Community Affairs


The Community Affairs office is responsible for several city events, like:

About the Western Maryland Blues Fest
Blues Fest is evolving into a larger signature music and arts event that will debut in 2020, coinciding with the conclusion of Hagerstown’s Urban Improvement Project (UIP), an 18-month construction project consisting of enhancements to portions of downtown that will expand art, events, and education venues.

While there will be music/arts programming in 2019, it will not be as extensive as Blues Fest has been in the past, nor will it be solely Blues music.

We currently have an open call for music of all genres. Read on for more details!

Call for Bands

The City of Hagerstown is developing new arts and culture programming to take place in June, 2019. 

We are currently accepting submissions from musicians/bands who would like to be considered for our 2019 season. We are seeking bands of various genres, including – but not limited to – jazz, rock, R&B, classical, bluegrass, zydeco, blues, folk, indie, hip hop, celtic, etc. 

Dates are tentatively set for the evenings of Friday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28 at an outdoor location in downtown Hagerstown. Additional dates in June (and other times) may also be booked. 

The complete call and submission form can be downloaded here.

Submissions will be accepted on rolling basis, but best consideration will be given to those who submit by Thursday, December 20, 2018.

As more information becomes available about the June 2019 programming, it will be posted here as well as to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Facebook page