Doors Open Baltimore is returning in 2022 as a one-weekend, in-person festival throughout the City of Baltimore. During the first weekend in October, attendees can expect tours of parks and neighborhoods, and behind-the-scenes tours of beloved Baltimore landmarks. In addition, Baltimore Architecture Foundation (BAF) will offer virtual history presentations on October 7 and 21.

Nicole King, Ph.D. will kick off the weekend with her lecture “Preservation for the People, The Fight for Development Without Displacement.” Having a background as a cultural historian and preservationist, King challenges the city’s “move on in good faith” perspective regarding Baltimore’s history with development and displacement. The lecture will take place on Sept. 29 at 6:00 pm at the MICA Brown Center.

Saturday, October 1, there will be over 40 buildings and sites open to the public to explore for free, including BAF’s new headquarters at the Center for Architecture and Design. On Sunday, October 2, there are nearly a dozen guided tours all over the city and extending into Baltimore County with tours of East Towson and Hampton National Historic Site. Returning to the list of guided tours in Baltimore includes the popular tour from the Inner Harbor where guests can learn about Baltimore’s development from the water’s edge. Tour registration will be live on September 1, 2022.

“We are thankful for technology to allow us to offer virtual and hybrid events the last two years, and we cannot wait to open doors all over the city this year,” Margaret Stella Melikian, Associate Director of BAF, said. “There is truly something special about seeing these spaces and hearing their stories in person.”

Organized by BAF, Doors Open Baltimore is the free citywide festival of architecture and neighborhoods that invites thousands of people to explore the city and make meaningful connections to the built environment.

“Next year, 2023 is our 10th Anniversary of Doors Open Baltimore, and we’re already planning a spectacular event!” Melikian said.

Program announcements will be made in the months leading up to October. BAF staff is monitoring COVID-19 developments and will follow the guidance of Baltimore City for all programs.

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