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Muralist Michael Owen's Perfect Baltimore Day

A funky club, a community-run arboretum, a gallery-like shop for sneakers and more favorite spots

When Baltimore artist Michael Owen isn’t painting murals, he draws inspiration from a painter’s palette of activities, from classic to edgy. Follow his lead and discover a more colorful side to the city. Below, his top things to do in Baltimore:

Inside For Rent Shoes urban wear/street style store
(Courtesy For Rent Shoes)

Sneak into For Rent Shoes, an unassuming boutique with a mix of crazy international footwear and local artists’ accessories.
515 Cathedral St., 443.873.9928, forrentshoes.com

Breakdance with the best, or just watch in awe at Windup Space during its occasional “4 Hours of Funk” party.
12 W. North Ave., 410.244.8855, thewindupspace.com

End your eccentric Hampden shopping day with a cone of Berger cookies & cream at The Charmery.
801 W.36th St., 410.814.0493, thecharmery.com

Take a drive up Falls Road and picnic at the community-run Mt. Washington Arboretum.
Loch Lea and Kelly, Tanbark Dr., 410.215.9527, miniarboretum.org

Artsy Station North neighborhood
(©Baltimore Heritage/Flickr, Creative Commons, courtesy Melissa Gerr)

Explore Station North for a street art hall-of-fame, exhibiting local and international talent.
410.962.7075, stationnorth.org

Walk into Highlandtown’s Chicken Rico and say “1/4 chicken, plantains, vegetables, extra sauce, for here.”
3728 Eastern Ave., 410.522.2950, chicken-rico.com

Wander into the Creative Alliance for a zydeco dance party, off-beat burlesque or something in-between.
3134 Eastern Ave., Highlandtown, 410.276.1651, creativealliance.org

Fort McHenry communal flag folding
(Courtesy Visit Baltimore)

Help fold a huge flag at sunset while learning about an epic battle at Fort McHenry.
E. Fort Ave. (water taxi stop 17), 410.962.4290, nps.gov/fomc