Sowebo weekend: Check out the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk

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If you’re headed to the 27th annual Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, you won’t want to miss the West Baltimore Squares Photowalk and Tour. It’s The Baltimore Sun’s first photowalk, and we’re teaming up with Baltimore Heritage to explore the historic parks and neighborhoods of Southwest Baltimore, with stops at Hollins Market, H.L. Mencken’s backyard and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. To give you a flavor of Sowebo, here are 10 photos of the festival from The Sun’s archives.

Interested? Here’s everything you need to know. If you have additional questions, email


When: Sunday, May 27, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Meet at the west end of Hollins Market (South Carrollton Avenue and Hollins Street)
Parking: Free street parking is available in the surrounding area. Off-street parking available at the UM BioPark Garage (West Baltimore and Poppleton Streets).
Transit: Take the free Charm City Circulator Orange Route to the Hollins Market stop at Arlington Street.
What you need: Bring a camera and your curiosity!
The Tour is free.

RSVP online on our Facebook event page or here.


Join Baltimore Heritage and Baltimore Sun for our first photowalk and tour at the Sowebohemian Festival on Sunday, May 27! The utterly unique Sowebo Arts & Music Festival is a can’t miss neighborhood event in Hollins Market with music, dancing, great food, artwork, antiques and more. Of course, the festival alone offers a feast of photo opportunities for any photographer but it is also a great excuse for us to go out and explore the historic parks and neighborhoods of southwest Baltimore. …

Bring along your camera for a quick afternoon walk to see a few of West Baltimore unique parks and landmarks. Starting from the handsome brick Hollins Market, designed by Baltimore City Hall architect George Frederick, we’ll explore the Italianate rowhouses around Union Square and stop in at H.L. Mencken’s backyard. From Union Square, we’ll cross Baltimore street (one of the oldest commercial strips in the city), check out historic Franklin Square, and take a look inside the grand Gothic Revival sanctuary at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. We’ll be joined by a Baltimore Sun photographer who’ll offer professional advice on getting the most out of your photos.

The Friends of West Baltimore Squares will also be raffling off a few chances to enter Baltimore City Parks Photo Competition for free! Even if you don’t win, you can enter the competition for $20 for adults and $10 for under 18. Learn more on the Friends of West Baltimore Squares website.


West Baltimore Squares Photowalk & Tour info: RSVP here

Sowebohemian Arts and Music Festival official site

Sowebo Festival map (PDF)

2011 Sowebo Festival gallery (Photos by Brian Krista)

2010 Sowebo Festival gallery (Photos by Shannon Fitzpatrick)

Baltimore Heritage