3 Things to See at Royal Farms Arena


Baltimore is a haven for music lovers of all genres. Its history throbs with a million melodies, so it’s only right that there are several arenas and stadiums dotted throughout the city. Out of them all, Royal Farms Arena, once known as 1st Mariner Arena, has the most storied history and the most versatile events.

See the Hottest Acts in Music

Any arena worth its salt knows the value of hosting awesome concerts. Royal Farms is no exception. Some of the most popular artists and musical acts in the country plan to sell out crowds all throughout the coming years. Kid Rock and Blake Shelton both have dates with the city of Baltimore. Given Blake’s recent honor—he’s the Sexiest Man Alive, you know—he’s sure to play to a sold-out stadium.

In fact, the arena is well-known for pulling in country music’s most prolific stars. Alan Jackson’s coming to town, and Faith Hill and Tim McGraw intend to bring their legendary love to the city, as well. The highly anticipated reunion tour of ’90s girl group Xscape has plans for Baltimore. Monica and Tamar Braxton are the sprinkles on the sundae.

Laugh ‘Til You Drop

The best arenas also put on comedy shows. Everybody loves to laugh, and comedians love to tour. Seeing a stand-up act at a venue is a unique experience. There’s no loud music, everyone’s sitting, the crowds aren’t shoving and pushing, and it’s just an all-around more relaxed event. Plus, an evening spent laughing is an evening well-spent, indeed. If anything, tickets for comics go faster than some musical acts. To see someone you love who’s heading to town, be proactive and research hotels near the former 1st Mariner Arena. Get a good rate the same day you buy your ticket.

Jeff Dunham’s heading to the city with his puppets in tow. Watching one of his specials on television is one thing. Seeing him do ventriloquist magic right in front of you is something else. The imitable, irresistible Katt Williams loves visiting Baltimore. He’s making another visit and those tickets will go fast.

Something for Everyone

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The Royal Farms Arena—near the 1st Mariner Arena—does stop at concerts and comedy acts. Other events roll through town with regularity, and they’re versatile enough to please a range of locals and visitors. How do you feel about watching monster trucks go at it while they crush puny cars beneath their massive wheels? If you go nuts for that raw power and thrilling destruction, don’t miss out on the Monster Jam.

Do you have kiddos who, like every many children in the world, adore all things Frozen? Disney on Ice has one more dose of Elsa and the gang. The kids can watch their favorite characters cavort on the ice in a memorable show. They might even get to meet the cast. Children and sports enthusiasts will also not want to miss an appearance by the Harlem Globetrotters. It almost counts as a comedy show, except their skill and dexterity deserves high praise.

Do any of these shows strike your fancy? Maybe it’s time to book a trip to Baltimore, then.

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