So you’re relocating to Baltimore – let us be the first to welcome you! While we’re at it, we’ll also congratulate you on getting to call one of Forbes’ ‘10 Coolest U.S. Cities to Visit in 2018” your new home!

We understand that relocating to a new city can be challenging, but Homies is here to help with your relocation process. In addition to helping you find the perfect neighborhood, apartment, and roommates, we’ve written up 5 ways to help you live like a local in Baltimore:

Relocating Doesn’t Have to Mean Major Lifestyle Changes

Relocating to a new city, may mean that you have to change certain aspects of your lifestyle, but many can stay the same. If you are big into sports, music, or food baltimore and most other cities have what you’re looking for.

SPORTS

No matter if you’re a baseball junkie, football fanatic, or lacrosse lover, Baltimore is bound to have something for the sports-lover in you. Orioles Opening Day is a city-wide, social holiday, culminating in a sea of O’s colors outside of Camden Yards and neighboring bars such as Pickles Pub (a fan favorite!) If football is more your thing, the Ravens play only a short walk from Camden Yards. The stadium can be found surrounded with tailgators wearing purple, black, and metallic gold on any Sunday during football season — or you head to Mother’s Bar & Grille for a beer on the Purple Patio with the roomies (link to fed hill roommate post.)

Johns Hopkins and Loyola University call Baltimore home which can only mean one thing — quality lacrosse. Both Hopkins and Loyola are D1 in men’s lax, therefore, you’re only minutes away from watching the country’s top matchups from the front row!

FESTIVALS

There is no shortage of festivals in Baltimore, all offering locals new experiences in familiar spaces. Regardless of your interests, there’s bound to be a festival to pique your interest! Below, we’ve listed some of the most popular festivals that both locals and visitors enjoy:

FOOD & DRINK

If you’re gonna live like a local, you’ve got to eat & drink like a local too. Charm City has an evolving food scene, named one of Zagat’s Most Exciting Food Cities in 2017, but Baltimore is known for its staples. For one, the city’s culture thrives on crabs — crab cakes, soft shelled crabs, and steamed crabs are bound to make an appearance at any summer cookout. Oysters are also BIG on Baltimore so make sure to check out Thames Street Oyster House in Fells, Mama’s on the Half Shell in Canton, or Ryleigh’s Oyster bar in Federal Hill. Also likely to make an appearance on a traditional Baltimore menu? Orange Crushes and Natty Boh, two of the most ‘Baltimore’ drinks in the game.

Other Baltimore items to try: Lemon Peppermint Stick, Pit Beef, and Chicken Box! 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Beyond the amazing festivals hosted in the city, Baltimore is home to a few special events that serve as a great excuses to dress up and socialize with locals. Arguably one of Baltimore’s best parties, The Pratt Contemporaries’ annual Black & White Party raises funds for child & teen literacy services at the Enoch Pratt Library.

For Baltimore, Preakness Stakes Weekend– consisting of Black-Eyed Susan on Friday and Preakness + InfieldFest on Saturday — is a local holiday. The second race of the US Triple Crown lineup, The Preakness is one of the biggest social events of the year for locals. If you’ve relocated to Baltimore and haven’t made it to Pimlico for a race, it’s an great excuse to get dressed up, drink black-eyed susans, and meet your fellow Baltimoreans!

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS

Charm City has a lot to offer your inner history buff as well. Many historical landmarks are scattered around the city. South Baltimore (link to Fed roommate dates) is home to Fort McHenry; once an active fort and the location where the Star-Spangled Banner was written! Downtown Baltimore is home to the Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum where you can tour where Poe lived for a period of his life. Heading up north to Mount Vernon (link to roommate dates), you can also climb to the top of the original Washington Monument to see 360 views of the entire city. If you’re feeling nautical, you can also check out the handful of historic boats scattered throughout the Inner Harbor!

Relocating and looking for an apartment or roommates? Download Homies and let us help you find the perfect fit!

Already live in Baltimore and need an excuse to change up the weeknight routine? Check out our Roommate Date Ideas for your neighborhood!