The 34th Annual Reisterstown Festival

“Where Summer Lasts a Week Longer”

Festival Schedule

As Always, the Weekend After Labor Day

Sept. 11 & 12, 2021

Saturday (9/11/21):

Reisterstown Festival Parade @ Main St, Reisterstown, MD             9am-10:30am

-From Harvestview Rd to Hannah More Park area nr. Franklin HS

Festival Grounds @ Hannah More Park, Reisterstown, MD:                              11am – 10pm

Vendors incl Food, Crafts, Local Organizations, & many other exhibitors

Family Fun

Military Exhibit

Beer Garden

Live Music from:

Red Sammy

Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys

The Hall Williams Band

The Scotch Bonnets

Sweet Leda with special guest Ron Holloway

The Allman Others Band

Festival Headliner:

Dean Crawford & the Dunns River Band      8-10pm*

*-Includes Festival Fireworks!! @ 8:45pm (Approx.)

Sunday (9/12/21):

Festival @ Hannah More Park, Reisterstown, MD:                              11am – 5pm

Vendors incl Food, Crafts, Local Organizations, & many other exhibitors

Family Fun

Military Exhibit

Beer Garden

Live Music from:

Making Waves   11:30a – 1:00p

F.T. Blindman   1:15 – 2:45p

Festival Closer: The Kelly Bell Band   3:00 – 5:00p

The Kelly Bell Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

Details are being released on this year’s Reisterstown Festival, a multi-decade tradition- a weekend celebration of Reisterstown and thousands of friends from neighboring communities in Baltimore and Carroll Counties to Baltimore (city), Harford, Howard, Frederick, Anne Arundel, DC, Southern PA and beyond!  Like past Reisterstown Festivals, this year’s festival  will feature an diverse range of top live bands, family shows, and an always changing array of other performers. From our signature Parade (the kickoff event on Saturday) until the final note is played on the Main Stage at 5pm Sunday, attendees will be able to enjoy a wide variety of talents and creative content, stroll over 100 craft and other vendors, and be able to enjoy delicious local foods and beverages for all ages and tastes from various food trucks & vendors (several area restaurants will be onsite for 1 or both days).  With this being  only a small sample of the content and the fact there is no charge for admission, you’ll want to be sure to check back for updates and details. Details will be posted here and at our social media starting in June.  You can also stay in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Hannah More Park: 12035 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown, MD 21136  (aka MD-140)

Please note the following Baltimore County/Festival regulations:

  • No smoking or outside alcohol are permitted anywhere in Hannah More Park.
  • Alcoholic beverages may be purchased at the Beer Garden with proper ID (Age 21+ only) but…
  • ALL open alcoholic beverages must remain inside the Beer Garden at all times due to County permit restrictions/law.
  • If you choose to drink alcohol, please drink responsibly, and arrange a designated driver or other safe transportation plan when leaving.
  • These policies will be strictly enforced.
The Reisterstown Festival thanks Apex Towing for sponsoring the Festival Car Show!

2021 Reisterstown Festival Car Show

Car Show Registration will be day of show only in 2021.  Please check back here starting in June for more info on the 2021 Reisterstown Festival Car Show.

Download the below form in easily printable PDF format:  (2021 form pending)

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The Reisterstown Festival thanks

Securityplus Federal Credit Union

for sponsoring our Festival Fireworks Show!!

Fireworks

The Reisterstown Festival presents one of the biggest and most spectacular annual fireworks shows in the area each year. This long-running festival tradition is offered on the Festival's Saturday night at approximately 8:45pm while the headlining band on the Main Stage and the adjacent Beer Garden are rockin' in full swing!

In recent years, we've been bringing back some of the festival's early-year glory by presenting highly acclaimed national artists in Reisterstown as our headliners on the festival's Saturday night which makes for an even more special and uniquely Reisterstown fireworks event! Headliner bands put on a full 2 hour concert, and we've been graced with the likes of the James Brown Dance Party, Donna the Buffalo, and the Ron Holloway Band among others in recent years. (Fun Festival Fact: In the 90's, exceptionally generous corporate support allowed us to present legendary headliners like Kenny Chesney, America, and Three Dog Night!)

2019 continued this tradition. EXCEPTIONAL Fireworks accompanied 2019 Festival headliner "A Family Affair- A Tribute to Sly & the Family Stone" the newest tribute project of Chase Family Music (Jazz is Phsh, James Brown Dance Party - the latter being our 2017 Festival Headliner - if you were at either of these magical nights (2017 or 2019), you enjoyed a superb popular national touring band fronted by the highly-entertaining, nationally-acclaimed Chris Rob!)

Festival Headliner Attendee Tip: We suggest going out to the Festival early on Saturday to enjoy all the great food, family fun, exhibits, activities, shopping, games, live music, and entertainment, and then stick around for the final act and spectacle of the day - an outstanding night of "top-shelf" fireworks and music! For even more fun: bring a date, neighbor(s), friend(s) or family (or all of the above)! It's the biggest party of the year in Reisterstown, there's no admission charge, and everyone is welcome, so DON'T MISS IT!!

Family Fun Area

The Family Fun Area is located next to the back baseball field at Hannah More Park which is behind (further into the park than) the park playground – just a short walk from (within sight of) the Main Vendor area, the Beer Garden/Main Stage, and all the fun on the Lower Main Field.

Please check back for 2021 updates. We are planning them for you now!

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Military Display

As you enter the Festival Grounds by vehicle at the Hannah More School/Festival Parking entrance, the Military Exhibit is located straight ahead, past the school to where the entrance road “dead-ends” at the main cross-park road (aka free shuttle route!).  You’ll see military vehicles parked just a few steps from Hannah More Park’s Sunshine playground.

Be sure to take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity to see military equipment like you and your family may have never seen!  You can see them, touch them, and ask questions. We continue to hear lots of very positive feedback about this exhibit – an instant hit when it began!  And we’re looking at opportunities to make it even better!

In 2019, the National Guard was displaying a Humvee and other pieces. The USMC had their big red truck with pull-up bar.  Overall,  we had planned 10+ more military vehicles/pieces of equipment in the Military Exhibit.  Experts and crew were there to answer questions about them and provide opportunities to touch and sit in some of them. We were also able to arrange a last minute HUGE HIT: a Baltimore County police helicopter landed on the back field for tours and questions before taking off again!  Spectacular!  Rave reviews from all who were there to take advantage of this special display!  Thank you Baltimore County Police!!

Also on display by other owner/collectors:
A 1968 Army Jeep
Several more Humvees

We thank the National Guard and other contributors for sharing their equipment with us and all of you!

Kenpo Karate Demonstrations by American Kenpo Karate (Saturday & Sunday)

All weekend, you can see trained Kenpo karate demonstrations with spectacular skill and power. See self-defense maneuvers performed by American Kenpo Karate Studio members and instructors. The Studio is a multi-year participant and Family Fun Area sponsor, and their events are always fun for all!

Drama Kids (Saturday Only)

Drama Kids International of Central Maryland is run by Directors Jennifer and Robert Jarrett. Their goal is simple; they want to provide the youth in our communities the opportunity to develop the skills of confident communication leveraging the fun activities found in Drama. Drama Kids has been developing confidence, speaking skills, and acting abilities in children throughout the world for over 30 years! The Drama Kids afterschool program and summer camps are specially designed to build self-confidence and character, as well as strong speaking, literacy, and acting skills through the fun and creativity of drama. Drama Kids of Central Maryland serves children in the Towson, Timonium, Pikesville, Owings Mills, Reisterstown, and Westminster areas. Young performers from Drama Kids will be showing off their natural talents along with the skills they've learned in this program!

Howard High School Singers (Saturday Only)

The Howard High School Singers (from Ellicott City) will be performing a mix of their favorite musical theatre songs and pop songs that you may be familiar with. The stage is their favorite place to be and they are excited to represent Howard Theatre!

Reba Goodall (aka Rocket Reba), part of the Eric Energy team, will be doing the Eric Energy Science Shows on Sunday. She has been working with children since 2006. She discovered her love for children working as a volunteer in her son's Mommy & Me educational program and went on to work as a children's party host and finally the coordinator for events and parties at a local children's salon. She prides herself on her "get down on the floor" hands-on approach with kids to fully engage them. We're proud to offer these extremely high quality programs to all who attend at no charge.

Glyndon Area Players (Saturday Only)

Glyndon Area Players (The Theater Company Built On a Dream!) will be performing a variety of musical theater songs for your listening pleasure! Sacred Heart's Glyndon Area Players (GAP) is the theatre-in-residence at Sacred Heart Parish. Founded in 1998, GAP was established as a creative outlet to showcase the talent of Glyndon, Reisterstown, and the surrounding Maryland communities. To accomplish this, every GAP show encourages and embraces participation by all groups in the local, and (now) greater Baltimore community, both on-stage and behind the scenes. Since its humble beginning, GAP, has grown to be one of the premier theatre companies in the Baltimore region. Each year, thousands come to see the lively, professional shows that are its hallmark. With incredible casts ranging in number from thirty to eighty and in age from eight to eighty, expansive and authentic sets, professional sound and lighting, GAP brings family favorites, as well as cutting-edge shows, to life each August, making GAP a truly unique and affordable theatrical experience. The very generous support of the Sacred Heart Parish in Glyndon, Maryland provides a permanent home for GAP's productions, ensuring a stability few other local theatre groups can claim. Check us out @ www.glyndonareaplayers.com for information on our 22nd annual show coming in 2019!

Reba Goodall (aka Rocket Reba), part of the Eric Energy team, will be doing the Eric Energy Science Shows on Sunday. She has been working with children since 2006. She discovered her love for children working as a volunteer in her son's Mommy & Me educational program and went on to work as a children's party host and finally the coordinator for events and parties at a local children's salon. She prides herself on her "get down on the floor" hands-on approach with kids to fully engage them. We're proud to offer these extremely high quality programs to all who attend at no charge.

Karen Sachs Dance Academy (Saturday Only)

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.

Reba Goodall (aka Rocket Reba), part of the Eric Energy team, will be doing the Eric Energy Science Shows on Sunday. She has been working with children since 2006. She discovered her love for children working as a volunteer in her son's Mommy & Me educational program and went on to work as a children's party host and finally the coordinator for events and parties at a local children's salon. She prides herself on her "get down on the floor" hands-on approach with kids to fully engage them. We're proud to offer these extremely high quality programs to all who attend at no charge.

Artistry Dance Company (Sunday Only)

Artistry Dance Company is a family-owned studio that offers Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet, Pointe and Hip-Hop Classes to the Baltimore and surrounding areas for dancers ages 3 to adult. They also feature award winning competitive dance teams. This is an innovative and fast paced dance studio geared to inspiring young dancers that are looking to pursue a career in the commercial dance industry. Performers from this Owings Mills-based studio will be showcasing their talents at this year's Festival.

Reba Goodall (aka Rocket Reba), part of the Eric Energy team, will be doing the Eric Energy Science Shows on Sunday. She has been working with children since 2006. She discovered her love for children working as a volunteer in her son's Mommy & Me educational program and went on to work as a children's party host and finally the coordinator for events and parties at a local children's salon. She prides herself on her "get down on the floor" hands-on approach with kids to fully engage them. We're proud to offer these extremely high quality programs to all who attend at no charge.

Pony Rides by High Ridge Farm ($)

Parents love seeing their kids riding ponies and most kids love riding ponies too, so... WIN WIN! Now's your chance to make this happen! Pony rides are a classic experience for both parents and children that makes great memories and photos, so it's always a very popular attraction when we offer it at the Festival. This year, High Ridge Farm's ponies will be saddled up and ready for your children (for a fee) at the 32nd Annual Reisterstown Festival Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 1:30-4:30pm! And this featured vendor attraction will be conveniently located right in the Family Fun Area this year! (Weather permitting)

Family-Friendly Vendors

Approximately 7 family-oriented local vendors will be located in this area with booths offering a wide variety of foods, crafts, services, and information.

The BCPL "Bookmobile"

Sunshine Playground
Adjacent to the Family Fun area with swings, slides, sand... and a whole lot more! Your children will love this playground! The biggest and best-known public playground in town is always hopping during the Reisterstown Festival!

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

Other Attractions

Please check back for the 2021 Festival’s Other Attractions coming soon!

Star-Spangled Banner Performance! (Saturday, 12pm)

Continuing a Festival tradition, we had a local resident singing the National Anthem at the Main Stage (Lower Main Field). 2019’s anthem was sung by Rachel Kohen.  A Senior at Howard High School (Columbia), Rachel has been singing and dancing since the age of 4. She is the Alto section leader of the Howard Chamber Choir, and was named the Dance Captain for last  year’s Howard theater program. Her favorite stage roles include Mr. Memory in “The 39 Steps,” Kate in “Legally Blonde” and Ali in “Mamma Mia.” For the last 2+ years, she has performed with the Young Columbians, a regionally-renowned show choir. Rachel also led an ensemble that performed at the 2018 Reisterstown Festival, and she was thrilled to perform the National Anthem!  We were all thrilled to hear her again!

Big Screen TV - Orioles/Ravens/college football Games!

Catch Orioles and Ravens games, college football and other sports in demand on our big screen TV which will be located in the Beer Garden (Lower Main Field –  Weather permitting)

LEGEND:

($) = This featured vendor attraction was offered to festival patrons by an independent, insured vendor for a fee.