Reisterstown, MD

Reisterstown Fest Makes Summer Last a Bit Longer

Susan Kelley

The 34th Annual Reisterstown Festival is back in action to celebrate the end of summer once again with a full list of events and vendors.

The Reisterstown Festival is one of the all-volunteer programs presented by the Reisterstown Recreation Council (RRC).  The festival features a parade through town on Saturday September 11, from 9am-10:45am. After the parade ends, visitors will see The Reisterstown Festival beginning at Hannah More Park. The festival grounds open at 11AM in the park.

Entertainment begins with Red Sammy on the main stage at 11, followed by Arty Hill & the Long Gone Daddys at 12:15. The Hall Williams Band comes up next at 1:30, and then the Scotch Bonnets, Sweet Leda, the Allman Others, and then headliner Dean Crawford and the Dunn's River Band take the stage at 8PM.

A variety of vendors are featured at the festival from 11-5, offering food, crafts, and fun for the kids. There's even a beer garden for the grown ups to cool off with a cold drink. For Ravens fans who don't want to miss a single minute of the game, this year's beer garden offers a big screen TV so you can catch every play while enjoying the festival and fan atmosphere.

Sunday offers another full day lineup of entertainers, closing with the Kelly Bell Band on the stage at 8PM.

The festival features a Military Exhibit to be enjoyed by patrons of all ages.

Visitors can enjoy viewing military vehicles parked near Hannah More Park’s Sunshine playground.

The exhibit provides an extraordinary opportunity to see military equipment up close.  Visitors can not only see the exhibits, they can touch the equipment and ask questions. This exhibit has proven to be one of the most popular at the festival year after year. Equipment from the U.S. Army, National Guard and state and local law enforcement will be on display. The collection features military vehicles owned by area residents and collectors.

Extreme Play Laser Tag is available both days of the festival from 12-5, sponsored by Holistically Empowered Youth and The Greater Baltimore Chamber of Commerce. There is, of course, a petting

zoo to be enjoyed by adults and kids of all ages as well.

Karaoke will be offered by DJ Chuck Entertainment for those who want to try their best at entertaining the crowds and can choose from a long list of song choices.

To cap off the festival, there will be fireworks at 8:45PM Saturday night while the headlining band plays on the main stage. According to the event website, the concert typically lasts a full two hours, and the fireworks show is the highlight of the evening's activities while the beer garden remains open to enjoy throughout the festivities. Organizers recommend coming early to secure a prime watching spot.

The festival is made possible by the Reisterstown Recreation Council. According to their website, the RRC, along with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, offers popular recreation and entertainment programs across the area. They support "youth and adult sports leagues, day camps, a dog park at Hannah More Park, community events, and much more." 

RRC programs are designed to "enrich the lives of area residents in many ways: by helping to foster physical wellness and connections, offering fun healthy exercise, promoting competition, athleticism, and teamwork through sports leagues." The RRC also assists families in educating their children and helps to relieve "parental time pressures" by providing children with healthy, active, and engaging extracurricular activities and summer camps and other programming. The RCC is funded by generous donations of time and effort by the volunteers who lead and staff its programs, as well as financial and in-kind support from area business, government entities, and residents.

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Susan is a runner, avid traveler, mom of three grown children, and a newly-transplanted Baltimorean who follows tech trends, especially at the intersection of health and the public good. Sound intriguing? It is. Often, technology is at odds with the "earthy-crunchy," but sometimes, it is a real boost. Susan is an avowed supporter of women's and human rights, so that situates well here.

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