Hampstead Hill Festival
in Patterson Park
200th Battle of Baltimore Celebration!
WHEN: Sunday, September 14, 10 AM-8:30 PM
WHERE: Patterson Park, Pagoda Hill
1814! The Rock Opera, O’Malley’s March, Cannon Firings, The Gathering Food Trucks, Craft Beer, Historical Re-enactors, Family Activities, Navy Parachutists, History Village, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Maryland Sings & Much More!
On September 13, 1814, about 15,000 of Baltimore citizen-soldiers stood on the ramparts they’d built on Hampstead Hill (now Pagoda Hill). Most of them had not been born in this country. One-fifth of them were African-American. The British Army was camped to the east of what is now the Creative Alliance. Early in the morning of September 14, with no news coming that Fort McHenry had been taken, and intimidated by Baltimore’s well-defended Eastern Line, the British Army left without firing a shot. The people of Baltimore had successfully defended themselves against one of the greatest military forces in the world.
Two-hundred years later (exactly!), Creative Alliance and Friends of Patterson Park present an authentic, intimate, beautifully-sited, people’s celebration of the brave actions of our fellow citizens atop the very ramparts they built.
1814! The Rock Opera is the Battle of Baltimore re-envisioned as a '70s style rock-n-roll show with the much beloved hit “Big Ass Flag.” Battle of Baltimore history aficionado Governor Martin O’Malley performs his own original Battle of Baltimore anthem. The crowd joins in for a massive Star Spangled Banner sing-a-long. Don't miss the cannons firing, re-enactors battling and riding horseback, Navy parachutists dropping onto Pagoda Hill, historic presentations, and lots of music, food n’ beer.
There is a period 1814 Fashion Show. The Gathering brings twenty food trucks and bars offer local craft beers and liquors. Beloved restaurants Clementine and Dangerously Delicious Pies serve awesome cuisine. Maryland Sings offers slave work songs from the 1800s. Bluegrass aces Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen and old time band Charm City Junction master instruments from the 1800s including the banjo.
The event is rich with family activities, including a chance to make period hats…and piñatas! The War of 1812 was part of a concurrent wave of anti-colonial revolutions throughout Latin America. We honor today’s immigrants who continue to shape Baltimore by inviting local artists to share their piñata traditions, Mexican folkloric dance, and Spanish language with bilingual emcees!
A history village shares results of a recent archaeological dig on Pagoda Hill, which unearthed 1814-era musket balls and a Civil War belt buckle. Cannon restorer Forrest Taylor talks about the big surprises in restoring Patterson Park’s cannon collection, which turned out to have several very rare examples.
The Festival is beautifully set around the Pagoda, with cannons firing off the hill, the main-stage set in the Bull Circle, all with sweeping views of the city and river.