Family Fun Area

The Reisterstown Festival prides itself on being a family-friendly festival for the whole community to enjoy, and is happy to again offer our popular Family Fun Area with a variety of fun for children of all ages!  This area is adjacent to Sunshine Playground before you go down the hill to the Main Festival Area (with Beer Garden and live music, vendors, etc.  There is a path at the back of the Family Fun Area that leads the way to the Main Area, or you can take a free shuttle - just wave to Festival Shuttle driver anywhere along the park road to go down or up - or to your if car parked onsite!)  Here’s some of what Family Fun you will find here in 2016:

2016 Live Entertainment Shows

(Schedule below)

Kenpo Karate Demonstrations by American Kenpo Karate



See trained Kenpo karate demonstrations with spectacular skill and power.  See self-defense maneuvers performed by American Kenpo Karate Studio members and instructors.




Middle Earth Studios


Middle-Earth Studios is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching children's imaginations through costume storytelling. Our organization uses simple costumes and props to bring to life stories involving princesses, animals, pirates, and dragons. During each performance, a storyteller with one or two assistants will dress up to 90 participants, regardless of age or size, into costumes.  This group is always a hit every year at the Reisterstown Festival, and to change things up for us, they will offer a new theme - Dinosaurs!

Each Middle Earth performance becomes an unpredicable, often hilarious group effort. The story teller may tell the same story more than once, but with different actors and actresses playing out the parts each time, the story is never the same or predictable.  In the end, every character, in their own way, gets to experience the indescribable feeling of becoming a 'hero'.

Middle-earth Story-telling meets a special need in the life of today's youth. In today's world, children often times lack the opportunies that they should be given to express themselves through art and imagination. Middle-earth storytelling is designed to remedy some of these things in the form of live play-acting. 



Mike Perello, Magician

(Saturday only)  - After years of experience, Mike Perrello has developed the ability to captivate audiences and keep them super excited with his fun family friendly magical performances. Mike has performed all over the Maryland, Viginia, DC Beltway area for Schools, Birthday Parties, Cub Scout Banquets, Preschools, Kids Safety Program, Summer Camps, Halloween Parties, Christmas Parties, Festivals, Libraries and much more!
Mike Perrello specializes in fun family entertainment with an action packed, high energy comedy magic show.




Michael Rosman's Circus Camp Stars

See circus performers in various activities which may include juggling, stilt walking, unicycle riding, tightrope walking, rolla bolla, walking globe, clowning, acrobatics, aerial arts, etc. The performers come from Michael Rosman's Circus Camp which is a summer camp for children, ages 7-15, that operates at multiple locations throughout Maryland including nearby locations in Owings Mills and Westminster.

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Nancy Rodo's Piano Studio

Nancy has taught piano lessons for over 20 years in a variety of settings, and currently teaches lessons from her studio on Sacred Heart Lane in Reisterstown. She taught piano as part of music therapy programs in her own business with the elderly in a variety of nursing homes and adult day care centers, and to students with special needs as music therapist with Baltimore County Public Schools.  She taught lessons at her home studio as well as at Artist Music Academy. Nancy is a pianist and vocalist in her local church, and is Accompanist in Residence at Franklin High School for all choral and instrumental groups.  Nancy will be performing as will some of her students!

Karen Sachs Dance Academy

Karen Sachs is the Director of Karen Sachs Academy of Dance in Reisterstown.  She has performed professionally across the country in various summer stock productions, nightclubs, dinner theaters and industrial shows, including the New York World's Fair and the Copacabana. Her television credits include the Sonny and Cher Show, Laugh-In, That's Life (with Robert Morse) the Don Adams Special, and the Ann-Margaret Special, among others. She toured extensively with Jimmy Durante throughout California and in Las Vegas and was also a part of Jim Nabors and Arthur Godfrey's nightclub acts. She attended the American Musical Dramatic Academy and Dance Educators of America, both in New York.  Dancers from the Academy will be performing Saturday 9/10.

Open Space Arts

Open Space Arts is a community arts organization based in Reisterstown. Open Space was founded in 1989 by Beth and Alden Phelps. They are committed to the philosophy that art is for everyone, and hope that their diverse offerings of classes, shows, events and workshops promote just that. It is their hope to strengthen the community through the arts. In 2008 they were named Reisterstown’s best home for the arts by the Baltimore Sun.

They are artists, educators, parents, and community members who are dedicated to fostering a safe space where families can come together and create amazing art. They produce original and high quality art that functions both to build self-esteem for the participants and be genuinely thought-provoking for the audience. They pride themselves on providing free or low-cost programming, so that art remains, as it should be, for everyone.



Show Schedule

Saturday September 10th

11:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.       American Kenpo Karate Demo

11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.       Middle Earth Studios Show

12:30p.m. - 1:15p.m.         Nancy Rodo Piano Studio

1:15p.m. – 1:45p.m.          American Kenpo Karate Demo

1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m.           Middle Earth Studios Show

2:45p.m. – 3:30p.m.           Mike Perrello Magic

3:30p.m. – 4:00p.m            American Kenpo Karate Demo

4:00p.m. – 4:45p.m.           Karen Sachs Dance Academy

4:45p.m. – 5:45p.m.           Middle Earth Studios Show

5:45p.m. – 6:30p.m.           Open Space Arts Theatre

6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m.           Middle Earth Studios Show



Sunday September 11th

11:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.       American Kenpo Karate Demo

11:30a.m. - 12:00p.m.       Open Space Theatre

12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m.         Middle Earth Studios Show

1:00p.m. – 1:30p.m.          American Kenpo Karate Demo

1:30p.m. – 2:00p.m.          Harbor City Chorus (barbershop)

2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.          Middle Earth Studios Show

3:00p.m. – 3:30p.m.          American Kenpo Karate Demo

3:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.          Nancy Rodo Piano Studio

4:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.          Middle Earth Studios Show


But wait... there's more!!:


Wildlife Exhibit by Wildlife Adventures

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See a variety of live animals, reptiles, and insects!  Get hands-on exposure to various species of wildlife and learn more about all kinds!  Kids always love this kind of fascinating display!

Mechanical Bull Rides


The mechanical bull ride is BACK!  Click here for more information on this popular attraction.


- Vendors

About 20 family-oriented Vendors (food, face painting, and much more!)

 - Hannah More Park - Sunshine Playground

Swings, slides, sand... and a whole lot more!  Your children will love this playground!  The biggest public playground in town!

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 The Reisterstown Festival thanks American Kenpo Karate for sponsoring our Family Fun Area entertainment!

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