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The 47th Annual Waterfowl Festival's signature work of art, “The Long Stretch” by Julia Rogers.
This festival held over 4 days in fall has tons of family-friendly things to do.
Marching band performing during the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland.

Check out these vibrant fall festivals and events celebrating books, food & drink, and fall fun. 

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1 Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville

August 25 - October 21, 2018 (weekends)
Maryland Renaissance Festival re-creates a 16th-century English Tudor village in the era of William Shakespeare and Henry VIII. Renn Fest pays homage to the era with live performances,  jousting, and meandering street acts which include a fire-eater, jugglers, magicians and enchanting  Renaissance music.

Enjoy a variety of food (must try the turkey leg) and explore a unique world of crafts and artistry featuring glass-blown creations, stained glass, jewelry, pottery, wood-works, leatherwork and clothing.


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1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
800-296-7304


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2 Appalachian Festival, Frostburg

September 13-15, 2018
The Frostburg State University Appalachian Festival  celebrates Appalachian music, arts and crafts and culture  in the mountains of Western Maryland.


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101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
240-522-7635


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Maryland Wine Festival

3 Maryland Wine Festival, Westminster

September 15-16, 2018
This event at the Carroll County Farm Museum has grown from an informal gathering on a local farm to a hub for local wineries to showcase their products to nearly 25,000 attendees. Enjoy food, music, artisan vendors and winemaking demonstrations. Take an educational seminar and learn the ins and outs of wine tasting. Feeling adventurous? Participate in the Amateur Wine Judging.


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Location:
500 S Center St
Westminster, MD 21157
800-654-4645


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Sunfest in Ocean City

4 Sunfest in Ocean City

September 20-23, 2016
Summertime rolls on at this annual fall festival which offers an impressive line-up of live musicians, plus hayrides, great food and special events like laser light shows that illuminate the Ocean City beach. Best of all—admission is free.


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Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
800-626-2326


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Bluegrass band Photo By: Tim and Savannah Finch

5 Berlin's Fiddlers Convention

September 21-23, 2018

Fiddling and blue grass music will fill the streets of Berlin. There will be food and craft vendors, a beer garden and games for the children. This year's musical performances include musicians from all three Eastern Shore states (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) musically these folks represent much of what makes DelMarVa great.  Calp your hands and stomp your feet to performances by the region's most talented Fiddlers.


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Downtown Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
410-641-4775


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People looking at books at the Baltimore Book Festival Photo By: Baltimore Book Festival

6 Baltimore Book Festival

September 28-30, 2018
The 23rd annual Baltimore Book Festival,  a  literary arts celebration, takes place along the Inner Harbor Promenade from the Inner Harbor Amphitheater to Rash Field from 11am to 7am daily. Admission is 100% free and open to the public. This year's authors include A.J. Jacobs, April Ryan, Bill Whitaker, Jonathan Abrams, Carol Anderson, D. Watkins, Nic Stone, Tim Junkin, Wayétu Moore and dozens more.


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Location:
Pratt and Light Sts
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-752-8632


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Kids making art Photo By: Baltimore Museum of Art

7 Free Fall Baltimore

October 1-31, 2018
Free Fall Baltimore is a citywide arts celebration offering hundreds of free arts and cultural activities at participating venues throughout Baltimore.

USAF Thunderbirds performing the Side Knife Edge Photo By: USAF Thunderbirds

8 Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore

October 3-9, 2018
Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore celebrates the rich maritime traditions of the Chesapeake Bay and the contributions of Marylanders to the defense of the nation. The USAF Thunderbirds’ jets and other aircraft will be on display on the Martin State Airport tarmac and in the skies over Fort McHenry and Middle Branch on October 6 & 7 while U.S., Canadian and British navy vessels will be ready for boarding visitors in the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and Locust Point throughout the week and weekend.
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Baskets of Darlington Apples at the Darlington Apple Festival

9 Darlington Apple Festival

October 6, 2018
Darlington Apple Festival is a popular annual one-day event in the quaint village of Darlington, Featuring apples, pumpkins, mums, crafts, entertainment, art, country market, refreshments and more!


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2110 Main Street
Darlington, MD 21034
410-457-4189


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Taste of Bethesda

10 Taste of Bethesda

October 6, 2018
Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid's corner for face painting and arts & crafts.


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Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-215-6660


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This festival held over 4 days in fall has tons of family-friendly things to do.

11 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival, Oakland

October 10-14, 2018
Travel & Leisure named Oakland America’s Best Town for Fall Colors, and with good reason. Celebrate Mother Nature’s gorgeous foliage surrounding Deep Creek Lakewith parades, a farmers market, concerts, antiques and crafts shows, and even a car show! 


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Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
888-387-5237


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12 Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton

October 20-21, 2018
Do you love wine, the great outdoors, delicious food and live entertainment? If so, Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury is for you! Produced in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association.


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Location:
5561 Plantation Ln
Salisbury, MD 21804
410-548-4911


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Picture of the Leonardtown Veterans Day Parade Photo By: St. Mary's County Tourism

13 Salute to Veterans

November 2018
November is Maryland Veterans Appreciation Month. Thank you for your service!

14 10K Across the Bay

November 4, 2018
This could be the most exciting 10k in years. The Across the Bay 10k is one of the largest, most exciting mid-distance events anywhere. 4.35 miles of the 10K course takes place over water, on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The Navy-Marine Corp Stadium is  one of several 10K parking lots (additional fee/pre-registration required)


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Location:
William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge
Annapolis, MD 21401
813-868-5940


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painting of swans in water Photo By: Julia Rogers

15 Waterfowl Festival, Easton

November 9-11, 2018
A wildlife art and sportmans expo, providing the ultimate experience for sporting and outdoor enthusiasts. Join in the celebration of Maryland's sporting heritage and Eastern Shore food, drink and fun! 


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40 South Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-4567


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Bill Miles displaying his rockfish Photo By: Bill Miles

16 Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic Rockfish Tournament

November 16-18, 2018
Thousands of recreational and professional anglers from Maine to North Carolina will be making their way to Maryland to compete for top honors and a chance at some big money in this year’s Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic, the Bay’s largest fall rockfish tournament. With over 250 boats and 1,500 anglers regularly competing, the prizes and competition is larger than ever.
Sandy Point State Park
Annapolis


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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
410-255-5535


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Amish Quilt Auction Photo By: Visit St. Mary's County, Maryland

17 Amish Quilt Auction

November 17, 2018
St. Mary's is proud of its Amish heritage. Be part of the tradition at the annual quilt auction in Mechanicsville.  Bid on beautiful Amish-made quilts and other gorgeous hand-stitched items at this traditional Amish Auction.  The annual auction features smaller hand-sewn items plus wonderful baked goods and delicious home-made soup.


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Grove Farm Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
240-538-7408


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Piscatawaydancers Photo By: PiscatawayIndians.com

18 American Indian Heritage Day - Edgewater

November 23, 2018
The Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians returns to London Town for the annual celebration of native peoples. Join in a dance, talk with an elder, and enjoy the state holiday alongside the Piscataway.


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839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
410-222-1919


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This forest in Western Maryland provides great opportunity for the turkey hunter.

19 Thanksgiving Events and Things to Do

Over the river and through the woods…  Let's make memories, and perhaps start a new family tradition, at these Thanksgiving oriented events in Maryland.
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Ghost Tours of Frederick Photo By: Ghost Tours of Frederick

20 Ghost Tours & Haunted Attractions

Fall 2018
If you enjoy being creeped-out ... you will love the alleyways of old Annapolis and the  frontier graves of Frederick. The Old Line State has spent nearly 400 years collecting her ghosts. Those restless spirits are out there, waiting for YOU.
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Featured Places
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Location:
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
FSU Appalachian Festival
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Location:
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
painting of wine bottle on barrel
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Location:
500 S Center St
Westminster, MD 21157
Sunfest in Ocean City
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Inlet Parking Lot
Ocean City, MD 21842
Musical Note
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Downtown Main Street
Berlin, MD 21811
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Location:
Pratt and Light Sts
Baltimore, MD 21201
Darlington Apple Festival logo
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2110 Main Street
Darlington, MD 21034
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Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda, MD 20814
Fall foliage in Garrett County
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Garrett County, Maryland
McHenry, MD 21541
Autumn Wine Festival logo
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Location:
5561 Plantation Ln
Salisbury, MD 21804
Across the Bay 10K
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Location:
William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge
Annapolis, MD 21401
A waterfowl artist carves in his studio
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Location:
40 South Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601
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Location:
1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
Photo of Amish Quilt Auction
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Location:
Grove Farm Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
American Indian Heritage Day
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Location:
839 Londontown Rd
Edgewater, MD 21037
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