Travel & Logistics at ROOTS Fest

This page contains information about:
  • Locations and Maps
  • Registration & Box Office
  • Directions - Airport to MICA
  • MICA Amenities
  • MICA Building and Parking Map
  • Shuttle Service
  • Directions - Local Hotels to Festival Sites
  • Taxi Services
  • Schedule
  • Parking
  • Hospitals and Urgent Care
  • Free & Fun Things To Do in Baltimore

Locations and Maps

Here's a map of all of our locations for ROOTS Fest, plus some great information about public transportation, etc.  To view the full map with locations, click here.

Registration & Box Office

Registration will happen on-site at both the MICA campus and the STEM Academy, although it will not be available at all times in both places.  A safe bet is to go to the MICA campus first (Gateway Building) if you are staying there so that you can drop off your luggage, etc.  If you're not staying on the MICA campus, you will be registered or pick up tickets for performances at the STEM academy.  If you are having trouble locating registration, please call Shannon Turner at 678-837-6681.

Directions from Airport to MICA

Shuttle service from the airport will not be offered unless specifically arranged with the team.  Transportation to MICA campus is available by Light Rail service (45 minutes) for arrivals before 11pm. Take the Light Rail towards Baltimore, exit at the Mt. Royal Station. Turn RIGHT once you exit the train onto Mt. Royal St., 3 blocks north, you'll see the Gateway Bldg, just before hitting North Ave.

Monday - Friday | 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday | 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday and Holidays | 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

If you are arriving in Baltimore outside of the hours above, please contact Natalya at

Accommodations at MICA

  • If you are staying on the Maryland Institute College of Art campus (no new reservations can be made at this time).
  • Our participants will be staying in the Gateway & Meyerhoff buildings.  Registration will take place in the lobby at Gateway.
  • Accommodations are 3 & 4 bedroom apartments that include private bedrooms with single loft beds and share communal spaces and amenities.
  • Communal spaces include kitchenette, common area and bathroom. 
  • Other amenities included: Each bedroom will include loft (bunk) bed and desk, mattress, top sheet, bottom sheet, pillow case, pillow, blanket, bath towel, wash cloth and hand towel. Each apartment will be furnished with paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates and paper cups.

MICA Building and Parking Map

Shuttle Service

ROOTS is providing complementary, periodic, limited shuttle service from MICA and some hotels to the National Learning Exchange and to the Outdoor Festival site.  A final schedule for shuttle service will be available at registration; current shuttle routes and schedule attached at the bottom of this page.

Directions & Locations from Local Hotels
To/From Blewford Drew STEM Academy

Radisson Plaza
20 West Baltimore St.
(410) 539-8400
(next door to)
Sheraton Hotel
101 West Fayette St.
From the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore or Sheraton Baltimore Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy, 2000 Edgewood Street, 21216 (about 13 minutes):
1. Head east on W Baltimore St toward N. Charles St (233 ft)
2. 1 Left onto N Charles St (.2 mi)
3. Right onto E Saratoga St (384 ft)
4. 1 Left onto Saint Paul Place (.2 mi)
5. Left onto US-40W/E Franklin St (3.1 mi)
6. Take the Hilton Pkwy N exit to merge onto Hilton Pkwy (1.1 mi)
7. Continue onto N Hilton St (.2 mi)
8. Slight Left onto Bloomingdale Rd (331 ft)
9. Continue onto Clifton Ave (.1 mi)
10. Turn Left onto Edgewood St (387 ft)
OR: Take the Metro at Charles Center (northbound) towards Owings Mills. Disembark at Penn North Station. Walk to North Ave and Pennsylvania Ave and take the 13 (westbound) towards Walbrook Jct. Disembark at Edgewood & Walbrook.

Biltmore Suites
205 W Madison St.
From The Biltmore Suites (about 11 minutes)
1. Head west on W Madison St toward Tyson St (.1 mi)
2. Left onto N Eutaw St (.2 mi)
3. Right onto US-40W/W Franklin St (2.7 mi)
4. Follow instructions 6-10 as listed above.
OR: Take the 91 at Eutaw St & Madison St towards Sinai via Rogers Sta. Disembark at Garrison & Windsor. Turn Left onto Garrison Blvd. Turn Right onto Clifton Ave. Turn Left onto Edgewood St.

Brookshire Suites
120 East Lombard St.
From The Brookshire Suites (about 13 minutes):
1. Head west on E Lombard St toward Grant St (.5 mi)
2. Right onto S Paca St (.5 mi)
3. Left onto US-40 W/W Franklin St (2.7 mi)
4. Follow instructions 6-10 as listed above.
OR: Take the 7 at Lombard St & Calvert St (westbound) towards Mondawmin. Disembark at
Pennsylvania Ave & North Ave. Take the 13 towards Walbrook Jct. Disembark at Edgewood &

Directions from Bluford Drew Jemison STEM Academy to The LoFT (about 12 minutes)
1. Head south on Edgewood St toward Walbrook Ave
2. Edgewood St turns slightly left and becomes W. North Ave. Follow North Ave.
3. As you cross N Howard St, the LoFT will be on your left.
OR: Walk to North Ave & Denison. Take the 13 towards Patterson Park & Federal. Disembark at North
Ave & Howard St. Walk to 122 W North Ave.

Taxi Services

  • Royal Cab Association Inc, 2600 Sisson Street, 21211, (410) 327-0330
  • Airport Taxi and Van Service, 2125 E Monument Street, 21205, (443) 303-2929
  • Independent Taxi Cab, 3401 Frederick Avenue, 21229, (443) 218-8294


Please find a complete festival schedule here.


  • Blueford Drew STEM Academy - free - lot parking
  • MICA - $10.50 per car for the week to park in their lot - please purchase a parking pass here - it is possible to park on the street nearby for free
  • Outdoor Festival - free - street parking - suggestions for nearby parking locations included in the map above
  • The LOFt - free - a parking lot off of Howard, just north of North Ave.
  • Radisson - $12/day - book through Radisson
  • Sheraton - $29/day - book through Sheraton
  • Parking at the Outdoor Festival is detailed in the document attached below.

Hospitals & Urgent Care

Bon Secours Hospital

1940 West Baltimore St # 4

Baltimore, MD

(410) 362-3075 

Baltimore City Bon Secours Hospital

2000 West Baltimore St.

Maryland General Hospital

827 Linden Avenue

Baltimore, MD  

(410) 225-8000 ‎  

Sinai Hospital Of Baltimore Ans 

2401 West Belvedere Avenue

Baltimore, MD

(410) 601-5209 ‎  

Concentra Urgent Care

100 South Charles Street #150

Baltimore, MD 21201

(410) 752-3010

Free & Fun Things To Do in Baltimore

Check out all that Baltimore has to offer and at the best price, free!

Sights worth seeing...

The Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St, 21202
(410) 547-9000
The Walters is internationally renowned for its collection of art, ranging from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe. Located in beautiful Mount Vernon, Baltimore’s cultural hub, the Walters counts among its many treasures Greek sculpture, Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, Old Master paintings, Art Nouveau jewelry and 19th-century European and American masterpieces. General admission to the Walters Art Museum is free. Special exhibitions are paid, ticketed events.

The Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, 21218
(443) 573-1700
The BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. The BMA today has 90,000 works of art, including an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands and the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Located in a park-like setting in the heart of Charles Village, the BMA also boasts a beautiful sculpture garden and a fabulous restaurant, Gertrude’s. General admission to the Walters Art Museum is free. Special exhibitions are paid, ticketed events.

The American Visionary Arts Museum
800 Key Highway, 21230
Get Directions
(410) 244-1900
The AVAM is a museum entirely devoted to the world of Visionary Art, art “produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.” Located at the base of historic Federal Hill, adjacent to downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, AVAM now holds over 4,000 pieces in its collection, and showcases them in 4 different beautiful settings: the Permanent Collection Gallery, the 3rd Floor Gallery, the Tall Sculpture Barn (home to past participants of the Kinetic Sculpture Race) and the Jim Rouse Visionary Center. General admission to the AVAM: $15.95, students/children: $9.95, 6 and under: Free. Groups of 10 or more: $10 per person.

Druid Hill Park
If you need a breath of fresh air, Druid Hill Park, located between Druid Park Drive and the Jones Falls Expressway, is one of the nation’s oldest (and perhaps loveliest) landscaped public parks, Druid Hill Park is home to magnificent woods and arbors, historic monuments and buildings, the Jones Fall Trail and one of the largest earthen dammed lakes in the country. The Park is also home to the Maryland Zoo, the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore. Free!

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