Mark Your Calendar for These Can’t-Miss Baltimore Happenings in June

6/20-26: BALTIMORE PRIDE
A far cry from today’s week-long, color-drenched event that draws a lively and free-spirited crowd all over Baltimore, the city’s first-ever pride celebration was a decidedly humble affair in Mount Vernon. This month, however, roughly 47 years after that first makeshift hoorah—and over two years since its last in-person iteration—Baltimore is ready to party in full force. Aptly, this year’s festival theme is “Together Again.”

“Pride is the time of year where I can be my fullest, most authentic self,” explains Unique Robinson, chairperson of the event, who looks forward to celebrating “all of the beautiful spectrums of our rainbow. I’m so excited to be in-person, with other queer folks, celebrating in the streets.” For a list of festivities, which will include fun for youth, a giant block party on Charles Street, and the annual “Twilight on the Terrace” celebration at Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen, visit here. Times and prices vary. 

TO 6/1: INTIMATE EXPRESSIONS: PERSONAL DIARIES OF MARYLAND LIFE
Exhibits. Viewers can get a glimpse into the lives of people throughout pivotal parts of the state’s history in this showing of personal diaries. Maryland Center for History and Culture. Wed.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$9. 

6/1: BSO’S SYMPHONY IN THE CITY AT PATTERSON PARK OBSERVATORY
Music. With a blanket or a chair in tow, head out to the pagoda to hear classical and pop tunes, conducted by the orchestra’s own Jonathan Rush, and performed by local spoken word and music artist, Wordsmith. Patterson Park Observatory. 6:30 p.m.

6/1-2: RUN YOUR TOWN 24 HOUR CHALLENGE
Sports. At the Annapolis Town Center, spend this year’s National Running Day aiding a worthwhile cause. Proceeds from the race–which spans 24 hours–support the work of Danny’s Fund, an Anne Arundel County-based charity, which offers assistance to residents faced with addiction and substance abuse. Charm City Run. 6 p.m. $30. 

6/2: MONDO 12-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Film. John Waters fans will love this effervescent local series, flagged by quirky hosts, cult cinema, fun trivia, and prizes. The Ottobar. Price and timing TBD.

6/3: J HOARD
Music. The Grammy-winning, New York-hailing artist seeks to celebrate Black pride with one full night of soulful song in Highlandtown. Creative Alliance. 8 p.m. $10-15.

6/3: PEACH FACE RECORD RELEASE
Music. Local-favorite indie darling, Alison Ramirez and her band launch their new album on the Charles Village stage. The Ottobar. Price and timing TBD.

6/3: LET’S SCIENCE HAPPY HOUR
Food & Dining. Enjoy signature Maryland brews (and sweet waterfront views) for one night at the Light Street-based science museum. The Maryland Science Center. 6 p.m. $20. 

6/4: BALTIMORE FLOATILLA
Festivals. Per the annual festival’s latest theme, dress like a pirate to paddle through Canton, where tokens and nautical treasure await. Canton Waterfront Park. 8 a.m.-noon. $35-40. 

TO 6/4.: GLITTERUS: DRAGON RISING
Theater. In West Baltimore, join Glitterus, the universe’s last remaining dragon, as she fights to save her lost eggs and defeat the power-greedy Tower Wizard. Zion Church of the City of Baltimore. Times and prices vary. 

6/4-5: CAPITAL JAZZ FEST
Music. For two full days at Merriweather Post Pavilion, jam along with legends such as Chaka Khan, Ledisi, and Faith Evans. Merriweather Post Pavilion. 12 p.m. $94-230.

6/5: BOMBINO
Music. At the Highlandtown arts center, the luminary desert blues guitarist takes the stage with local pop group Super City. Creative Alliance. 8 p.m. $22-25.

6/5: THE ROCKY HORROR 60s SHOW
Theater. At Baltimore Soundstage, this unique take on the musical reflects the 1960s through bold fashion and performance. Baltimore Soundstage. $25. 7 p.m.

6/8: HALSEY
Music. The “Eastside” pop star brings a range of bangers to Columbia, alongside indie starlets Beabadoobie and Pink Pantheress. Merriweather Post Pavilion. 5:30 p.m. $29-149. 

6/9-10: DAN DEACON
Music. Continuing a string of wins, including an appearance at the Oscars earlier this year, the Baltimore-based DIY phenomenon plays two sets at the Ottobar. The Ottobar. 8 p.m. $25.

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