First Thursday Festival 2023

Baltimore, thanks for the best First Thursday Festival season yet!

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2023 Season Dates:

June 1
July 6
August 3
September 7

Information on Sponsorship and Vendor Space: Michele Williams [email protected]

General Event Info: Sam Sessa [email protected]

To learn more about becoming a TMD Producer with VIP access, click here

It’s Free Music on the Waterfront!

Music Starts at 5:30 pm, and admission is free.
No outside alcohol and no coolers permitted.
ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS CONTAINERS.

First Thursdays are RAIN OR SHINE.

2023 Lineup

  • June 1 – Whiskey Feathers, Joe P., Eric Hutchinson

  • July 6 – Micah E. Wood, The Heavy Heavy, Michigander

  • August 3 – Modern Nomad, Abraham Alexander, Deer Tick

  • September 7 – Sweet Leda, Nation of Language, Devon Gilfillian

2023 Food & Beverage Vendors

  • And 4 Dessert
  • Arepi
  • Balti’Maron
  • Bike Powered Events

  • Breakthru/Reyka
  • Cajou Creamery
  • Chesapeake Beverage
  • Deli-ish
  • Don’s Dogs
  • Ekiben
  • Fuzzie’s Burgers
  • Heavy Seas
  • Hee’s Kitchen
  • Kora Lee Gourmet Desserts
  • Jewish Jerky Brand
  • Jimmy’s Seafood
  • Mother’s Grille
  • Palm Bay
  • Paradise Island
  • Philly Pretzel
  • S Bread
  • Snake Hill
  • Southern N Smoked
  • Taharka
  • Underground Pizza
  • Zeke’s

For First Thursday Festival inquiries regarding sponsorships and vendors please email [email protected].

For other First Thursday Festival regarding volunteering and VIP access, please email [email protected].

For other First Thursday Festival inquiries regarding media and press credentials, please email Sam Sessa [email protected].

First Thursday Festival July 2023

FIRST THURSDAYS FAQ

The park opens at 5:00pm and the music runs from 5:30pm to 10:30pm.

Yes! You may bring sealed water bottles and your own water bottle filled. When it’s extremely hot we encourage it! No alcohol please – security reserves the right to check and dump

No coolers, outside alcohol, or glass containers are permitted. You are allowed to bring a bottle with water though!

Tents and canopies are not permitted.

We suggest you check out routes that go down St. Paul or Greenmount Ave and cut across to Conkling or another major southbound street.
  • 83 South to President Street
  • East on Fleet Street
  • Bear Right onto Boston Street
  • Exit 57 to Boston Street west

The best route is through the I-95 tunnel to the Keith Avenue exit. This will hook you around onto Clinton Street by the CareFirst Tower. Here’s a map:

Take 95 South to the Keith Avenue Exit. Stay to your right as it is the last exit before the tunnel. This will hook you around onto Clinton Street by the First Mariner Tower. Here’s a map:

The Water Taxi routes and schedules can be found HERE.

The latest bus schedules along with any updates can also be found on MTA’s website HERE.

Designated bike racks will be available for First Thursday attendees. Please do not chain bikes to fences or trees on Boston Street or in the park.

We have lots of local favorite food trucks and restaurants on site for each show.

We strongly advise you to think twice about bringing your dog to the concerts. It’s a very crowded environment and pets may not enjoy it as much as you do.

Pets are not permitted in the VIP area. No exceptions.

Yes, a permit is required to anchor at Canton Waterfront Park during First Thursday Concerts. Boat permits for First Thursdays Festivals will be enforced by the Marine Police.

The boat ramp is closed during First Thursday Concerts.

WTMD’s First Thursday Festivals are rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, tune in to WTMD 89.7 FM, check our Instagram and Facebook pages. Better yet – download the WTMD phone app and allow notifications – you’ll be notified directly!

Leadership level donors are call Producing Partners – benefits include VIP passes to our First Thursday Festival season. Email Carolyn Jewell, Director of Development, to discuss which level works best for you!

Producer ($1200 – $2399): 2 VIP Passes

Executive Producer ($2400 – $5999): 4 VIP Passes

All Access ($6000+): 6 VIP Passes

*Please note: Pets are not permitted in the VIP area at First Thursdays

If you would like to become a First Thursday Sponsor or have a 10’x10′ engagement tent at First Thursday, please contact [email protected] for more information.

This map, compiled by Dr. Raymond Bahr the founder of the Canton History Project, shows historic markers that spotlight the history of The Canton Company and the impact of the Industrial Revolution in the neighborhood of Canton, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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