visit us at BaltimoreGayLife.com or call 410.777.8145. Editor Dan McEvily

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The GLCCB The GLCCB is currently located on the third floor of the Waxter Center.

Baltimore’s LGBT Community Center 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 AfricanAmerican 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 GLCCB’s original community center, purchased by activists in 1980.

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 (GCCB). 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, “the GLCCB.” At first, the GCCB 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 GCCB Health Clinic—which later became Chase Brexton Health Services, Maryland’s LGBT health provider—shared space with MCC. In 1980, however, the GCCB found a home at 241 West Chase Street, where it remained until 2013. In January 2014, the community center moved two blocks to 1000 Cathedral Street. Things have changed markedly from the days when the community center 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

Activism and LGBT visibility has always been one of the cornerstones of the community center. Photos courtesy of the GLCCB Archive Committee

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The GLCCB’s newspaper has undergone several changes in its more than 35-year run, and today publishes as a full color, monthly lifestyle magazine.

grants, the GLCCB has been able to expand its services to include more support groups, increased educational opportunities and more community outreach services. To learn more, visit GLCCB.org.

Gay Life In 1979, The GCCB newsletter evolved into the Baltimore Gay Paper—now known as Gay Life. Today, Gay Life distributes 10,000 papers throughout the MidAtlantic region. Gay Life offers insightful and engaging

coverage of local events, as well as national and international news. Gay Life regularly tackles important and relevant topics, such as personal finance for samesex 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.

Gay Life is a free monthly publication of the GLCCB that is available in print and online at BaltimoreGayLife.com.

When the community works together, the community works A healthy, vibrant community depends on the participation of its members. And the more diverse their backgrounds, experiences and skills, the more interesting and unique their solutions. Bank of America is honored to be connected to the GLCCB for their leadership in creating common goals while nurturing self-empowerment. Visit us at bankofamerica.com/local

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Accommodations TAGApproved

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BALTIMORE CITY — DOWNTOWN Admiral Fell Inn Historic Fell’s Point, 888 S. Broadway • 410.522.7380 • Harbormagic.com Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards 110 S. Eutaw St. • 410.962.0202 • BaltimoreMarriottInnerHarbor.com Baltimore Marriott Waterfront 700 Aliceanna St. • 410.385.3000 • BaltimoreMarriottWaterFront.com Embassy Suites Baltimore — Inner Harbor 222 St. Paul St. • 410.727.2222 • EmbassySuitesBaltimore.com Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore 200 International Dr. • 410.576.5800 • FourSeasons.com/Baltimore Hampton Inn Baltimore Downtown/Convention Center 550 Washington Blvd. • 410.685.5000 • HamptonInn.com Hilton Baltimore Convention Center Hotel 401 W. Pratt St. • 443.573.8700 • Baltimore.Hilton.com

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Hotel Brexton hotelbrexton.com

(443) 478-2100

Historic Hotel of America Located in Baltimore’s Cultural District Mt Vernon

the place to stay when you want to be out and about in Baltimore

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Escape the ordinary Slip away together with weekend getaway rates and surround yourself with the best of Baltimore. Explore the National Aquarium, take a stroll around the magnificent Inner Harbor, or explore eclectic gay friendly neighborhoods such as Mount Vernon and Hampden. Our dedicated staff offers a warm, Baltimore welcome. Find out more at sheratoninnerharbor.com or call 410 962 8300

Š2015 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Preferred Guest, SPG, Sheraton and their logos are the trademarks of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., or its affiliates. For full terms and conditions, visit sheratoninnerharbor.com

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TAGApproved

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Holiday Inn Baltimore Inner Harbor 301 W. Lombard St. • 410.685.350 BaltimoreDowntown.home2suites.com Hotel Brexton Baltimore 868 Park Ave. • 877.380.6708 • BrextonHotel.com Hotel Indigo 24 W. Franklin St. • 410.727.2000 • MountVernonBaltimore.com Hotel Monaco Baltimore 2 N. Charles St. • 443.692.6170 • Monaco-Baltimore.com Hyatt Regency 300 Light St. • 410.528.1234 • Baltimore.Hyatt.com The Inn at Henderson’s Wharf 1000 Fell St. • 410.522.7777 • HarborMagic.com Lord Baltimore Hotel 20 W. St. • 410.539.8400 • LordBaltimoreHotel.com Pier 5 Hotel 711 Eastern Ave. • 410.539.2000 • HarborMagic.com Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel 202 E. Pratt St. • 410.547.1200 • RenaissanceHarborPlace.com Royal Sonesta Harbor Court 550 Light St. • 410.234.0550 • Sonesta.com/Baltimore Sheraton Baltimore City Center 101 W. Fayette St. • 410.752.1100 • SheratonBaltimoreCityCenter.com Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel Baltimore 300 S. Charles St. • 410.962.8300 • SheratonInnerHarbor.com Sleep Inn & Suites — Downtown Inner Harbor 301 The Fallsway • 410.779.6166 • SleepInnBaltimore.com Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court 612 Cathedral St. • 410.727.7101 • PeabodyCourtHotel.com

HUNT VALLEY Embassy Suites — Baltimore/Hunt Valley Shawan Center • 213 International Cir. • Hunt Valley, MD 410.584.1400 • EmbassyBaltimore.com

BWI AIRPORT BWI Airport Marriott 1743 W. Nursery Rd. • Linthicum Heights, MD • 410.859.8300 • Marriott.com

BALTIMORE CITY — TUSCANY — CANTERBURY The Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Double Tree by Hilton Hotel 4 W. University Pkwy. • 410.235.5400 • ColonnadeBaltimore.com

TOWSON Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel 903 Dulaney Valley Rd. • Towson, MD • 410.321.7400 SheratonBaltimoreNorth.com

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Bed & Breakfasts and Hostels 1840s Carrollton Inn 50 Albemarle St. 410.385.1840 1840sCarrolltonInn.com

A boutique bed and breakfast comprised of a series of interconnected rowhomes — some dating back to the early 19th century — surrounds a central courtyard adjacent to the 1840s Plaza. Located at the center of Heritage Walk in historic Jonestown, this luxurious inn boasts historic quality antiques and decorator furnishings.

Gramercy Mansion

1400 Greenspring Valley Rd. 410.486.2405 GramercyMansion.com The venue's elegant bed and breakfast rooms and suites feature antiques and artwork, whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Guests enjoy a bountiful breakfast served from a menu each morning that features

culinary herbs from Koinonia Farm, Maryland’s oldest certified organic farm.

HI – Baltimore Hostel 17 W. Mulberry St. 410.576.8880 BaltimoreHostel.org

This 46-bed hostel offers dorm and private room accommodations, as well as a full guest-use kitchen, dining room, grand parlor with piano, TV room with movies, laundry, free WiFi and free breakfast.

Baltimore City Hall Photo by Jon-Michael Moses

The Inn at 2920

2920 Elliott St. 410.342.4450 TheInnAt2920.com Located in downtown Baltimore, just steps from O’Donnell Square in Canton, the inn is described as “a cross between Greenwich Village and Key West,” with an array of restaurants, pubs, and

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cafes. The Inn at 2920 features a unique comfort and style and offers guests a chic urban escape.

Scarborough Fair Bed & Breakfast

801 S. Charles St. 410.837.0010 ScarboroughFairBAndB.com Located just two blocks from the Inner Harbor, this circa-1801, six-bedroom B&B offers twin, queen and king beds; fireplaces; private baths (two with double whirlpools); air conditioning; free parking; and a full breakfast.

Battle Monument

It’s not what you escape. It’s what you find when you get here. At Hyatt Regency Baltimore, you’ll experience the best of our chic Inner Harbor neighborhood, including attractions like the American Visionary Arts Museum and Hippodrome Theatre, just steps from our door. For reservations, call 410 528 1234 or visit baltimore.hyatt.com.

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for strengthening the pride in our communities. At PNC Bank, diversity is one of our core values. From our hiring practices and employee programs to the communities and sponsorships we invest in, we’ve developed a keen appreciation for our collective strengths. That’s why we are proud to support Baltimore Pride 2015. See how we’re helping communities across the country achieve great things at pnc.com/diversity.

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My Baltimore Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

MAYOR OF BALTIMORE

How do you identify? Straight, and LGBT adjacent; meaning, I stand shoulder to shoulder with the LGBT community in the fight for justice and equality. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Gay, straight, or otherwise, I encourage visitors to enjoy the many historical and cultural tourism opportunities we are blessed to have here in Baltimore. I encourage every proud American to visit Fort McHenry—where the inspiration of the Battle of Baltimore prompted Francis Scott Key to pen our national anthem. But, if someone is looking for some LGBT-friendly fun, I would say don’t miss Gay Bingo on Wednesday nights at Club Hippo. I’m having my birthday party there again this year. (Note to bartender: please have my French Martini ready.)

Demetrius Mallisham

LGBT LIAISON FOR FASHION-FORWARD MAYOR STEPHANIE RAWLINGS-BLAKE

How do you identify? I’m over-the-rainbow fab-u-licious! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Before we begin our adventures, I would let my friends know that they are in a very gay-friendly city. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a true and sincere ally to our community. Baltimore City is a very diverse and vivacious city; my friends are the same. Therefore, I would take them all over town. We’d start off by walking around Druid Hill or Patterson Park, and then head over to the Avenue in Hampden or check out a movie at the Landmark Theater in Harbor East. Later, we’d people watch at the Inner Harbor and grab some delicious Latin food on Broadway in Upper Fell's Point or swing over to Lexington Market for some good ole’ soul food. The evening would not be complete without some dancing and karaoke (or what I like to call, ‘Scary-oke’) in Mt. Vernon. Grand Central, The Drinkery, Leons and Club Hippo are great places to meet some really cool people.


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Attractions

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Concert Opera

Performance 14 Karat Cabaret

Animals The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

1876 Mansion House Dr. Druid Hill Park 410.396.7102 MarylandZoo.org Located in Druid Hill Park, this zoo provides shelter to 1,500 animals, and features 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!

National Aquarium 501 E. Pratt St. 410.576.3800 Aqua.org

The aquarium features more than 11,000 animals and more than 660 species of fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals living in award-winning, naturalistic habitats. Its exhibits include a 225,000-gallon, ringshaped aquarium, a Dolphin Ampitheater and a worldrenowned rain forest.

218 W. Saratoga St. 410.962.8565 The14KaratCabaret.org This nonprofit, artistrun space offers casual performances, music, dance, film and video in an informal nightclub setting.

An die Musik Live

409 N. Charles St., 2nd Floor 410.385.2638 AndieMusikLive.com

11 W. Mt. Vernon Pl. 443.445.0226 BaltimoreConcertOpera.com BCO offers a new experience by operating in an affordable and intimate setting that highlights the human voice.

Baltimore Performance Kitchen PerformanceKitchen.org

Offers free theater and dance performances throughout Baltimore that explore big questions and incite meaningful exchanges.

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 CreativeAlliance.org

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

Everyman Theatre 315 W. Fayette St. 410.752.2208 EverymanTheatre.org

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Arena Players

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral St. 410.783.8000 BSOMusic.org

An Equity theatre with a resident company of local artists dedicated to producing quality plays that are accessible and affordable to everyone.

The longest continuously operating African-American community theater in the U.S.

The BSO is internationally recognized as having a preeminent place among the world’s most important orchestras.

Fells Point Corner Theater

An intimate classical, jazz and world music venue and part of the non-profit, MusikNOW.

801 McCulloh St. 410.728.6500 ArenaPlayersInc.com

Royal Farms Arena (formerly Baltimore Arena)

Center Stage

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

This not-for-profit theater hosts smart, provocative and entertaining performances; a consistently broad range of productions in two intimate

201 W. Baltimore St. 410.347.2020 RoyalFarmsArena.com

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700 N. Calvert St. 410.332.0033 Centerstage.org

251 S. Ann St. 410.276.7837 FPCT.org

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

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Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center 12 N. Eutaw St. 410.837.7400 BroadwayAcrossAmerica. com/Baltimore

Originally built in 1914, this 2,300-seat renovated theater is a centerpiece of world-class stage performances.

Iron Crow Theatre Company 3300 Gibbons Ave. 443.637.2769 IronCrowTheatre.com

Photo by Ken Stanek

The Mobtown Theater

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140 W. Mount Royal Ave. 410.900.1150 LyricOperaHouse.com

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

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

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

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

Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric

at Meadow Mill 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Ste 114 MobtownPlayers.net Born out of Johns Hopkins University, this theater company specializes in classical and new works.

Pier Six Pavilion 731 Eastern Ave. 410.783.4189 PierSixPavilion.com

This gorgeous outdoor concert venue offers spectacular views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and warm-weather performances.

Rams Head Live! 20 Market Pl. 410.244.1131 RamsHeadLive.com

An indoor music venue, club and bar downtown.

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Single Carrot Theater

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

Movie Theaters

Presents carefully selected diverse and challenging productions that complement one another.

Vagabond Players

Bengie’s Drive-In

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

Located just outside of Baltimore, this drive-in is worth a trip down memory lane.

2600 N. Howard St. 443.844.9253 SingleCarrot.com

Spotlighters Theatre 817 St. Paul St. 410.752.1225 Spotlighters.org

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

The Strand Theater 1823 N. Charles St. 443.874.4917      Strand-Theater.org

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

Toby’s Dinner Theatre   Best Western Hotel 5900 Symphony Woods Rd. Columbia, MD 410.649.1660 TobysDinnerTheatre.com

806 S. Broadway 410.563.9135 VagabondPlayers.org

Windup Space

12 W. North Ave. 410.244.8855 TheWindupSpace.com A bar and art space that regularly features homegrown art, music and film.

The Yellow Sign Theatre

1726 N. Charles St. Facebook.com/ TheYellowSignTheatre Presents original, edgy, innovative and mostly DIY shows by local artists and performers.

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3417 Eastern Blvd.   Middle River, MD 410.687.5627 Bengies.com

The Charles Theater 1711 N. Charles St. 410.727.3464 TheCharles.com

5904 York Rd.   410.323.4424 TheSenatorTheatre.com Traditionally the theater where all John Waters' films open in Baltimore, this 1939 Art Deco landmark reopened in late spring 2013 after a $3.5 million renovation that included three additional boutique theaters.

The Rotunda Cinemas 711 W. 40th St. 410.235.5554 HorizonCinemas.com

Baltimore's oldest movie theater is known for screening independent and foreign films.

This hidden gem is a remarkably budgetfriendly theater with a loyal neighborhood following.

Landmark Theatres Harbor East

Museums

645 S. President St. 410.244.6636 LandmarkTheatres.com

This first-run Hollywood cinema offers seven screens, stadium seating, a full bar and gourmet concessions.

Find more info and resources at MDTheatreGuide.com.

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American Visionary Art Museum 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 AVAM.org

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.

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

A “national treasure” of historic railroad artifacts and the birthplace of the American railroad.

Babe Ruth Birthplace & Sports Legends Museum 216 Emory St. 410.727.1539 BabeRuthMuseum.org

Baltimore Museum of Industry 1415 Key Hwy. 410.727.4808 TheBMI.org

Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

21 E. Eutaw St. 410.752.8632 BromoSeltzerTower.com Visit artists’ studios, purchase art, enjoy special events and learn about the tower’s great history.

The Baltimore Museum of Art

Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Culture Center

Its collection includes 90,000 works of art, including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse, the acclaimed Cone Collection, a new contemporary art wing, Gertrude’s restaurant and summer jazz concerts.

FIFI! RING STAR iant pink the g f the o starlet re Race! culptu S c ti e Kin

HistoricShips.org Features tours, activities, live cannons and more.

2400 E. Fort Ave. 410.962.4280 NPS.gov/FoMc

Its collection focuses on airplanes, cars, civil rights, space exploration and how things are made.

An educational institution dedicated to perpetuating the historic legacy of local and regional sports at all levels.

10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1700 ArtBMA.org

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine

James E. Lewis Museum

This coastal fort successfully defended the Baltimore Harbor in the War of 1812.

2201 Argonne Dr. 443.885.3030 JELAMuseum.org

Frederick Douglass– Isaac Myers Maritime Park and Museum

Serves the academic and cultural needs of Morgan State University’s community and beyond.

1417 Thames Street 410.685.0295 DouglassMyers.org

Jewish Museum of Maryland

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

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

847 N. Howard St. 410.255.3130 EubieBlake.org

This nonprofit offers musical theater and jazz performances, an extensive art gallery, historical preservation and after-school arts instruction.

15 Lloyd St. 410.732.6400 JewishMuseumMd.org America’s leading museum of regional Jewish history, culture and community.

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

301 W. Camden St. 410.625.7060 GeppisMuseum.com Journey through 250 years of American pop culture.

Historic Ships

Pier 1, 301 E. Pratt St. 410.539.1797

L MUSEUM FOR THE OFFICIAL NATIONA

1601 E. North Ave., # 3 410.563.3404 GreatBlacksInWax.org

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

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Maryland Historical Society 201 W. Monument St. 410.685.3750 MdHS.org

Port Discovery Children’s Museum 35 Market Pl. 410.727.8120 PortDiscovery.org

Star-Spangled Banner Flag House 844 E. Pratt St. 410.837.1793 FlagHouse.org

The state’s oldest continuously operating cultural institution features more than 350,000 objects and seven million books and documents, including Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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

Former home of Mary Pickersgill, maker of the flag that inspired our national anthem.

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Maryland Science Center

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

601 Light St. 410.685.5225 MDSci.org

Offers family fun exhibits plus an IMAX theater, planetarium and interactive science encounters.

Follow the path of the African American story through photography, historical documents and artifacts.

401 E. Pratt St., #2700 410.837.8439 ViewBaltimore.org

Offers a breathtaking view of Baltimore’s skyline, harbor and beyond.

The Walters Art Museum

Tours Baltimore Ghost Tours Fell's Point & Mt. Vernon 410.357.1186 BaltimoreGhostTours.com

Under the cover of night, explore the many haunted pubs, shops, and residences of Fell’s Point and Mount Vernon.

Segs in the City

Historic Fell's Point, Inner Harbor and Federal Hill 800.734.7393 SegsintheCity.com Ride a Segway to explore points of interest in waterfront communities that date back to the early 18th century .

Charm City Food Tours

600 N. Charles St. 410.547.9000 TheWalters.org This internationally-renowned museum’s collection of art and artifacts from predynastic Egypt to 20thcentury Europe includes more than 30,000 objects.

Various Neighborhoods 800.979.3370 BaltimoreFoodTours.com The best way to experience Baltimore’s culinary scene.

Urban Pirates

912 S. Ann St. 410.327.8378 UrbanPirates.com Offers family adventure cruises and adult B.Y.O.Grog cruises.

The Walters Art Museum

The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum

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Restaurants

Donna’s Café Sauté Restaurant

Canton & Patterson Park

Blue Hill Tavern

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

The Chasseur

3328 Foster Ave. 410.327.6984 TheChasseur.com A New American restaurant named after the most successful merchant ship during the War of 1812.

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.

Hudson Street Stackhouse 2626 Hudson St. 410.342.0592

HudsonStreetStackhouse.com In the shadow of the old

American Can Company cement smokestack, the Stackhouse serves up good food all day, including weekly dinner specials — from delicious burgers and pizzas to salads and seafood.

Jack’s Bistro 3123 Elliott St. 410.878.6542 JacksBistro.net

Its innovative cuisine includes enticing options like “Mac + Cheese + Chocolate” and a “Buttered Popcorn Martini.”

Marquee Lounge at the Creative Alliance 3134 Eastern Ave. 410.276.1651 CreativeAlliance.org

Offering great food, a lovely ambiance and a friendly neighborhood vibe, this spot is perfect for before a show.

Matthew’s

3131 Eastern Ave. 410.276.8755 MatthewPizza.com “Baltimore’s first pizzeria” continues to win awards and accolades from loyal patrons.

Panera Bread

3600 Boston St. 410.522.2940 PaneraBread.com The Saturday morning meeting location for the LGBT Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers club.

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2844 Hudson St. 410.327.2883 SauteOfBaltimore.com Offers organic and locally grown seasonal produce and meat purchased from the finest purveyors in the region.

Charles Village & Canterbury The Ambassador Dining Room

3811 Canterbury Rd. 410.366.1484 AmbassadorDining.com The best Indian cuisine in a serene restaurant of unmatched elegance.

Café Azafrán

3700 San Martin Dr. 410.338.4757 CafeAzafran.biz In Johns Hopkins University's Space Telescope Science Institute building, this hidden wonder offers locally grown foods, vegetarian options and a full espresso bar.

Carma’s Café

3120 St. Paul St. 410.243.5200 CarmasCafe.com Offers muffalettas and panini, salads, soups, homemade yogurt, and locally roasted coffee.

3101 St. Paul St. 410.889.3410 Donnas.com

Offers coffee and pastries; signature salads and sandwiches; an innovative dinner menu; and carefully selected wines, beers and special beverages.

Freshii

3113 St. Paul St. 410.467.3737 Freshii.com Offers a wide range of meals that cater to almost every dietary restriction.

Gertrude’s at the Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Dr. 410.889.3399 GertrudesBaltimore.com 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 NiwanaRestaurant.com

Offers the best Korean and Japanese cuisine in the area.

One World Café

100 W. University Pkwy. 410.235.5777 One-World-Cafe.com A vegetarian restaurant, bar and café with tasty selections in a cozy and artsy environment.

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cuisine and a full sushi bar. A bar, patio, and happy hour are available.

M&S Grill

201 E. Pratt St. 410.547.9333 McCormickandSchmicks.com Offers classic American cuisine in an atmosphere reminiscent of legendary eateries of the early 20th century.

Maisy’s

313 N. Charles St. 443.220.0150 MaisysBaltimore.com Feel at home in the warm and inviting atmosphere of Maisy's restaurant and the Ox Lounge.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant

711 Eastern Ave. 410.234.1300 McCormickandSchmicks.com

Rusty Scupper Restaurant

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

Tamber’s

3327 St. Paul St. 410.243.5777 TambersRestaurant.com

Miss Shirley’s

A diner serving both classic American and classic Indian dishes, popular among Johns Hopkins undergrads.

750 E. Pratt St. 410.528.5373 MissShirleys.com Featuring eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist, Miss Shirley’s offers Maryland’s best breakfast, brunch and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor and 1 Park Place in Annapolis).

Downtown Alewife

21 N. Eutaw St. 410.545.5112 AlewifeBaltimore.com This delicious and conveniently located gastropub is the perfect stop before a show.

B&O American Brasserie

2 N. Charles St. 443.692.6172 BandORestaurant.com Its approachable American brasserie menu features local and seasonal ingredients and daily specials.

Cazbar

316 N. Charles St. 410.528.1222 Cazbar.pro Offering an authentic Turkish dining experience, Cazbar now hosts the popular club, iLounge, upstairs.

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Rusty Scupper

402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 SelectRestaurants.com/rusty

Pazo in Harbor East

Fogo de Chao

Heavy Seas Alehouse

An upscale Brazilian restaurant featuring skewered meats prepared Gaucho-style.

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

600 E. Pratt St. 410.528.9292 FogodeChao.com

Hard Rock Cafe 601 E. Pratt St. 410.347.7625 HardRock.com

Offers down-home American food seasoned with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll.

1300 Bank St. 410.522.0850 HeavySeasAlehouse.com

Kona Grill

1 E. Pratt St. 410.244.8994 KonaGrill.com Features New American

Its delicious food and the restaurant’s magical view are enjoyable for brunch, lunch or a great night out.

Federal Hill & Locust Point Bluegrass Tavern

1500 S. Hanover St. 410.244.5101 BluegrassTavern.com Offers an informal fine dining experience with a special

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focus on America’s finest bourbons.

Elvis Tacos

1022 Light St. 410.244.8817 ElvisTacos.com Inside an unremarkable storefront, visitors can get a hefty and delicious plate of freshly made San Franciscostyle burritos or tacos for less than $10.

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

Offers Baltimore’s most authentic cheese steaks.

Hull Street Blues Café 1222 Hull St. 410.727.7476 HullStreetBlues.com

Offers unpretentious seafood, sandwiches, pastas, salads and pub grub, plus an all-youcan-eat Sunday brunch.

Little Havana’s

1325 Key Hwy. 410.837.9903 LittleHavanas.com

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

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 RegisAmericanBistro.com

A true neighborhood spot offering homestyle American cuisine, members of the Chesapeake Region chapter the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientific and Technical Professionals meet here.

Silo.5% Wine Bar 1200 Steuart St. 443.438.4044 Silo.5WineBar.com

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.

Offers Cuban-inspired cuisine and irresistible mojitos in a waterfront setting.

SoBo Cafe

Matsuri

A good and quiet option that serves comfort food with a twist.

Repeatedly voted Baltimore’s Best Japanese restaurant.

Thai Yum

1105 S. Charles St. 410.752.8561 Matsuri.us

Metropolitan Coffeehouse & Wine Bar

902 S. Charles St. 410.234.0235 MetroBalto.com Federal Hill’s best coffee spot is accompanied by a dining room and wine bar that comes to life with young professionals in the evening.

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

Join Ravens and Orioles fans for pub grub in this well-established, recently renovated sports bar.

6 W. Cross St. 410.752.1518 SoboCafe.net

1006 Light St. 410.528.2146 ThaiYum.com Offers exclusively Thai and exceptionally delicious fare in the heart of Federal Hill.

Fell’s Point Bertha's

734 S. Broadway 410.327.5795 Berthas.com An iconic Baltimore seafood restaurant where diners famously "Eat Bertha's Mussels."

The Black Olive

814 S. Bond St. 410.276.7141 TheBlackOlive.com Offers authentic organic

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Greek cuisine prepared with an eye toward simplicity and tradition.

Blue Moon Café

1621 Aliceanna St. 410.522.3940 BlueMoonBaltimore.com This 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 Bit.ly/DingHow Peking Duck is frequently recommended at this reliable, dine-in Chinese restaurant.

Geckos

2318 Fleet St. 410.732.1961 GeckosOnline.com Offers Southwest cuisine in a cool, casual atmosphere.

Johnny Rad's Pizzeria 2108 Eastern Ave. 443.759.6464 JohnnyRads.com

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) KalisCourt.com KalisMezze.com Mediterranean cuisine (especially seafood) is the specialty of this elegant Greek restaurant (Court) and tapas bar (Mezze).

Liquid Earth

1626 Aliceanna St. LiquidEarth.com 410.276.6606 Its innovative vegetarian, vegan, raw and living foods deliver intelligent nutrition in a casual, convivial setting.

Salt

2127 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5480 SaltTavern.com This new American tavern serves innovative renditions of classic favorites, guaranteed to bring back nostalgic memories of even the most experienced palate.

Crabs You have to eat crabs when you visit Baltimore, hon! From carryout to dining in, here are a few of our favorite places:

Bo Brooks

2780 Lighthouse Pt. 410.558.0202 BoBrooks.com

Canton Dockside

3301 Boston St. 410.276.8900 CantonDockside.com

Conrad’s Crabs

1720 E. Joppa Rd. 410.882.1515 ConradsCrabs.com

The Crackpot Seafood Restaurant

8102 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.828.1095 CrackpotCrabs.com

Faidley Seafood 203 N. Paca St. 410.727.4898

FaidleysCrabCakes.com

L.P. Steamers

1100 E. Fort Ave. 410.576.9294 SouthBaltimore.com/ steamedcrabs

Rusty Scupper

402 Key Hwy. 410.727.3678 Rusty-Scupper.com

S & J Crab Ranch

2 W. Pennsylvania Ave. 410.821.6789 SJCrabRanch.com

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Sip & Bite

2200 Boston St. 410.675.7077 SipAndBite.com

Local Coffee Shops Artifact

1500 Union Ave. (Hampden) 410.235.1881 ArtifactCoffee.com

Bohemian Coffee House

800 St. Paul St. (Station North) 410.702.5139 Facebook.com/ bohocoffeehouse/info

Charmington’s

2601 N. Howard St. 410.235.5004 Charmingtons.com Serves organic coffee and locally produced food in a comfortable and relaxed setting.

Daily Grind

1720 Thames St. (Fell's Point) 410.558.0399 FellsGrind.com

Patterson Perk 2501 Eastern Ave. (Patterson Park) 410.534.1286

Spoons Cafe 24 E. Cross St. (Federal Hill) 410.539.8395

SpoonsCoffeeCafe.com

Spro

851 W. 36th St. (Hampden) 410.243.1262 SproCoffee.com

Zekes

4607 Harford Rd. (Hamilton/Lauraville) 410.254.0122 and Roastery/Wholesale 3003 Montebello Ter. 443.992.4388 ZekesCoffee.com

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Koco’s Pub

410.366.1163 AlchemyOn36.com

4301 Harford Rd. 410.426.3519 KocosPub.com

A 24-hour, hole-in-the-wall diner enjoyed by families, the 4 a.m. crowd and everyone in between.

Voted best crab cake and best wings by Baltimore City Paper.

Sticky Rice

5512 Harford Rd. 410.254.1639 LostInThe50sBaltimore.com

1634 Aliceanna St. 443.682.8243 BmoreSticky.com Offers an unusual mix of American and PanAsian entrees in a friendly, inexpensive and inviting atmosphere.

Teavolve

1401 Aliceanna St. 410.522.1907 Teavolve.com A lively neighborhood café that serves up 48 different varieties of gourmet loose leaf tea by the pot — cup or iced — espresso-based and coffee beverages using locally roasted beans to compliment a menu of freshly made-to-order food.

Tortilleria Sinaloa

1716 Eastern Ave. 410.276.3741 Tortilleria-Sinaloa.com Offers authentic and flavorful Mexican tacos, tamales and quesadillas, plus Baltimore’s best tortillas.

Hamilton & Lauraville Chef Mac’s Louisiana Cuisine 4500 Harford Rd. 410.319.6227 ChefMacs.com

Offers Louisiana-inspired cuisine and live jazz and blues music.

Clementine

5402 Harford Rd. 410.444.1497 ClementineBaltimore.com Offers dang good food with a cross-cultural twist and a different menu every evening.

Hamilton Tavern

5517 Harford Rd. 410.426.1930 HamiltonTavern.com Offers burgers with a loyal following in a warm and down-to-earth setting.

Lost in the 50s Diner

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

In support of local farms and food artisans, Maggie’s Farm offers "refined peasant cuisine" that has been grown and raised responsibly.

Two great restaurants that specialize in American and Mexican cuisine, in one convenient location.

801 W. 36th St. 410.814.0493 TheCharmery.com Offers hand-crafted, superpremium ice cream that focuses on the fun flavors that make Baltimore so delicious.

300 W. 30th St. 443.869.5864 TheDizzBaltimore.com

4337 Harford Rd. 410.444.4440 RedCanoe.bz

Start healthy and stay healthy this year and eat at Red Canoe, where everything is made to order, never outsourced, never premade and features all fresh ingredients — as much local and organic as it can find. Eat only good things!

Tooloulou’s Artisan Pizza 4311 Harford Rd. 443.627.8090 Tooloulou.com

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

The Food Market 1017 W. 36th St. 410.366.0606

TheFoodMarketBaltimore.com Offers approachable, serious comfort food by Chef Chad Gauss, in a smartly designed industrial-modern space.

Golden West Café

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

Valentino’s

6627 Harford Rd. 410.254.4700 ValentinosBaltimore.com A family restaurant with a casual, friendly atmosphere and top quality food prepared by professional chefs.

Hampden

+ Keswick, Remington & Roland Park 1011 W. 36th St.

413-415 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.3433 LocoHombre.com

The Dizz

Red Canoe and Bookstore

Alchemy

Alonso’s & Loco Hombre

The Charmery

4341 Harford Rd. 410.254.2376 MaggiesFarmMD.com

Features a fresh, innovative menu; hand-crafted desserts; a sophisticated wine selection; and elegant comfort.

1105 W. 36th St. 410.889.8891 GoldenWestCafe.com

This hipster hang out in Hampden welcomes all for drinking, dining and (late night) live alternative music.

Grano Emporio

3547 Chestnut Ave. 443.438.7521

Grano Pasta Bar

1031 W. 36th St. 443.869.3429 GranoPastaBar.com Its quick, inexpensive pasta dishes (Pasta Bar) and traditional multi-course meals (Emporio) are distinguished by a skillful mix of traditional and contemporary trends in Italian cuisine.

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Johnny’s

4800 Roland Ave. 410.773.0777 JohnnysDownstairs.com An unpretentious, everyday place for the Roland Park neighborhood.

Miss Shirley’s

513 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.889.5272 MissShirleys.com Featuring eclectic southern style cuisine with a Maryland twist, Miss Shirley’s offers Maryland’s best breakfast, brunch and lunch in three locations (Roland Park, Inner Harbor and Annapolis).

Papermoon Diner

227 W. 29th St. 410.889.4444 PapermoonDiner24.com An eclectic, great place to meet friends and share delicious comfort food.

Petit Louis Bistro 4800 Roland Ave. 410.366.9393 PetitLouis.com

Offers classic French bistro fare and seasonal dishes.

Rocket to Venus

3360 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.7887 RocketToVenus.com Features a retro-space age atmosphere, unique and comforting food options and beer for every palate.

Woodberry Kitchen 2010 Clipper Park Rd. 410.464.8000 WoodberryKitchen.com

A farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on the best ingredients the Chesapeake Bay and Mid-Atlantic regions have to offer.

Harbor East Charleston

1000 Lancaster St. 410.332.7373 CharlestonRestaurant.com Offers an exquisitely refined take on American cuisine of the South.

McCormick & Schmick's on Pier 5

Cinghiale

822 Lancaster St. 410.547.8282 Cgeno.com Cinghiale celebrates the richness and style of the modern Italian kitchen.

James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant 616 S. President St. 410.727.5107 TheJamesJoycePub.com

Wit & Wisdom

200 International Dr. 410.576.5800 WitAndWisdomBaltimore.com

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

Mount Vernon 4 East Madison Inn

4 E. Madison St. 410.332.0880 4EastMadisonInn.com/feast Offers salads and sandwiches, from vegan to carnivore.

Little Italy

The Brewers Art 1106 N. Charles St. 410.547.6925 TheBrewersArt.com

An authentic Irish pub serving Irish American cuisine, built in Ireland and shipped to Baltimore.

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant

Patisserie Poupon

One of Little Italy’s bestknown and most-loved restaurants.

Offers affordable and delicious housemade brews with outstanding New American eats served in the elegant upstairs or dungeon-esque downstairs.

Offers traditional French café fare, illy coffee drinks and delicious pastries served in a charming shop.

Gia’s Café

The Bun Shop

A new, warm, comfortable Sicilian bistro.

From pork buns to empanadas, savory to sweet and in between, The Bun Shop offers exotic and traditional foods.

820 E. Baltimore St. 410.332.0390 PatisseriePoupon.net

Pazo

1425 Aliceanna St. 410.534.7296 PazoRestaurant.com This restaurant unveiled a space of such staggering and sumptuous loveliness, patrons swoon upon entering. The menu is comprised of tapas and main courses.

Ten Ten

1010 Fleet St. 410.244.6867 Bagbys1010.com Offers seasonal American dishes with influences from the Chesapeake and Southern cuisine and a slow food approach to cooking.

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237 S. High St. 410.837.0309 Chiapparellis.com

410 S. High St. 410.685.6727 CafeGias.com

Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant 901 Fawn St. 410.727.9414 Sabatinos.com

239 W. Read St. 410.989.2033 Facebook.com/TheBunShop

City Cafe

1001 Cathedral St. 410.539.4252 CityCafeBaltimore.com

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

This is the place to see and be seen for gays and metrosexuals.

Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop

Dionysus Restaurant and Lounge

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

Offers a classic bar menu and cocktails at reasonable prices, with live music on weekends.

222 Albemarle St. 410.685.4905 VaccarosPastry.com

8 E. Preston St. 410.244.1020 DionysusBar.com

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Iggies

818 N. Calvert St. 410.528.0818 IggiesPizza.com Pizza made with fresh ingredients and the utmost 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.

Land Of Kush

840 N. Eutaw St. 410.225.5874 TheLandOfKush.com Offers incredible, you-wouldn’tbelieve-it’s-vegan soul food.

Marie Louise Bistro 904 N. Charles St. 410.385.9946

MarieLouiseBistroCatering.com

The menu merges French, Italian and Mediterranean food.

Michaelangelo’s Pizza 235 W. Read St. 410.462.3662 MichelangeloPizza.com

Easily the best Italian delivery, Michaelangelo’s Pizza will satisfy your cravings.

Midtown BBQ & Brew

15 E. Centre St. 443.835.2472 MidtownBBQandBrew.com Come for the brew and the BBQ and stay for the karaoke, trivia night and fun events.

Milk & Honey Market 816 Cathedral St. 410.685.6455

MilkAndHoneyBaltimore.com This market/deli offers tasty, healthy and organic sandwiches and paninis, as well as groceries and an espresso bar.

Minato Sushi Bar

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

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Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon 909 N. Charles St. 410.685.7427 MVStable.com

The dining room offers a wide selection of brunch and regular specials, and the cozy, inviting bar invites you to mingle.

The Owl Bar

1 E. Chase St. 410.347.0888 TheOwlBar.com Located in the historic Belvedere Hotel, this tavern was Baltimore’s greatest speakeasy, and still offers great times today.

Red Maple

930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com This Asian tapas lounge features tasty dishes and cocktails, an alluring ambiance and a musically diverse late night.

Sascha’s 527

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

Stang of Siam

1301 N. Calvert St. 443.453.9142 StangOfSiam.com

Mt. Washington

Station North Arts Café

Ethel & Ramone’s

A “small-batch from scratch” restaurant with rave reviews at a place where food, art, music, theater and fine crafts come together.

1615 Sulgrave Ave. 410.664.2971 EthelAndRamones.com The “Chesapeake Bay meets Louisiana Cajun” fusion fare is “simply amazing.”

5700 Newbury St. 410.367.6903 MtWashingtonTavern.com Offering fantastic food, awardwinning wines, an amazing ambiance, stellar service and a memorable menu since 1979.

Sushi Hana

6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4228 SushiHanaBaltimore.com Offers an expansive selection of specialty rolls and reliable and tasty cooked Japanese fare.

Station North

Features seasonal, fresh ingredients; a full range of international flavors; rustic, reasonably-priced wines; and a range of interesting beers.

Waverly Pete’s Grille

3130 Greenmount Ave. 410.467.7698 Facebook.com/PetesGrille Michael Phelps’ favorite spot for carb-loading before his morning training.

Thai Restaurant

3316 Greenmount Ave. 410.889.6003 Bit.ly/ThaiRest

Bohemian Coffeehouse

One of Baltimore’s first and best Thai restaurants.

800 St. Paul St. 410.400.0022

This student, artist and hipster hang out offers Zeke’s coffee, plus vegan, vegetarian, glutenfree and traditional offerings.

Internet Café, Bar & Restaurant 2118 Maryland Ave. 443.759.6147 IBarBalt.com

Waterstone Bar & Grille

Offers pub food, including wings and burgers, plus seafood and vegan selections.

Joe Squared

133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com

WaterstoneBarAndGrille.com Offers a unique and upscale atmosphere where everything is reasonably priced with quality, and tastes that make all of the items instant favorites.

Offers award-winning coalfired pizza, 17 varieties of risotto, a long rum list and eclectic beers.

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Sofi’s Crepes

A restaurant, bar and cafe featuring a diverse menu of coffee, sushi, cocktails, breakfast, desserts, paninis and more.

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

1307 N. Charles St. 410.468.0002 XSBaltimore.com

Tapas Teatro

1711 N. Charles St. 410.332.0110 TapasTeatro.com

Mt. Washington Tavern

Offers the delicious Thai menu that the city is talking about.

311 W. Madison St. 410.225.7475

1816 N. Charles St. 410.625.6440 StationNorthArts.com

1723 N. Charles St. 410.727.7732 SofisCrepes.com

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Mother Seton House

Pigtown

Horseshoe Casino

Horseshoe Casino


Baltimore Visitor Center 401 Light St. Baltimore, MD 21202 1.877.BALTIMORE Baltimore.org 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.

The GLCCB

1000 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor Baltimore, MD 21201 410.777.8145 GLCCB.org

Locust Point

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


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Nightlife Jay’s on Read (Gay, Mixed)

225 W. Read St. 410.225.0188

Laurel PWs Sports Bar & Grill

Federal Hill Idle Hour

(Mostly Straight, 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.

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 to its game room, karaoke nights and occasional drag shows.

Fell’s Point The Brass Monkey Saloon (Welcoming)

1601 Eastern Ave. 410.276.4395 BrassMonkeyBaltimore.com This cozy neighborhood bar is great for catching local bands.

Ziascoz

(Dance, Mixed)

1313 E. Pratt St. 410.276.5790 Facebook.com/Ziascoz ZiascoZ Lounge is a lesbianowned, cozy, happening neighborhood bar with an upstairs dance floor and female mixologists, that is

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open all week long. Two-forone drink specials are offered during happy hour, with the occasional one-price open bar. Nightly events include Maryland Crabs Monday, Karaoke Wednesdays and DJ Miss Tiff on Thursdays for happy hour. Bar food is served Monday through Thursday; party on Friday and Saturday nights!

Hampden Golden West Café (Live Music)

1105 W. 36th St. 410.889.8891 GoldenWestCafe.com At night, Hampden’s hipster health food café stacks the tables and chairs, and offers up some of the most innovative performance programming in the city, including LGBT, genderqueer and drag acts.

Highlandtown The Laughing Pint

(Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

3531 Gough St. 410.342.6544 LaughingPint.com 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 (including vegetarian options), plus $.50 billiards and free Wi-Fi, shuffle board and ping pong.

(Gay, Mixed)

9855 Washington Blvd. N. 301.498.4840 PWsSportsBar.com People come for the live music and karaoke, multiple TVs, pool and darts. The bar also sponsors league teams, including softball.

Mt. Vernon Club Hippo (LGBT, Dance)

An intimate, upscale, relaxed atmosphere featuring daily drink specials, and live piano Friday and Saturday evenings.

Red Maple (Dance)

930 N. Charles St. 410.547.0149 930RedMaple.com Created to meld as both a restaurant and nightclub, this Asian tapas lounge features tasty dishes, exquisite cocktails, an alluring ambiance and a musically diverse late night.

Steampunk Alley (Leon’s)

1 W. Eager St. 410.547.0069 ClubHippo.com

(Gay, Leather/Levi)

Located in the heart of Mount Vernon, the Hippo has been a cornerstone in the Baltimore LGBT community for more than 40 years.

The Drinkery (Gay)

227 W. Chase St. 410.539.4850 Leon’s Leather Lounge (Triple L) is a leather/levi bar in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Attached to Triple L is Leon’s of Baltimore, Maryland’s oldest gay bar.

Northwest

205 W. Read St. 410.225.3100 Named the best bar in Mount Vernon by Baltimore City Paper in 1999 and Best Gay Dive Bar in 2005, The Drinkery is a dark, loud and friendly neighborhood bar with karaoke and great two-forone happy hour deals.

Grand Central (Gay)

1001-1003 N. Charles St. 410.752.7133 CentralStationPub.com Nestled in the heart of Mt. Vernon, Grand Central has three distinct areas: The Disco (a high-tech, industrial dance floor), The Pub (with a pool parlor and karaoke) and Sappho’s (an exclusive ladies lounge).

The Ottobar

(Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

2549 N. Howard St. 410.662.0069 TheOttobar.com Baltimore’s premiere venue for live sub-mainstream music is also a dream venue for divebar lovers.

Overlea Mixers (Mixed)

6037 Belair Rd. 410.483.6011 Facebook.com/MixersBar

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This is a small neighborhood bar/club with a cool deck and a big sound system, especially with DJ Lord Byron spinning on Friday nights. Featuring gay and non-gay mingling, Mixers lives up to its name.

Stadiums The Paradox (Dance)

1310 Russell St. 410.837.9110 TheDox.com Baltimore's premier home for dance music of all genres features upgraded sound, lighting and a refreshment bar and lounges. Get ready for the next generation of late night entertainment.

Station North Club Charles

(Mostly Straight, Welcoming)

1724 N. Charles St. 410.727.8815 ClubCharles.us A dark and hipster-y dive that’s a low key spot for a drink—especially before or after catching a film at the Charles Theater.

Gallery One (Gay)

1735 Maryland Ave. 410.539.6965 This friendly, casual bar is welcoming to all.

Joe Squared (Live Music)

133 W. North Ave. 410.545.0444 JoeSquared.com Offers award-winning coalfired pizza, 17 varieties of

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risotto, a long rum list and eclectic beers; Joe Squared is known for a hipster atmosphere that appeals to all ages.

Westside

This fun club offers an exciting and safe environment that caters largely to the AfricanAmerican community and plays the latest hip-hop hits into the early morning hours. Check out its happy hour and special events.

Club Bunns

(Dance/Hip-Hop)

608 W. Lexington St. 410.234.2866 Facebook.com/ ClubBunnsBaltimoreMd

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Shopping Fleckenstein Gallery 3316 Keswick Rd. 410.366.3669 FleckensteinGallery.com

Art

Offers ustom and archival framing, plus a diverse collection from local and regional artists.

Area 405 Gallery Handbags in the City

Apparel & Accessories 16 Tons

1021 W. 36th St. 410.554.0101 Shop16Tons.com A comfortable, eclecticallyappointed shop, stocked with a variety of clothing, accessories and accoutrements for men.

Brightside Boutique

1133 S. Charles St. 410.244.1133 BrightsideBaltimore.com

840 Aliceanna St. 410.528.1443 HandbagsInTheCity.com Offers must-have designer handbags, plus clothing, shoes and luxurious accessories for men and women.

Hunting Ground

3649 Falls Rd. 410.243.0789 ShopHuntingGround.com Offers small designers and brands, as well as wearable and affordable vintage clothing for men and women.

Jean Pool

92 Village Sq. 410.466.1177

Offers fashion-forward clothing, shoes and jewelry at vintage prices influenced by the tattoo couture and New York City fashion.

A boutique denim store that caters to men and women with the goal of finding the perfect fit for everyone.

Dreamland

Katwalk Boutique

1013 N. Charles St. 410.467.1582 BaltimoresDreamland.com Offers crafty vintage clothes for him and her, plus jewelry and gifts.

Eye Candy

849 W. 36th St. 410.889.0607 EyeCandyOp.com Offers fashionable lenses and eyewear specific to each client’s needs.

Its primitive urban character reflects its long history and provides an alternative setting to traditional “white-wall” galleries.

Art Gallery of Fell’s Point

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

A non-profit artists’ cooperative featuring original art and prints from local artists.

A community-based gallery that presents emerging and established artists.

Baltimore Clayworks

1014 S. Charles St. 443.872.0943 MarkCottmanGallery.com

120 W. North Ave. LoadOfFun.net

5707 Smith Ave. 410.578.1919 BaltimoreClayworks.org

A non-profit ceramic art center that offers classes, as well as beautiful ceramics made from safe, natural materials from the earth.

Mark Cottman Gallery

Exclusively features Mark Cottman’s work and his expressions of passion and humor.

Maryland Art Place Power Plant Live! 218 W. Saratoga St. 410.962.8565 MdArtPlace.org

Offers one-of-a-kind designer clothing and accessories; featured in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” edition for six years.

Offers fine art, antique furniture, jewelry, gourmet treats, books and worldwide treasures.

801 Aliceanna St. 410.685.1601 UrbanChicOnline.com

3602 Hickory Ave. 202.210.8361 Facebook.com/gallery788

Load of Fun Arts

Charlotte Elliott

Urban Chic

Gallery 788

1716 Thames St. 410.327.1272 FellsPointGallery.org

1709 Aliceanna St. 410.669.0600 Facebook.com/ KatwalkFashionShowroom

Offers men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from a mix of established and upand-coming designers.

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405 E. Oliver St. 410.528.1968 Area405.com

837 W. 36th St. 410.243.0990 CharlotteElliott.com

Crystal Moll Art Gallery

1030 S. Charles St. 410.952.2843 CrystalMollGallery.com

A nonprofit organization committed to exhibiting contemporary art by Maryland artists.

Metro Gallery

1700 N. Charles St. 410.244.0899 TheMetroGallery.net A multipurpose performance space, art gallery and bar.

Offers watercolor cityscapes that capture the essence of Federal Hill.

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works on paper to vintage photographs.

Steven Scott Gallery 808 S. Ann St. 410.902.9300 StevenScottGallery.com

Mud and Metal

1121 W. 36th St. 410.467.8698 MudAndMetal.com Offers functional crafts handmade by amazing artists, gifts for your home and the ones you love.

Museum Shop at the Baltimore Museum of Art 10 Art Museum Dr. 443.573.1844 ShopArtBMA.org

Offers a wide variety of items exclusive to the BMA.

s.c. lord design 440 E. Oliver St. 410.961.4597

Offers gallery and archival framing, from oversized antique posters to threedimensional works and

Features 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.

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

Books Alliance Comics

904 Light St. 410.685.0021 AllianceComicsOnline.com Features a great selection and a welcoming staff.

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Atomic Books

3620 Falls Rd. 410.662.4444 AtomicBooks.com A legendary, alternative, independent bookstore that specializes in comics and graphic novels, as well as John Waters’ fanmail.

Book Escape

805 Light St. 410.504.1902 TheBookEscape.com Features an extensive collection of new, used and rare books, plus readings and events.

Cosmic Comix & Toys

Normals

(See Music & Movies)

Read Street Books and Coffee 229 W. Read St. 410.669.4103 ReadStreetBooks.com

Offers new and used books, vintage paperbacks, lesbian fiction, plus espresso, teas, Italian sodas and desserts.

Red Emma’s Bookstore and Coffeehouse 30 W. North Ave. 410.230.0450 RedEmmas.org

87 Mellor Ave. Catonsville, MD 410.747.3041 CoxmicComix.com

Baltimore's collectivelyowned-and-operated infoshop is also a fair-trade organic coffeehouse and veggie café.

Features an extensive collection of new and back issues and has a very knowledgeable staff.

Home

The Ivy Bookshop 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.2966 TheIvyBookshop.com

Baltimore’s “literary bookshop” plays host to many area book clubs and visiting authors.

Arhaus Furniture 660 S. Exeter St. 410.244.6376 Arhaus.com

At Arhaus, eclectic international design meets quality, eco-conscious American craftsmanship.

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Avenue Antiques/ The Ideal 901–905 W. 36th St. 410.467.0329 AvenueAntiques.com

More than 60 merchants in two stores carry everything from fine antiques and art to vintage clothing and collectibles.

Curiosity

1000 Lancaster St., #130 410.727.6262 KatieDestefanoDesign.com Offers 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 DavidsOnTheAvenue.com

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

Denova

1021 W. 36th St. 443.759.6645 DenovaOnTheAvenue. wordpress.com Offers high quality Danish and other Mid-Century Modern furnishings at accessible prices.

Great Finds and Designs

1924B Greenspring Dr. Timonium, MD 410.561.9413 GreatFindsAndDesign.com Offers quality pre-owned furniture and accessories that express your individual style.

Nouveau 514 E. Belvedere Ave. 410.962.8248 NouveauBaltimore.com Offers furniture and accessories that are fun, funky, contemporary and transitional.

Phina’s for the Home 919 S. Charles St. 410.685.0911 Phinas.com

Offers top-quality home linens, bath and body products and gifts.

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Su Casa

Spirits of Mt. Vernon

This flagship for a small, local chain is frequently named Baltimore’s Best Furniture Store.

Offers champagne, wine, gourmet cheese, crystal stemware, decanters, plus weekly wine tastings and Boris the wine dog.

901 S Bond St., #1 410.522.7010 SuCasa-Furniture.com

Trohv Baltimore 921 W. 36th St. 410.366.3456 TrohvShop.com

Music & Movies

Offers boarding, grooming and doggie daycare with great prices, exceptional care and up-to-date amenities.

Dogma

1340-G Smith Ave. 443.708.4420 and 3600 Boston St. 410.276.3410 DogmaForPets.com

Offers home goods and gifts that reflect a mix of urban grit and southern sensibility.

Normals

Offers food, treats, products and grooming services for cats and dogs.

Zelda Zen

Normals overflows with used books, records and CDs.

3531 Chestnut Ave. 410.235.2469 HowlBaltimore.com

Features home décor, funky art, cards and jewelry.

Sound Garden

Offers natural, high quality pet products, special food needs and chemical/filler/byproduct-free foods.

1634 Thames St. 410.625.2424

Miscellaneous Hampden Junque

1006 W. 36th St. 410.889.6453 HampdenJunque.net This shop buys and sells chic nostalgic antiques, collectibles and junque.

Lovelyarns ​​

3610 Falls Rd. 410.662.9276 Lovelyarns.com Baltimore’s needlework community center specializes in locally hand-dyed and handspun yarns and strongly encourages “Yarn-Bombing” (knitted graffiti).

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900 N. Charles St. 410.727.7270 SpiritsOfMtVernon.com

425 E. 31st St. 410.243.6888 Normals.com

Howl

1616 Thames St. 410.563.9011 CDJoint.com

Buy and sell CDs, DVDs, LPs, vinyl and video games at one of the largest new and used music stores.

Pets Camp Bow Wow

7165 Oakland Mills Rd. Columbia, MD 410.964.2275 CampBowWow.com

Pet Valu

895 E. Fort Ave. 410.783.1590 and 1209 N. Charles St. 410.230.0410 PetValu.com Offers one of the largest selections of pet toys and accessories.

Scrub-A-Dub Dog

A premier dog boarding and doggie daycare facility.

5909 Falls Rd. 443.919.7909 ScrubADubDogBaths.com

City Pet Center

A full-service dog-washing salon with top-of-the-line pet and dog care and products.

504 S. Haven St. 410.732.8292 CityPetCenter.com

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Focus on what’s truly important to you. When your bank is dedicated to your financial well-being, you can spend more time on the things that matter most. Stop in, call 800.SUNTRUST or visit suntrust.com.

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Neighborhoods Mount Vernon 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 hosts the annual Pride Parade and Block Party for Baltimore in July, and the city’s best gay and lesbian clubs are along Historic Charles Street in the heart of the neighborhood. The LGBT community is strongly represented in the residents, business owners and community leaders. 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, 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 gay-friendly. Pick up a colorful Mount Vernon Visitor’s Map at any of the cultural institutions, restaurants and shops, and take the fascinating walking tour on the back for a quick introduction to the neighborhood. There is much to enjoy in this neighborhood that CNN once described as “more European than MidAtlantic.” For what’s happening now in Mount Vernon, visit VisitMountVernon.info.

Courtesy of the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Association

Photo by John Kardys

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 (Amtrak and MARC) and historic Mount Vernon. The first Baltimore neighborhood to be designated an Arts and Entertainment District, Station North is filled with 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, which features 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. Photo by Ken Stanek

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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. Young professionals, affluent empty-nesters and families who have lived in row homes in the neighborhood for generations call Federal Hill home today, Pubs, restaurants, galleries and antique shops line the streets, where you can also find salons, boutiques and 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.

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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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Photo by Ken Stanek

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Fell’s Point 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, with so many services and shopping opportunities within easy walking distance of the city. This neighborhood has a lot of character and options for all. Pick up a hat from Hats on the Belfry and check out the many yummy options for eating — perhaps a burger at Koopers, tots at Alexander’s Tavern or a fun cocktail at Sub For Rye. 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 Privateer Festival. Come to Fell’s Point, and make your own history.

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Hamilton-Lauraville Hamilton-Lauraville is a neighborhood that enjoys its parks and open spaces. The Herring Run meanders through Morgan State University and the neighborhood’s many large homes nestled among mature trees. This area offers a variety of outdoor experiences such as hiking, cycling and sports. Montebello Lake is a 1.37 mile loop that attracts runners, walkers, cyclists and pet lovers for a little exercise around a beautiful lake setting. 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 locallyowned market, will open this spring. From June through October, Lauraville hosts The Tuesday Market at 4500 Harford Road, Tuesday evenings from 4-8 p.m. 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 and growing in Hamilton and Lauraville. There is a great story tucked in the backyards, rooftops, schoolyards and 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-to-table restaurants in the area, such as The Chameleon, Clementine and 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.

Courtesy of Visit Baltimore

Photo by Ken Stanek

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 Baltimore Arena regularly fills thousands of seats for special events and concerts featuring stars such as Rihanna and Carrie Underwood. The area also features a myriad of venues representing local independent artists: Current Gallery, EMP Collective, H&H Building (Gallery Four, the Whole Gallery) and Sub-basement Studios. In addition to well established venues and attractions to the south, the Bromo Tower A&E District is bounded in the north by Mount 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 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 and transformed the space into studio spaces for visual and literary artists.

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Wedding Guide

Come Get Hitched! With the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court in June 2015, same-sex couples can now get married nationwide. Not only is this great news for LGBT Marylanders (where same-sex marriage was first recognized in 2012) but for out-of-town¬ers visiting Charm City. Baltimore is not just a great destination for your next vacation, but also for your special day! Here, you’ll find everything you need, from welcoming congregations and venues to every vendor under the sun: photographers, florists, caterers, bands, officiants and much more.

Beauty Balance The Salon

409 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.366.6169 Balance-TheSalon.com

Flaunt

803 W. 36th St. 410.235.1001 FlauntontheAvenue.com

Missi Kibelbek Licensed Massage Therapy 822 W. 36th St. 410.889.7107 Missikibelbek.com

Neal’s The Hair Studio 856 Park Ave. 410.528.8100 NealsWebPage.com

Sprout Salon

925 W. 36th St. 410.235.2269 SproutSalon.com

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Zena’s Spa and Salon 1014 N. Charles St. 410.783.1971 ZenasSpa.com

Caterers Absolutely Perfect Catering 410.579.8777

AbsolutelyPerfectCatering.com

Biddle Street Catering 410.727.7777 BiddleSt.com

Black Tie Caterers 410.669.3500 BlackTieCaterers.com

Charles Levine Caterers 410.363.0900 CharlesLevineCaterers.com

Chef’s Expressions 410.561.2433 ChefsExpressions.com

Class Act Catering by Jim Britton 410.521.0200 ClassActCatering.net

The Classic Catering People 410.356.1666 ClassicCatering.com

Copper Kitchen

410.244.7152 CopperKitchenMD.com

Dionysus’ Kitchen

Rouge Catering

410.527.0007 RougeCatering.com

Simply Elegant Catering

410.484.4554 SimplyElegantCatering.com

The Spice Rack Catering 301.919.8078 TheSpiceRack.biz

Touche’ Touchet Bakery

410.744.4300 DionysusKitchen.com

Mix It Up Cocktails 443.857.0588 MixItUpCocktail.com

Putting on the Ritz Catering 301.725.4220 PuttingOnTheRitz.com

410.997.9338 ToucheTouchetBakery.com

Windows Catering 703.519.3500 Catering.com

Zeffert and Gold Catering 410.944.4481 zeffertandgold.com

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Tuxedo House Inc. 2135 Greenspring Dr. 410.252.6220 TuxedoHouse.com

Woman’s Industrial Exchange

Dancing

Furniture

The Wedding Dance Specialists

AFR Event Furnishings

703.626.7016

TheWeddingDanceSpecialists.com

Beginning Ballroom 410.231.3262 BeginningBallroom.com

Florists Candlelight Floral Designs 240.409.3635

CandlelightFloralDesigns.com

Crimson and Clover Floral Design 410.534.5459

CrimsonandCloverDesigns.com

Edge Floral Event Designers 301.330.5232 EdgeFlowers.com

Flower Box Events

410.878.0373 MyFlowerBoxEvents.com

Flowers & Fancies

410.653.0600 FlowersAndFancies.com

Intrigue Design & Decor

410.571.3069 Intrigue-Designs.com

LV Creative Designs 301.392.6055 LVCreativeDesigns.com

Wessel’s Florist 410.465.0177 WesselsFlorist.com

301.362.4300 AFRevents.com

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Creative 410.244.0066 CCBBcreative.com

Party Plus Rentals 410.771.1997 PartyPlusRentals.com

Select Events Rentals 410.653.6851 WeParty.com

Gifts, Apparel and Catering 333 N. Charles St. 410.685.4388 WomansIndustrialExchange.org

Music Absolute Entertainment

410.761.1212 AbsoluteEntertainment.com

Bialeks

410.484.7978 BialeksMusic.com

Claddagh Productions Entertainment Services

Misc.

301.752.6607 CladdaghProductions.net

Bobby’s Portable Restrooms

DJ Paul Entertainment

11435 Red Lion Rd. White Marsh, MD 410.679.7108 BobbysPottys.com

Christopher Schafer Clothier

443.742.4651 DJPaulEntertainment.com

Detour Dave Sandler 410.303.0096 DetourDave.com

Somethin’ Borrowed 412.352.9491 SomeThinBorrowed.com

Rhonda Robinson Jazz 410.467.7814 Myspace.com/ rhondarobinson

Young At Heart DJ Service 443.794.9832 Young-At-HeartDJs. djgold.com

Officiants Baltimore Ethical Society

410.581.2322 BaltimoreEthicalSociety.org

Ceremonies by Heather Saul 410.207.1341

CeremonyByHeatherSaul.com

Donna Dallas, Ordained Celebrant 410.458.7677 DirectorDallas@aol.com

Malinda Davis, Officiant 410.375.0375

OverTheMoonSpecialEvents.com

1400 Aliceanna St. 410.404.5131 ChristopherSchafer.com

My Deejay

Rev. Alberta Eaton

Cruise Planners

Nachibear DJ Services

Rev. David B. G. Flaherty

888.438.6935 MyDeeJay.com

410.761.3554 BelleCruises.com

410.337.8801 eedare@aol.com

Gala Cloths (Linens)

Maryland Bagpiper — Piping For All Occasions

12360 Owings Mills Blvd. Owings Mills, MD 888.737.1144 GalaCloths.com

Smyth Jewelers

825 Dulaney Valley Rd. Towson Town Mall Also in Timonium, Ellicott City & Annapolis 1.800.638.3333 SmythJewelers.com

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410.382.0200 MarylandBagpiper.com

410.256.5330 RevAlbertaEaton.com

Officiant Extraordinaire 443.691.9800 SaintSebastianCatholic.com Weddings&Unions/ weddingblessing.htm

Habanera Farm, LLC

The Music Man

410.873.2951 HabaneraFarm.com

Sounds Good!

Heaven’s Hands for Harmony

410.749.3205

410.415.5199 Myspace.com/ bobjacobsonjazz

304.724.7919

HeavensHandsForHarmony.com

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Rev. William E. Ingram 443.531.6933

Rev.William.Ingram@gmail.com

Robert Karp, Officiant 410.905.9877 EqualMarriage4All.com

Rev. Dr. Wayne Schwandt 202.583.2158

Legally Wedded

410.428.7742 LegallyWedded.com

Meetings and Events Unlimited 240.278.1905

MeetingsAndEvents Unlimited.com

Rev. E. Sean Penn

443.467.4263 ESeanPenn@gmail.com

Eric Gerber Photography

410.335.8142 EricGerberPhoto.com

Garth Phoebus Photography

301.378.0510 GarthPhoebus.com

House of Red Bird 443.844.2352 HouseOfRedBird.com

Jay W. Photos 410.719.6721 JayWPhotos.biz

Jennifer McMenamin Photography 410.746.3843 JenniferMcMenamin.com

John Heredia Wedding Photography

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404.895.6276 JohnHeredia.com

Photo Booths

Startum.com/Weddings.htm

John Kardys Photography

Lovely Day Photo Works

Spirit Unions

410.279.0148 SpiritUnions.com

Weddings by Sandy 410.203.1113 WeddingsBySandy.com

JKardysPhotos.com

Lisa Webb Photography

410.419.5927 LisaWebbPhotography.com

Maximilian Franz Photography

Photography

410.530.2114 MaximilianFranz.com

Altar Image Photography

MPD Photography & Video

443.987.8232

AltarImagePhotography.com

443.821.6998 MatthewDAgostino.com

Balance Photography

Sachs Photography

443.904.6743 BalanceWeddings.com

Borrowed Blue

410.532.0679 BorrowedBluePhoto.com

Cassie Mulheron Photography

443.306.5407 CassieMulheron.com

Daniel McGarrity Photography DanielMcGarrityPhotography.com

Elaine Studley Photography

301.670.1762 ElaineStudley.com

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410.889.7854 ArtfulWeddings.com

Shawn Hubbard Photography

410.371.4775 ShawnHubbardphoto.com

Shinnamon Photography

410.336.1510 ShinnamonPhotography.com

Stoker Studios

443.504.4103 StokerStudios.com

Studio C Photography Imaging

240.446.6085 Studio-C-Photography.com

202.599.0824 CoutureLLC.com

410.378.2806 V-Img.com

SJB Ministries LLC

202.253.3629 revsjburns@gmail.com

Couture Events & Weddings, LLC

Visual Image Photography & Videography

Elizabeth Bailey Weddings 410.879.8984

ElizabethBaileyWeddings.com

Over the Moon Special Events

410.207.0826 LovelyDayPhotoWorks.com

443.417.0101

ShudderBooth Photo

Plan it Perfect

OverTheMoonSpecialEvents.com

443.768.4695 ShutterBooth.com/ maryland

410.685.4765 PlanItPerfectEvents.com

Videography

301.774.5236 RegalCelebrations.com

Coastal Productions Studio

Van Landingham Design Studio

Regal Celebrations

410.581.7733 CoastalStudio.com

870.917.8861

JP Studios Video Production Services

Wolf’s Weddings by Kathleen

VanLandinghamDesignStudio.com

JPStudios.net

MPD Photography & Video

443.821.6998 MatthewDAgostino.com

Video Vignette

301.775.3173 WolfsWeddings.com

Stationery Glyph Fine Press

410.931.3224 VideoVignette.net

101B N. Washington St. Havre de Grace, MD 410.939.0504 GlypHdG.com

Planners

It’s a Snap

Adorned Events, LLC 301.379.1573 AdornedEvents.com

Boutique Events

410.583.7845 ItsaSnapMD.com

OutVite.com 866.688.8483 OutVite.com

410.292.1921 BEventsllc.com

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Transportation An Extraordinar Limousine, Inc 410.437.8200 BigCars.com

On The Town Limousines, Inc.

301.829.7999 OnTheTownLimousines.com

Venues

(For many more wedding venues, see Accommodations, p. 8)

1840s Ballroom

29 S. Front St. 410.385.1840 1840sBallroom.com

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) 800 Key Hwy. 410.244.1900 x228 AVAM.org

Antrim 1844 Country House Hotel 30 Trevanion Rd. Taneytown, MD 410.756.6812 Antrim1844.com

Baltimore Ethical Society 306 W. Franklin St. 410.581.2322 BmorEthical.org

The Belvedere

1 E. Chase St. 410.659.5207 BelvedereBaltimore.com

The Black Eyed Susan

“Little Chapel on the Water” 2700 Lighthouse Point East 410.342.6960 BaltimorePaddleWheel.com

Chase Court

1112 St. Paul St. 410.727.1112 ChaseCourt.com

The Cloisters

10440 Falls Rd. Pikesville, MD 410.821.7448 CloistersCastle.com

Elegant Settings of MNCPPC

Historic rental properties, various locations 301.446.6802 PGParks.com/places/ elegantsettings.html

Entertainment Cruises 561 Light St. 866.845.7245 Entertainmentcruises.com/ Groups/city/Baltimore/ home

Frederick Douglass– Isaac Myers Maritime Park & Museum

1417 Thames St. 410.685.0295 mjews@douglassmyers.org DouglassMyers.org

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum 301 W. Camden St. 410.625.7068 GeppisMuseum.com

Gertrude’s Restaurant

Herrington on the Bay 7151 Lake Shore Dr. North Beach, MD 301.855.8435 HerringtonOnTheBay.com

Louisiana

1708 Aliceanna St. 410.327.2610 LouisianaRestaurant.com This fine dining restaurant and special occasion venue (including same-sex weddings) offers American and French-inspired dishes with authentic Creole flavors.

Padonia Park Club 12006 Jennifer Rd. 410.252.2046 PadoniaParkClub.com

10 Art Museum Dr. 410.889.3399 GertrudesBaltimore.com

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES For more Baltimore wedding resources, visit baltimore.org/article/ planning-lgbtwedding-baltimore.

For the latest LGBT news visit

gayinmaryland.com

Follow us on Twitter: @gay_matters Visit our blog: www.baltimoresun.com/gaymatters

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Activities

MiGi Promotions Meetup.com/ MiGi-Promotions

Affinity Groups Activity Groups Baltimore Area Gay Men’s Outdoor Adventure Group

Meetup.com/BaltimoreWashington-Gay-MenOutdoor-Adventure-Group Offering an alternative to bars and the Internet, this social group organizes activities such as hiking, biking, camping, rafting and canoeing.

Baltimore Frontrunners and Walkers

BaltimoreFrontRunners.org 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 CharmCityRollerGirls.com

What began as a few girls meeting at a Skateland soon became an organized league of more than 80 dedicated women. 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 VolleyBaltimore.org

An LGBT volleyball organization that offers weekly social and competitive volleyball events. All skill levels are welcome during social play, most Wednesdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Chesapeake Squares ChesapeakeSquares.org

Baltimore’s premier square dance club for gays and straights offers “open house” dances at various times throughout the year.

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Baltimore Area Lesbian Social Club Meetup.com/ BaltimoreAreaLesbianSocialClub A social group for lesbians (singles and couples) who want to network and meet new friends, while enjoying such activities as dinners, movies, festivals, potlucks and bowling.

Baltimore GLBT Social Group Meetup.com/The-BaltimoreGay-Social-Group Friendly LGBT folks meet monthly for potlucks, cook outs, theme parties, day trips and game nights.

Baltimore Bridge Night

Baltimore community with a wide variety of exciting choral music and has performed in many locations including New York City, Seattle and Philadelphia.

Chesapeake Country Crew CheaspeakeCountryCrew.com Celebrating the Country Western subculture of the LGBT community, this group hosts events, dances, gatherings, concert outings and house parties that center around the enjoyment of Country Western music and hospitality.

Chicks on the Run

ChicksOnTheRun-MD.com This women’s activity group welcomes “chicks” of all ages to attend concerts, theater, comedy clubs, sporting events, museums, dinner, movies, bowling and more.

From LGBTQ to aliens; from nerds to geeks; from leaders to followers, MiGi founders and friends are a group of professional GenXers who organize events and gatherings catered to eclectic and embracing lifestyles.

New Wave Singers of Baltimore NewWaveSingers.org

New Wave, Maryland’s only GLBTS mixed chorus and one of only a handful of GLBTS mixed choruses in our region of the country, performs an eclectic repertoire of choral music from madrigal to pop and classical to jazz.

Night Out at Centerstage

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

Meetup.com/BaltimoreGay-Bridge-Night

COMMAND MC

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

Corps of Men Making a Noticeable Difference Motorcycle Club sponsors the Mr. Maryland Leather contest, hosts bar nights and social events and raises money and awareness for gay-related charities.

A social group for gay men living with HIV. PozBaltimore organizes restaurant outings, movie nights and other events, often in coordination with HOPE DC, a similar group in the District of Columbia.

Imperfectly Perfect Pairs

Prime Timers of Baltimore

This social group is for committed gay and lesbian couples who want to share friendship and camaraderie with like-minded couples.

Prime Timers of Baltimore is a social group for mature gay or bisexual men and the men who admire them. Members are men who choose to have their social lives enriched by the diverse activities.

Baltimore Gay Couples/Singles Social Group Meetup.com/Bmore-GLBTCouples-Singles-Social-Group A new social group for LGBT and LGBT-friendly couples and singles for fun times and social gatherings.

Baltimore Gay Professionals Meetup.com/Baltimore-GayProfessionals-Meetup-Group Bringing LGBT professionals together for socializing, networking, host discussions and/or dating.

Baltimore Men’s Chorus

TonyJBianca.wix.com/ baltimoremenschorus The BMC is proud of its long tradition of providing the

PozBaltimore

COMMANDMC.org

Meetup.com/ ImperfectlyPerfectPairs

LGBTQ Humanist Council of Baltimore Meetup.com/LGBTQHumanist-Council-ofBaltimore A forum for LGBTQ humanists from around the region to exchange ideas, find support and speak out with one voice on issues of concern to the LGBTQ-humanist community.

Bit.ly/PozBalt

PTBalto.org

Straight Eights: Lambda Car Club Straight8s.net

The Washington and Baltimore chapter of Lambda Car Clubs International organizes monthly events, tours and other activities for LGBT classic car enthusiasts and collectors.

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Women of Color

neighborhood, a short walk from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

A discussion/social group for lesbian, bisexual and queer women of color ages 20+. Topics range from current affairs to social issues, personal relationships, children and more; meets at the GLCCB.

Weinberg Family Center Y

Meetup.com/BaltimoreLesbians-of-Color

Yoga Classes Baltimore Yoga Village Locations in Hampden (410.662.8626) and Mt. Washington (410.377.4800) BaltimoreYogaVillage.com

BYV offers yoga for practitioners of all levels in a variety of lineages and styles.

Charm City Yoga

Multiple locations CharmCityYoga.com 1.800.336.9642 CCY offers classes for beginners as well as Vinyasa, hot Vinyasa, Astanga, Hatha, pregnancy, restorative and gentle yoga classes.

Gentle Beginners Yoga GLCCB 1000 Cathedral St., 3rd Floor 410.777.8145 Drop-ins are welcome every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. for gay instructor Tim Hurley’s soothing and revitalizing yoga class. A $9 donation is requested.

Yama Studio

Ruscombe Mansion Hill House Community Room 4801 Yellowwood Ave. 410.464.9000 YamaStudio.com In addition to therapeutic yoga for practitioners at all levels, Yama offers individual Ayurvedic consultations, as well as teacher training programs in therapeutic yoga, Ayurveda and meditation.

Fitness Centers Federal Hill Fitness

This sister store to Mt. Vernon Fitness offers the same highquality services and amenities in the historic Federal Hill

Amenities at this central Baltimore facility include cardio equipment, Cybex strength equipment, free weights, a rock climbing wall and an indoor lap pool.

Maryland Athletic Club 655 President St. 410.625.5000 MACWellness.com

Daily guest passes are available for visitors to MAC’s newest facility, which features 10,000 square feet of cardio equipment, more than 70 strength training stations, free weights, a 25-yard lap pool and many other amenities.

Meadow Mill Athl. Club 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. 410.235.7000 MeadowMill.com

This 40,000-square-foot full service fitness club nestled between Druid Hill Park and the neighborhood of Hampden offers numerous amenities, including the largest indoor squash facility in the United States.

Merritt Athletic Clubs

Locations in Canton, Locust Point and Mt. Vernon MerrittClubs.com These 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. The 24-hour flagship Downtown Athletic Center is located footsteps from the center of Mt. Vernon, Baltimore’s “gayborhood.”

Mt. Vernon Fitness 1016 N. Charles St. 410.878.2990 MVFit.com

Personal training programs are emphasized in this elegant, full-service club located in the heart of Mt. Vernon. Free trial memberships and other promotions are available; offers free and low-cost programs, events and services.

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Serving the LGBT Community of Maryland for 35 years

1000 Cathedral St. • Baltimore, MD 21201 • 410.777.8145 • GLCCB.org

Trans Programs

Women’s Programs

BALTIMORE TRANSMASCULINE ALLIANCE

SILHOUETTE

A support group for trans* men (FTM). 3rd Thursdays - 6:30pm BTMA@glccb.org

TRAN*QUILITY

A support group for trans* women (MTF), but anyone who varies from traditional gender expression is welcome. 4th Saturdays - 8pm Tranquility@glccb.org

Recovery ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS LGBTQ-centered AA recovery groups, welcoming to all. Thursdays - 8:00pm Saturdays - 6:30pm

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS

Men’s Rap group for men in recovery. Sundays - 11:30am

Health & Wellness BEGINNERS’ YOGA

Gentle beginners’ yoga with instructor Tim Hurley, RYT. $9 Sundays - 3:30pm

HIV & STI TESTING

FREE and confidential testing from the Baltimore City Health Dept. and University of Maryland. Wednesdays - 5-8pm

HIV SUPPORT GROUP

2nd & 4th Saturday - 6-7:30pm

Youth & Young Adult Programs MIXED COMPANY

(QUEER YOUNG ADULT GROUP) A discussion, support, and social group for young adult LGBT-identified or questioning individuals and their allies. Tuesdays – 5:30pm Facebook.com/groups/ GLCCB.mixed.co

SILhouette (Spiritually In-tuned Lesbians) is a spiritual community of women who love women desiring to discover, embrace and live as their spiritual-authentic self. 1st & 3rd Tuesdays - 6:30pm Meetup.com/silhouette

SISTAHS OF PRIDE

A safe, confidential, and supportive space for LBTQ women of all colors. 2nd, 4th, & 5th Thursdays - 7:30pm WOC@glccb.org Meetup.com/Baltimore-LesbiansOf-Color

Men’s Programs THE MANKIND PROJECT (MKP)

Peer-support group that is open to men of diverse race, background, sexual, and gender expression who consciously and compassionately challenge, mentor, and model the type of growth that honors and celebrates the full-spectrum of the mature male. Wednesdays - 6:30pm Bmoi1000@gmail.com

Community Programs BOOK CLUB

A welcoming book club for LGBTQ individuals to discuss a selected reading. 3rd Monday - 7pm

Support ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILD ABUSE (ASCA)

Community based self-help support group designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.

Thursdays – 6:30pm ASCA-Baltimore@hotmail.com ASCA-baltimore.tumblr.com NOTE: Not meeting in July

For more information on our programs, please contact Kevin Holt at reception@glccb.org

The GLCCB is the publisher of Gay Life and the producer of Baltimore Pride

GAYLIFE Read it. Live it.

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39 East Cross St. 410.752.3004 FHFitness.com

900 E. 33rd St. 410.889.9622 YMaryland.org

GLBT Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland

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Congregations St. Matthew Catholic Church Insight Meditation Community of Washington (Baltimore) Emmanuel Episcopal Church The Baltimore Ethical Society

306 W. Franklin St., Ste. 102 410.581.2322 BmorEthical.org

Beit Tikvah

5802 Roland Ave. 410.464.9402 BeitTikvah.org

Bolton Street Synagogue

210 W. Cold Spring Ln. 410.235.5354 BoltonStreet.org

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church 1316 Park Ave. 410.523.1542 BrownDowntown.org

Cathedral of the Incarnation

4 E. University Pkwy. 410.467.3750 TheCathedral.ang-md.org

Channing Memorial Church

3230 Bethany Ln., Stes. 3 & 4 Ellicott City, MD 410.203.0474 ChanningMC.org

Corpus Christi Church

110 W. Lafayette Ave. 410.523.4161 CorpusChristiBaltimore.org

Christ Lutheran Church 701 S. Charles St. 410.752.7179 ChristInnerHarbor.org

Divinity Lutheran Church 1220 Providence Rd. 410.823.8293 DivinityLutheran.net

Dundalk Church of the Brethren 2660 Yorkway 410.284.7081 DundalkCOB.org

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811 Cathedral St. 410.685.1130 EmmanuelDowntown.org

Epiphany Lutheran Church 4301 Raspe Ave. 410.485.7654 God-Is-Love.org

Faith Presbyterian Church

5400 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.435.4330 FaithPCBalt.org

First and St. Stephen's United Church of Christ 6915 York Rd. 410.377.5224 First-StStephens.org

First & Franklin St. Presbyterian Church

Baltimore Yoga Village 6080 Falls Rd. 410.377.4800 BaltimoreYogaVillage.com IMCW.org

Keepers of the Holly Chalice Assembly of the Sacred Wheel Wiccan Religious Organization SacredWheel.org/KHC

Light Street Presbyterian Church 809 Light St. 410.539.0125 LightStreetChurch.org

Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore 401 W. Monument St. 410.669.6222 MCCBaltimore.org

New Ways Ministry

210 W. Madison St. 410.728.5545 FirstFranklin.org

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore

Old Otterbein United Methodist Church

Govans Presbyterian Church 5826 York Rd. 410.435.9188 GovansPres.org

Grace United Methodist Church 5407 N. Charles St. 410.433.6650 GraceUnitedMethodist.org

Holy Comforter Church 5513 York Rd. 410.433.1801 ComforterBalt.com

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church 1131 Mace Ave. 410.687.5531 HolyTrinity.ang-md.org

112 W. Conway St. 410.685.4703 OldOtterbeinUMC.org

SGI-USA Baltimore Two-Spirit Group LGBT Nichiren Buddhists and allies

Meetup.com/SGI-USABaltimore-Two-Spirit-Group

St. Angela Merici Old Catholic Church 3700 Greenspring Ave. 410.233.5555 AngelaMericiOCC.com

6400 Belair Rd. 410.426.1002 StMatthias-Baltimore.org

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 226 Washburn Ave. (corner of 3rd St.) 443.869.5548 SaintMichaelNewCatholic.org

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church 120 N. Front St. 410.962.5078 StVChurch.org

Second English Lutheran Church

5010 Briarcliff Rd. 410.945.2350 SecondEnglishLutheran. webs.com

400 W. Chesapeake Ave. Towson, MD 410.823.6500 TowsonPres.org

Towson Unitarian Universalist

1710 Dulaney Valley Rd. 410.825.6045 TowsonUUC.org

Unity by the Bay

836 Ritchie Hwy., Ste. 18 Severna Park, MD 410.544.7990 InJoyUnityByTheBay.org/ wordpress

Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore 4007 Old York Rd. 410.244.0884 UFCB.org

St. Mark's Lutheran Church

Webster United Church of Christ

1900 St. Paul St. 410.752.5804 StMarksBaltimore.org

St. Mark's on the Hill Episcopal Church 1620 Reisterstown Rd. Pikesville, MD 410.486.3016 STMarksOnTheHill.org

St. Matthias Episcopal Church

Towson Presbyterian Church

4012 29th St. Mount Rainier, MD 301.277.5674 NewWaysMinistry.org

12 W. Franklin St. 410.685.2330 FirstUnitarian.net

5401 Loch Raven Blvd. 410.433.2300 StMattRC.org

4100 Webster Rd. Havre de Grace, MD 410.939.1884 WebsterUCC.org

RESOURCES

IFCMD.org BelieveOutLoud.com

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My Baltimore

Pin-up Happy Jenn (Jennifer Newell) BALTIMORE’S PREMIER LESBIAN PIN UP MODEL

How do you identify? I am a happily married, gold star, lipstick lesbian pin up model! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Depending on who they are and what they are into, I may take them to Fell's Point to check out the shops and grab some BOP Pizza or Shuckers crab dip. We may go on a thrift store scavenger hunt at one of Baltimore’s many second hand/vintage stores. If it’s a nice day we can sit on top of Federal Hill and hit up the American Visionary Art Museum. And or if they like to go dancing like I do we can shake our booty’s at Grand Central Station.

DJ Rosie (Rosie Hicks)

CLUB DJ EXTRAORDINAIRE

How do you identify? I am a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, special educator, DJ, and friend who happens to be a lesbian. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: First and foremost, you have to have one of the best crab cakes in Baltimore. We’d take a walk from our home in Hamilton down to Koco’s Pub for hospitality and the best crab cake I’ve ever eaten. From there we might head over to Charles Village, grab a coffee, and walk around the beautiful campus of Johns Hopkins, or head down to the harbor and see the sights, especially the National Aquarium. On a nice day it’s just fun to people watch and get some exercise! For dinner, we could make our way back up Charles Street and head to Mt. Vernon Stable before a night out at Club Hippo for dancing and fun. No matter what, if you’re in Baltimore and crabs are in season, you HAVE to have some! Don’t forget the Old Bay!

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Calendar

Artscape — Main Stage Photo by Edwin Remsberg Photography

Free Fall Baltimore

Citywide PromotionandArts.com

Sept. 2015 Ukrainian Festival

Aug. 2015 Chesapeake Pride Festival

(August 1) Mayo Beach Park Edgewater, MD ChesapeakePrideFestival.org A family-friendly waterfront celebration of Maryland’s LGBT communities near Annapolis, MD.

Feast of St. Gabriel Italian Festival (August 15-16) Little Italy Baltimore.org

Features live music, dancing, games, pizza, vino, porchetta, Italian sausage, cannoli, pasta, vendors, fried dough and good old-fashioned camaraderie between paesani.

Baltimore Summer Antiques Show

(August 20-23) Baltimore Convention Ctr. BaltimoreSummerAntiques.com

Featuries more than 500 of the world’s top exhibitors drawn from across the U.S., Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, South America and Asia.

Maryland Renaissance Festival (August 29-October 25) Annapolis, MD RennFest.com

Visit a 16th-century British village complete with jesters, jousting and jugglers for nine consecutive weekends.

(September 7-8) Patterson Park UkrainianFestival.net

Capture the essence of Ukrainian culture with unique arts and crafts, customary songs and dances, a beer garden, an assortment of appetizing foods, children’s activities and storytelling.

Flower Mart

(September 11-12) Mount Vernon Place FlowerMart.org A colorful festival of spring featuring flower sales, gardening items, high quality crafts, food and music.

Dining Out For Life (September 17) Various Locations DiningOutforLife.com/ Baltimore

Dine at one of the participating restaurants, and proceeds help feed hundreds of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS and other life-challenging conditions such as breast cancer.

HampdenFest

(September 19) 36th Street and Falls Road HampdenFest.blogspot.com A 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, local music all day.

Baltimore Comic-Con (September 25-27) Baltimore Convention Ctr. BaltimoreComicCon.com Baltimore’s annual comic convention features a long

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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 24-27) Baltimore Theatre Project HighZero.org Baltimore’s festival of experimental improvised music also includes numerous satellite locations to enjoy related film, video and dance presentations; panel discussions; workshops; and more.

20th Annual Baltimore Book Festival

(September 25-27) Inner Harbor BaltimoreBookFestival.com Features local and national authors, books sales, food and music.

Transmodern Performance Festival (Late September) TransmodernFestival.com

A cultural phenomenon presenting radical, experimental expectationdefying work from local, national and international artists representing communities and artists who defy cultural normative practices and disciplines.

The Lauraville Fair

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

Oct. 2015 LGBT HISTORY MONTH!

Consists of more than 300 festive and free activities taking place throughout the month and throughout Baltimore, including dance and musical concerts, classes and hands-on workshops, lectures, history and heritage tours, theatrical shows and art gallery/museum exhibitions.

Mount Vernon Ghost Walk

BaltimoreGhostTours.com Baltimore’s gayborhood may be more “spirited” than you think. Admire the architecture while guides regale you with the history and haunted lore of this striking neighborhood. Also available are the Original Fell's Point Ghostwalk and Fell’s Point Haunted Pub Tour.

Baltimore Black Pride (Early October) BlackPrideBaltimore.org

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 (October 2-4) Fell’s Point FellsPoint.us

This two-day street party, featuring food, arts and crafts and musical beer gardens, showcases historic Fell’s Point and its charming 18th- and 19th-century residences,

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

(October 9-11) Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, MD SugarloafCrafts.com More than 250 top artisans display and sell unique creations in pottery, sculpture,

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glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden and photography.

National Coming Out Day (October 11)

Baltimore Running Festival

(October 17) Citywide TheBaltimoreMarathon.com The annual festival offers courses for runners of all abilities, including the Under Armour Baltimore Marathon — a fair yet challenging course that travels through diverse neighborhoods, including the Inner Harbor waterfront, historic Federal Hill, charming Fell’s Point and even the Baltimore Zoo.

The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race (October 11-18) Baltimore, MD, to Portsmouth, VA SchoonerRace.org

Benefitting the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner

Race was founded to promote public awareness of the Chesapeake Bay’s maritime heritage and encourage the preservation and improvement of the Chesapeake’s natural resources.

Russian Festival (October 16-18) RussFest.org

Features traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts and more at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church.

Baltimore Open Studio Tour (Mid-October)

BaltimoreOpenStudioTour.org Step into the studios of Baltimore’s visual artists during this free, self-guided tour. Encounter fresh works in painting, sculpture, photography, installations, clay and mixed media right where they’re made.

Halloween Lantern Parade & Festival (October 24) Patterson Park

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CreativeAlliance.org Creative hand-made lanterns create a magical glow for this festive costume parade and celebration for all ages.

Nov. 2015 Mr. Maryland Leather (November 6-8) CommandMC.org/ mr-maryland-leather

Raise money and awareness for gay‐related charities and coordinate with other Leather Clubs and non‐profit organizations that service the GLBT and HIV/AIDS community.

Greek Food and Cultural Festival

(November 6-8) Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation GOAnnun.org Features 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.

TransParent Day (November 8) TransParentDay.org

TransParentDay is a day to celebrate being a parent without concern of the stereotypes of gender. So whether you are MtF or FtM, this is a day for you and your children to celebrate.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20)

Christmas Village

(November 26–December 27) West Shore Park — Inner Harbor Baltimore-Christmas.com Christmas Village in Baltimore is a combination of an outdoor and indoor Holiday Market modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany like the famous Christkindl Market in Nuremberg. More than 60 vendors sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and highquality arts and crafts.

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Bazaart Holiday Marketplace

ChristmasStreet.com Visit 34th Street on a December night after dark and learn about a beautifully bright Baltimore holiday tradition.

(November 28) American Visionary Art Museum AVAM.org AVAM’s annual sale of original creations by more than 50 regional artists and craftspeople, including painting, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media and other work that simply defies categorization!

Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink (November – January) Inner Harbor InnerHarborIceRink.org

Go for a spin, break the ice, spice up date night, teach your children to skate or get fit at the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink, open daily from November through January, with special programming and events happening throughout the season.

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National Register of Historic Places district.

Fell’s Point Yacht Club’s glittering annual holiday event to support Toys for Tots.

Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular (December 31) Inner Harbor PromotionandArts.com

Merry Mart

World AIDS Day

(Early December) Creative Alliance at the Patterson CreativeAlliance.org

(December 1)

A Monumental Occasion

A unique craft show featuring a diverse mix of art and craft from Baltimore and beyond.

(December 3) Lighting of the Washington Monument Mount Vernon Place PromotionandArts.com

B&B Holiday House Tour

The Better Baltimore Bed & Breakfasts welcomes participants with food, wineand seasonal décor.

Mayor’s Annual Christmas Parade (Early December) Hampden — Medfield

Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour

MayorsChristmasParade.com This holiday kick-off features marching Ravens, Harley Davidsons, Mummers, Boumi Temple performers, the Mayor and of course, Santa Claus.

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats 1

(December 13) Union Square (Hollins and Stricker Sts.) Union-Square.us

Stroll through H.L. Mencken’s Victorian streetscape and visit fine 19th-century homes 1/12/15 10:17 decked forAM the holidays in this

Leave the Pavement Behind! From historic Fort McHenry to the bustling bars and eateries of Fell’s Point to the Science Center, National Aquarium and Pier Five, Baltimore Water Taxi is the fun, economical and eco-conscious way to experience the Best of Baltimore.

Ring in 2016 alongside family and friends with live music and dazzling fireworks at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

Jan. 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

(Early December) BetterBaltimoreBed AndBreakfasts.com

A spirited evening celebration of the holidays, featuring live seasonal music and fireworks.

LGBT Visitors Guide Ad R3 LR.pdf (Early December)

Baltimore Waterfront FPYC.net

(January 18) Martin Luther King Blvd. PromotionandArts.com

This celebration for the late civil rights activist features entertaining high school and community marching bands, decorative floats, civic organizations, high stepping fraternities, honor and color guards, lively cheerleading squads and equestrian units.

Feb. 2016 Black History Month

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National Black HIV/ AIDS Awareness Day

March 2016

April 2016

V-Day

Baltimore Dance Invitational

(Early March) Baltimore Theatre Project TheatreProject.org

International WAMMfest

A week-long series of performances and dancerelated events organized by The Collective.

WAMMfest (Women and Minorities in Media) celebrates and encourages women and minorities to be involved in media production through a call for works and talks and screenings by WAMMFest guest artists.

(February 7)

(February 14) Maryland Inst. College of Art MICA.edu 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.

Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week (Late February)

BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com A delicious week of great savings at Baltimore’s best eateries.

B’more Dance Mixer

(Late February) Baltimore Theatre Project TheatreProject.org This annual event organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance brings together professional dance companies from Baltimore in order to showcase the professional artists in an inviting, social atmosphere.

Light City Baltimore (March 28 – April 3) Inner Harbor LightCity.org

Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, homegrown right here in Baltimore. Light City’s innovation programming will generate an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day — while lights, performances and live music reimagine the Inner Harbor at night.

Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31)

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(Early April) Towson University WAMMtu.com

CityLit Festival

(Mid April) Enoch Pratt Free Library CityLitProject.org CityLit Project partners with the Enoch Pratt Free Library for Baltimore’s day-long celebration of literature.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

(Late April) Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, MD SugarloafCrafts.com More than 250 top artisans display and sell unique

creations in pottery, sculpture, glass, jewelry, fashion, home décor, furniture and home accessories, items for the garden and photography.

Charm City Invitational Volleyball Tournament (Late April) Volleyball House Elkridge, MD VolleyBaltimore.org

Teams from across the country compete in Baltimore’s official North American Gay Volleyball Association tournament.

EcoFest

(Late April) BaltimoreGreenworks.com To kick off Baltimore Green Week, EcoFest annually promotes local organizations that provide sustainable goods and services, plus fun and great food.

Fell’s Point Privateer Festival

(Late April) Fell’s Point FellsPointMainStreet.org Celebrate the rich maritime and privateer history of Fell’s

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Point, complete with live entertainment and music, children’s entertainment, a sea battle, craft and food market, Grog Garden, Pyrate’s Ball and Pyrate Invasion Pub Crawl.

May 2016 Maryland Film Festival (Early May) MDFilmFest.com

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

Miss Gay Maryland America Competition (Mid-May) MissGayAmerica.com

Where the boys are boys and female impersonation is an art.

141st Running of the Preakness Stakes (Mid-May) Pimlico Race Course Preakness.com

Following the Kentucky Derby, the annual Preakness Stakes is run the third Saturday in May with a weeklong celebration leading up to the running.

Charm City LGBT Film Festival (Mid-May) Creative Alliance at The Patterson (3134 Eastern Ave.) CreativeAlliance.com

The fourth annual film festival brings to Baltimore six feature films celebrating queer lives, offering insight into civil rights issues and reveling in gay pride. These films, at turns hilarious, riveting, heart breaking and

Miss Gay Maryland America Competition 2015

sexy, will delight and enlighten, no matter where you fall on the Kinsey scale!

Sowebo Arts and Music Festival (Late May) Hollins Market SoWeBoArts.org

The never-say-die, utterly unique and always free arts and music Sowebohemian Fest offers four stages of live musical performances, arts and crafts vendors, delicious food, a salon art show and more.

Charles Village Festival

(Late May) Wyman Park Dell (Charles and 29th Sts.) CharlesVillageFestival.com Enjoy continuous live entertainment on two stages, a variety of crafters, beer/ wine and food vendors, plus entertainment for kids and a neighborhood garden walk.

Photo by Jay W.

July 2016

Otakon

(Late July) Baltimore Convention Ctr. Otakon.com

Fourth of July Celebration (July 4)

Celebrate Independence Day with vivid fireworks and live entertainment in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

DC/Baltimore One Caribbean Carnival

(Mid-July) Lake Clifton Park DCCaribbeanCarnival.org The D.C. and Baltimore communities combine for a parade and celebration of Caribbean food, arts and culture.

The three-day fan festival celebrates anime, manga and all facets of Asian pop culture, from Astroboy to Yu-Gi-Oh and the Seven Samurai and Spirited Away.

Hamilton Street Festival & Classic Car Show

(Late July) BmoreMainStreet.com Features more than 80 vendors, great food, 16 bands and performers on two stages and a display of classic cars.

Baltimore Pride

Artscape

(Mid-July) Mt. Vernon and Station North Arts & Entertainment District Artscape.org

(July) BaltimorePride.org

America’s largest free arts festival features 150+ fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits, outdoor sculpture, art cars, and photography; live outdoor concerts, performing arts and family events.

Produced by the GLCCB, Baltimore Pride has celebrated the diversity of Maryland’s LGBT community for 40 years. Attended annually by an estimated 30,000 people, Baltimore Pride is recognized not only as the premier LGBTQ event in Maryland, but also one of the largest festivals in Baltimore City.

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

Baltimore Playwrights Festival

(Late July)

BaltimoreRestaurantWeek.com A delicious week celebrating Baltimore’s best eateries.

(Late July and August) Various Locations BaltPlayFest.org

BPF is devoted to the presentation of newly developed works by Maryland and D.C. playwrights.

Baltimore Pride Block Party

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My Baltimore

Brooklyn Heights

DRAG PERFORMER BALTIMORE'S QUEEN OF PRIDE 2014-2015 How do you identify? I identify as a biological woman in a gay man's body! When LGBT friends come to Baltimore, I take them to: Baltimore has so much to offer visitors, LGBT and allies alike. When friends come into town, I take them to my favorite restaurant, Miss Shirley’s, for a true taste of southern fried charm. I also make sure to bring folks down to the Inner Harbor to take a stroll along the water. For an evening out (and some great drag shows), people should check out Club Hippo (while it’s still open) and Grand Central Station in Mt. Vernon.

Jason Hisley

LA CAKERIE OWNER

(TWO RETAIL BAKERIES, A COMMERCIAL BAKERY AND TWO FOOD TRUCKS) How do you identify? “That cupcake guy” and proud member of the gay community. When LGBT friends come to Baltimore: Food is my passion and I always encourage random trips to try hole-in-the-wall restaurants, bars and tasty treats. I’d take friends down a street I’ve never been on and grab a bite. No other city has the personality of Baltimore (a good thing, I promise!) and it comes through in the food. And, of course, we would finish our tour with a cupcake, pastry, or savory from my bakery, La Cakerie! For night life and fun, I love outings in Canton or Fell's Point, bar hopping until the sun comes up. Find a local diner, chow down and pass out in good company. You can’t go out in this town without making a few new friends every time!

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Essentials Transportation AIR BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport Information & Terminal Paging 410.859.7111 or 800-I-FLY-BWI BWIAirport.com 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

LAND TRANSIT SERVICES 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 MTAMaryland.com. 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 410.350.0456 or go to CharmCityCirculator.com.

TAXIS Yellow Cab 410.727.7300 YellowCabofBaltimore.com UBER Uber.com/cities/baltimore Lyft Lyft.com/cities/baltimore

LIMOUSINES & SHUTTLES A.S. Midway Tours, Inc. & Limousines 410.367.6900

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Pet-friendly

Baltimore Trolley Tour 410.768.1148

New England, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Visit CruiseMaryland.com for a complete list of the port’s cruise offerings.

Callaway Transportation 410.795.8300

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An Extraordinar Limousine Company 410.437.8200

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Charm City Connections 410.661.6033 Event Transportation System 703.503.5100 ExecuCar 800.410.4444 Hubers Bus Service 410.766.1108 RMA Worldwide Chauffeured Transportation 800.878.7743 SuperShuttle BWI 800.258.3826 ZBest Limousine Service, Inc. 410.768.1148

AUTO RENTALS & LEASING Enterprise Rent-A-Car 800.RENTACAR Enterprise.com

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

WATER Baltimore Water Taxi A fleet of 14 boats operates continuous service to more than 35 attractions. 800.658.8947 BaltimoreWaterTaxi.com Cruise Terminal Departures from the Port of Baltimore to various ports-of-call in Canada,

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Parking MOTORCOACH INFORMATION Baltimore offers a stateof the art Inner Harbor parking facility. Located 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 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit Baltimore.org/group-tour.

INNER HARBOR LOADING AND UNLOADING ZONES Area One (West) — Baltimore Visitor Center/Light Street: Loading and unloading is 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 is allowed on the north side of the Inner Harbor at the National Aquarium. No staging is allowed.

To find dog-friendly locations in Baltimore, visit Baltimore.org/pets.

Medical Services & Hospitals Concentra Medical Center with Urgent Care 410.752.3010 (Downtown) Johns Hopkins Medicine 410.955.2280 (Adults) 410.955.5680 (Children) Mercy Medical Center 410.332.9000 University of Maryland Medical Center 800.492.5538

City & State Official Contacts Office of the Mayor City Hall, Room 250 100 N. Holliday St. Baltimore, MD 21202 410.396.3835 BaltimoreCity.gov Baltimore City Services If you are not sure which agency to call, contact the City’s One Call Center at 311 or by dialing 443.263.2220. Visit Baltimore 100 Light Street, 12th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 410.659.7300 Baltimore.org Maryland Office of Tourism 401 E. Pratt St., 14th Floor Baltimore, MD 21202 866.639.3526 VisitMaryland.org Office of the Governor 100 State Circle Annapolis, MD 21401 410.974.3900 or 800.811.8336

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