The Annual Lithuanian Festival of Baltimore is organized by a volunteer committee based out of the Lithuanian Hall Association, which has organized and executed one of the longest consecutive running ethnic festivals in Baltimore. Baltimore Lithuanians have gathered en masse to celebrate their Baltic heritage and share with the community their love of food, song, dance and folk arts.
The Baltimore Lithuanian Hall will host this year’s festival once again, bringing the Festival back to the city where it first began. After a very long run at the National Guard Armory in Catonsville, we returned to the Lithuanian Hall in 2017. The changes in our world necessitated changes in the Armory – and we had outgrown the space. After a search for an alternate venue, we recognized that despite some of the challenges of hosting an event in the city, the Lithuanian Hall remains the “home base” of Baltimore-Lithuanians. A central gathering place for Lithuanians since the official opening in 1921, the Hall hosts events big and small and remains a central community center for Lithuanians who live in and around the Baltimore region.
If you have not visited lately, there have been many changes to the Hall. During the summer of 2016, in preparation for hosting the 15th North American Lithuanian Folk Dance Festival, the Lithuanian Hall made many major investments which included the critical installation of air conditioning in the main hall, renovation to the lower level bar area, kitchen upgrades, and other upgrades to this historical facility. We boast a lovely museum, a historic library, as well as outdoor space in our Lithuanian park on Hollins Street.
So, come to “Our House” – the Baltimore Lithuanian Hall for the 47th Annual Lithuanian Festival, and see the new way we are “Bringing the Baltic to the Bay!”