Reisterstown Festival

The 32nd Annual Reisterstown Festival

"Where Summer Lasts a Week Longer"

September 8 & 9, 2018

Hannah More Park, 12035 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136


(Description below is of 2017 Festival... To be updated to 2018 information as it becomes available. Besides the specific performer names, much of the content will be the same in 2018 including general schedule (weekend day, festival hours), Festival Parade at 9am Saturday, vendors, continuous live music, food, Beer Garden, Saturday night fireworks, Family Fun Area, Car Show, Motorcycle Show, raffle tickets, etc)

On SATURDAY, our classic Reisterstown Festival Parade kicks festival weekend off at 9:00am by marching down Main Street to the Festival Grounds (Hannah More Park) with lots for all to see and enjoy.  Marching bands, fire equipment, antique and sports cars, motorcycles, community groups, businesses, and many more march and ride and spread the community spirit in this exciting traditional main street parade! 

At the festival site, Main Stage live music entertainment on Saturday runs the full day from 11am to 10pm and includes some really great acts of many types -- something for everyone!  The Baltimore/Washington area is a hotbed of live music and it provides us the vast majority of the amazing talent we host - whether rock blues, pop, funk, jambands, bluegrass, or anything else!  This year's lineup features festival headliner The James Brown Dance Party, an emerging, high-energy national touring all-star tribute to James Brown which is led by The Chase Brothers a group with roots this area.  Other featured artists include Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band (Country), Bad Influence (Blues), Sub-Radio (Pop), Ocho de Bastos (Mixture of Latin pop and popular rock/pop covers), and the School of Rock-Baltimore House Band (Rock)!  With the Festival's long history of leading bands of many genres including famed national bands like Donna the Buffalo, The Ron Holloway Band, America, Kenny Chesney, Three Dog Night, and many others, great live music is something our Festival Committee takes pride in searching for and presenting every year for the community.

There are tables and chairs provided, but feel free to bring your chairs or blankets ito guarantee your seat at your favorite spot to watch the bands.

The Reisterstown Festival Motorcycle Show run by the Reisterstown American Legion Riders goes from 10;30am to 4pm in the Hannah More Center parking lot with an assortment of motorcycles competing for prizes.  Trophies will be awarded at 3pm.  Go to our website to register and enter the show!

The Beer Garden, located on the Lower Main Field behind the school (down the hill behind the playground & shelter), includes beer (including craft beers), wine, cider and frozen beverages.  There will be brand new for 2017 flat screen tv equipment in the beer tent to see all the Orioles and Ravens action and other sports.  This is also a great spot to catch a great view of the entertainment on the Main Stage.  To go with your entertainment, there are many new food and craft vendors participating- the food selection includes a wide variety of foods including food trucks.  (Please note: due to County permit regulations, no alcohol may be taken out of the Beer Garden or consumed anywhere else in Hannah More Park except the Beer Garden.  All alcohol must be purchased onsite or be in unopened bottles or cans if won in a Festival raffle. This will be strictly enforced.) 

Always popular is is our expansive Family Fun Area.  The Family Fun Area, which is located adjacent to the playground (up the hill from the stage, main vendor area, etc), has live interactive entertainment that will be appreciated by all ages including multiple live performers, audience participation programs, and special child-oriented vendors.  There will be an actual U.S. Armu Black Hawk helicopter (Saturday only until around 4pm) and multiple other military vehicles in our military exhibit this year!  A petting zoo, Polynesian dancers... and so much more. As always, the Sunshine Playground will also be available for the kids too! 

Every year, we schedule some unique and changing entertainment options to add to your festival experience and to provide variety.  These have included pony rides, aerial performers, bicycle stunt shows, barbershop singers, magicians, and many other interesting offerings.  One of the special features this year is the Old Bay Circus Company who will be performing all weekend (and members of this group will also be in our parade including stilt walkers!) Check our website to find out what's coming this year!

The traditional big 50/50 Drawing and Festival Raffle Baskets are sure to put a smile on your face should you win.

Don’t miss the always-popular Fireworks show Saturday at 8:45pm.  This coincides with the final band (this year, The James Brown Dance Party) on the Main Stage which makes for a truly spectacular concert.


On SUNDAY, activities at the festival run from 11:30am to 5pm. 

Sunday provides another full day of some of the area's top live music on the Main Stage including Sagamore (Classic Rock), Case & Barley (Country), The Herd of Main Street (Americana), and StewBone (Rock/Grateful Dead tribute).  These are all very talented bands with local roots that are noted in their markets. Come hear how impressive the bands are that perform right in our backyard!  You may get hooked!

The Reisterstown Festival Car Show features all kinds of sports, collectible, and antique cars all competing for trophies and honors.  Enter your car by 11am to compete, or just come by to check out the cool cars.

Family Fun Area, Beer Garden, Craft, Food, and other vendors, and additional attractions all return for another full day as well.

On both days, on-site parking (donation requested, free onsite shuttle) is available for those that might like to park a little closer to all the action.

Please note that all weekend, no outside alcohol or smoking are permitted in Hannah More Park.  

Also, unless there is rain, please be kind to other festival patrons and don't use tents or umbrellas that block other people's views of the stages.  Please set them up in other areas out of the way.

Sponsors and Volunteers are graciously welcomed and appreciated.  Email us for more information (see below).

Periodically visit our website to check out the complete Schedule of Events and lots more as new info becomes available.  At the website, you can also register to walk or ride in the Parade (Free for most participants - you might even win a trophy!) and/or find out more about how to have your Food or Craft or other booth at the festival!  You can also find out how you can be considered for band/entertainment performance slots and more.  All the details you need are at the website!

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