Arts Festivals Around Maryland

Arts  festivals abound throughout Maryland in the summer, showcasing everything from fine art to performing arts and even local wine.

Share

Save

Featured Places

Elise Phillips Paints Annapolis
Annapolis Arts Week
Photo By: Bob Peterson
Musicians Perform in Traditional Robes
Musicians Perform in Traditional Robes
Photo By: Edwin Remsberg

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.

festival attendees Photo By: Bethesda Urban Partnership

1 Bethesda Fine Arts Festival

May 12-13, 2018
More than 130 artists will display and sell their original fine art and craft. There will be live entertainment and fab food from local restaurants. This popular festival will take place in Woodmont Triangle rain or shine.


More about Bethesda Fine Arts Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
Norfolk & Auburn Avenues
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-215-6660


Learn More
Elise Phillips Paints Annapolis Photo By: Bob Peterson

2 Annapolis Arts Week

June 1-10, 2018
A celebration of of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County’s talented and diverse local arts scene. The week-long event involves  the diverse artistic creativity that has made this area an oasis for art lovers with its abundance of art galleries, performance arts studios, musicians, and artistic talent. 


More about Annapolis Arts Week


Type:
Events


Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-280-0445


Learn More
ArtsFest La Plata Photo By: Charles County Tourism

3 Charles County ArtsFest, La Plata

June 9, 2018
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.


More about Charles County Artsfest


Type:
Events


Location:
La Plata Town Hall
La Plata, MD 20646
301-392-5900


Learn More
Deep Creek Lake & Garrett County Photo By: Garrett County Chamber of Commerce

4 Art in the Park, Deep Creek Lake State Park

July 14-15, 2018
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.


More about Art in the Park - Deep Creek Lake


Type:
Events


Location:
898 State Park Rd
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21561
301-387-7067


Learn More
Artscape Arts Festival

5 Artscape, Baltimore

July 20 - 22, 2018
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 about Artscape


Type:
Events


Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
410-752-8632


Learn More
Artists Paint Ocean City Photo By: Ann Augustine

6 Artists Paint OC

August 8-12, 2018
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!


More about Artists Paint OC - A Plein Air Paintout


Type:
Events


Location:
502 94th Street
Ocean City, MD 21843
410-524-9433


Learn More
Bethesda Row Arts Festival Photo By: Bethesda Urban Partnership

7 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 13-14, 2018
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.
 


More about Bethesda Row Arts Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
Bethesda Row
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-637-5684


Learn More
Street art festival Photo By: Little Italy Baltimore Madonnari Arts Festival

8 Madonnari Arts Festival - Baltimore's Little Italy

September 7-10, 2018
This four day cultural event showcases elaborate chalk paintings created by artists directly on the streets of Little Italy.  The 2018 theme is "Respect." This popular festival attracts artists from around the globe, including local participants.  International, national and local performing artists entertain inside Little Italy restaurants as well as outdoors. The kick-off dinner and jazz performance at Germano's PIATTINI benefits the Festival and Columbus Day Parade.


More about Madonnari Arts Festival - Little Italy


Type:
Events


Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
000-000-0000


Learn More
National Folk Festival poster

9 National Folk Festival

September 7-9, 2018
The oldest multi-cultural traditional arts celebration in the country. This 3-day outdoor event is FREE to the public and will introduce audiences to some of the most amazing talent in North America.


More about National Folk Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
104A Poplar Hill Ave
Salisbury, MD 21803
410-767-6450


Learn More
This Smithsonian affiliate showcases its art in surrounding gardens and makes for an affordable way to spend the day.

10 Artsfest - A Fine Arts Festival, Solomons

September 15-16, 2018
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.


More about Artsfest - A Fine Arts Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
13480 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
410-326-4640


Learn More
Photo By: Hyattsville-CDC

11 The Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival - AKA " Arts & Ales"

September 22, 2018 
The festival will return to last year’s 3-block site in downtown Hyattsville. The celebration will include more than 100 artists and artisans, and will feature food vendors, Maryland craft brewers, and live performing arts.  Partners anticipate over 5,000 visitors to this free, all-ages event.


More about Downtown Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival


Type:
Events


Location:
4312 Hamilton St
Hyattsville, MD 20781
301-683-8267


Learn More
Cumberland A&E District Plein Air

12 Annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air

September 24-29, 2018
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.


More about Mountain Maryland Plein Air


Type:
Events


Location:
The Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-2782


Learn More
Featured Places
Bethesda Fine Arts Festival
01
Location:
Norfolk & Auburn Avenues
Bethesda, MD 20814
Annapolis Arts Week Logo
02
Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
artist's palette and brush
03
Location:
La Plata Town Hall
La Plata, MD 20646
An artist painting at Art in the Park
04
Location:
898 State Park Rd
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21561
Crowds Enjoying Artscape
05
Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
Icon of a painters brush and paint tray
06
Location:
502 94th Street
Ocean City, MD 21843
artist's palette, pencil and camera
07
Location:
Bethesda Row
Bethesda, MD 20814
Madonnari Street Arts Festival
08
Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
People Enjoying the National Folk Festival
09
Location:
104A Poplar Hill Ave
Salisbury, MD 21803
artist palette. camera, pencil
10
Location:
13480 Dowell Rd
Dowell, MD 20629
Downtown Hyattsville Arts & Ales Festival
11
Location:
4312 Hamilton St
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Plein Air poster
12
Location:
The Allegany Arts Council
Cumberland, MD 21502
Browse Featured Places

Related Articles & Guides

More

About Arts & Culture

The Cumberland Arts & Entertainment District is home to the annual Mountain Maryland Plein Air Event.
Maryland's Arts & Entertainment Districts

Maryland’s vibrant Arts & Entertainment Districts provide endless opportunities for dining, shopping, creating and exploring. From west to east, there are many A&E...

More

This sumptuous concert hall is home to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Maryland's Theaters and Performing Arts Venues

Maryland’s thriving cultural scene offers world-class sound stages and amphitheaters that host world-renowned local talent and leading stars from around the world. Take a peek...

More

This world-class museum houses art from ancient Egypt through the 20th Century.
Arts and Culture Listings

Find museums, art galleries, theatres, music venues, and other places to enjoy arts & culture things to do in Maryland.

More

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown
Arts and Culture Trip Ideas

Maryland is a mecca for world-class art museums, art fairs and performing arts arenas. Explore them all in this Insider Guide to the Arts.

More

Discover a world of wonder inside the BMA--and best of all, it's free!
25 Top Arts and Culture Things to Do

This smorgasbord of arts and cultural offerings serves up something for every taste.

More