Preparations Crescendo for the Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival: Arts and Ales
HYATTSVILLE, MD – The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation enters its final planning stages for the 11th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival, to occur on Saturday, September 22nd from 12-6pm. In partnership with the City of Hyattsville and M-NCPPC, “Arts and Ales,” as the festival is known locally, will include over 100 jury-selected artists and artisans, dozens of food truck and drink vendors, craft breweries, and performances on the mainstage. The festival will return to last year’s 3 block site in downtown Hyattsville, spanning three streets. The event is free to the public and expects to attract over 5,000 visitors to Hyattsville.
The festival continues to grow each year as local creatives look forward to the opportunity to show and sell their work on a regional scale. This festival is a manifestation of the regional trend of using the arts to drive commerce and revitalize the Route One Corridor. Mounting interest in the festival shows just how impactful the event has been in solidifying Hyattsville and the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District as a destination for arts and culture.
Accepted artists, craftsmen, and activities will be announced in the coming weeks, including a schedule of children’s art activities and music and dance performances.
Beer servings will be available for purchase (ages 21+). Visit http://hyattsvillearts.com for more information. Structured and metered parking as well as limited free parking will be available for visitors in designated lots.
Prince George’s County’s Largest Gathering of Arts & Craft Brewing
With a new, larger venue, incorporating several blocks of downtown Hyattsville, “Arts & Ales” will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the 4300 Blocks of Gallatin and Farragut Streets, Hyattsville, MD 20781. The juried festival will feature over 120 exhibiting artists and artisans, 20 craft breweries, 10 food vendors, as well as 6 mainstage performances. The event is free and family-friendly. Tasting passes (ages 21+) are $30 in advance online and can also be purchased for $35 at the gate.
20 Maryland-area craft breweries, including popular breweries (and meaderies) such as the Gateway Arts District’s own Franklin’s Brewery and soon-to-open Maryland Meadworks, Prince George’s County-based Calvert Brewery; NE Washington’s DC Brau; Montgomery County’s Denizens Brewery; and Howard County’s Jailbreak Brewery – View the full list of 20 breweries online.
Dining in Hyattsville: The Festival features 12 food trucks and vendors from 12pm to 6pm! Looking for a sit-down dinner? Grab a Dining Guide: Nearby restaurants within walking distance include Franklin’s Brewery, Chez Dior, Spice 6, Tara Thai, Jimmy John’s, Caracas de Ayer, Shortcake Bakery, and Chipotle.
Explore the Arts in Hyattsville: Grab a Festival Program Book for your Top 10 Things-to-Do in Hyattsville, including a visit to the newly-opened Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and seeing the construction progress of the future-home of Artworks Now. Just a five minute drive up the road, see the recent installation of “Ribbon of Life” at the new Safeway, located adjacent to the Prince George’s Plaza Metro at the University Town Center Gateway entrance. Looking for more? Search the Gateway Arts District Public Art Locator for five other public artworks in development within the Hyattsville Community.
Fox 5 News will be broadcasting live in Hyattsville this Friday morning, Aug. 12. Their set will be on Jefferson Street, east of Baltimore Avenue/Route 1, outside of the Spice 6 restaurant. That block of Jefferson will be closed the entire morning, and parking there will be prohibited. Fox 5 will be broadcasting a “Zip Trip” http://www.fox5dc.com/zip-trip featuring Hyattsville and reasons to visit our community. All are welcome to stop by and see the action as it happens, 7-11 a.m.
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With a new venue incorporating 3 city blocks of downtown Hyattsville, “Arts & Ales” will take place on Saturday, September 10th, 2016, from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The juried festival will feature over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland craft breweries, food vendors, as well as music and dance on two stages. The festival is expected to attract 4,500 visitors. The event is free and family-friendly. Tasting passes (ages 21+) are $30 in advance online and can also be purchased at the gate.
Directions and parking are also available online. Visitors will be welcome to park for free at the event in designated lots. Along with the new homes of Pyramid Atlantic and Artworks Now under construction; the recent installation of “Ribbon of Life” at the new Safeway; and five other public artworks in development within the Hyattsville Community, the Arts are on the rise.
Applications will be available April 13 for exhibiting artists and artisans. Applications for food trucks and vendors, and civic organizations will be announced via the festival mailing list. Once juried-in and accepted, over 100 exhibitors and vendors will be announced mid-August.
Thank you for helping to make another incredible Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. We hope you supported your favorite artists and artisans or found some new favorites!
Please tell us what you thought and fill out the feedback survey. Complete by Monday, October 5th for a chance to receive a $25 gift card to Franklin’s Restaurant & Brewery. Your input helps us develop next year’s festival.
Check out our Storify Recap Page full of pictures, video and updates from the event! Share your favorite purchases and memories by tweeting @hyattsvillearts and tagging on Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr #hyvillearts
Remember you can find all of the festival exhibitors, including links to their websites and online shops, on the festival website.
Our sponsors’ support enables us to develop a high-quality event that attracts visitors from across the DMV Region to the Gateway Arts District! Please learn more about our sponsors by clicking their names below.