Catonsville is gearing up for the 42nd Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 250 vendor spaces will be filled by unique craft artisans offering handmade, one-of-a-kind creations along with local businesses and civic groups 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 one of the highlights of the year with something for everyone. And admission is free.
Typically drawing between 20-25,000 visitors each year, the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival emphasizes unique talent. Craft vendors must make their own merchandise, musicians are drawn from the mid-Atlantic region to perform on two stages all throughout the day, specialty vendors and local restaurants will offer everything from crab cakes to gourmet caramel corn and ice cream, and children’s activities and support services are provided by local Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops and churches.
The Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be able to host this landmark event in its 42nd year thanks to the generous sponsorship of Brightview Rolling Hills & Brightview Assisted Living of Catonsville, Charlestown Retirement Community, Coldwell Banker, Dole Pineapple Dippers, Kumon North America, M&T Bank, Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland, Russel Toyota, Today’s 101.9 FM and We Love Catonsville.
New crafters this year include those creating fused glass artwork, baby gifts, olive oil infusions, metal garden art, woodcarving, papercraft, custom jewelry, and even crafts made from unique materials such as Lego® bricks and crab shells. Returning vendors will offer a wide array as well with glass etched, stained or painted, Ravens and Orioles themed household items, photography and fine art, 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, with everything from classic rock, blues, country and R&B to reggae, jazz and even barbershop harmony. Performers include Automatic Slim and Jim Harrell, Bodkin Creek, Sundown, Blues State, the Bob Margolis Band and many more.
Variety is also the theme for food choices with Italian specialties from Franco’s Italian Bistro, crab cakes by Catonsville Gourmet, hotdogs and hamburgers by Taneytown Deli, and gourmet pizza from Peace A Pizza, plus BBQ, creole specialties, gyros, and crab pretzels. When it’s time for dessert, options include fresh baked goods from Baba’s and the Village Junction Bakery as well as frozen treats from You Scream Ice Cream and Picnic Pops and funnel cakes from Ships Café. 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!