Hopkins students have the best of both worlds: A traditional campus setting with 140-acres of green quads (yes, multiple quads) and brick-lined pathways, AND access to a major city. The Homewood campus is located in the center of Baltimore, an especially exciting place to be during fall.
Admissions Counselor Billy Rison gives us a run-down of fall in the city:
It’s easy to lose part of my summer and early fall in Baltimore because of my recruitment efforts that span from New Orleans to Tokyo. I spend a good amount of time on the road talking with high school students from across the world. I get to see some pretty awesome sights (and eat some fantastic food). However, after the souvenir gifts have been given and my luggage goes into hibernation in my closet, I feel a strong sense of relief. After months of living from hotel to hotel, I am finally home in Baltimore.
Professional Sports. A classic (and one of this year’s best) way to explore the city is to take a trip to Camden Yards to watch the Orioles play. During the regular season, Hopkins students can attend Friday night games for JUST $6. Also, the post-season starts at the beginning of October and Hopkins students flood the city to support the O’s. There’s nothing quite like the home-town pride that fills the city, especially during big games. (You should’ve seen the celebration happening in Baltimore when the Ravens won the Super Bowl two years ago. M&T (Ravens) Stadium is also always packed and a couple of Hopkins students win the ticket lottery to attend each home game.
Farmer’s Markets. If sports aren’t necessarily your thing, there are so many other opportunities to get a feel for the city. Baltimore is attuned to the “farm-to-plate” food movement and there are a ton of local farmer’s markets. A personal favorite is the Baltimore Farmer’s Market. Whether you are buying your weekly produce, craving a cheese stuffed olives or looking for some wall hangings to brighten up your dorm, the Farmer’s market will not disappoint.
Hampden Fest. Just steps away from campus, Hampden is an artsy town hosts an annual festival in September. With live bands, street food vendors, and even a “toilet bowl race,” Hampden Fest is just one of the many festivals in Baltimore. Follow the link below to see photos and learn more about the event: hampdenfest.blogspot.com.
Halloween at Fells Point Square. Fells Point is a neighborhood right next to the Inner Harbor that has some of the city’s best restaurants and quaint shops. The outdoor gathering hosts hundreds of costumed characters ranging from the Amazing Spiderman to the Flintstones (I’ve seen it all…). Or, go on a ghost tour—it’s rumored that on the night of his death, Edgar Allen Poe was last seen at one of the establishments in Fells Point. Another (less spooky!) popular event that happens every fall is Fells Fest, where you’ll find the cobble-stone streets lined with local vendors and everyone walking around with a spiced hot apple cider drink.
Live Entertainment. Baltimore hosts some of the biggest and most popular concerts in the country. There are several venues to see artists such as the Pier 6 Pavilion, the Rams Head and the Power Plant. Pier 6 hosted Iggy Azalea on September 25 (TONIGHT!) and also had Jay-Z and Beyoncé a couple months ago. Also, Hopkins hosted J. Cole headline for Spring Fair on the Homewood campus last year. If Indie or alternative rock is more your speed, Baltimore has a strong reputation for supporting rock artists like Beach House and Dr. Dog before they were “big.”
As you can see, Baltimore has a little bit of everything. Discover more: check out this student-produced video series, Learn More, See More, B’More. There is truly something for everyone, and it’s a fun and easy city to explore—especially for college students.