Monthly Discount and Free Events in Baltimore

Clock room of the Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower
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Like clockwork, many of Baltimore's most anticipated free events fall on the same days each month. From family-centric museum programming to neighborhood-wide extravaganzas, here are the dates Baltimoreans need to remember from month to month.

  • 01 of 08

    "First Fridays" in Hampden

    Every first Friday of the month in Hampden, local merchants, restaurants, and art galleries along The Avenue (the neighborhood's main drag also known as 36th Street) and the surrounding arteries stay open late. Many lure shoppers and browsers in with deals, discounts, refreshments, and entertainment. The Hampden Village Merchants Association usually keeps an updated list of all the ongoings. The event usually runs from 5 pm - 8 pm, with some individual proprietors kicking things off earlier and others making them last long into the night.

  • 02 of 08

    Fells Point Art Loop

    Fells Point also has a celebration on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm and the 3rd Thursday from 5-7 pm where participating art galleries are open for the "Fells Point Art Loop." Many of the galleries coordinate openings and receptions to fall on the last Friday of the month just for the event. Some restaurants and bars that feature rotating artwork also participate in the Fells Point Art Loop. For more information on participating galleries, see their ​Facebook page.

  • 03 of 08

    "Third Thursday at the Lewis" at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum

    On the third Thursday of each month, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture keeps extended hours until 8 pm and hosts special programming. Typically, there is a live band and some sort of special event, such as a film screening and discussions. 

  • 04 of 08

    "Fridays After Five" at the National Aquarium in Baltimore

    On Fridays after 5 p.m. year-round, the National Aquarium in Baltimore discounts entrance fees to half price. The popular program allows guests to check out more than 16,000 sea creatures and mammals at a greatly reduced price. Aquarium guests can enter until 7:30 pm and explore until 9 pm when the aquarium closes for the evening.

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  • 05 of 08

    "Target $2 Family Fun Night" at Port Discovery Children's Museum

    Every third Friday of the month, Port Discovery Children's Museum discounts admission to just $2 per person from 4-8 pm. Tickets must be purchased at the door at the time of the event, and cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

  • 06 of 08

    "Fridays After Five" at the Maryland Science Center

    The Maryland Science Center also has a "Fridays After Five" program, when guests can explore the permanent exhibit halls, planetarium, and even IMAX Theater on Friday evenings beginning at 5 pm for just $10. The program is not always offered year round, so check their website before planning to go. Note that the Planetarium presentation is at 6 pm and the IMAX presentation is held at 7 pm. During Fridays After Five, the "Kids Room" closes at 6 pm. No advance tickets are required.

  • 07 of 08

    "Free Family Sundays" at The Baltimore Museum of Art

    Every Sunday, The Baltimore Museum of Art hosts family programming starting at 2 pm. Sometimes there are art projects, such as screen-printing demonstrations or mask-making classes, for the kids, while other times gallery tours organized with families in mind are hosted. It's a great way for families to spend Sunday afternoon without having to spend a cent.

  • 08 of 08

    "Open Studio Day" at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower

    Modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy and the tallest building in Baltimore upon its completion in 1911, The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower is a clock tower that has been converted into studio spaces for visual and literary artists. On Open Studio Day, visitors can wander through the studios while enjoying refreshments and light fare. Open Studio Days are organized by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts every Saturday.