LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Abstract artwork, lively music, aerial acrobatics, interactive games and face-painting.

It is the wonder that is Artscape, one of the largest art festivals in the country.

The 33rd annual festival kicked off Friday with children and adults enjoying a Ferris wheel, music performed by local and national musicians and one-of-a-kind art – including a sea turtle sculpture made of plastic bags.

Organizers say the three-day show is the nation’s largest free art festival, attracting more than 150 artists and 350,000 visitors to Baltimore over the weekend.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll reports that the event is expected to bring in nearly $26 million to the city.

For artists such as Jeffrey Everette, Artscape is an opportunity to express himself to a large audience through his colorful posters.

“Each poster for me is a story, based on the lyrics or based on my life, and I try to tell a story with every poster,” he said.

Erika Rubel of Had Matter in D.C. tells Carroll that she makes it a point to attend Artscape each year.

“It’s always been a great experience, and there’s just so much to look at and see while you’re here,” Rubel said.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Join the Movement.” The goal: Stay in motion, whether that be by dancing, shopping or simply exploring downtown Baltimore.

The event runs through Sunday. Click here for the festival’s full schedule.

Maryland Department of Transportation officials suggest that attendees take MTA to avoid parking and traffic hassles.

WNEW’s Chuck Carroll contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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