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.

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

1 Madonnari Arts Festival in Little Italy, Baltimore

September 6-8, 2019
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

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

September 21,  2019 
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.  

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

3 Artsfest - A Fine Arts Festival, Solomons

September 21-22, 2019
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 26th year for Artsfest at Annmarie Garden.  

Dorchester Art Walk Image Credit: dorchesterarts.org

4 Dorchester Showcase & Art Walk, Cambridge

September 22, 2019
An Art Walk and street festival, musical performances, vendor booths, family art activities and Eastern Shore cuisine along Historic High Street.  Visit Long Wharf Park to see the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester exhibit and consider a free skipjack ride at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm, on a first come, first served basis.

An Artisan booth at the Washington Grove Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show

5 Washington Grove Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show

September 28, 2019
The best little arts & crafts festival in Montgomery County features approximately 30 of the regions top artisans. There will be live music, food trucks, pumpkin patch and pumpkin painting, a musical petting zoo and more.
Washington Grove


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Location:
303 Chestnut Road
Washington Grove, MD 20880
301-840-1897


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6 Baltimore Japan Art Festival

October 3 - 6, 2019
Annual festival showcasing Japanese culture through art, film, music and food. Recent BJAF festivals included a film and dance party, a lecture by a renowned Japanese illustrator and a curated exhibition of the artist's work.  This multi-cultural event is family friendly with demonstrations and exhibits of exceptionally evocative cartoon art. 
 


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Location:
Station North Arts District
Baltimore, MD 21211
804-929-7797


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Picture of art display booths at the Artisans Festival in Wye Mills

7 Artisans' Festival Wye Mills

October 5-6, 2019 
Enjoy and Explore the many art forms on display including paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, prints, fiber arts and so much more.
Chesapeake College


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Location:
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679
410-758-0248


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Harford Plein Air Festival Logo Image Credit: Maryland Center For The Arts

8 Harford Plein Air Festival, Bel Air

October 6-12, 2019 
An annual juried plein air painting competition and art sale in Harford County hosted by the Maryland Center for the Arts.  Artists from all over the U.S. apply to be accepted into Harford Plein Air, so they can paint to compete for prizes and sell their artwork in a gallery sale. Included are special "paint outs" at farms, along the waterfront, in parks and historic towns. There is also a Quick Draw Competition in downtown Bel Air on Saturday that is open to community artists. 
Bel Air Armory and other locations in Harford County

sugarloaf craft festival logo

9 Sugarloaf Crafts Festival - Timonium

October 11-13, 2019 
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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Joppatowne Arts Festival logo

10 Joppatowne Arts Festival

October 12, 2019
Waterfront Arts & Crafts Event featuring handmade arts and crafts, food trucks, live music. Rain or Shine. .Visit this lovely setting and settle in at a picnic tale (bring your own chair or blanket) to absorb the ambience and listen to the live music.


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Location:
Mariner Point Park
Joppa, MD 21085
410-458-2814


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Bethesda Row Arts Festival Image Credit: Bethesda Urban Partnership

11 Bethesda Row Arts Festival

October 12-13,  2019
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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Location:
4841 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-637-5684


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Catoctin Colorfest

12 Catoctin Colorfest

October 12-13, 2019 
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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A Festival in Frederick Image Credit: Visit Frederick

13 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

14 Imagine Hagerstown

June 2020 - Date TBD
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 during weekends in June.


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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

15 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.

Image Credit: Bob Peterson

16 Annapolis Arts Week

June 2020 - Date TBD
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

17 Columbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia

June 2020 - Date TBD
At home on the lake for 31 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.  More information...


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Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi on Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
410-715-3044


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Painter Image Credit: Deep Creek Lake State Park

18 Art in the Park, Deep Creek Lake

July 2020 - Date TBD
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

19 Artscape, Baltimore

July 2020 - Date TBD
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

20 Art X - Artistic Xpression Exposition, Ocean City

August 2020 - Date TBD
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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Featured Places
Madonnari Street Arts Festival poster
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Location:
South High & Fawn Streets
Baltimore, MD 21202
You'll see an amazing variety of arts and crafts at this year's Fall Festival.
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Location:
303 Chestnut Road
Washington Grove, MD 20880
Baltimore Japan Art Festival poster for 2019
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Location:
Station North Arts District
Baltimore, MD 21211
Chesapeake College Artisans Fair Photo
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Location:
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679
an artist at Sugarloaf with pottery
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Location:
2200 York Road
Lutherville, MD 21093
Joppatowne Arts Festival logo
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Location:
Mariner Point Park
Joppa, MD 21085
22nd Bethesda Row Arts Festival
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Location:
4841 Bethesda Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
People Attending Catoctin Colorfest
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Location:
Community Park
Thurmont, MD 21788
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
Annapolis Arts Week Logo
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Location:
One Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Crowds enjoy the Columbia Festival
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Location:
Columbia's Lake Kittamaqundi on Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
Crowds Enjoying Artscape
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Location:
1300 W Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
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