Arts Festivals Around Maryland

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

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Madonnari Arts Festival Poster for 2019
Madonnari Arts Festival Poster for 2019
Image Credit: Madonnari Arts Festival/Michael Kirby
Musicians Perform in Traditional Robes
Musicians Perform in Traditional Robes
Image Credit: 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.

A Festival in Frederick Image Credit: Visit Frederick

1 Frederick Festival of the Arts

June 2020 - Date TBD
A juried two-day regional celebration of the arts. Participants include hundreds of professional artists from more than 20 states, representing visual media, performing arts, local art and children's crafts.


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Location:
Carroll Creek Park
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-4190


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Imagine Hagerstown

2 Imagine Hagerstown - Fourth Friday Music Series

May 22, June 26, July 24 & August 28 2020 
Saturday Street Festival - September 26, 2020
Enjoy four weekends of arts and culture in downtown Hagerstown! Bands, dance, spoken word, circus arts, storytelling, magic, and visual arts take over the Cultural Trail, University Plaza and the Maryland Theatre.


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Location:
21 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
301-791-3132


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

3 Mountain Maryland Plein Air

June 15-20, 2020  
A juried painting event that brings talented artists from across the country to Western Maryland to paint outdoors, on location rather than in a studio. Artists will create original works in Allegany or Garrett counties. Paintings created in Plein Air will be available for purchase.


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Location:
9 N. Centre St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-777-2782


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Image Credit: Bob Peterson

4 Annapolis Arts Week

June 2020
Celebrate Annapolis' diverse arts scene! Annapolis Arts Week will bundle 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. See why Annapolis was rated as a Top 25 Arts Destinations in American Style magazine's 12th Annual Arts Designation Poll.  From food and art to live music and wine, you'll find the whole kit-and-caboodle during Annapolis Arts Week! 


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


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Crowd at Arts Festival Image Credit: columbiafestival.org

5 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia

June 12-28, 2020
At home on the lake for 32 years, the Columbia Festival of the Arts is the event of the summer. Spend the day walking the water’s edge with Funk Bands, Big Bands, and Military Bands plus special guest performances.  All that, plus Stoop Storytelling, theatrical performers, and other out-of-this-world acts. 


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Location:
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3044


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Painter Image Credit: Deep Creek Lake State Park

6 Art in the Park, Deep Creek Lake

July 2020
Art in the Park is a juried art event located in Deep Creek Lake State Park usually on the second weekend in July. Each year 50+ vendors display their original artwork and fine crafts over this two day festival. Food vendors are on site as well as kids interpretive events, tie dye, live animals and a kids art project sponsored by the Garrett Arts Council.
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Artscape Arts Festival Painting

7 Artscape, Baltimore

July 17-19, 2020
As America’s largest free arts festival, bringing more than 350,000 people together, Artscape has become an integral part of the fabric of Baltimore. Walk streets alive with art, theater, food, and – of course – amazing music. Stay tuned for the lineup, previous years have included great performances from Wyclef Jean, Gogol Bordello, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Tito Puente, and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.


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


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Northside Park OC Image Credit: OCocean.com

8 Art X - Artistic Xpression Exposition, Ocean City

August 22-23, 2020
ART X is designed to be OC's biggest and best fine arts show. Hundreds of artists will display and sell their works around a beautiful lagoon in picturesque Northside Park. Enjoy lunch at the Artists' Cafe and live music all day, there will be plenty of childrens' activities.
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Location:
125th Street, Bayside
Ocean City, MD 21842
410-524-9433


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Madonnari Arts Festival Poster for 2019 Image Credit: Madonnari Arts Festival/Michael Kirby

9 Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy, Baltimore

September 11-13 2020
This international arts festival brings together a band of traveling artists who create amazing works of arts on the street itself,  using chalk.  Historically, i madonnari were wandering artists who traveled village to village in Italy earning their livelihoods at festivals and on holy days. The artists often depicted religious images, thus earning their name.  This year, the three day cultural event includes an even greater serving of music, partnering with Baltimore Jazz, and other performers. People of all ages, (and a fair number of dogs), turn out for this happy festival as Little Italy's Madonnari provides al fresco and inside dining, presents an exciting new arts market and continues its traditional children's chalk center.  


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Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410)967-5441


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Image Credit: Hyattsville-CDC

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

September 19,  2020 
The festival will return to 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.  
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This Smithsonian affiliate showcases its art in surrounding gardens and makes for an affordable way to spend the day.

11 Artsfest - A Fine Arts Festival, Solomons

September 2020
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. Artsfest features more than 25 bands and entertainment acts performing on two stages.  Enjoy microbrews, hard cider and a whole array of snacks, such as hush puppies, fried pickles and barbecue. This marks the 27th year for Artsfest at Annmarie Garden.  

Dorchester Art Walk Image Credit: dorchesterarts.org

12 Dorchester Showcase & Art Walk, Cambridge

September 12, 2020
An Art Walk and street festival, musical performances, vendor booths, family art activities and Eastern Shore cuisine along Historic High Street. 

sugarloaf craft festival logo

13 Sugarloaf Crafts Festival - Timonium

October 9-11 2020 
This storied festival showcases more than 250 of the country's most talented artisans displaying handmade creations.


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Location:
2200 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
301-990-1400


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Bethesda Row Arts Festival Image Credit: Bethesda Urban Partnership

14 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 17-18,  2020
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.

Catoctin Colorfest

15 Catoctin Colorfest

October 10-11, 2020
Arts & Crafts show featuring 300 well known and respected artists from across the US. One of the largest outdoor craft shows on the East Coast is held as the area's vibrant leaves are changing.


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Location:
Community Park
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7533


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Frederick Festival of the Arts at Carroll Creek
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Location:
Carroll Creek Park
Frederick, MD 21701
Imagine Hagerstown logo
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Location:
21 S Potomac St
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Mountain Maryland Plein Air logo
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Location:
9 N. Centre St
Cumberland, MD 21502
Annapolis Arts Week Logo
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Arts festival
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Location:
10221 Wincopin Circle
Columbia, MD 21044
Crowds Enjoying Artscape
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Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
Art X sign
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Location:
125th Street, Bayside
Ocean City, MD 21842
Madonnari Street Arts Festival poster
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Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
an artist at Sugarloaf with pottery
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Location:
2200 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
People Attending Catoctin Colorfest
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Location:
Community Park
Thurmont, MD 21788
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