WTMD Moves First Thursdays to Canton Waterfront Park!
August 7th Concert with JD McPherson, The Whigs, and Moon Taxi
This is a big move and will enable more people to attend First Thursdays and we think the beauty of the Inner Harbor is a perfect location. We know you’ll have many questions about the move so we’ve posted a FAQ below. We’ll also be posting and announcing suggested travel routes, water taxi access and other transportation and logistics information as we get closer to our first show so check back often.
First Thursdays FAQ
Why are you moving from Mt. Vernon?
Work on the repairs to the Washington Monument and the surrounding park squares have begun and concerts can no longer be held there logistically or with any sense of safety or comfort for concert-goers. It’s a bummer! We loved our time in Mt. Vernon Park.
How did you choose Canton Waterfront Park?
We knew we would need to move First Thursdays for the past few years as the planning for the monument repairs took place. We looked at several factors of success for First Thursdays and they included beautiful surroundings, a preponderance of nearby restaurants and bars, proximity to WTMD members and logistics. Canton zip code 21224 has the second highest concentration of WTMD members!
Will the concerts start at the same time?
No. The park will open at 6:00pm and the music will run from 6:30pm to 10pm. We feel this will give people more time to get from their jobs or homes.
I heard you can’t drink alcohol in the park?
That’s incorrect. Our long-time partner The Brewers Art will be selling beer, wine and cider during the shows. Even better, they’re bringing more kegs and cases. They will have four locations in the park so the lines will be shorter and move faster.
Can I still bring my own beer and wine in?
We ask that you not bring your own alcohol into the park. The Brewers Art provides a great deal of funding to WTMD and we’d like you to return the favor by purchasing from them.
Parking is the pits in Canton. Where do we park?
We’re asking everyone who drives to park south of Boston Street. We’ve secured a mix of free and pay lots that total 1,000 spaces. If you’re driving from the counties, take the Keith Avenue exit just before or after the Ft. McHenry Tunnel. This will loop you around to Clinton Street where one of the lots is located. There is some street parking there too. The other lot is behind the shops at Brewers Hill. We’ll be posting maps soon.
I live in the city and there is a lot of rush hour traffic. How do I get there?
We’ll be publishing our favorite routes to avoid downtown traffic. We suggest you check out routes that go down St. Paul or Greenmount Ave and cut across to Conkling or another major southbound street.
What about public transit?
The #11 bus runs from Towson through downtown to the park. The Water Taxi runs to 11 pm during First Thursday seasons and we will be speaking with the Taxi folks to see how First Thursdays can fit into their operations.
Will there be more port-a-pots?
You betcha! Below is a site map where the port-a-pots, stage, and beverage stations will be located. We’re working on 20 port-a-pots to start and will adjust the amount as we see how the crowds develop.
What about food?
We are working with many of the popular food trucks to serve the crowd. We have room for six trucks and we expect them to rotate in and out during the season. Of course, you can bring your own food into the park as well.
Dogs were a big part of Mt. Vernon, are they welcome in Canton?
We strongly advise you to think twice about bringing your dog to the concerts. It’s a very crowded environment and pets may not enjoy it as much as you do.
Where’s the beer tents?
Here is a tentative layout of the park so you can see where the food trucks, beer tents and the stage. Click on it for a larger image.
But here’s what you really want to know! The line up for the rest of the season.
Please be aware bands and times are subject to change and we’ll fill in the TBAs as soon as we get confirmations:
Los Lonely Boys
Strand of Oaks
The Hold Steady
We have also partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near Canton Waterfront Park. View real-time availability and pricing at many locations within easy walking distance to First Thursdays Concerts in the Park.
Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking for First Thursdays in advance if driving.
Click below to purchase parking or select a location from the interactive map:
Many of you have asked about parking. WTMD has worked with COPT and Obrecht Commercial Real Estate to create 1,100 parking spaces for each show. Please note that the parking lots on Clinton Street next to the First Mariner Tower will be fee based lots. The spaces behind and to the right of The Gunther will be free lots—but be aware, you risk being towed if you park in any spot that is not in the blue zone.
Below are three diagrams with the locations of the lots and suggested entrances.
Directions from Downtown/ I-83:
- 83 South to President Street
- East on Fleet Street
- Bear Right onto Boston Street
- Pass Can Company, Waterfront Park, First Mariner Bank Tower
- Left (north) onto Conkling Street
- Right (east) on O’Donnell Street
- 2nd right onto Eaton Street, parking filed is on the left
Directions from I-95:
- Exit 57 to Boston Street west
- Right (north) onto Conkling Street
- Right (east) onto O’Donnell Street
- 2nd right onto Eaton Street, parking field is on the left
Here are some driving directions to get you to First Thursdays Quickly
If you are traveling from Federal Hill, Locust Point and points south of the city, the best route is through the tunnel to the Keith Avenue exit. This will hook you around onto Clinton Street by the First Mariner Tower which is across the street from the parking lots we’ve secured. Here’s a map:
If you’re coming from the White Marsh or along the top side of the Beltway, take 95 South to the Keith Avenue Exit. Stay to your right as it is the last exit before the tunnel. This will hook you around onto Clinton Street by the First Mariner Tower which is across the street from the parking lots we’ve secured. Here’s a map:
MTA Routes Serving Canton Waterfront Park
The MTA operates three local bus routes near Canton Waterfront Park. The #11 Bus runs from Towson Town Center through the city and directly along Boston Street to Canton Waterfront Park. It’s the most direct route to the park. The #7 is a good bet for folks coming from downtown after work. The #13 is best for Butcher’s Hill and Fells Point folks.
The latest schedules along with any updates can also be found on MTA’s website through the following link:
Download the bus schedules below (PDF):
The Water Taxi is a great way to get to and from First Thursdays. You can catch a boat from just about any point in the Harbor, including Harbor Place and Locust Point and be at Canton Waterfront Park very quickly and with the best view you can experience in Baltimore. Plus, the Free Harbor Connector can get you to the show. Remember, Harbor Connector has very limited routes and runs just till 7 pm, but you can take a regular Water Taxi Back. Visit their site for complete maps and fares. Use discount code WTMD2014
for $10 Off any Frequent Floater Pass, or 897WTMD for $1 Off any Adult All Day Pass.