There’s nothing better than spending the day outdoors, listening to live music and seeing just how creative the people of Maryland can be—not to mention picking up a hand-crafted souvenir of your trip.
1 Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air
June 8-12, 2016
Artists and art lovers alike flock to Allegany and Garrett counties each summer for this juried exhibition and competition. Surrounded by gorgeous scenery, from the sparkling C&O Canal to the majestic mountainsides, artists create one-of-a-kind works, and visitors rush to acquire them after seeing the art created right before their eyes.
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The Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD 21502
2 Art in the Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park
July 9-10, 2016
This state park is a perfect weekend destination, so plan a visit to coincide with this summer art event featuring more than 40 local artists selling their creations, from pottery to paintings to jewelry to photography. Make your own art at the Tye-Dying stations where you can make your own t-shirts (for a small fee). Whether you arrive by boat or car, come spend the day to listen to Dixieland music and soak in art—along with some summer sunshine.
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898 State Park Rd
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21561
3 Bethesda Row Arts Festival
October 15-16, 2016
Bethesda Row is a destination in its own right, with high-end shops and restaurants. But for a weekend in the fall, four blocks of the downtown area are turned into a bustling display of carefully curated arts and crafts. After browsing and shopping, take in a little live music and an evening of fine dining along Bethesda Row.
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Woodmont and Bethesda Avenues, Bethesda Lane, and Elm Street
Rockville, MD 20850
4 The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival
September 17, 2016
See what Prince George’s County and D.C.-area artists have to offer as they line the streets with their goods, while musicians show off their skills. Grab a locally made beer and take in all the Gateway Arts District has to offer, including shops, markets and restaurants.
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4312 Hamilton St
Hyattsville, MD 20781
5 Artscape, Baltimore
July 15-17, 2016
The largest free arts festival in the United States, Artscape takes over the Bolton Hill and Station North neighborhoods three days every summer. From fine artists and outdoor sculptures to live performances and street theater, Artscape is a must-see for the art—as well as the street performers.
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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
6 Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival
June 4-5, 2016
Held annually, this arts and crafts event comes with a fun perk—festival-goers can try wines from more than 25 local wineries and listen to live music while perusing the wares.
7 Artsfest Fine Arts Festival, Solomons
Spend a weekend at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center and enjoy the works of more than 165 artists at this juried arts festival. There isn’t just art on display, though. From bands to stilt walkers to living statues, there’s entertainment for the whole family, including activities in the Discovery Tent and Zany Zone. Enjoy microbrews, hard cider and a whole array of snacks, such as hush puppies, fried pickles and barbecue.
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13480 Dowell Road
Dowell, MD 20629
8 ArtsFest, La Plata
What better way to spend a Saturday in June than at the largest outdoor arts festival in Charles County? Start your day with an outdoor yoga class, then bring the kids to the children’s art tent. With all that is going on, don’t forget to browse the wares of more than 40 artists that are on display.
9 Artists Paint OC
For two days in the summer, artists flock to the streets of Ocean City to paint what they see before them, en plein air. Watch the artists create their works right before your eyes, and get the chance to purchase something straight off the easel, even while the paint’s still wet!
10 Eastern Shore Sea Glass & Coastal Arts Festival, St. Michaels
One of the coolest arts festivals around, this event features the work of more than 20 sea glass and coastal artisans. A festival wristband also scores you free admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and discounts all weekend long at participating area shops and restaurants.
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609 S. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, MD 21663