Crafter Day-Of Information

The 2024 Arbutus Arts Festival, which is to be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024, is just a few weeks away. We are excited that you will be joining us for this event! Please read the entire contents of this site carefully for detailed information about the day of the festival.

Crafter Space Assignment
Crafters will receive an email with space assignments.

The Arbutus Arts Festival Committee makes every effort to accommodate specific space requests, however they cannot be guaranteed.

Traffic and Set-Up
Please click on the link to the right and follow the Traffic Directions provided.

Space numbers will be marked on the curb. When you arrive, we ask that you unload all items onto the sidewalk by your space, park your car and then wait to set up until all vehicles are off the street. All vehicles must be off the street by 7:45am, at the latest. If you arrive after 7:45am, you will not be permitted to drive down the street and will be asked to park and then walk your items to your space. This is for the safety of all other crafters and our volunteers. Please do not set up tents prior to 8:00am. All tents must be weighted.

End of day
At the end of the festival day (5:00pm), crafters are asked to break down their booth items and place all items on the sidewalk before going to retrieve their vehicle. Per the Baltimore County Police Department, vehicles will not be allowed on the street before 5:30pm.

Crafter Parking
There will be some changes to Crafter Parking this year to accommodate special festival activities, local business requests and to allow spaces for customers to park.

Crafters will be assigned to park in specific parking lots and a parking pass will be sent to you via email with your space assignment. Crafters are no longer allowed to park behind their booth in local driveways.

Your parking pass must be printed and placed on your dashboard when you park your vehicle. Crafters are allowed one parking space per booth space purchased. Vehicles with trailers attached are counted as one vehicle.

Portable restrooms are positioned in various locations throughout the festival: Children’s Corner, Linden Ave, Beer Garden, Stevens Ave and near Rite Aid.

Festival Rules
A copy of the rules and regulations for the festival are found on this page. Please read them over carefully, as all rules will be enforced throughout the day. As a reminder, all items MUST be handmade by you. The Committee reserves the right to ask you to remove certain items or leave the festival if we believe that your items are not handmade.

Food Vendors
All handmade food vendors providing samples MUST obtain a Temporary Food Service Facility Permit from the Baltimore County Health Department. Vendors must submit the permit to the Festival Committee in advance of the festival and bring a copy on the day of the festival. Generators are not permitted.

First Aid
First Aid is available at the red tent, an ambulance on Stevens Avenue (near the red tent), at the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department booth on Linden Avenue and in the Children’s Corner.

Food for Crafters
Free donuts and coffee are available to all crafters during morning set-up at the red tent (in the center of the festival) and at the Arbutus Fire Department.

Additional Information

  • The festival will be held rain or shine.
  • The red tent in the center of town (in front of the Beer Garden) is the main communications booth and will be used for announcements, lost and found, etc.
  • Committee members will be wearing purple shirts. Please don’t hesitate to stop anyone if you have questions or need assistance.
  • All crafters will receive a goody bag during morning set-up to include our 2025 crafter application and an assortment of promotional items from local businesses that will hopefully be useful to you throughout the day.
  • Please do not throw any glass items in the festival trash cans.
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Pre-registration for the 2025 festival will begin at 3:00pm at the red tent.
  • If you find that you will not be able to attend, please reach out to us via email or phone so we can offer that space to a crafter on our waiting list.