Essex Day Returns This Saturday

The 47th Annual Essex Day Festival, presented by the Eastern Regional Lions Club and sponsored in part by Medstar Health, is a FREE family-friendly event held on Saturday, September 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Eastern Boulevard from Mace Avenue to Woodward Avenue in the heart of Essex.

 Opening ceremonies will be held at 11:30 a.m. on the Essex Day Main Stage located at Taylor Avenue. Camron Robertson, known as “Mr. Charisma,” will host the opening ceremonies with scheduled guests Senator Johnny Ray Salling, Delegates Ric Metzgar and Bob Long, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. and Baltimore County Councilman Todd Crandell.

The event will kick off with a parade prior to opening ceremonies featuring the World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales, Baltimore Ravens Super Fan Captain DEE-FENSE, Glenn L. Martin Composite Squadron, Boy Scouts, local Fire Departments, Baltimore’s Best Hons, Victory Stars dancers and more.

Essex Day, organized by the New Essex Day Festival Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, will include a full schedule of live bands; karaoke stage; community stage with entertainers, a pie eating contest and more; car show; mechanical bull; kids’ zone with children’s activities, dunking booth, games and pony rides; free tours of the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River Museum; more than 150 arts and crafts, novelty, sports, and food vendors; food trucks; beer garden; nonprofit organizations; local businesses and more.

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Entertainment Schedule:
Essex Day Main Stage (Taylor Avenue):

12 – 1: Experience (Classic Rock)

1:30 – 2:30 Dwayne Wilson and the Dark Horse Band (Country Music)

2:30: Pie Eating Contest

3 – 4: Phoenix Rising (Dance, Rock, Modern, Pop, 80s & 90s)

4:30-5:30: Awaken (Baltimore’s Most Versatile Rock Band)


Community Stage (Margaret Avenue)

Head to the Community Stage for some family-friendly fun from 12 – 5 pm!

Baltimore Ravens Super Fan Captain DEE-FENSE: Captain Dee, a member of the NFL Hall of Fans, will be ready to pump up the crowd, take pictures and sign autographs.

Ridiculous Nicholas: A crowd favorite, Nick does a bit of everything with a comedic spin and unique flare. He’s a comedy variety performer, juggler, mime, and magician rolled into one.

Camron Robertson “Mr. Charisma”:  Mr. Charisma will be bringing us the sounds of yesterday’s music! If you enjoy the smooth ways of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and even Elvis, you won’t want to miss Camron’s performances!

Budweiser Clydesdales

For the first time ever, the World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance at the Essex Day Festival. Eight of these majestic horses will be at the Festival from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. 

Essex Day Car Show

The Essex Day Car Show will feature trophies and cash prizes, sponsored by Animated Car Audio. The Car Show will run from 10 am to 3 pm.

Karaoke Stage (Midway between Taylor and Mace)

Karaoke is returning to the Essex Day Festival Main Event Entertainment will host the Karaoke Stage, and they are partnering with Scares That Care, a Maryland-based, all-volunteer charity founded in 2007 that raises money to aid families dealing with the immense financial burdens brought on by childhood illnesses, burns and breast cancer. The stage will feature a karaoke contest with entrants from local karaoke venues, community throughout the day, games and giveaways, all while helping to raise money for charity:

Museum Tours – Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, Inc.

The entire family will enjoy stepping back in time while visiting the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River, or as it’s better known, the Essex Museum. The Heritage Society is a non-profit organization staffed by volunteers whose goal is the preservation of the history of Essex and Middle River, Maryland. The first meeting was held at Essex Elementary on Sept. 26, 1968, and the Museum opened exactly seven years later on Sept. 26, 1975 in the 1920 Fire/Police Station which also served as a court house. In addition to Police and Fire memorabilia, visitors will find the Avenue of Shops, a replica old-time school room and pharmacy, and a wide variety of all things historic and sometimes quirky, such as the Moaning Statue. For more information, go to

Kids’ Zone

Bring the children to the Essex Day Kids’ Zone for some fun and games!  The Kids’ Zone will feature bounce houses, a dunking booth, carnival games, pony rides and more. Located near the Community Stage.

Pie Eating Contest:

The Pie Eating Contest will be held at 2:30 pm at the Main Stage. Sign up for the Pie Eating Contest at the Essex Day Information Booth located near the Main Stage. Participants will feast on Dangerously Delicious Pies as they eat to win the coveted pie-shaped “Essex Day Pie Eating Contest Winner” plaque.

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