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Baltimore Book Festival & Light City Baltimore

1 November 2019 - 10 November 2019


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Whether it is illumination through the enlightenment of books, or through the bulbs brightening the art and music, Baltimore Book Festival and Light City Baltimore will bring cheer as autumn starts to turn to winter.

Billed as Brilliant Baltimore, the twin events are held at the Inner Harbor. It is an amalgam of the Baltimore Book Festival, bringing you readings, guest authors, cookery exhibitions, children’s activities talks, panel discussions as well as signings; and the Baltimore Light City, which focuses on art, music and innovation.

So, expect to see lots of book stalls and a range of stages with different events on each. The music will be live and much of the art outdoor, the idea being to light up the Baltimore waterfront in those dark November nights.

Baltimore Inner Harbor
Baltimore Inner Harbor

There will be a range of food stalls, wines and craft beers.

The 2019 Baltimore Book Festival will include Dave Cullen, bestselling author of Columbine and Parkland, TV host and chef Carla Hall, and actor Hill Harper from The Good Doctor. Light City Baltimore will include 20 light installations across the city. The festival will conclude with a Fireworks Finale on 10 November in the Baltimore Inner Harbour basin.

History of Baltimore Book Festival

The event comes out of the Office of Promotion and the Arts. The Baltimore Book Festival is celebrating its 24th year, whilst Light City Baltimore is a newer phenomenon, though both combine well.

Other Things to Do in Baltimore?

Light City Baltimore

The National Aquarium is located in the city, as is the Maryland Science Centre with its planetarium and observatory. The Inner Harbor has been renovated and has a collection of historic ships as well as many bars and restaurants. There is a railroad museum and several art museums, while Edgar Allan Poe’s house can also be visited. Nearby is Fort McHenry, which repulsed an attack by the British navy in 1812.

Festivals in Baltimore

The Baltimore Festival of Light and Literature is not the only festival in the city, for more information, read our preview of Festivals in Baltimore and Maryland in Autumn.

When is Baltimore Book Festival and Light City Baltimore 2019?

The festival is from Friday 1 to Sunday 10 November. To sign up and receive updates, click here. The schedule is available here.

Flights to Baltimore

Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport serves the city, though there are also two other major international airports for nearby Washington DC. Thurgood Marshall is directly served by Air Canada from Toronto and British Airways from London Heathrow, as well as a large number of US cities.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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