Catoctin Colorfest Information

Catoctin Colorfest comes to Thurmont, MD the second full weekend of October each year. The was established in 1963 and has evolved into one of the largest outdoor craft shows on the East Coast. Colorfest is not just an event, but an experience! Amazing crafts, art, jewelry, clothing, a variety of delicious food, and much more is located throughout town. Visit Colorfest and discover why thousands come to Thurmont year after year. Colorfest is a rain or shine event. 


Parking is available at the following locations. Each location offers a bus stop where Colorfest transportation can take you into the festival. Limited parking may also be available on Frederick Road, but there is no bus stop at this location. View the parking map for locations around the festival grounds. There is a fee for parking.

Catoctin High School
14745 Sabillasville Rd
Eyler Stables Flea Market 
137 Emmitsburg Rd
100 Apples Church Rd
Thurmont Elementary School
805 East Main St


While many vendors accept credit card payments, many will only accept cash. If you didn't bring any cash with you, visit one of these convenient ATMs.

Community Park
21 Frederick Rd
PNC Bank
16 East Main St
Roy Rogers
203 Frederick Rd
Woodsboro Bank
143 Frederick Rd

Beer Garden

Beer, German food, and music will be available during the festival at the location below. Stop by for a refreshing beverage and a little fun!

Thurmont American Legion’s Octoberfest Beer Garden
8 Park Lane

Nearby Places To Stay

Below are the closest places to stay near the festival. For additional lodging options, view all places to stay.

Camping and Cabins:

Catoctin Mountain Park

Cunningham Falls State Park

Ole Mink Farm Recreation Resort


Sleep Inn & Suites

Super 8 Thurmont

Rambler Inn

Bed and Breakfasts:

Inn at Springfield Manor

Visitor Information

Helpful information for visitors will be available at the location below during the festival.

Thurmont Main Street Center - 11 Water Street

Frederick Visitor Center - 151 S. East Street Frederick, MD (19 miles from festival)


Pets are not allowed in the juried portion of the festival (in Community Park). Pets are allowed in the outdoor portions of the festival outside of the park.

First-Aid Stations

In the event of an emergency, call 911 immediately. First-aid stations are located at the addresses below.

Front entrance of Community Park where Thurmont
Ambulance Co. apple dumpling stand is located
Rear of Community Park near the ATM machine
American Legion
Moser Road at Frederick Road