On a budget? Check out these 10 things you can do in the city for $10 or less!
1. Grab a natty boh
Baltimore’s favorite beer! Or at least our cheapest beer. The Natty Boh can be purchased at just about any bar in Baltimore, and it’s typically the cheapest beer on the tap. If you’re in a bar that tries to charge you more than $3 for a Boh, you need to get up and leave.
2. Sample from the food trucks at The Gathering
Entrance is free, food starts around $3
The Gathering is a festival of food trucks, music and vendors that “gather” in different Baltimore neighborhoods on Friday evenings throughout the spring, summer and fall. About 30 different food trucks attend The Gathering, featuring a wide variety of foods including BBQ, Indian, burgers & fries, desserts, gourmet grilled cheese, etc. The food prices are very reasonable, most main dish items start at around $7, but prices vary from truck to truck. If you’re wiling to spend a bit more, The Gathering also offers “all you can drink” wrist bands for $17 in advance and $22 at the door. The first Gathering of the season will be held April 11 in Downtown Baltimore. Visit their website for a full list of events.
3. Visit Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar
Entrance is free, food prices vary
Baltimore is home to dozens of farmers markets, but the largest is the Baltimore Farmers Market & Bazaar, which hosts over 80 vendors on Sundays from April to December. There’s all of your usual farmer’s market finds: fresh fruits and vegetables, local meats, plants, locally brewed coffee, etc. Plus street performers, multicultural foods and unique jewelry, antiques and collectibles for sale. The market is located under the Jones Falls Expressway at Holiday and Saratoga streets, with vendors open from 7 a.m. to noon. The Baltimore Farmer’s Market & Bazaar opens for it’s 37th season on April 6.
4. Enjoy a cone of Pitango’s gelato
$5 - $7
Pitango’s Gelato sits in the heart of Fell’s point on South Broadway street. The gelato is made from organic ingredients and comes in rich and unique flavors. Including chocolate hazelnut (my personal favorite), black tea, cinnamon, vanilla, coconut, spicy chocolate, organe dark chocolate, Bosc pear (another one of my favorites) lemon, mango… the list goes on. What I like about Pitango is that they make their products using fresh ingredients; they use no flavoring, coloring or concentrates to produce their gelatos and sorbets, so the product always tastes really fresh. Pitango’s sorbets are also completely vegan, non-dairy, non-fat and gluten-free, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Get a slice of dangerously delicious pie
Dangerously Delicious Pies is an apt name for this Baltimore-based pie shop. The menu features savory and sweet pies, along with quiche. I’m most intrigued by the Baltimore Bomb, which is made with Berger cookies… yum! A slice of pie goes for $6 - $7, and you can take home the whole thing for $28 - $35. In addition to their shop in Canton, you can also purchase a slice of Dangerously Delicious Pie from their food truck or at Zekes Coffee.
6. Have a beer at the 13th floor
$5 - $8
Located on the top floor of the Belevedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, The 13th Floor is an elegant bar and restaurant that features great views of Baltimore City. Because it’s a bit fancy, the prices of their food and drinks can be steep, but if you just want to grab a beer and take in the atmosphere, you can get away with spending just $5 + tip. If you want an excuse to dress up and feel classy, this is the place to go.
7. Head down to the yard for an O’s game
$7 and up
Lucky for us, baseball season is right around the corner. If you’re a student, you can see a Friday night game for just $7! And even if you’re not, most upper reserve tickets only run from $10 - $15, so it’s still pretty affordable no matter what your age. Of course beer and food add on to that price, so bring your own food and drink. A lot of people don’t know that you can bring food and unopened, non-alcoholic drinks into the stadium. So plan in advance! Opening day is March 31st!
8. Catch a movie at the Charles Theater
$7.50 - $9.50
The Charles Theater is located in a 108-year-old structure that used to be a cable bar barn, before being turned into a bus barn, library for the blind, ballroom, and finally the first all-newsreel movie house in Baltimore in 1939. Since then, the theater has created it’s niche, in a world full or large movie theater companies like Regal Cinemas and AMC Loews. The Charles Theater plays first-run specialty films, Hollywood movies, foreign films and cinema classics that you can’t find at the regular movie theater. Tickets are comparably priced, $7.50 for matinees and $9.50 for evening shows.
9. Tour Heavy Seas Brewery and sample the beers
This one’s a few minutes outside of the city, in Halethorpe. For $5 you get a tour, a souvenir pint glass and five beer samples. I have to admit that the tour was less exciting than I was expecting, I’m not sure what I was expecting… but the beers are great. My favorites were the Loose Cannon (their most popular beer), and Cutlass Amber Lager, but I thought all of them were good. You have to register for your tour in advance, quite a bit in advance if you’re planning to go with a large crowd, so make your reservations at least a month out to get the ideal time and day.
10. Sip bottomless Mimosas
$9 - $10
Baltimore is big on brunch, but then again everyone is pretty big on brunch. On Saturday & Sunday you can get bottomless mimosas at several of Baltimore’s top restaurants for just $10, including:
Waterfront Hotel, Fells Point
$10 Bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Screwdrivers & Natty Boh Saturday & Sunday - from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
$10 bottomless mimosas
No Idea Tavern, Federal Hill
$9 Bottomless Mimosas
Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Point, Fells Point
Bottomless mimosas, bloody marys, sangria & screwdrivers
Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.