Baltimore is jumping when the sun sets: The Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Canton, and Mount Vernon have all developed lives after dark.
For major events, check the arts and entertainment sections of the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post. The free weekly City Paper has very complete listings, down to the smallest bars and clubs. On the Web, try www.baltimorefunguide.com.
Tickets for most major venues are available at the individual box offices or through Ticketmaster (tel. 410/547-SEAT ; www.ticketmaster.com).
The Performing Arts
Baltimore has a solid range of resident performing-arts companies, including a nationally recognized symphony, an opera company, a major regional theater, and several local professional theater companies.
Classical Music -- The world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (tel. 410/783-8000; www.bsomusic.org) is led by renowned conductor Marin Alsop. The BSO performs classical and pops concerts at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. In summer, you'll also find the BSO outside at Oregon Ridge Park, north of the city off I-83. Its Fourth of July concerts are terrific fun. Tickets are $25 to $75.
The Peabody Symphony Orchestra (tel. 410/659-8100; www.peabody.jhu.edu/pso) is one of several performing units of the Peabody Institute of Music; concerts are held in Friedberg Hall, at 1 E. Mount Vernon Place.
Theater -- For entertainment by local professional actors at affordable prices, the Vagabond Players, in Fell's Point at 806 S. Broadway (tel. 410/563-9135; www.vagabondplayers.org), stage a variety of classics, contemporary comedies, and dramas. The Fell's Point Corner Theatre, 251 S. Ann St. (tel. 410/276-7837; www.fpct.org), presents seven productions a year and is a venue for the annual Baltimore Playwrights Festival.
The city's prominent African-American theater company, Arena Players, 801 McCulloh St., off Martin Luther King Boulevard (tel. 410/728-6500), presents contemporary plays and romantic comedies.
Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles St. (tel. 410/752-2208; www.everymantheatre.org), earns rave reviews for its local Equity productions of classics and new works. It plans to move to the renovated Town Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., for the 2011 season. The Theatre Project, 45 W. Preston St. (tel. 410/752-8558; www.theatreproject.org), presents experimental and avant-garde work.
The Club & Music Scene
Baltimore has a nice variety of small live-performance venues. Major national acts come to the 1st Mariner Arena Baltimore near the Inner Harbor, 201 W. Baltimore St. (tel. 410/347-2020; www.baltimorearena.com), Pier Six Concert Pavilion at the Inner Harbor, 731 Eastern Ave. (tel. 410/783-4189; www.piersixpavilion.com), and Rams Head Live at Power Plant Live, 20 Market Place (tel. 410/244-1131; www.ramsheadlive.com). Get tickets at www.ticketmaster.com for 1st Mariner Arena and at Rams Head Live for Pier Six and Rams Head.
Power Plant Live, a mix of restaurants and bars, is a short walk from the Inner Harbor, at Water Street and Market Place. It packs in young singles, especially on weekend nights, who come for the gigantic Lucky's Tavern, sports bar/rock bar; Havana Club, a cigar bar; and Howl at the Moon, a rock-'n'-roll piano bar, as well as Rams Head Live.
A number of clubs welcome smaller touring acts and local performers, from rock to jazz to folk.
Jazz & Blues -- The Baltimore Jazz Alliance has set up a website listing local performances: www.baltimorejazz.com.
Gay & Lesbian Scene -- For a complete listing of nightspots, check out Gay Life, published by the GLBT Community Center of Baltimore & Central Maryland (tel. 410/837-5445; www.glccb.org), and www.outinbaltimore.com.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.