BHCA Neighborhood Events

BHCA sponsors and organizes regular events throughout the year.


Annual Membership Meeting. In addition to monthly BHCA board meetings open to everyone, the annual membership meeting takes place in May, when BHCA members vote in the new class of BHCA board members. In addition to voting in new board members, BHCA caters food, recognizes notable neighborhood volunteers, usually arranges a special speaker, and the BHCA president gives special remarks.

Arts in the Parks. The family-friendly summer concert series in different parks in Bolton Hill, Madison Park, and Marble Hill. Bring your beach chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the music. Open to all. Check the calendar for dates, parks, and music artists. In addition to BHCA, Arts in the Parks is sponsored by the Abell Foundation, Historic Marble Hill Community Association, John Street Park Association, Madison Park Improvement Association, Maryland State Arts Council, PNC Bank Foundation, and Rutter’s Mill Park Association.

Crab Feast. For years, Bolton Hill has expressed appreciation and gratitude for its first responders and those who keep the neighborhood clean and green by holding a crab feast in their honor in August. Neighbors are invited to order crabs and feast on them and other picnic food and drink at the Bolton Hill Swim and Tennis playground with their firefighters, police officers, garbage and recycling collectors, MICA security, and Midtown Community Benefits District staff. For more information, to volunteer, or to order crabs, contact

Community Yard Sale. The Community Yard Sale is Bolton Hill’s version of a good old fashioned garage sale. Held in September, residents are invited to purchase a spot around the Park Avenue sidewalks and medians to sell their stuff. Proceeds from spot purchases support the maintenance of parks in the northern half of Bolton Hill.

Festival on the Hill. Bolton Hill’s premier block party held every autumn for more than 65 years. Come on out for food, drink, music, vendors, and if you’re a kid, the Kid Zone. Open to all. For more information, go to the Festival on the Hill page or contact Don’t miss it!Festival on the Hill’s origins began as a church bazaar organized by Memorial Episcopal Church on the 1300 block of Bolton Street in 1955. In 1969, Rev. Barney Farnham came up with the concept of sharing proceeds from the festival with the community. Until 2013, members of the church parish and neighbors ran the event. Then, the Bolton Hill Nursery ran the festival for several years before the Bolton Hill Community Association started leading it in 2019.