A Weekend of Festivals and Art: Three Events for Sept. 16-18, 2016

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on September 13, 2016

Lovers of art and great food will want to get out and about in Southern Maryland this weekend! Here are three fun events for this weekend, Sept. 16-18, 2016.

artsfest-01Annmarie Garden Hosts Annual Artsfest

There’s sure to be something for every art lover at Artsfest this weekend at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center!

The garden will host its 23rd annual Artsfest on Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. The event is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The only festival of its kind in the region boasts more than 165 artist booths; 30 performers on two stages; activities for kids in the Discovery Tent, Studio School, and the Zany Zone; great food, wine and beer; and so much more. Enjoy all things whimsical as stilt walkers, mimes, living statues, balloon artists, bubble artists and strolling artists meander with you and your family throughout the festival.

Cost is $6 for adults, and free for members and children age 11 and younger are free.

For more information, a list of artists, and a schedule of events, visit http://www.annmariegarden.org/.

Image via Solomons Plein Air Festival on Facebook.

Image via Solomons Plein Air Festival on Facebook.

Capture Scenes of Southern Maryland at Solomons Plein Air Festival

With inspiration from the land and sea, visiting artists from across the nation will capture Southern Maryland scenes on canvas during this weekend’s Solomons Plein Air Festival.

The festival features 31 artists, selected from a national field of 100 applicants, who will paint throughout Solomons from Monday, Sept. 12, to Saturday, Sept. 17. During the “Sunset Quick Draw” from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, along the Solomons Riverwalk, artists have two hours to complete a canvas followed by judging, awards, and the sale of completed pieces.

Community members may also join plein air artists from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, to “Paint the Town for A Cause,” which will benefit six charities. The Riverwalk will feature antique and exotic cars for artists to include in their artwork. Anyone participating will have the opportunity to sell their painting, with 40 percent of the sales going to charities.

The festival culminates with an “Affaire of the Arts,” open to the public and hosted by Carmen’s Gallery, catered by Kingfishers and held at the Holiday Inn Solomons from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17.

The term “plein air” comes from the French term “en plein air” which translates as “in the open air.” Well-known artists, including Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir, created some of their best and most famous works in this style.

For more information and a complete schedule, visit http://www.solomonspleinair.com/.

Image via St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce.

Image via St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce.

Eat Local at A Taste of St. Mary’s in Leonardtown

Love to eat local?

Don’t miss A Taste of St. Mary’s this weekend in Leonardtown! The annual event celebrating area restaurants and caterers will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4:30 p.m. on the square in Leonardtown.

You’ll have the chance to sample specialties from local restaurants and caterers, and there will be free entertainment, kids activities, and a classic car show. Gift certificates from participating vendors will be raffled throughout the day. There will even be a TV available so you won’t have to miss the Redskins game!

Admission and parking is free. There is a fee for samples.

Participating vendors include: Anita’s Cake Shop; Bear Creek BBQ; Bruster’s Real Ice Cream; Cameron’s Smoothie Shack; Cocoa’s Authentic Caribbean Jerk; Days Off Deli & Grill; Dunkin’ Donuts; I’se Da Bye Fully Stuffed Kitchen & Catering; Kona Ice; Linda’s Café/Earth 2 Table Catering Co. ; McKay’s Food Stores; Morris Point Restaurant; N&N Oriental Market; Nicolletti’s Pizza; Port of Leonardtown Winery; Smokey Joe’s Restaurant; Stoney’s at Clarkes Landing; The Rex; and WJ Dent & Sons/Chief’s Bar.

For more information, visit https://smcchamber.com/events/event/a-taste-of-st-marys-3/ or call 301-737-3001.

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