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A Diverse Destination
The Immigrant Experience
Baltimore was second only to Ellis Island as a port of immigration in the 19th century. Between 1821 and 1914, 1.5 million immigrants landed in Baltimore — 1.2 million of those arriving at the B&O Railroad’s Locust
Point immigration pier from 1868 to 1914. By the 1890s, 90 percent of immigrants traveled directly to a destination farther west, while the rest remained in Baltimore. As a result, many of our waterfront neighborhoods gained strong ethnic identities that they have retained over time.
Since 2010, Visit Baltimore has brought more than 73 multicultural meetings – and their 188,439 attendees – to Baltimore.
in Baltimore and worked at shipyards in Fell’s Point before escaping to freedom in 1838. The row of houses he built on Dallas Street for African American renters still stands today. Visit his former home at 524 S. Dallas Street to read a commemorative plaque.
Frederick Douglass, whose bicentennial we celebrate in 2018, learned to read
Staying the Weekend?
Discover what makes Baltimore such a colorful city by attending one of our many cultural celebrations when you’re in town. From authentic Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day to German Glühwein (mulled wine) at a Christmas market, Baltimore celebrates its vibrant culture year after year. Below is a sampling of the many festivals that the city hosts each year. For more information, visit
Legends and Legacies Jubilee
Frederick Douglass-Issac Meyers Maritime Park, February
Baltimore Caribbean Carnival
Lake Clifton Park, July
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mount Vernon to the Inner Harbor, March
Feast of St. Gabriele Italian Festival
Little Italy, August
Maryland Greek Independence Day Parade
Greektown, April
Polish Fall Festival
Holy Rosary Church, September
Festival of India
Downtown, May
Ukrainian Festival
Patterson Park, September
Feast of St. Anthony Italian Festival
Little Italy, June
Das Best Oktoberfest
M&T Bank Stadium Lots, October
Patterson Park, June
Russian Festival
Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, October
Maryland Folklife Festival Highlandtown, June
Greek Food and Cultural Festival
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, November
St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival
Greektown/Canton, June
Christmas Village in Baltimore (German Christmas Market)
Inner Harbor, November-December
Polish boy shucking oysters, Baltimore, 1911.
Long Lunch
> Explore immigration sites and hear stories of exodus and assimilation into a new country and culture at the Fell’s Point Visitor Center, run by the Society for
the Preservation of Federal Hill and
Fell’s Point.
LOCATION 1724 Thames Street; 410-675-6750; www.preservationsociety. com/about-us/visitor-center.html

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