Towsontown Spring Festival returns this weekend with food, music, crafts


Thirty-five years ago, the Towsontown Spring Festival started as a one-day arts and crafts show in the Circuit Courthouse Plaza to celebrate Towson's bicentennial.

"It was originally set to be a one-time-only event," said Susan DiLonardo, executive director of the Towson Business Association, the event's sponsor.

But the festival was a hit, and over the years, it has grown considerably.

Now it encompasses 12 blocks of Towson's business district, is held over two days and draws more than 200,000 people to shop, eat and enjoy entertainment on five stages sprinkled throughout downtown.

Features of this year's festival, which runs tomorrow and Sunday, include:

Five stages with continuous entertainment, including jazz, big band and swing music on the plaza stage.

A display and judging of about 40 antique cars.

Approximately 400 exhibitors selling crafts, jewelry and ethnic food.

A children's area with magicians, clowns, pony rides and face painting.

All streets from York Road to Bosley Avenue and from Allegheny to Susquehanna avenues will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

No pets, bikes, skateboards or in-line skates are allowed on the festival grounds.

Parking is available at seven garages for $3 per day and in church lots. Information: www.

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