Warm Up In a Baltimore Museum this Winter!

As the weather gets colder, it can be difficult to find fun, indoor activities to pass the time! Have you ever considered visiting a museum in Charm City? The variety is unbelievable – everything from a railroad to a tattoo museum, and many are free or cheap for students.

Walters Art Museum

The collection at the Walters Art Museum is an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, including Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories and Old Master paintings.

On October 26, a free installation called Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, opened in honor of the Walters’s 80th anniversary as a public institution, and takes visitors on a journey through the extraordinary gift given by Henry Walters to Baltimore.

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Address: 600 N. Charles St, Baltimore, Md., 21201

Admission: Free

Phone: 410-547-9000

Website: www.thewalters.org

Baltimore Museum of Art

The BMA is celebrating 100 years this November! On Nov. 15, the museum will host an 100th Anniversary Gala, and the public grand opening will be on Nov. 23, a free and festive day filled with storytelling, musical performances, food trucks, and in-gallery conversations with museum educators!

Hours of Operation: Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Address: 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Md, 21218

Admission: Free

Phone: 443-573-1700

American Visionary Art Museum

AVAM’s art is visionary, meaning self-taught individuals that typically don’t have formal training produce it from their own creative visions. AVAM believes their artwork is different from “folk art” (typical museum art) because it is spontaneous and individualized.

The current exhibition on display is The Visionary Experience: Saint Francis to Finster, which features a centennial celebration of American artist, Rev. Howard Finster. The museum also just installed a huge outdoor mosaic.

Don’t miss: Sideshow shop, the museum’s gift shop full of funny, bizarre and trendy books, jewelry, and other items!

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed Mondays

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, Md., 21230

Admission: $9.95 for college students, $15.95 for adults

Phone: 410-244-1900

Website: http://www.avam.org

Baltimore Museum of Industry

Founded in 1981, the BMI features exhibits focused on the industrial and technological heritage of the Baltimore region for the public by highlighting the stories of Maryland’s industries and the people who worked to create them.

On November 7, the Baltimore Shops exhibit opens, which examines the impact left by 19th century markets, downtown department stores, and today’s independent merchants. It will be opened until March 8, 2015.

On December 4, beer lovers rejoice. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hugh Sisson of Heavy Seas Brewery will lead a beer tasting. Learn about the brewing process and the history of Baltimore beer while enjoying a local beer and a food pairing provided by Kloby’s Smokehouse.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed on Mondays

Address: 1415 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230

Admission: $7 for students, $12 for adults

Phone: (410) 727-4808

Website: www.thebmi.org

Baltimore Tattoo Museum

While BTM displays exhibits of traditional electric tattooing in America, the museum is also a fully functioning tattoo studio.

Some of the exhibits include Carol Nightingale, Stoney St. Clair, Doc Webb, and Carney.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Address: 1534 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

Admission: Free

Phone: (410) 522-5800

Website: www.baltimoretattoomuseum.net

B&O Railroad Museum

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Museum is the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. The 40-acre site is always changing exhibits and collections.

Starting on November 22, the B&O Magical Holiday Express begins, with six festive weekends filled with activities. The museum also has a Community Giving Train, a celebration that helps local charities who help those in need this season, like Toys for Tots, Maryland Food Bank ad Maryland Book Bank.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Address: 901 W Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21223

Admission: $18 for adults

Phone: (410) 752-2490

Website: www.borail.org

Maryland Science Center

The MSC provides scientific exhibits for people of any age wanting to learn, including: the Maryland blue crab, Newton’s Alley, Life Beyond Earth, and Dinosaur Mysteries. The center also features the Davis Planetarium, a dark dome filled with thousands of stars and planets for space lovers.

Currently, the IMAX theater has a mix of films, such as Flight of the Butterflies 3D, Forces of Nature, Star-Spangled Banner: Anthem of Liberty, Penguins 3D, The Human Body, and more.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed on Mondays

Address: 601 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

Admission: $18.95 for an adult with exhibit halls, planetarium and demo stage. $22.95 with one IMAX film

Phone: (410) 685-5225

Website: www.mdsci.org

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern


Staying Active in College

Don’t let your schoolwork get you into a slump! This is the time to develop a consistent workout regime in order to stay fit and healthy for years to come. Baltimore has tons of great options for staying active. Check out some fun running events this fall to get your body in shape before the holidays!

Race for the Cure: October 26

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure returns to Maryland! Although it may be too late for you to prepare for a 5K run this Sunday, you can still consider the 5K walk, or volunteering at the event.

The race will be in Hunt Valley, at the Executive Plaza parking lots, across Shawan Road from the Hunt Valley Towne Centre. The race doesn’t start until 8 am, but participants are encouraged to get there between 6 and 7 am to avoid any parking issues and to have adequate time for checking-in or registering.

If you can’t make the event, still consider donating to the foundation. About one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, and we need to find a cure!

The Running Dead Virtual Run – 5K, 10K, or Half Marathon: October 25 through November 1

For those of you that may not have adequate transportation, this run is perfect! It’s a virtual run, so it can done from the comfort of your treadmill!

The Halloween/zombie-themed run’s proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All participants will also receive a Running Dead medal in the mail.

Color Run: November 15

The Color Run comes back to Baltimore! Nicknamed the “Happiest 5K on the Planet,” the run is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality.

The 3.1-mile loop circles Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Ravens Stadium. Runners wear white at the starting line and get doused with five or six different colors throughout the run!

The daylong event has a morning run at 9 a.m. and afternoon run at 1 p.m., and dismisses runners in shifts every few minutes. The race isn’t timed, and encourages everyone to go at his or her own pace.

My personal experience with the Color Run was incredible. I completed the Color Run in May of 2013 with a group of friends and it was one of the most fun events I’ve done. Everyone is in a great mood, happy to be there, and encouraging of strangers to keep going!

Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot: November 27

If you’re staying in the area over the Thanksgiving holiday, rise and shine to run before you feast! This year marks the 20th year of the Turkey Trot in Towson.    It will start at the Orokawa Family Center Y in Towson, run through the hills of West Towson and Southland Hills and finish back at the Y.

There will be prizes for the top three males and females overall, and there will be food available after the course for runners!

Other locations for the Y of Central Maryland Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day include Ellicott City, Bel Air, Arnold, and Westminster.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: December 14

This festive run is a great way to kick off your holiday celebrations! The proceeds from the 5K go towards finding a cure for arthritis. Runners and walkers are encouraged to dress up in a holiday themed costume.

The walk/run starts at 9 am and is located at Du Burns Arena at Bonvenga Field, 1301 S. Ellwood Avenue n Baltimore Md. Get into the holiday spirit by giving to others in need! Let’s find a cure for arthritis!

What are your plans for staying in shape this fall and winter? Let us know if you have any tips or ideas!

Star-Spangled Spectacular in Baltimore

Big boats, Blue Angels, and bombs (okay, fireworks) bursting in air! Why, you ask? This weekend is the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, and we’re having a seven-day festival to celebrate!


Well, our national anthem’s lyrics were taken from a poem called “Defence of Fort M’Henry” which was written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships during the Battle of Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.


Some of the highlights of the festival include:

  • The Star-Spangled Spectacular Air Show on September 13 and 14 from 2-4 p.m. will feature the Blue Angels, the US Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They will also have air show practices from 12-3 p.m. on September 12.
  • Star-Spangled Spectacular: Bicentennial of our National Anthem is a two-hour concert at Pier Six Pavilion co-hosted by John Lithgow and Jordin Sparks. Performances will include Kristin Chenoweth, Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Train and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. You can still purchase tickets online at piersixpavilion.com.
  • Starting on September 11, you can go on FREE public ship tours between noon and 5 p.m. Ships are located at the Inner Harbor, Fell’s Point, and North Locust Point.
  • A 20-minute massive firework show on September 13 at 9:30 p.m., which can be viewed from dozens of points around Baltimore’s waterfront.
  • Red, White & Brew Festival in Fells Point on September 13 from 2:30-9 p.m. and September 14 from 11-7 p.m.
  • Orioles will host the Yankees for the weekend, with games on September 12 at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m., Saturday September 13 at 1:05 p.m. and a Star-Spangled game on September 14 at 8:05 p.m., where the players will wear specially designed patriotic uniforms.

For a full list of events, click here.


There will be three festival areas in the Inner Harbor, Fort McHenry and Martin State Airport that will have street fair type food vendors. There is also a wide variety of restaurants located in the Inner Harbor – including the Cheesecake Factory, Five Guys, the Hard Rock Cafe, James Joyce and Bertha’s.

If you want to look a little further than the harbor for some Baltimore-based grub, Fell’s Point has a variety of good places. The Point at Fell’s, Max’s Taphouse and Thames Street Oyster House are all worth a try.


Parking can be tough in the city, but Star-Spangled Spectacular has partnered with Parking Panda to allow customers to purchase parking passes at many parking facilities within easy walking distance to the events.

Buy your ticket here.

If you’re not driving into the city, you can also check out:


Check out these maps to make sure you know where you’re going!

Enjoy the events this weekend, and refer to Star Spangled Spectacular for more information!

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern

Get in the ‘Spring’ of Things!

It is time to shake off the winter blues and jump into spring, and it seems the weather has finally decided to agree!  Baltimore has dozens of SPRING FESTIVALS and events coming up these next few months!  From concerts to swashbuckling pirate adventures, there is something for everyone.

Finals may be looming overhead, and for some the dreaded job search, but take an afternoon out of your busy schedule to enjoy the beautiful weather (hopefully I don’t jinx it!), and explore some of these great local events Baltimore and the surrounding universities and colleges have to offer.


Tigerfest: Friday, April 19

Towson University, Johnny Unitas Stadium, Auburn Drive, Towson MD

Towson’s annual Tigerfest has a great lineup this year with headliner Wiz Khalifa.  The day will also feature games, entertainment, and inflatable activities!  There is also a beer garden for my fellow 21+ students.


Towson Students 
– $20 advance, $25 day of
– On sale: Monday, March 11th
– May also purchase their guest tickets at this time
– One student ticket per OneCard

Non-Students (also includes faculty, staff, and alumni)
– $35 advance, $40 day of
– On sale: Monday, April 1st
– Tickets will not be available on Ticketmaster

Tickets are on sale at the University Union Ticket Office
(Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm)

For more information visit: http://towsoncab.wordpress.com/upcoming-events/tigerfest-and-homecoming/


Fell’s Point Privateer Festival: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

Fell’s Point: Thames Street Park, Ann Street Pier, Broadway Square, and Broadway Pier

Ahoy Matey!

Come honor Baltimore’s rich maritime history with lots of pirate fun!  Entry is free and the weekend features tons of fun nautical events and entertainment.  There are plenty of vendors and drink and food options that will have your mouth watering.


Each day will conclude with a bang! A battle at sea just off Fell’s Point including the Pride of Baltimore II, will recreate a privateer attack, complete with cannon and black powder gunfire.

And people are known to don their best pirate attire at this event, so don’t forget you eye-patch, peg-leg, sword, and swagger!

For a full list of activities and events and more information visit: http://www.fellspointmainstreet.org/privateerfest.html


Quadmania: Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21

UMBC, Hilltop Circle, Catonsville, MD

This weekend-long event is full of music, food, games, dancing, and much more.  Friday night kicks off the weekend with a dance party!  But don’t party too hard because you won’t want to miss all Saturday has to offer with live music, carnival games, food trucks, and thrilling attractions.


Unfortunately the Sunday concert with headliners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis was sold out in less than 4 days, but the rest of the weekend promises a great time.

For more information visit: http://www.umbc.edu/studentlife/orgs/seb/quadmania/index.html


The Towsontown Spring Festival: Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5

Downtown Towson: from York Road to Bosley Ave. and From Susquehanna Ave. to Allegheny Ave.

Sponsored by the Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

Towson is overtaken by thousands of people during this all-ages, all-weekend festival!  There is free entry to the festival grounds and all live music venues.  There is also free entrance to all the beer gardens.

The festival is a great opportunity to get out and hang with friends!  There are going to be dozens of food vendors serving up some tasty festivals favorites like cheese-steaks, BBQ, crab pretzels, pit beef, funnel cakes, brats…I think you get the idea.

Additional events and activities include carnival rides, giveaways, and entertainment!


After the all-day event head out to some of the local restaurants and bars for dinner! Check out some Towson favorites like The Recher and The Green Turtle.

For more information and stage lineups visit: http://www.towsontownspringfestival.com/


138th Preakness Stakes & Infieldfest: Saturday, May 18

Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215

The running of the Preakness Stakes is one of Baltimore’s oldest and most defining traditions!  The Preakness is smack dab between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes, and represents the second of the three races a horse must win to grab hold of the prestigious Triple Crown.

For a more traditional Preakness experience, you can drop a pretty penny for premium seating and tent packages, but ladies, be sure not to forget your oversized sunhats— and gentlemen, your Vineyard Vines printed shorts and bowties.  You can watch the races in style as you sip on a Black-Eyed Susan.

For those looking for a less formal affair, head to the infield.  Get your party on as the races literally take place around you.  Infieldfest features headliners Pitbull, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are sure to show the crowd an amazing time.  The rock band The Goo Goo Dolls are to also make an appearance along with other groups such as Chevelle, Florida Georgia Line & Kristen and The Noise.


For more information and ticket sales visit: http://www.preakness.com/infield/infieldfest

And check out their Facebook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/InfieldFest


Brew at the Zoo: Saturday, May 25 – Sunday, May 26

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD 21217

Spend your Memorial Day weekend celebrating with the animals! For those 21+ enjoy unlimited beer and wine sampling!  Everyone (even those who cannot indulge in the alcoholic libations) can enjoy live music, food & vendors, and all day zoo admission.  This unique opportunity draws in a more “mature” crowd than the usual kiddie clientele, and is perfect for college-age zoo lovers looking for an excuse to visit their favorite furry animals.

This is a great time to check out the zoo if you have not had the chance yet!

For more information visit: http://www.marylandzoo.org/2013/03/bbt-presents-brew-at-the-zoo-2/


And don’t forget the most important day this spring! May 12!

Oh you forgot didn’t you?


Don’t worry we’ve got your back here at Collegetown!

So get out and enjoy spring with these fun festivals! Let us know if you have any other suggestions!

Katie Windt, Intern


“Not” Home for the Holidays? Easter and Passover in B’more!

Going to Catholic school definitely has its perks, one of which is the five day break we are so generously given for the Easter holiday.  Each year I have loved being able to go home to my comfy bed and mom’s home cooked feast of ham, mashed potatoes, pineapple soufflé, carrots, string beans…okay, I could go on forever, but I think you get the point.  Although I am 22 years old and nearing graduation, the Easter bunny still visits me, leaving a white wicker basket filled with peeps, jelly beans, and lots of chocolate, and I still dye eggs each Easter Eve, which later get turned into pickled eggs by dad.

Although I am given the chance to celebrate this holiday with my family back in New Jersey, I realize most students don’t have the opportunity to travel home.  Students that celebrate Passover are usually in the same boat, and are denied the chance to spend the holiday with their family and friends back home.

For all those students out there that are going to be spending these upcoming holidays right here in Baltimore this post is for you!  Baltimore offers a lot of fun celebrations, and there are still plenty of ways to make these days special.

Easter Brunch:

Nothing says Easter quite like being stuffed to the point of immobility after an early afternoon brunch.  Here are some restaurants with great brunches, and some even offering special Easter menus.

Miss Shirley’s a Baltimore favorite serves up a variety of breakfast and lunch classics and truly amazing and unique signature dishes.  See the menu here.

Fleet Street Kitchen opens for brunch service for the first time on Easter Sunday,10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Harbor East restaurant is offering a three-course, $39 fixed-price menu including main course options of slow-roasted leg of lamb, steak frites with farm eggs and lobster frittata. See the full menu here.

The Milton Inn  is serving a three-course, fixed price Easter brunch. Main course options include eggs benedict, crab meat omelet and pan-seared salmon. The cost is $40. See the full menu here.

Oceanaire Seafood Room  will open its doors at noon for a special Easter Sunday brunch featuring some of the chef’s favorite seafood items.

SoBo Cafe in Federal Hill is serving its regular Sunday brunch menu, along with a few specials, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ten Ten is offering a three-course, fixed-price brunch menu on Easter Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  The cost is $24. See the full menu here.




Whether you are dying them or looking for delicious ways to eat them, eggs are an Easter must!

Saturday, March 23, McCormick World of Flavors at Harborplace is hosting a pair of cooking demonstrations.  The first demonstration from noon – 12:30 p.m. is full of Easter egg dyeing tips and tricks.  Then from 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., learn how to make Easter egg truffles.


Or wow your friends with some unique and fun egg decorating ideas.

So you’ve hard-boiled and decorated a ton of eggs, but now you are not sure what to do with the leftovers after Easter.  Instead of just eating plain hard-boiled eggs for all your meals for the next week, try some of these great recipes.  Like I said before, my dad is king of pickled eggs, which are a great option for someone looking for something that will keep a long time in the fridge (few months)—and their deep fuchsia color adds a splash of color to any meal.


So even though you can’t spend Easter at home, take advantage of all Baltimore has to offer.  After stuffing your face with a hearty brunch, set up an Easter egg hunt across campus with your creatively decorated eggs (that is if you can move after eating), or stay in with the roomies poppin’ peeps and watching Easter movie classics.



AND don’t think I forgot about those of you who will be celebrating Passover.  Baltimore has some great kosher restaurants and stores, which you can find on our website’s “kosher eats” page.

Going to make your own Passover meal instead?  Then check out some of these recipes from Baltimore chef Scott Sunshine.




If you have any other great Easter or Passover suggestions let us know! We would love to hear from you!


Katie Windt, Intern


Everyone’s Irish on March 17th

This past Sunday thousands of people lined the streets of Baltimore for the 58th annual Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  For those of you who had the chance to attend, you know the day was filled with culture, music, dance, and tons of green.  But if you did not have the chance to celebrate yet, have no fear!  Baltimore is home to many Irish pubs and restaurants that are offering great Irish fare and deals this weekend for the holiday!



1.       Slainte

1700 Thames St., Baltimore, MD 410-563-6600

 2.       Ryan’s Daughter

600 E. Belvedere Ave., Baltimore, MD 410-464-1000

 3.       An Poitin Stil Irish Pub & Restaurant

2323 York Road, Timonium, MD 410-560-7900

4.       Claddagh Pub

2918 ODonnell St., Baltimore, MD 410-522-4220

5.       James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant

 616 President St., Baltimore, MD 410-727-5107

 6.       Looney’s Pub North

312 Main St., Bel Air, MD 410-803-7080

7.       Ryleigh’s Oyster

 36 E. Cross St., Baltimore, MD 410-539-2093

8.       Brian Boru

489 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD 410-975-2678

9.       Life of Reilly

2031 E. Fairmount Ave., Baltimore, MD 410-327-6425

10.   Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

328 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 410-539-7504

There are also a ton of easy and delicious recipes perfect for throwing your own St. Patty’s Day party.  Check out the food network’s recipes! My personal favorites are corned beef and cabbage and a mashed potato side dish called colcannon…oh and of course Irish soda bread (food network has nothing on my mom’s recipe though).

So whether you venture out this weekend to celebrate at some of the local restaurants and watering holes or decided to stay in, remember— everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!


Comment and let us know if you have any other suggestions for this weekend!

 Katie Windt, Intern




Sunshine, birds chirping, and 50 degrees—I can only hope this isn’t another tease followed by freezing rain, cloudy skies, and whipping winds.  As spring attempts to poke its head out in Baltimore, I have been trying to think of ways to get some fresh air, along with a healthy dose of much needed vitamin D (a tan wouldn’t hurt either).  Then I remembered somet6a00e5503379c6883400e55298db838834-800wihing my roommate mentioned to me a few months ago—“Letterboxing”.

Letterboxing is an outdoor treasure-hunt activity, or should I say adventure, that combines navigational skills with a keen ability to decode clues.  Letterboxers hide small weatherproof boxes in public places and post clues to find their boxes online.  Many times each box will contain a logbook and rubber stamp, allowing each finder to make an imprint of the stamp in his or her own personal logbook.

It is believed that letterboxing began in England in 1854 by a national park guide, who left a glass bottle with a clue somewhere within the park for visitors to find.  The trend then caught on in the United States around 1998, when Smithsonian Magazine published an article about the unique hobby.

There are believed to be over 20,000 boxes throughout North America, and many just within Maryland.  Here are some clues for letterboxes in the area.

So if you love scavenger hunts, the outdoors, and adventure as much as I do, check out this interesting pastime.

How to Get Started:

Get your gear together (pen, logbook, compass, friends), and head out to find boxes in your area.  Here are some more tips on preparing for you journey.


Making Your Own Letterbox:


Maybe you want to try your hand at making your own clues, and hiding a box somewhere.  You will need to find a weatherproof container (Tupperware), rubber stamp, and small notebook.  You can even add other personal items, like a pre-addressed postcard to yourself!



Let us know if you have ever Letterboxed!  We would love to hear of any fun locations and stories!


…and make sure not to get lost in the woods of Maryland! we all know how that ends…158983

Katie Windt, Intern