45th Annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival

No words can express the Chamber’s disappointment in not being able to hold the annual Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9. In its 45 year history the festival has never been cancelled. And if the Chamber could plan for a rain event like we had on Sunday and reschedule the event we would. Unfortunately, the festival is held on Frederick Road, Route 144, which is a state highway and we can only get a permit to close the road once a year for this event.

The chamber incurs considerable expense in producing such an event, along with spending tremendous staff and volunteer hours in preparation and execution. So, we do understand the vendors’ frustration, when weather keeps you from seeing the fruits of your labor.

We are already discussing changes for 2019 and will be sharing our plans shortly.

A landmark event for over 40 years, the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival draws artisans from Maine to Florida showcasing the finest one-of-a-kind paintings, pottery, photography, jewelry, fabric creations and more. On the Sunday after Labor Day each year, the main street of town is closed to traffic and opened to shoppers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is always free!

To make the Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival a true all-day event for the whole family, we offer live music, a tremendous variety of food and unique beverages, and a KidZone with children’s activities.

To get a taste of the festival, check out the video and photos below:

The Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival takes place on the 700-900 blocks of Frederick Road (Beltway exit 13) starting at the intersection of Ingleside/Bloomsbury Avenues and continuing west until the intersection of Melvin/Sanford Avenues. Ample parking is available on our side streets with special parking reserved for festival vendors.

No animals (other than service animals) are permitted. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed outside of licensed establishments.

The Catonsville Arts & Crafts Festival offers 256 vendor spaces, the majority of which are filled by high quality craft vendors who produce their own unique products. A limited number of spaces are available for business and civic groups who belong to the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce to showcase the goods and services they offer to the public. All vendors must carry liability insurance providing coverage for at least one million dollars of property damage and/or bodily injury. Proof of insurance must be submitted at the time of application.

All vendors who register before July 31 will be listed in the full color printed festival directory handed to patrons during the festival. Artist and craft vendors also have the opportunity to receive recognition from our judging panel. For a copy of our rules and regulations, click here. For further information about the insurance requirement, click here.

Please contact the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce about availability – festival@catonsville.org

Email festival@catonsville.org if you would like to be placed on our waiting list.

History of the Festival
Now in its 45th year, the Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival runs along both sides of Frederick Road between the Ingleside-Bloomsbury corner and Melvin Avenue and attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. The event was started in 1969 by members of the Catonsville Forward Plan. This group was formed by The Woman’s Club of Catonsville, the Rolling Hills Woman’s Club and the Catonsville Business Association with a goal of attracting visitors to the Catonsville Village business district. In that first year 52 artists, weavers, ceramists and wood carvers arranged stands near the sidewalks of Frederick Road’s 700 block.

By 1973 the Catonsville Jaycees took an interest, and their wives formed a group, later known as the Jaycettes who continued to expand the festivities for six more years. For the following four years no one took the responsibility for organizing the festival, but in 1983 the Jaycees resumed the sponsorship. That arrangement flourished until the Catonsville Jaycees disbanded in 1997. The following year a group of experienced community volunteers formed the Catonsville Festival Committee. This alliance was successful for two years. In 1999 the leadership of the festival was turned over to the Director of the Catonsville Chamber of Commerce. Since 2000, the festival is sponsored and operated by the Greater Catonsville Chamber of Commerce along with many volunteers from the community who bring new an innovative ideas for improving the festival each year.

Today hundreds of artists and crafters, who now receive judges’ awards, line Frederick Road from the 700 block through the 900 block. In addition to vendors, each year there are exhibits with information offered by local businesses, schools, churches, and civic groups. The local restaurants provide delicious food to try and savor making the Catonsville Festival a true celebration of what makes the town of Catonsville THE PLACE to live, work, shop and play.

Judging Results
2017 Arts & Crafts Judging Results

For more information:
Contact the Chamber office at 410-744-4169 or email festival@catonsville.org. Interested food vendors and entertainment acts should contact the Festival Director via email at chamber@catonsville.org.
See you in September!

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What Our Vendors Are Saying

“I’ve been exhibiting in this festival for the past 20 some years – always a great show with a large turn-out! As a former Catonsville native it’s fun to come back each year and reconnect with family and friends still in the area.”
Lisa Frankenfield-Tornello, Cycles of Nature

“This event was marvelous and really drew in the crowds. We did a ton of business”
Anne Burroughs, Scott Geib Artwork

“A very nice event, with a loyal following, and I look forward to participating every year.”
Catharine Good, Silverbird

“I like this show because of how well run it is and the fact that people come out no matter what. :)”
Christine Brennan Schmidt, ChrisBrenSchmidt Photography