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.