Mayor Scott Announces New Artists and Venue for Charm City Live Music Festival

BALTIMORE, MD. (Wednesday, August 2, 2023) – Today, Mayor Brandon M. Scott announced the exciting addition of Donnell Jones and MC Lyte set to take the stage along with H.E.R at this year’s Charm City Live music festival. As the event continues to grow and expand music talent and offerings, Charm City Live is being relocated to the heart of Baltimore, at the intersection of Market Place and E. Pratt Street in the Inner Harbor, to offer guest an unforgettable live musical experience. 

“Charm City Live is back and bigger than ever this year. We are so excited to be welcoming H.E.R. along with Donnell Jones and MC Lyte as they take the stage. There is no better place to convene residents and visitors alike for this incredible event than our Downtown Inner Harbor corridor,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “Our City has so much to offer, and this new location is the perfect place for us to highlight our uniqueness, our small businesses, and all our city has to offer. As a free and accessible event that welcomes every Baltimorean, this is going to be one of the highlights of Baltimore’s year.”

Charm City Live has quickly become one of Baltimore’s most highly anticipated music events, and since the announcement of headliner singer/songwriter H.E.R. there’s been an overwhelmingly positive response from residents and visitors.

“The Charm City Live Festival will welcome thousands of people to the heart of Downtown and activate Pratt Street,” said Shelonda Stokes, President, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “We look forward to partnering with surrounding hotels, restaurants, and attractions to ensure attendees have an unforgettable experience that stimulates our economy and excites them to return.” 

As a result of the new event location, residents can expect the following road closures beginning Friday, August 25th at 12 p.m.:

Pratt Street between Gay Street and President Street will be closed for preparations related to The Charm City Live event. 
Starting at 3 a.m. on Saturday, August 26 the closure of Pratt Street will be extended to Light Street. This closure between Light Street and President Street will remain in-effect until 9pm.
After 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, Pratt Street will revert back to the full closure between Gay Street and President Street until 12 p.m., Sunday, August 27.
During this time access to the corridor from intersecting streets will also be restricted. However, exit-only traffic from the Pier V garage onto Pratt Street will be permitted throughout the event.
All eastbound traffic will be redirected to East Baltimore Street. Westbound traffic will be permitted to use East Lombard Street.  We recognize that road closures may cause temporary inconvenience, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this time.

Map of venue locations

Available Parking Garages

Pier V Parking Garage

711 E. Pratt St.
Frederick Street Garage 15 S. Frederick St.
Baltimore Street Garage 15 Guilford Ave.
St. Paul Garage 210 St. Paul Pl.
Little Italy Garage 400 S. Central Ave.
West SAtreet Garage 40 E. West St.
Fleet & Eden Garage 501 S. Eden St.
Caroline Street Garage 805 S. Caroline St.
Marina Garage 402 Key Highway

Charm City Live is a free, one day festival on Saturday, August 26, 2023 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the intersection of Market Place and E. Pratt Street. The festival will feature local bites, live music, and entertainment. This year, Charm City Live is excited to partner with Port Discovery and the National Aquarium. We encourage families to visit the Museum as they kick off the beginning of the new school year with “Set Sail for School” and to check out their sensory friendly installations and activities. At Port Discovery families can also receive resources and services that support parents and caregivers. Families are encouraged to visit the National Aquarium on a free access opportunity with admission from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. More information and a link to register will be available on the Charm City Live website Advance registration is required. This event will sell out.

Charm City live offers all the excitement set against the stunning backdrop of the City of Baltimore’s picturesque surroundings. WJZ-TV CBS Baltimore will return as Charm City Live’s official broadcast media partner. All food, retail, and art vendors are encouraged to apply in order to participate in this year’s Charm City Live music festival. Applications are now being accepted, the deadline to apply is Friday, August 11, 2023. Click here to download the Charm City Live Vendor Application. All vendor applications must be sent to [email protected] no later than Friday, August 11, 2023.

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