Festival Activities

Activities from Festival 2019

Family Beer & Wine Garden

Adjacent to the Food Court, the Main Stage beer and wine garden is open to ALL ages. It offers local Brewer’s Alley craft beer and a selection of wine and sangria from local purveyor Spin the Bottle. Snacks are also available, with purchases from the near-by food court welcome. All ages welcome in Garden; ID required to purchase alcohol.

Homegrown Artisan Food Garden

Located at the top of the amphitheater, the Homegrown Artisan Food Garden features local Frederick County products included wine, beer and gourmet snacks. In addition, Artisan Food exhibitors have been added to showcase their culinary products. The shade of a tent and relaxing tables and chairs make this a lovely opportunity to view the Festival while enjoying a beverage.

 The Festival Shop

Offering unique Frederick-themed keepsakes and Festival tee-shirts with 100% of proceeds benefiting the Frederick Festival of the Arts.

Artist Demonstrations


Hood College Pottery Demonstrations

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Graduate Students and Faculty members from the Hood College ceramics program will be giving pottery wheel demonstrations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday during the Festival of the Arts.


Artifacts Glass Blowing

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Originally from Frederick, Maryland Spencer Marshall now lives in northern Philadelphia. In October of 2014 Spencer took his first two introductory lessons behind the burner from Robert Kincheloe of Bullrun Valley Glass. After practicing pipe making for about a year, Spencer enrolled in classes at Salem Community College where he received two Associates degrees: Fine Art with a concentration in glass and Scientific Glass Technology.

As a pipe maker, Spencer seeks a balance of design, craftsmanship, and artistry in his finished pieces.

After four years on the torch and having made hundreds of finished pieces, Spencer is now moving towards taking on students, while refining old techniques and discovering new ones.


Mid-Maryland Woodturners Club

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Club members will demonstrate turning small wooden items, such as bowls, vases, boxes, spurtles, handles, bottle stoppers, ornaments, spinning tops and weed pots.


Interactive Car Art

10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

11:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Get wild and crazy while connecting to your inner-child. Paint, smocks and brushes included.  Brought to you by Second Chances Garage, a Frederick nonprofit who helps local families and individuals get back on their feet by: accepting donated vehicles; repairing them; offering them to families in need for a nominal fee and offering Reduced Car Repair for those who qualify.


“A Year of LIVE Art”

Stop by the LIVE ART booth to chat with plein air painters, and even try your own hand at painting! All ages welcome.  Juried “paint-out” on Saturday with winner announced that day at 4pm.  Silent auction to benefit Frederick Arts Council with winners announced Sunday at 2pm.


Downtown Frederick Partnership “First Saturday” Blue Chair Art Installation


Saturday, 10a.m.-6p.m.

Sunday, 1p.m – 4p.m.

Participatory public art project for adults and children that will be displayed throughout Downtown Frederick during July and August First Saturday events.

Sky Stage

Sky Stage will feature an installation created for FOTA by artist Amy Boone-McCreesh who competed her BFA at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design and her MFA at Towson University. She specializes in mixed media works and pieced objects — bright color, pattern and irregular shapes bursting from gallery walls, covering objects and furniture or hanging in fanciful garlands.



Frederick County Public Libraries – Children’s Activities

Burr Artz Library, adjacent to Carroll Creek

Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Sunday, 1pm – 4pm


In the Branch

Variety of hands-on art activities for adults and children, display of art work created by local school children and live entertainment throughout the weekend.


In the Community Room

The Little Gym of Frederick Experience – an active and air-conditioned break for families with children ages 0-10 will take place in the Community Room. *Note, a signed waiver is required.

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center – Children’s Activities & Exhibits

“In keeping with our vision that Everyone Deserves Art, the Delaplaine welcomes festival visitors to enjoy family friendly events rain or shine. We’re proud to partner with the Festival by showcasing art that matters and encouraging creative expression,” -Director of Education

 Saturday, June 1

10a.m.-5p.m.     International Children’s Films in partnership with Frederick Film Festival

10a.m.-5p.m.     Delaplaine Arts & Crafts Expo

10a.m.-5p.m.     Exhibits on view: National Juried Exhibit; Jacob Zimmerman; Steven Donegan; Brenda Murphy

12p.m.-5p.m.     Drop-in Art Activities for All Ages (projects tbd)

1p.m.-3p.m.       Helen Smith Free Workshops for Kids (preregistration required)

Scrap Fabric and Garland (ages 6-8)

Pop Up Books (ages 9-12)

3p.m.-5p.m.       Creative Outlet – Drop-in Art Projects inspired by artist MC Escher


Sunday, June 2

11a.m.-5p.m.     International Children’s Films and Exhibits on view