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La Plata, MD's Summertime Kids Market Series

The Young Artist Market (YAM) is an open-air market showcasing local, handmade products by young artists, artisans and kid-friendly small businesses in southern Maryland, on every 3rd Saturday in June, July and August. 

YAM is always free to attend and open to everyone

The 3rd Annual Young Artist Market (YAM)

Summertime Kids Market + Community Celebration featuring art, music, and entertainment for everyone! 

kids market

The Young Artist Market (YAM) is La Plata MD’s summertime market for kids and families featuring music, art, and entertainment for everyone.

Local Sponsors

Support for the Young Artist Market (YAM) comes from local and regional businesses in Charles County Maryland.

Community Partners

In-kind contributions allow YAM to offer raffle tickets, gift cards, passes and certificates to attendees and participants.

Explore the Community

La Plata is a charming small town, located in Charles County, MD. Although it’s small in size, it has a big heart, and quaint downtown area, offering a little something for everyone!

Important Information about YAM 2024

Event Details


YAM’s mission is to creatively pour into children and connect southern Maryland’s kid-friendly small business community.  


On the third Saturday of every month from June through August, we invite the community to our “Kids Market” on La Grange Avenue, located outdoors at Joyful Studio in downtown La Plata.  This open-air market features kid vendors and artists, along with live music, activities for kids, giveaways and more from 4 to 7PM. 

kid-friendly market

YAM offers a kid-friendly marketplace where families can shop with kid vendors; enjoy free face painting, balloon twisting and caricatures; participate in the Kids Book Swap; and hang out in the maker space for fun, hands-on activities!

kid vendors

All ages are free to attend. Kid vendors are normally age 5 and above.  Participating as a kid or kid-friendly vendor requires advance registration (see link below). 

Thank you for your support

Young Artist Market Vendors

YAM features talented young artists in southern Maryland.


YAM brings a touch of joy, fun and creativity to everyone's summer weekends!


Families gather to support their budding artists, and also enjoy arts, music and entertainment.


YAM showcases our youngest artists, promotes small business and fosters a sense of togetherness.

where to find us

Visit La Plata's painting studio &
event space - Joyful Studio

Joyful Studio hosts YAM in collaboration with local sponsors and community partners. 

Joyful Studio is a painting studio providing kids and families with fun, joyful learning experiences through art, reading, and hands-on activities.  Stop by the studio for art classes, paint parties, story-time events and workshops, as well as private event space rentals.  Joyful Studio is located in downtown La Plata, MD.  


(301) 233-9783
115A La Grange Avenue, #103
La Plata, MD
Visit Joyful Studio 

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