Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival
Presented by Maryland State Arts Council & Creative Alliance
Maryland Traditions, the folklife program of the Maryland State Arts Council, presents "Baltimore's Best Arts Showcase" (Baltimore Magazine, 2011). This is a day-long, indoor-outdoor, multi-cultural, interactive, family-friendly festival! A spectrum of MD-based performers include Baltimore's preeminent young jazz artist Lafayette Gilchrist & The New Volcanoes, Baltimore-based & legendary doo-wop band The Swallows; bluegrass band The Carroll County Ramblers; Sam Ouen-Tes & Cambodian Buddhist Ensemble w/ Khmer classical musicians and dancers; Marimba Linda Xelaju of Guatemala; and Native American dance troupe Uhwachi-Reh returns! Workshops, crafts for sale, and demos galore! Piñata making, Mexican yarn painting, Ukrainian egg decorating, Baltimore screen painting, duck decoy carving & much more. A blacksmith will have his forge fired up in front of The Patterson! To eat, have a taste of Smith Island 7-Layer Cake, tons of wonderful, distinctive Maryland food, and locally brewed beer served! Se habla español. FREE parking & shuttles. 11am-7pm, rain or shine. FREE!
FREE PARKING is available at the Brewer's Hill parking lot to all festival go-ers! The lot is located on 3800 O'Donnell Street, between S Conkling and S Haven Street, accessible from the 11B exit off of I-895, and Exit 57 off I-95. Find directions from your location here!
FREE Festival Shuttle Service will be provided from the Brewer's Hill lot to the festival site, from 9:30 AM to 7:30 PM. Three shuttle buses, all equipped with a wheelchair lift, will run continuously. Look for the "Shuttle Pick-up" banner to make sure you're waiting for the shuttle in the right spot!
Wanna volunteer? Email email@example.com for shifts. We couldn't do it without our volunteers!
Traditions After Dark keep the party goin' after the festival in our Marquee Lounge w/ Eleanor Ellis. FREE!
Thank you to all of the organizations and individuals who make this festival possible!
- Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts
- Abbott Memorial Presbyterian Church
- Obrecht Commercial Real Estate
- Apex Counseling Center
- The residents of 400 block of East Ave who shared their street with us!
Maryland Traditions is a program of the Maryland State Arts Council. Its mission is to discover, share and sustain our living traditions. Maryland Traditions receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Arts Infrastructure Initiative.
Maryland's cultural traditions take many forms, from deeply rooted local forms that reflect Maryland's long history to the skills and artistry of more recent migrants to our State. These traditions help to give Maryland its unique and distinctive identity as a place. Traditional arts and community culture often exist outside of formal institutional settings but represent a great storehouse of knowledge and value. Maryland Traditions seeks to draw attention to this resource for residents and visitors and support its practitioners to sustain and transmit their knowledge to the next generation.
Maryland Traditions offers Apprenticeship Awards and Project Grants, produces public events, and engages in strategic partnerships to develop a statewide infrastructure for traditional arts and culture.
For more information, visit the Maryland Traditions Website.
Contact: Clifford Murphy, Program Director, 410-767-6450.
2012 Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival performers included:They went from singing on street corners to getting immortalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The legendary vocal group The Orioles took the music world by storm back in the 1950s, wowing listeners with a harmonizing style that would later come to be known as doo wop. Now, 60 years later, they’re still with us – and still singing. In this production, we pay a visit to the surviving members of The Orioles – Diz Russell, Raymond Allen Jr, David Warren, and Clark Walker – and we learn about the magic of: “Hey-dah-nee-ding-dong-a-lang-a-lang-a-whoa-whoa-whoa-zip-sha-boom!”
Since 2003, México Vivo has celebrated and performed a variety of dance traditions from all over Mexico in after-school programs and at events in Baltimore’s growing Latino community. Originally from Mexico City, María Guadalupe López and her brother Federico began México Vivo upon arriving in Baltimore to maintain a connection to their Mexican Heritage and to pass those traditions down to future generations; they perform today with the Mariachi band, Son de América (below).
The Cambodian Buddhist Society (Montgomery County) is home to extraordinary Khmer classical musicians and dancers, many of whom arrived in Maryland as refugees in the 1970s. The group appearing at the festival includes 2012 Maryland Traditions Apprenticeship Award winner Masady Mani and master pinpeat musician and 2007 NEA Heritage Fellow, Chum Ngek. http://www.cambodian-buddhist.org/