Arts & Drafts Festival




Guinness Open Gate Brewery

5001 Washington Boulevard, Halethorpe MD, 21227


Event Dates:

Friday, Aug 20, 2021, Special ticketed kick-off event

Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 11am-6pm

Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 11am-5pm

Application Deadline: July 15, 2021 for Invitational Artists

Artist Application Requirements

Images: 4

Emerging Artists: $5

Invitational Artists: $5

Standard Booth Fee Regular:  $250

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

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Event Information

The first Arts & Drafts Festival to be presented by the Baltimore County Arts Guild and hosted by the Guinness Open Gate Brewery (the only Guinness brewery in the United States), will be held August 21 – 22, 2021.  More than 60 artists from across the region will participate in this 2-day outdoor juried arts festival. which will welcome up to 5,000 regional visitors who will arrive by rail, trail and road to enjoy fine arts, live music, interactive programs and children's activities.  

General Information

The Arts & Drafts Festival will invite a maximum of 60 Artists selected through a juried process. All applications must be submitted by March 1, 2021. Artists will submit four (4) current photographs with no identifying information. Notification of complete application will be done by email no later than 48 hours from submission. You will receive a confirmation email with a link for the booth fee which must be paid no later than March 5, 2021. 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 on Saturday and Sunday and expected attendance is up to 10,000 visitors over the 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 is waived for Invitation Applicants. 


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 fifteen (15) 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.

Invitational Artist: The Festival producers reserve 15 vendor spaces for Invitational Artists, or artists who receive a special invite to participate in the Festival experience. 

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 snacks and water throughout the day. 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.

Booth Specifications

Our standard outdoor booth fee is $250.00 for the two-day festival. A minimum of 55 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.

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.

A Special Note From Festival Organizers:

We are looking forward to the First Arts & Drafts Festival, but we want you know 

that your wellbeing is our first concern and that we are in touch with state and local

officials and are working to make sure that this will be a safe and fun event for all. 

We expect the event will move forward as planned and that the Coronavirus

outbreak will be contained at that time. If anything changes, however, we will let you

know and if the event is cancelled or postponed, we will honor your

request for a full refund of your booth fee

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