Summer is full of backyard barbecues, road trips and—for art lovers—craft fairs. Here’s an update on a few upcoming events that will feed the artist in you.
Washington, DC 20024
Date: June 25-29 and July 2-6, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Known by many as “the people’s museum without walls,” the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is one of the most unique festivals in the entire world. This free outdoor event held on the National Mall is an international expo of living cultural heritage that features artists, craftspeople, performers, musicians, storytellers, cooks and many others who show off the skills and knowledge of their creative community-based traditions. The event was first established in 1967 and is still going strong today. It attracts over one million visitors each year from more than 100 ethnic groups and 70 nations around the world.
Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
550 Taylor Ave.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Date: June 7-8, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Arts and crafts lovers, this will be an entertaining weekend where you can enjoy original creations by some of the area’s best artists and craftspeople. The Annapolis Arts, Crafts & Wine Festival is a juried event that will feature paintings, sculptures, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, mixed media, as well as works of glass, wood, leather and metal. Just about any type of art that you can imagine will be featured at this event. There will also be wine pavilions where festival-goers can sample fruit of the vine from over 25 Maryland wineries. There will be fun for the whole family because a Kids Art area will keep your children entertained with theatrical, musical and dance performances.
Ocean City, MD 21842
Date: June 14-15, 2014
Art’s Alive is Ocean City’s largest fine art show. Attendees can enjoy and purchase works from over 100 artists, dine at an Artists’ Cafe and listen to live music. There’s something for everyone in the family as free arts activities will keep the kids content. The event will take place at Northside Park which boasts beautiful views of the bay and a tranquil lagoon. Event-goers will be able to commemorate the fun-filled art show with event merchandise like T-shirts, hats, pins and other accessories. This is the 14th year of the annual event and it’s sure to be one of its best.
Brunswick Family Campground
100 S. Maple Ave.
Brunswick, MD 21716
Date: June 13-15, 2014
At the annual Shenandoah Riverside Festival, attendees will be able to enjoy crafts, kids activities, live music, food and beverages and even free camping along the Shenandoah River. All event proceeds go toward efforts to clean up the river. Since the inception of the festival five years ago, it has raised enough funds to help Earth Korps—caretakers of the Shenandoah—remove more than 54,000 pounds of trash from the river. This environmentally conscious event is a great outing for the kids who can not only enjoy crafts and other activities, but a fun camping adventure, too.
Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..