Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) has an exciting season planned for 2020. Read more about our 2020 season below:


GLAF’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Our first priority is the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, staff, volunteers, and community at large, Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF) has canceled all public performances and events scheduled through April 15th, 2020, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

GLAF staff is exploring options for rescheduling artists and productions for a future date where possible. For the most up-to-date information regarding our response to COVID-19, please visit The GLAF Board of Directors will be MEETING (virtually) as usual next week as scheduled to attempt to bring some sort of normalcy amid the raging storm outside!

Please know that although we may need to adjust our season we will do so first-most for the wellness and safety of YOU our GLAF patrons and secondly for the safety of our performers.  As we monitor the current situation our goal is to keep information forthcoming over the coming weeks.


Andrew H. Harvey,
GLAF Board Chair

#StayHome #StaySafe

The Seldom Scene

The Seldom Scene is an American bluegrass band formed in 1971 in Bethesda, Maryland. The Scene has been instrumental in starting the progressive bluegrass movement as their shows include bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even pop. What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun.

Concert is this Sunday, August 4th starting at 6:00 pm at Wisp Resort

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February will start the 2018 performance and educational season with band, chorus, and theater students from both Northern and Southern High Schools traveling to the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown to see the semi-staged production, in Italian with English subtitles, of Puccini’s Tosca. Last year the students were well-acquainted with the opera Carmen before they arrived at the theater, and interacted with the performers during a post-performance discussion; Tosca promises to be an equally successful experience for students.

April will bring Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble to Garrett College as part of GLAF’s educational outreach to school students, focusing on Irish roots and American branches of music and dance. For the general public, the group will perform in conjunction with local historian Al Feldstein’s presentation on 19th century Irish immigrants who helped construct the C&O Canal and B&O Railroad in Allegany and Garrett Counties.

In May GLAF will feature Ukrainian classical pianist Alina Kiryayeva, who will perform her program “Moving Pictures” for the general public and for public school students at the Garrett College auditorium. This program of masterworks featured in famous movies and cartoons will delight audiences of all ages.

GLAF’s traditional Maryland Symphony Orchestra’s performance will be in June. This year the concert will be Space: the Final Frontier, and will feature selections from Gustav Holst’s The Planets, music from the movies Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Superman, taking us on a journey through the cosmos.

July 5 through 7 will again bring Chautauqua to the Garrett College auditorium. Currently presented by the Maryland Humanities in six venues throughout Maryland, Chautauqua’s first performances were in Garrett County over 20 years ago. To support this year’s “Justice” theme, reenactors will portray Eleanor Roosevelt, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall.

Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will return to the Wisp on July 29 to perform music of Burt Bacharach and Barry Manilow. Last year his Rhapsody in Blue concert was nearly sold out; GLAF is pleased to feature him again.

Bumper Jacksons, honored as “Best Folk Band” at the Washington Area Music Awards, will bring their own unique, playful style as they mix their hot and sweet painting of America’s story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78’s, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the  to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. Come and join them on August 12th at Wisp Resort.

River City Brass, a GLAF favorite, will be returning to Garrett College on December 15 for their holiday concert. Based in Pittsburgh, this band consists primarily of a wide variety of brass instruments. Their showmanship and renditions of favorite holiday music will be enjoyed by an audience of all ages.

GLAF’s 2018 season promises to be exciting, with some old favorites and some new performances. GLAF is partially funded by grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, Garrett County Arts Council and Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area. More information about GLAF can be found the website