Baltimore Book Festival

Calling all nerds! If you’re anything like me, you’re more than thrilled for the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend. Not only will 2014 be the 19th year of the festival, but it is in a brand new location! If you’ve never been or don’t know what I’m talking about, listen up! You won’t want to miss out.

The Baltimore Book Festival features hundreds of author appearances and book signings, 100+ exhibitors and booksellers, non-stop readings on multiple stages, cooking demos by celebrity chefs, poetry readings and workshops, a variety of food, beer and wine, and much more!

The festival has usually taken place in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood, but due to the restoration of the historic Washington Monument, the festival will take place in the Inner Harbor this year! I, for one, am excited about this change. What’s better than listening to some poetry, sipping some wine, and being right on the harbor?

The festival will begin on Friday and Saturday at noon and run until 8 p.m. On Sunday, it will begin at noon and run until 6 p.m.

Some exciting guests:

  • Jessica Merchant, Friday at 5:30 p.m., Food for Thought Stage – I am personally EXTREMELY excited for Merchant’s arrival! I have followed the five-year food blogger for a few years, and she has introduced me to everything from pumpkin fettuccine alfredo to fudgy avocado brownies to banana bread, Brie and chocolate grilled cheese. She’s incredible and just came out with a book, Seriously Delish. She’s pretty funny throughout her blogs, so you won’t want to miss her speak!
  • Kathy Wakile, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., Food for Thought Stage – You heard right, Real Housewives fans! The Real Housewives of New Jersey star came out with a book earlier this month called Indulge: Delicious Little Desserts that Keep Life Real Sweet, with over 75 yummy treats!
  • Mark Mazzetti, Friday at 6 p.m., Ivy Bookshop Stage – The New York Times national security correspondent discusses the War on Terror and the CIA’s secret army.
  • Brian Stelter, Saturday at 2 p.m., Ivy Bookshop Stage – The former Towson tiger and current CNN anchor exposes the cutthroat world of morning television and his 2013 book Top of the Morning.

  • Bill T. Barry, Sunday at 1pm, Radical Book fair Pavilion – Local labor educator and organizer Bill Barry will be discussing his extensive research on the first national railroad strike in the U.S. that began in Baltimore in 1877.

Some new things for 2014:

  • #EpicBookFest: Geared towards children and young adults, this new component will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, and includes author presentations and discussions, such as The Storybook Parade and Superhero Figure Drawing Demo!
  • Charm City Comic Book Pavilion: Comic fans rejoice! You can come and browse through thousands of books and collectibles, chat with professional comic book creators and game designers, and participate in an informative panel!
  • National Aquarium Ocean Exploration Stage: A full weekend of free programming at the Aquarium for ocean and conservation fans! The programming includes author appearances, special animal encounters, live music, interactive eco-programs and more.

Getting there:

Before you go:

Check out the map to make sure you know where you’re going!

Let us know what you think of the festival! Tweet us at @baltcollegetown or write on our Facebook wall, Baltimore Collegetown Network. Enjoy the festivities and refer to the festival’s website for further information! Have a great weekend!

Emily Dutt, Marketing Intern


Shuttle Spotlight: Rams Head Live

Summer festivals are behind us, but thankfully our favorite bands and musicians aren’t going into hibernation anytime soon.

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Baltimore is filled with places to hear live music. From hole-in-the-wall venues to huge theaters, there are so many options. The hard part is deciding what you’re in the mood for on a certain night.

My first concert in Baltimore was at Rams Head Live. It was my birthday and Julian Casablancas, the lead singer from the Strokes, was in town for his solo tour. Not too big, not too small I thought when I took a look around the venue.

From mainstream artists like Lauryn Hill and Corrine Bailey Rae to upcoming musicians like Beirut, Rams Head’s calendar is filled with all types of music. As a college student I know how pricey tickets can be, but luckily Rams Head has affordable prices perfect for students.

So if you’re like me and need your fall fix of summer jams, Rams Head is a great place to check out.

How do I get there? Easy! Bring your college ID and jump on the free Collegetown Shuttle to Penn Station. From there take the free Charm City Circulator orange route to Stop 202 Commerce Street. Just walk a couple of blocks down to Market Place and signs for Rams Head and Power Plant Live are in bright lights!

Upcoming shows at Rams Head Live!

The AP Tour
October 14
$15 advance/$18 door

Mat Kearney
October 24
$20 advance/$23 door

Brett Dennen
November 18th
$20 advance /$23 door