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Join us for the 51st Annual Catoction Colorfest!

Click here to download the 2013 Program! The program contains complete details, maps, and more on this years event.

The 51st Annual Catoctin Colorfest will take place on October 11 & 12, 2014 in the Community Park on Frederick Road. The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Admission is free. Breakfast will be available from various food vendors starting at 7:00 a.m.

Demonstrations by various crafters will be taking place throughout the two days, including broom making, wood turnings, and wood carvings of flowers.

Shuttle Bus service is available throughout the day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is free to Colorfest, but a nominal fee is charged at the parking locations throughout the town.




The atmosphere of the quaint town of Thurmont, Maryland with a population of 6,000 residents changes every year during the second weekend of October when the festivities of the annual Catoctin Colorfest take place.

In 1963 when Colorfest begain it started as a nature walk but quickly evolved into a juried Arts & Crafts Show featuring 300 well known and respected artists from the across the United States. Catoctin Colorfest has been recognized in Sunshine Artists Magazine and ranked in the top 35 shows in the United States and one of the largest on the East Coast. Also a wide selection of delicious food is available to satisfy everyone’s appetite.

Catoctin Colorfest’s commitment to the community is strongly evident through its Scholarship Program, donations to the Food Bank, the Guardian Hose Co., Thurmont Community Ambulance, Family Movie Nights, Christmas Decorations & summer garden in Mechanicstown Park, participation and donations to the annual children’s Halloween Party, a Memorial Garden in the Community Park and participation in the Memorial Day Program to name a few of the projects which Colorfest has supported.

The Town of Thurmont is located at the base of the beautiful Catoctin Mountains in Frederick County, Maryland. It is easily accessible via route U.S. 15 and is a pleasant scenic drive from points north and south. Thurmont is approximately 50 miles from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland or Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.





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