Come Celebrate the Arts in Leonardtown!

News Release, St. Mary’s Art Council

Image credit: Michael Montillo

Join us to “walk the walk” on First Friday, September 6th from 5-8 PM! This special evening will celebrate Downtown Leonardtown’s sixth year as an officially designated Arts & Entertainment District of Maryland. A highlight of this event will be the annual Art Walk contest, an exciting opportunity to view locally created work in a wide variety of media and styles.

Qsbillc skateboards by Michael Montillo

Winners of the Art Walk contest will be selected by popular vote so be sure to bring your friends, walk around town to choose your three favorite entries, and cast a ballot! Submit your ballot at St. Mary’s County Arts Council for a free gift or turn in at any of the participating businesses. Voting will open on Sept. 4th and close at 8 PM on Sept. 6th.

Also awarded will be a $50 gift card from Shepherd’s Old Field Market to one lucky Art Walk voter selected at random (one entry per person, all ages may enter, no purchase necessary). The gift card may be redeemed at any of the over 40 shops located at the market!

Other fabulous featured activities at Leonardtown Square will include: a free jazz concert by “The Clazzical Project”, fire-dancing and other performances by Meghan Lee Bellydance & the Ghawazi Circus Sirens along with Rose Heller, a “pop-up” salsa class and demo with Donna Jordan, the “Infinity” and “Finite” a capella groups from Chopticon High School, Plein air painting and other artist demos, the monthly audience participation Drum Circle, community art projects, free trishaw rides by Cycling Without Age, and much more!

Rose Heller Fire Dancer

There will also be opening receptions and workshops at the art galleries and studios with shops and restaurants open late and offering one-night-only specials.

The Southern Maryland Guitar Guru’s will be performing a live podcast and we will be hosting a variety of other special guests and artistic vendors at Leonardtown Square, don’t miss out on the fun! Pets on leashes are welcome in public areas and many shops, street and lot parking will be available.

Check the Leonardtown First Fridays and St. Mary’s County Arts Council pages on Facebook, visit, or email the Arts Council at for additional details and updated event info.

We look forward to seeing you on September 6th! #ArtWalkLTown #LeonardtownFF

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...