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Artscape 2023 debuts new festival hours amid weather predictions for Tropical Storm Ophelia

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BALTIMORE --  The festival hours for Artscape 2023 have been revised due to Tropical Storm Ophelia, according to festival staff.

The festival will take place between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

It is one of the largest free festivals in the United States. Its vendors and performances were initially waylaid by the conditions created by the storm.

The decision to revise the festival hours was made by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, which is hosting the festival, the office of Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, the Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management, and the Baltimore City Fire Department.

Tropical Storm Ophelia made landfall on the North Carolina coast just past the 6 a.m. With this system, Maryland residents could see damaging winds and dangerous surges of water push inland along the state's bay communities and eastern coastline.   

Artscape was canceled for Saturday due to weather conditions.  

When is it? 

Artscape moved this year from its traditional spot on the calendar in the sweltering heat of July to September, a move organizers say will create opportunities to engage with students in an impactful way. 

The 38-year-old festival will be held from September 22 to 24. Here are the operating hours for the festival:

  • Friday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • Saturday: CANCELED 
  • Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where is it? 

Artscape will remain in the historical footprint of Bolton Hill and Mount Vernon, but the festival is expanding into the neighboring Station North Arts & Entertainment District.  

WJZ is a proud sponsor of the event.

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