Art & Entertainment District
Hagerstown's Arts & Entertainment District is the cultural heart of Washington County in beautiful Western Maryland. Impressive architecture, galleries, public art, festivals, theatres, and restaurants await you.
Are you an artist or arts entrepreneur? Be sure to read about the incentives available for doing your work in our A&E District!
Visual Artists: There is a call open in September, 2021 for participation in our "ART OUTSIDE" initiative. Download information and an application here.
Hagerstown’s A&E District is just over an hour away from both Baltimore and Washington, situated just past South Mountain in beautiful and historic Washington County. Downtown Hagerstown’s impressive building stock is the result of its great success as a center of industry, particularly in the field of transportation - from the railways to the aviation industry and from the National Road to the crossroads of I-70 and I-81.
Once you’re off the interstate, Route 40 brings you downtown where the District is anchored by the historic Maryland Theatre. Hosting over 200 performances a year, the district’s crown jewel is also home to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Stroll further to discover the Washington County Playhouse’s dinner theater offerings; the Washington County Arts Council’s gallery and tasty gift shop featuring local artisan goods; the Washington County Free Library’s cultural offerings that include Sunday afternoon music concerts; University Plaza, an urban pocket park that is home to summer music concerts; the Just Lookin’ Gallery, which specializes in original paintings, drawings, prints, and sculpture by African American artists; the Douglas Zaruba Studio, featuring custom made jewelry; the Doleman Black Heritage Museum’s collection of artifacts related to the history of the Black community in Washington County; and the Discovery Station, a hands-on museum focused on STEAM principles. The A&E District is also the starting point for Hagerstown’s esteemed Cultural Trail, connecting downtown with City Park and the lovely Washington County Museum of Fine Arts. A diverse collection of public art amidst attractive landscaping populates the trail and brings delight to all!
Interested in art education? Check out Fresh Academicz Urban Arts Academy for classes in hip hop, graffiti, and mc'ing; City Ballet School, offering the finest in classical dance education; and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, a public magnet high school for students gifted in the arts.
Numerous festivals and sporting events take place throughout the year, including the Augustoberfest German heritage festival, Imagine Hagerstown, the Tour of Washington County bicycle race, summer Shakespeare productions, historic car shows, Pride Fest, the Alsatia Mummer's Parade (the East Coast's largest night time Halloween parade), and the one-and-only New Year’s Eve Donut Drop which features a giant-size donut (in honor of Hagerstown’s Krumpe’s Donuts) marking the new year in Public Square. Numerous restaurants and coffee shops abound, offering a wide range of culinary experiences from traditional Bavarian meals to contemporary American cuisine, from specialty pizza to delicious seafood. Many of them also offer live music, comedy, trivia nights, and art displays to round out your experience in Hagerstown’s A&E District!
Incentives & Benefits
Incentives and benefits await those who locate their arts and entertainment enterprise within the art and entertainment district. Those who just visit the district will find places to enjoy culinary arts, appreciate talented performances, and view and purchase one of a kind art.
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