A&E Districts - Western Maryland

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Gallery in the Cumberland Arts & Entertainment District
Gallery in the Cumberland Arts & Entertainment District
Western Maryland Arts and Entertainment districts

Tucked in the Appalachian Mountains, the towns of Western Maryland benefit from a rural setting and strong cultural arts scene, so there are a number of places arts fans can experience great art.

Red train in Cumberland

1 Cumberland A&E District

Once a  military outpost manned by George Washington and considered "The Gateway to the West"  for early American pioneers, Cumberland is now home to a thriving arts community. The City of Cumberland's A&E District was established in 2002 and is co-managed by the Allegany Arts Council and the City of Cumberland

Artist Ray Ewing Paints at Mountain Maryland's Plein Air Photo By: Artist Ray Ewing; Photo by Chris Sloan

2 Frostburg A&E District

Eight miles west of Cumberland on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad route, historic Frostburg is best known as the home of Frostburg State University. The university is actually part of Frostburg’s  Arts and Entertainment District. Like Cumberland, the Appalachian town of Frostburg has emerged as an arts destination and is generating great excitement.  The A&E District in is Frostburg managed by FrostburgFirst.

Spruce Forest Artisan Village

3 Grantsville A&E District

The scenic Grantsville A&E District encompasses the fascinating  Spruce Forest Artisan Village and runs along  the Historic National Road  be sure to stop and see the Casselman River Bridge when you are visiting.  More info...

The Maryland Theatre is a music and entertainment venue located in the Arts and Entertainment District of downtown Hagerstown, Maryland.

4 Hagerstown A&E District

Hagerstown's Art & Entertainment District is located in the City Center where creativity and talent thrive amongst impressive historic architecture which houses places to create, live, and learn. Here you will find impressive performance spaces, art galleries, wonderful restaurants, museums, education centers and retail shops. Anchoring the district is the Historic Maryland Theatre on South Potomac Street. More info...

5 Oakland A&E District

Oakland’s A&E District builds on the far-western Maryland town’s roots as a mecca for artists and arts events in the Appalachian region. Set in the quaint downtown area, the A&E District boasts murals that reflect the town’s rich history and the Garrett County Arts Council’s gallery that sells artwork by more than 150 regional artists. Visit the Transportation Museum’s impressive collection or catch a show at Our Town Community Theater. For more about what’s happening during your visit, see Oakland’s website.

mosaic heart Photo By: Town of Bel Air Arts & Entertainment District

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