Wondering what there is to do in this bayside city? Bring out the family or get together with a group of friends when checking out these places and events in the beautiful city of Baltimore.

1. Visit The Horse You Came in On


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Looking for good food, drinks, and live music? The Horse You Came In On has been offering all three for over 200 years and is known as the oldest continually operated saloon in North America. It’s a small place, but the great service, food, and history that surrounds it makes it a must-see. For something a little livelier, head to The Get Down for a clean club that is bustling with good music, attentive staff, and a spectacular light show. If you want a mature and upscale club scene, the Havana Club offers quality cigars and cocktails in addition to quality service and lavishly comfortable leather seating.

2. Enjoy a Broadway Show, Concert, or Gallery

The Hippodrome Theater puts together an amazing Broadway series each season, including award-winning shows like Wicked and Chicago, in addition to new shows like Newsies and Peter and the Starcatchers. Love free music? Baltimore’s Summer Sounds in the Square concert series happens at Belvedere Square every Friday night.

For a free night of art viewing, take advantage of The Art Loop on the first Friday of every month, when art galleries all around town open up their doors.

3. Cheer On the Orioles and the Ravens

Looking for an evening of competition? Head to the Oriole Park at Camden Yards for a retro night of baseball, hotdogs, and all-American fun. Is football more your thing? You can purchase tickets for a Ravens game to watch them make it to yet another NFL play-off season. For a sport uniquely loved by Maryland natives, check out a college lacrosse game or bet on your favorite horse at the Pimlico Race Course.

4. Take a Walk around the Inner Harbor

Start off the night with a walk through the shops that gather along the water. Make your way to Federal Hill Park where you can see Baltimore’s cityscape from the place where military lookouts spied on the enemy during the War of 1812 and the Civil War. You can even take a free tour of several historic ships permanently docked in the harbor. End the evening with a beautiful sunset boat tour on the harbor. You won’t be disappointed.

5. Explore Little Italy

Just along the water, Little Italy offers fine Italian food, great shops, and Friday night outdoor movie showings during summer months. If you are lucky, you can participate in the bocce tournaments that happen during the festival for the Feast of St. Anthony and the Feast of St. Gabriele. Not sure what else to do in this charming neighborhood? Watch the Little Italy welcome video, and pick up a souvenir poster walking map when you get into town.

Where do you go on a Friday night in Baltimore?