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. To see artist at work, check out the many Plein Air Festivals.
1 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
May 13-14, 2017
More than 130 artists from across the country will showcase and sell their original fine art and craft.
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Bethesda, MD 20814
2 Smith Island Art Festival
May 27, 2017
This Memorial Day Saturday event celebrates the work of regional and local artists, and the cultural heritage of Smith Island. Art and crafts from more than 30 participants will be on display and for sale.
3 Annapolis Arts Week
June 3 - 11, 2017
Celebrate Annapolis' diverse arts scene! Annapolis Arts Week will feature three annual events – Paint Annapolis, First Sunday Arts Festival, and the Annapolis Arts & Wine Festival – while spotlighting gallery exhibits, live music, performing arts, and block parties.
Find out why Annapolis was rated as a Top 25 Arts Destinations in American Style magazine's 12th Annual Arts Designation Poll. Annapolis is home to over two dozen art galleries and performance arts studios and is known for its exceptional Chesapeake Bay cusine.
From food and art to live music and wine, you'll find it all at the festivals happening during Annapolis Arts Week!
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Annapolis, MD 21401
4 ArtsFest, La Plata
June 10, 2017
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 60 artists that are on display.
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La Plata Town Hall
La Plata, MD 20646
5 Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
June 10, 2017
Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival is a free, family-friendly celebration of folklife, or those living traditions practiced by communities across the state of Maryland. Come to the Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Baltimore to learn Native American round dancing, hear the story of Baltimore jazz, and experience the beauty of Beijing opera, among many, many more performances and participatory demonstrations.
6 Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air
June 19 - 25, 2017
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
7 Art in the Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park
July 8 - 9, 2017
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 design and dip your own t-shirt (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
8 Artscape, Baltimore
July 21 - 23, 2017
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. More info...
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1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
9 Artists Paint OC
August 9-13, 2017
For five days each 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!
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502 94th Street
Ocean City, MD 21843
10 Artsfest Fine Arts Festival, Solomons
September 16 - 17, 2017
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
11 The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival
September 23, 2017
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
12 Bethesda Row Arts Festival
October 14-15, 2017
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