It happens only once each year. For one day, the cars, trucks and buses that usually fill Frederick Road in Catonsville are replaced by pedestrians with shopping bags and sandwiches.
Catonsville is gearing up for the 41st Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, September 7 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 256 vendor spaces will be filled by unique craft artisans offering handmade, one-of-a-kind creations along with local businesses showcasing their best. In addition to a fabulous shopping opportunity, the festival features a full array of food, live entertainment and children’s activities, making it the go-to event with something for everyone. And admission is free.
New crafters this year include those creating metal garden art, pottery, woodcarving, silk screening, papercraft, and custom jewelry. Returning vendors will offer a wide array as well – glass etched, stained or painted, Ravens and Orioles themed wreaths and household items, woodcrafts, children’s gifts, and a tremendous variety of fine and costume jewelry.
The sounds of live music will fill street from one end to the other, including classic rock and blues from the bands Dirty Secret and the 8-Balls, the alternative rock sounds of Acoustic Limit, the Irish/bluegrass melodies of Fiddlin’ Around, country rock from Bodkin Creek and the barbershop quartet 3 Wise Men.
Variety is also the theme for food choices with falafel by Umami Global Bistro, crab cakes by Catonsville Gourmet, hotdogs and hamburgers by Taneytown Deli, Italian specialties from the new Franco’s Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, gourmet pizza from Peace A Pizza, funnel cake from Ships Café plus BBQ, gyros, and crab pretzels. When it’s time for dessert, options include fresh baked goods from Baba’s and the Village Junction Bakery, frozen treats from You Scream Ice Cream or succulent fruit from Edible Arrangements. In addition, the Catonsville Farmers Market will be open directly adjacent to the Arts & Crafts Festival, offering an assortment of fresh produce, gourmet food and other specialty products.
All children are invited to the KidZone for a swashbuckling good time with pirate themed crafts, games and other activities. It’s a day of crafts, food, music and fun for all!
The UMBC band will be at spaces # 219-221 in the middle of the festival.