Kinetic Sculpture Race

18th annual Kinetic Sculpture Race

2015's Grand Champ Kracken Upcycle (Kinetic Baltimore)

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2016
  • Time: All Day Race starts @ 10am!
  • Where: Begins & ends @ AVAM (800 Key Hwy, Baltimore)
  • Cost: FREE for Spectators!

From the American Visionary Art Museum—a race of wacky, imaginative, TOTALLY HUMAN-POWERED WORKS OF ART, DESIGNED TO TRAVEL ON LAND, THROUGH MUD, AND OVER DEEP 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. The all-day race kicks off at 10AM at American Visionary Art Museum (arrive early to take part in the Opening Ceremony and Blessing of De Feet). Other great spots to see the vehicles are the 1st Checkpoint atop Federal Hill; The Water Entry at the boat ramp at Canton Waterfront Park; the uphill Mud-Pit in Patterson Park; the not-so-quick-Sand Pit in Patterson Park; and, of course, anywhere along the 15-mile route throughout Baltimore City. For more information—including past race photos, inspiration, costume ideas, route map and a handy Spectator's Guide—visit:


2016 Kinetic Entry Form:

Do You Have the Right Stuff? Download the OFFICIAL 2016 ENTRY FORM HERE! Entry forms, waiver forms, and entry fees should be turned in no later than April 1, 2016 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.


Donate today to support AVAM's Kinetic Sculpture Race!


Our 2016 Kinetic Sculpture Race is fast approaching, and we need your SUPPORT to help us make this year's Race the best yet! Please consider making a donation through our fundraising campaign on the safe and secure Crowdrise website. Your donation is fully tax-deductible and will support our annual Kinetic Sculpture Race which is attended by 1000's of spectators. Contact Abby Baer (, 410-244-1900 x247) for more information, or if you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Thank you, for being a #Kinetic Super Fan, and we'll see you @ the race!

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Volunteer for the 2016 Race!

WE NEED YOU! Volunteer for our 2016 Kinetic Sculpture Race!

Attend a fun-filled Volunteer meeting, then be a part of the #Kinetic action on Saturday, May 7!

  • Meeting 2: Saturday, April 23: 10am–12pm
  • Race Day: Saturday, May 7, 2016: 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 18th annual (soon-to-be-legendary) Kinetic Sculpture Race, for nothin' but the glory on SATURDAY MAY 7, 2016! 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


THANKS to our 2016 Kinetic Sponsors:

Become A Sponsor!

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


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