HampdenFest began as a local community event organized by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council, but in recent years has evolved into a neighborhood arts festival that draws visitors, as well as local residents, to enjoy the community of merchants on and around West 36th Street. HampdenFest features three stages of music and art performances, an activity area for kids, as well as four blocks of arts and crafts vendors and other wares from a wide range of merchants and artists. Hampden itself has hundreds of local businesses which are consistently listed in Baltimore Magazine and the City Paper's Best of Baltimore.
For seekers of great food and an engaging atmosphere, HampdenFest offers an abundance of Baltimore, Chesapeake Bay and local Hampden cuisine, including pit beef, crab cakes, and locally brewed beer. A mix of national and local indie rock, folk, punk, and acoustic bands will perform throughout the day.
The festival is also sponsored by many local community leaders and merchants, working to encourage the continued improvement and economic vitality of our neighborhood and the arts.