Are you looking for a unique and cultural destination for a weekend getaway or maybe even just a long afternoon? It may be time to explore Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District. Spanning two miles along Rte. 1 Baltimore and Rhode Island Ave, this district offers a vast experience for artists, art lovers, families, and foodies alike.
Art Centers and Organizations
The Gateway Arts and Entertainment District focuses on the arts and offers all that you need to partake. Stroll through the many galleries or follow the public art locator to view murals, sculptures, mosaics, and textiles. If you’re interested in art classes, there are many to choose from including the Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Public Art Program, Art Works Now, or the Red Dirt Studio. There are many performing arts studios as well, such as The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Joe’s Movement Emporium, and the Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio. Whether you want to study dance, pottery, sculpture, drama, painting, drawing, or all of the above, you’ll find what you need. Additionally there are art related businesses such as arts and crafts stores, art supply stores, and designers to meet any artist’s needs.
Aside from the plethora of public art at your fingertips, the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District is home to the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, which highlights the unique Maryland Milestones. Also calling this district home is the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, which highlights and preserves art from the African American community.
Food and Cocktails
Some would say food and cocktail preparation is an art form as well, and again, the Gateway Arts District doesn’t disappoint. The food scene offers many choices from pizza and burgers to vegan and organic or Venezuelan and Mediterranean. Bird Kitchen and Cocktails offers up handcrafted cocktails paired with traditional Southern fare. Cafe Azul offers up traditional Venezuelan cuisine, or pop over to Elevation Burger for a 100% free range and grass fed beef burger. Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store is housed in the old blacksmith and carriage shop from the 1880’s. The shelves of the general store contain gag gifts and hot sauces as opposed to paint and nails as it did back in the day, giving this brewpub a truly fun and charming atmosphere. You could also enjoy Middle Eastern food at the Mediterranean Cafe, a wood fired Neapolitan-style pizza at Pizzeria Paradiso, plant based organic fare at The Waterhole, or some delicious Thai food at Tara Thai. No matter where you choose, you’ll have a great experience surrounded by creativity and good vibes.
Want to get your shopping fix? The Arts and Entertainment district has you covered with many unique boutiques to choose from. Aside from retailers there to provide you with arts and crafts materials, there are salons, pet groomers, clothing stores, housewares, organic food marts, pottery, and jewelry stores.
Prince George’s County’s Arts and Entertainment District is an artist’s community designed to inspire creativity and conversation in a vibrant and fun way. Take a walk around the area and get inspired.