Join us in Canton Waterfront Park for WTMD's First Thursday Concerts!

Presented by Ron Howard and Associates of RE/MAX Preferred

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Thursday, June 2nd with Boy & Bear, Andy Bopp, and Basia Bulat

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It’s Free Music on the Waterfront!

Music Starts at 6:30 pm, and admission is free.
No outside alcohol please.
ABSOLUTELY NO GLASS CONTAINERS.

First Thursdays are RAIN OR SHINE.

2016
Lineup

  • May 5: Ra Ra Riot, Hey Marseilles, Moreland & Arbuckle
  • June 2: Boy & Bear, Andy Bopp, Basia Bulat
  • July 7: Moon Taxi, David Wax Museum, Anders Osborne
  • Aug. 4: TBA, The Saint Johns, TBA
  • Sept. 1: OJR, WTMD’s Baltimore Band Block Party winner

WTMD’s First Thursdays
are made possible in part by

  • The Brewer’s Art
  • Radcliffe Jewelers
  • PayPal
  • Race Pace Bicycles
  • Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks
  • The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Cazbar & Homeslyce

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FIRST THURSDAYS FAQ

The park opens at 6:00pm and the music runs from 6:30pm to 10pm.
That’s incorrect. Our long-time partner The Brewers Art will be selling beer, wine and cider during the shows. They will have four locations in the park so the lines will be short and move fast.
We ask that you do 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.
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.

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.

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We suggest you check out routes that go down St. Paul or Greenmount Ave and cut across to Conkling or another major southbound street.
  • 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 field is on the left
  • 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
The best route is through the I-95 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:

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:

The Water Taxi runs to 11 pm during First Thursday seasons.

The MTA operates two local bus routes near Canton Waterfront 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:

http://mta.maryland.gov/local-bus

Download the bus schedules below (PDF):

MTA 7 Bus Schedule

MTA 13 Bus Schedule

Designated bike racks will be available for First Thursday attendees. Please do not chain bikes to fences or trees on Boston Street or in the park.
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.
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.
Yes, a permit is required to anchor at Canton Waterfront Park during First Thursday Concerts.

A permit will be issued for all boats interested in viewing the First Thursday Concerts from the water directly in front of Canton Waterfront Park which begins 5/5 and continues every first Thursday of the month through September.

Boaters may purchase their permit per event by visiting Baltimore Recreation and Parks website (http://www.baltimorecityrecandparks.org/) and follow the provided steps:

  1. Click on the side heading on the left side of page titled “Day permits”
  2. On the new page, expand the “Boating Permits” section
  3. Select the date for which you would like a permit and click register
  4. Customers will be prompted to sign-in
    1. Customers who have applied for permits or registered for a BCRP course in the past should login with their account information
    2. All other customers should create a new account
  5. Once a customer has signed in or created an account, he/she can add the permit to the cart and go through the check-out process
  6. Upon completion of check-out customers will be presented with a receipt confirmation and an attachment.  The attachment is the actual Boating Permit. Customers can select “print attachment” and save the attachment to their phone or present a paper copy to Marine Police.

Boat Permits for First Thursdays Events are $20/event and will be enforced by the Marine Police. Boaters who are present at the event without a previously purchased permit will be able to use their smart phones to make payment which will instantly notify the marine police. Upon purchase, a permit will be issued via email.

Permits may be purchased in the Baltimore Recreation and Parks office, located at 3001 East Drive, Baltimore, MD 21217 or online at http://www.baltimorecityrecandparks.org/ .

The boat ramp is closed during First Thursday Concerts.
WTMD’s First Thursday Concerts are rain or shine. In the event of severe weather, tune in to WTMD 89.7 FM or check  our Facebook page for updates.