Here's the latest info from Baltimore's nonprofit arts council, events center and film office.
Free Fall Baltimore Returns for 2017
Join in the fun with Free Fall Baltimore! The 12th annual Free Fall Baltimore presented by BGE returns this month through Tuesday, October 31, 2017, allowing Baltimore City residents and visitors the chance to access hundreds of arts and cultural events and activities for FREE!  Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month during October, participating venues throughout Baltimore City showcase the importance of the arts with free concerts, dance and theater performances, festivals, lectures, workshops, art exhibitions, tours, special events and more. 

Some of the events included in Free Fall Baltimore this year include Free Fall Friday Night , granting free admission to the National Aquarium , Dance Master Class Series hosted by The Collective , performances of Iron Crow Theatre’s The Cradle Will Rock and Julius Caesar by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company , a prose poetry writing workshop by EMP Collective , free yoga and classical music at Sherwood Gardens , a free performance by the Peabody Modern Orchestra and more! Some events have limited capacity and are first come, first serve in terms of attendance, or require advance registration. Overall, Free Fall Baltimore features more than 200 events & activities from 70 participating organizations. Free Fall Baltimore is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) and presented by BGE with additional support from Atapco Properties and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.
School 33 Art Center's Open Studio Tour presented by Bank of America

On Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8 from 10am to 6pm, visit the studios of more than 130 artists located throughout Baltimore City to view and purchase their original works of art, including paintings, sculptures and photographs during this self-guided tour. Open Studio Tour is an annual city-wide event that has brought together professional artists and the general public for almost 30 years. Each year, collectors and art lovers have the opportunity to visit artists in their studios, see their work, and get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their working processes. 

To see this year's participating studios, visit , click on "Events" then "Open Studio Tour."
Thank You for making the Baltimore Book Festival a Success!
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts would like to thank its programming partners, exhibitors, vendors, supporters, sponsors and donors, staff and of course attendees for making the 22nd annual Baltimore Book Festival a huge success! Over September 22-24, thousands of book lovers flooded the Inner Harbor to celebrate their love of literature, see favorite and new authors, and listen to a meaningful exchange of ideas. Thank you for another successful festival! Mark your calendar for the 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival, September 28-30, 2018 .
Monumental Sites Call for Ideas

The removal of Baltimore’s Confederate monuments has captured the attention of the public and inspired artists and others to propose ideas for what might happen next at the four sites left behind. In response, the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts has created an online portal, “ Monumental Sites ,” to serve as a central repository for the public’s suggestions and ideas.
Submit your ideas online here.
2018 MECU Neighborhood Event Grants

Each year, the MECU Neighborhood Event Grants program awards cash grants to Baltimore neighborhood associations and community-based non-profit organizations for the purpose of producing special events. Thanks to the support of MECU, Baltimore’s credit union, eligible groups can receive up to $1,000 to produce an event for the community and residents they serve, such as art workshops, back-to-school rallies, block parties, book drives, food drives, health fairs and neighborhood clean-ups. Click here   to apply for a 2018 grant.

EXTENDED Application Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017
Farmers' Market Applications Open for 2018

Maryland's largest producers-only market (meaning the vendors make 100% of what they sell) is now accepting applications for the 2018 season. The Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar is accepting applications for farmers, concessionaires and bazaar vendors. Click here to apply.

Application Deadline :   Monday, January 1, 2018
Baltimore Screenwriters Competition

Calling all screenwriters! The Baltimore Film Office is now accepting applications for the 13th Annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Applicants can submit screenplays in the features and short categories. The top entries in both categories win cash prizes and the feature winners also receive all access passes to the 2018 Maryland Film Festival. Click here to apply.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018
"Invisible Cities" at Top of the World

Top of the World Observation Level presents  “Invisible Cities,”  a solo exhibition of photographic works by Adam Davies. Over the past four years, Adam Davies has built a series of photographs showing structures in the American landscape that are overlooked or marginalized: deserted sites, hidden passageways, the undersides of bridges. 

On View: through September 30, 2018 .
at the Top of the World, located on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center at 401 E. Pratt Street .

( Photo Credit: Tonoloway Creek Aqueduct, Hancock, MD by Adam Davies )
Brilliant Baltimore Kickoff Event

On Thursday, October 5th from 5-6:30pm at the Pier 5 Hotel Baltimore, Curio Collection by Hilton, (711 Eastern Avenue,) join the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts for a kickoff party for Brilliant Baltimore. A part of Light City, Brilliant Baltimore expands in 2018 by encouraging not only landmarks, attractions, restaurants, hotels, apartment complexes, parking garages and corporate headquarters to light up but also homes and businesses through the new Brilliant Baltimore Community Showcase Program. Lighting companies will be in attendance to help brainstorm creative and cost-effective ideas.
Sound Off Live!

On Wednesday, October 18 & Thursday, October 19 from 5-10pm at Hard Rock Cafe Baltimore, Baltimore’s “Battle of the Bands” showcases emerging bands/musicians from the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia region. The winning bands/musicians selected from Sound Off Live! will perform at Light City, Artscape or the Baltimore Book Festival. The bands/musicians will have fifteen minutes to perform three songs in front of an audience and a panel of judges. A part of Free Fall Baltimore, the event is free and open to the public.
Baltimore Film Office Director Debbie Donaldson Dorsey Awarded
Reel to Real Award by Maryland Film Industry Coalition
Debbie Donaldson Dorsey, the director of BOPA's Baltimore Film Office since 2007, has received the  Maryland Film Industry Coalition  Reel to Real Award for Exceptional Contributions to Film and Television in Maryland. Debbie will be celebrated alongside Pat Moran, the other recipient of the award at the Reel to Real Party Friday, November 17, from 8-11pm at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, click here.
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is a
501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is the city's arts council, events center and film office.
BOPA is able to do all of its programs thanks to the support from a variety of public and private funders/donors.