Kinetic Sculpture Race

20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

Join us for the 20th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race: Mysteries and Tall Tales

  • When: Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Time: All Day! Race kicks off at 10am
  • Where: Begins & ends @ AVAM (800 Key Hwy, Baltimore)
  • Cost: FREE for Spectators!

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race through Baltimore of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP BALTIMORE INNER HARBOR WATERS, constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard (do you know this person?)!

The machines can be simple, small crafts, piloted by only one brave soul, or they can be over 50 feet long, extremely well-engineered, sophisticated vehicles powered by a team of pilots. Pilots ("Kinetinauts") compete for the most coveted GRAND MEDIOCRE EAST COAST CHAMPION AWARD (finishes right in the middle), and the highly prized NEXT TO THE LAST AWARD (finishes, well, next-to-last), and other serious trophies including ART, ENGINEERING, BEST BRIBES and more.

Race starts at 10am at the American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet).

Great spots to see the vehicles:

  • 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill (around 10:15am)
  • The Water Entry at the boat ramp at Canton Waterfront Park (around 11am)
  • the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park (1:15-3pm)
  • the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park (1:15-3pm)
  • and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route through Baltimore.

For more information—including past race photos & inspiration—visit


THANKS to our Kinetic Sponsors:

Troegs Independent Brewing, Innovative Gourmet, Race Pace Bicycles, Station North Tool Library, Whiting Turner, Baltimore City Parks and Rec, Simple Shoes

Become A Sponsor!

Join the elite Kinetic Sculpture Race Sponsors! Contact Abby Baer, or 410.244.1900 x247 for more info on Sponsorship opportunities.


2018 Kinetic Sculpture Race Entry Form:

Do You Have the Right Stuff? Download the OFFICIAL 2018 ENTRY FORM HERE! Entry forms, waiver forms, and entry fees should be turned in no later than April 1, 2018 to: Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race, c/o Kinetic Mother Theresa at American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21230. NO ACE ENTRIES AFTER APRIL 1! NO LATE ENTRIES ON RACE WEEK!

NEED SOME HELP WITH YOUR VEHICLE? Check out Kinetic Baltimore's indispensable HOW TO BUILD A KINETIC SCULPTURE guide, some assembly required.


Volunteer for the Race!

WE NEED YOU! Volunteer for the Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Attend a fun-filled Volunteer meeting, then be a part of the kinetic action on Saturday, May 5, 2018! Attend one of the meetings:

  • Option 1: Thursday, April 19: 6:30–8:30pm; or
  • Option 2: Saturday, April 28: 10:00am–12:00pm; and
  • Race Day: Saturday, May 5, ALL DAY

WANTED: The Brave, The Talented, The Mediocre, The Unsuspecting Few... KINETIC VOLUNTEERS to help in the grueling, all day, general insanity of the 19th annual (soon-to-be-legendary) Kinetic Sculpture Race, for nothin' but the glory on SATURDAY MAY 5, 2018! Enjoy refreshments while you learn more about the history of AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race & get the scoop from some veteran volunteers & Kinetinauts on what each volunteer duty entails, then SIGN UP for a job!

In search of: General Anything Doers! Crowd Engagers! Number Nerds! Experienced Boaters! Medics on Wheels! Clean-up Crews! Safety Inspectors! Race Facilitators! Mud Pitters! Kops! Checkpoint Charlies! Canton Water Clean-up Crew! Finish Line Holders! And more!

Kinetic Rule: No matter the job, no matter the weather, you'll still have to dress funny. No whiners!

Questions About Volunteering?

Don't be shy! Contact Sara Pike (410.244.1900 x216, or

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