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1101 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21229

Arts & Drafts Festival



Guinness Open Gate Brewery

5001 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe MD, 21227


Event Dates:

Saturday, June 13, 2020 11a-6p

Sunday, June 14, 2020 11a-5p

Application Deadline: March 15, 2020​

Artist Application Requirements

Images: 4

Nonrefundable Application Fee: $25.00

Standard Booth Fee Regular:  $250*

Standard Booth Fee with electric: $300* (limited availability)

(*There is a $50 discount for existing Baltimore County Arts Guild Artist Members)


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Event Information

The first Arts & Drafts Festival to be hosted by the Guinness Open Gate Brewery, the only Guinness brewery in the United States, will be held June 13 – 14, 2020.  More than 100 artists from across the region will participate in this juried arts festival. This two-day outdoor arts festival will welcome approximately 10,000 regional visitors who will arrive by rail, trail and road to enjoy fine arts, live musical performances, interactive programs and children's activities.  

General Information

The Arts & Drafts Festival will invite a maximum of 110 Artists selected through a juried process. All applications must be submitted by March 15th. Artists should submit 4 updated photographs with no identifying information. Jury selections will be completed no later than March 25th. Notification of acceptance will be done by email no later than March 29th. If you are accepted into the show, the booth fee must be paid no later than April 15th. Artists have access to load in and out before moving to the free off-site parking. Off-site parking locations include the Halethorpe Amtrak and MARC station. Free shuttle service for artists and visitors will be provided.​  Attendance is free and expected attendance is 10,000 visitors over the two day weekend.​ All artist work must be original and signed by the artist. Artists participating in the festival must be 18 years of age or older as of the first day of the festival. See the Arts & Drafts Festival terms and conditions for more details.  In order to serve you better, all artists are expected to complete a brief final survey, including sales data and festival feedback, at the conclusion of the event.


About the Jury Process

The Arts & Drafts Festival is open to all artists, including new and emerging artists. Artists may apply in either the Artist or Emerging Artist category through the regular application process, but they may not apply for both categories. Please take a moment to read the festival terms and conditions before beginning the application process.

Artists: A juried process will be used to select artists for the festival. Four images must be submitted with the application and the application fee. Three (3) images of the artwork (with no signatures or identifying information), and one (1) booth image with your artwork displayed. Your authentic booth image (that is, an actual photo/image of your booth) should display your current artwork and should not have any identifiable markings. Please be sure to obscure any markings. The booth image must include the entire booth, not a portion. Image quality is important and images must be cohesive and clearly represent the style and quality of work intended for the festival. Each image should show the artwork clearly against a solid background. A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 is payable to the Baltimore County Arts Guild at the time of application.


Emerging Artists: The Baltimore County Arts Guild supports artists who are beginning their professional careers by providing the opportunity to experience an arts festival at minimal cost. The jury will select up to five (5) Emerging Artists to participate. The category is designed specifically for outstanding artists who are just beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums or juried festivals. Artists applying as an Emerging Artist must submit an application and 4 photos. In lieu of a booth photo, Emerging Artist applicants may submit a display photo.  The BCAG festival committee reserves the right to pre-screen and research Emerging Artist applicants to make sure they are an appropriate fit for this category.  Once accepted, Emerging Artists must confirm attendance. There are no booth fees for selected Emerging Artists. The Baltimore County Arts Guild will work with Emerging Artists to secure canopies, tables and other display equipment, if needed.


Selection for both categories is by the jury process.  Artists' work is not identified by name during the jury process to ensure impartiality. One jury session is held. The decisions of the judges are final. Notification of acceptance will be done by email NO later than March 29th. The booth fees must be received or paid online by April 15th. PLEASE NOTE: Your application will not be considered if it does not comply with the rules.

Artist Benefits

The Festival provides free off-site parking, and complimentary shuttles for artists and visitors, alike.  There is a full service restaurant on location. Additionally, we will provide complimentary donuts and orange juice on Saturday and Sunday morning and water and snacks throughout the day in the Artist's Oasis.  24-Hour Security is provided. Artists will receive an Artist packet and name tags upon check-in on Saturday morning.


To attract a regional audience, Arts & Drafts Festival marketing includes radio and print media, as well as digital advertising. An Art Festival Program will be distributed at the event and archived on The GUILD website. Website & Social Media coverage of the Arts Festival will be provided, including links to individual Artist Websites if shared.

Booth Specifications

Our standard outdoor booth fee is $250.00 for the two-day festival. A minimum of 75 standard booths are available. A minimum of 5 standard booths with electricity are available for $300.00. All booths are assigned to artists, once confirmed by the jury, in the order in which their booth fees are received. (Tip: Existing Baltimore County Arts Guild Members are eligible for a $50 discount on booth fees).


Exhibitors must provide their own 10’ x 10’ fire-rated tents with sides, for security. Booths must be secure and each corner weighted down. We suggest 30-40 pound bags of sand per corner.


Each Artist will be given a check-in time based on booth location. Artist check-in and registration will be open at the Artist Check-In Tent on Saturday, starting at 8 am, and will close at 10 am. Check-in on Saturday will include your Artist’s Packet, which will include all festival information. It is mandatory that ALL artists register at the Artists Check-In Tent. Free off-site parking is available throughout the whole weekend with complimentary shuttle services.


Sales and Tax

Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Baltimore County Arts Guild or the festival. Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Maryland Sales Tax on all sales made during the event.

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