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Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll Results 2023: Arts & Culture

Your picks for the best in arts and culture.

Local Author

Winner: D. Watkins
Finalists: Laura Lippman; Jennifer Vido

Local Visual Artist

Winner: Roe Vision
Finalists: Juliet Ames; Art by JLaw

Local Band

Winner: The 2000 Watts
Finalists: Super City; End It

Concert Series

Winner: WTMD’s First Thursday Festival
Finalists: Ed Hrybyk’s Charm City Porch Concerts; BSO Sessions


Winner: Inclusion Alley at University of Baltimore
Finalists: The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century at the BMA; The John Waters Collection at the BMA

Live Theater Venue

Winner: The Hippodrome Theatre at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
Finalists: Center Stage; Everyman Theatre

Movie Theater

Winner: The Charles Theatre
Finalists: The Senator Theatre; Bengies Drive-In Theatre

Music Venue

Winner: Ottobar
Finalists: Metro Gallery; Merriweather Post Pavillion


Winner: American Visionary Art Museum
Finalists: Baltimore Museum of Art; The Walters Art Museum

Local Musician

Winner: Kotic Couture
Finalists: Grayson Moon; Dan Deacon

Local Poet

Winner: Kondwani Fidel
Finalists: Thea Brown; Aeon Ginsberg

Tourist Attraction

Winner: National Aquarium
Finalists: American Visionary Art Museum; Urban Pirates Baltimore

Tattoo Artist

Winner: BlvqWulph Art
Finalists: AJ Jensen; Dwaine Shannon


Winner: Current Space
Finalists: Creative Alliance; Gallery Blue Door

Dance Party

Winner: Save Your Soul at Lithuanian Hall
Finalists: Wu Wednesday at The Point in Fells; Deep Sugar

Trivia Night

Winner: Charm City Trivia
Finalists: Greg’s Shitty Trivia; Trivia Nights at the Ottobar

Explore more of our Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll winners, here.