What is The Baltimore Independent Music & Arts Festival?
BiMA.fest is a multi-venue festival which happened for the first time in August 2010.  Our first year featured 3 nights of regional and national performing artists, as well as special events that including film screenings & visual arts, and a day of music seminars. Nearly 150 artists performed at 12 different venues around Baltimore.

For its 2nd year BiMA.fest will take place from August 25th-28th, 2011. Much of the format and some of the venues will be the same. We expect to have about 120 artists performing this year in 10 different venues, with more National Artists than last year. So far there are a lot of great performers already confirmed. We’ve added some new features to the site this time so that you can conveniently listen to the confirmed acts as you read about them. This year festival passes are again available through our friends at MissionTix, and once again we’ll be offering both one day and four day passes. Tickets to the individual shows will also be available online.

Like last year, we’ll be doing our best to arrange the schedule so that fans can check out as much of the action as possible each night. This year we have more stuff going on earlier in the day on Saturday August 27th. Check out some great photos from the 2010 event here. We’ll be posting videos and additional photos periodically here and on our Facebook page, so check back for updates in the coming weeks.

Who is performing at BiMA.fest?
You can view the full lineup here. The lineup is subject to change.

When and where do the bands play?
This year’s festival will take place Thursday, August 25th – Sunday, August 28th. Most performances will occur on Friday, August 26th and Saturday, August 27th. The participating venues this year are The Ottobar, The Windup Space, The Sidebar, CCAS, Fraziers, The Golden West, Cyclops, The Depot, and the Hour Haus.   Show times vary, but all Thursday and Friday events begin in the evening. Some Saturday and Sunday events begin in the afternoon.   Please note that several other of our favorite venues in town were asked to participate, but weren’t available, for various reasons.

How do I attend?
We strongly recommend purchasing advance tickets or a festival pass from Missiontix. Entry to any single venue is available at the door on a first come, first serve basis. Note that only an advance ticket or VIP pass will guarantee entry if a show reaches capacity, so plan accordingly.

Can I buy a pass to BiMA.fest?
Yes! 1-day and full weekend passes are available here. We encourage you to take a look at the festival lineup and consider one of these options over purchasing tickets to a single show. In most cases, the cost of entry to just a couple of shows will cover a 1-day pass — and for a few bucks more you could have an all access pass for the entire weekend.

What are the advantages of buying a VIP pass over a full weekend 4 day pass?
All VIP pass holders get in to every show, regardless of whether the show sells out in advance or at the door.  VIP Pass holders also get to avoid waiting in lines.  All VIP pass holders also get in free to the VIP party and closing party, which include free food and alcohol.

Where do I pick up my 1 day, 4 day, or VIP pass?
Passes will available for pickup/purchase during the festival at Windup Space, Ottobar, and Sidebar.

Where can I view the entire festival schedule?
A complete schedule with show times & venue information is available here.

Can I still apply to perform at a showcase at BiMA.fest 2011?
Technically yes, but most slots have been filled already so it isn’t very likely you will be accepted.  If you have a record label or know of another sponsor who would be willing to help defray the promotional costs of adding an additional band to the festival this late, please indicate that on your application.

What are the age restrictions for each venue?
Charm City Art Space, Golden West Café, Hour Haus, Cyclops Books & Music, Sidebar, and Ottobar Downstairs are ALL AGES. Windup Space, Joe Squared, Frazier’s On The Avenue, The Depot ,and Ottobar Upstairs are 21+.

Where can I find a map of all the festival venues?
A map of all 2011 venues can be found on the attending page here.

What is the best way to get around town in Baltimore?
Central to the festival is the Station North Arts District, which is home to Windup Space, Joe Squared, Charm City Art Space, Hour Haus, and Cyclops Books. All of these venues are within easy walking distance of each other. Ottobar is located approximately 7 blocks north on Howard Street, and there is plenty of parking in their lot. Golden West and Frazier’s are within walking distance of each other in Hampden, a short cab ride from Station North or Ottobar. Cabs in Baltimore are inexpensive and readily available. The Sidebar is accessible from Station North using the Charm City Circulator’s Purple Route. The Circulator is a FREE, eco-friendly bus with rides every 10 minutes.

Who are the official sponsors of BiMA.fest?
MissionTix, Dropcards, Morphius Records, Lord Baltimore Recording Studio, Big Crunch Amp Repair, Yuengling, Christofer Schafer Clothier, Gender Edge, Sockets Records, Fire Talk Records, and Sleepy Records.

How can I volunteer, become a sponsor, advertise, or submit my idea to BiMA.fest?
Shoot an email over to bimafest@gmail.com

Where can I go for help finding a hotel room for my stay in Baltimore during the festival?
Hotel and other visitor information can be found at Visit Baltimore.

What are BiMA.fest’s accomodations for the disabled?
Please contact the individual venue you plan to attend to make accomodations.
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