Kanye Twitty and more to be featured at Essex Day!

Essex Day Festival Partners with Starleigh Entertainment

The New Essex Day Festival Association is pleased to announce it has partnered with Starleigh Entertainment http://www.starleigh.com, who will sponsor the Main Stage and provide the musical acts for the 43rd Annual Essex Day Festival.

The popular rock/country/hip hop band Kanye Twitty is the first of Starleigh Entertainment’s acts to be confirmed for the Essex Day Festival, which will be held on Saturday, September 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Starleigh Entertainment Stage, formerly the Main Stage, will be located at Taylor Avenue and Eastern Boulevard. The Essex Day Festival, which runs along the Boulevard from Mace to Woodward Ave., will open with the Baltimore School of Rock at 10 a.m., followed by Opening Ceremonies at Noon. Other musical acts will be announced at a later date.

“We are really excited to sponsor the Essex Day Festival this year,” said Rob Baier, president of Starleigh Entertainment. “This is a great opportunity to get involved with this long-standing community event and showcase our local bands who have many fans throughout Eastern Baltimore County. We are looking forward to providing an all-star lineup for this year’s Essex Day!”

Presented by the New Essex Day Festival Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the event will include entertainment on four stages, kiddie karaoke; a kids’ zone with children’s activities; costumed characters; free tours of the Heritage Society of Essex and Middle River Museum; arts and crafts, novelty, sports, and food vendors; nonprofit organizations; local businesses and more. This year, the festival has been moved from Sunday to Saturday to accommodate more vendors and a larger crowd.

About the Essex Day Festival

The Essex Day Festival is presented by The New Essex Day Festival Association, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Essex Day began in 1975 as “Super Sunday” with the purpose of raising funds for restoration of the historic Ballestone-Stansbury House. After the restoration was complete, the goal of Essex Day was to help showcase the businesses along Eastern Boulevard and now has become the staple of Essex. Every year, unpaid officials and volunteers of all ages help in making this event a success.

For more information and updates on the festival, go to www.essexdayfestival.com or https://www.facebook.com/essexdayfestival/.

Essex Day 2016 – Thank You!

We would like to thank our vendors and friends who shared Essex Day with us. We experienced the misfortune of the ride company going out of business, and failing to advise those venues where they were booked. At 6 A.M. on Sunday morning-our hands were tied. Our Festival Chair, Joe Dicara, and Midway Chair, Carol Karwacki; however are already in the process of acquiring a company for next year. Some questioned why the karaoke stage was not at its regular location. Since the karaoke Director chose to separate from the festival this year, our Festival Co-Chair, Ric Metzgar, assumed that location for the Christian Stage. We were advised that the people really enjoyed the new spot. We also want to thank our local churches for being patient every year with the added activity and traffic. As we have every year, out of respect for our churches, we refrain from having music until 1:00 P.M. Speaking of music, we would like everyone to know that Doug Lester has agreed to assume the position of entertainment and stage management for 2017. We think it’s fair to say that everyone will be pleased with the result. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017.

4 on the Floor with Overdrive to headline 2016 Essex Day Festival


There is a magical energy that exists between 4 on the Floor with Overdrive and the audience. Whether it’s an East Coast swing, West Coast swing, Lindy hop, 2 step, shuffle, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, hustle, or free style… we make the dance floor, or the chair you sit in, come alive with “happy dance music” from the 50’s through the 90’s.
4 on the Floor with Overdrive takes the main stage at Essex Day at 1 PM.