Charm City Live, a free, one-day arts festival featuring nationally acclaimed musicians, will debut Saturday, September 24 at War Memorial Plaza in Baltimore.
Mayor Brandon Scott announced Tuesday that the event, which will take place from noon to 8 p.m., will include live performances by artists such as Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, a children’s zone and food from local restaurants.
Scott said the new festival aims to celebrate the melting pot of vibrant cultures that make up Charm City.
“I am thrilled that Charm City Live is another opportunity…to come together for a day full of festivities designed to appeal to a diverse group of people,” Scott said in a press release.
“I think it’s critical to create opportunities for people from all walks of life to connect. What better way to do that than by hosting a festival that brings out the best in Baltimore, from food to local talent and everything else ? “
The festival lineup includes Edmonds, which won 12 Grammy Awards, including the 2014 duet with Maryland native Toni Braxton, “Love, Marriage & Divorce”; powerhouse R&B and gospel singer Kelly Price; singer and songwriter Jonathan “Jon B” Buck and pop singer Rebecca Black.
The new festival is in part the city’s attempt to fill the void created by the cancellation of popular events such as Artscape, the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City Baltimore. A reimagined Artscape will return in fall 2023, with the other two festivals tentatively to follow over the next year.
During Charm City Live, motorists are warned to expect road closures on Gay, Baltimore, Saratoga, Lexington and Fayette streets.