Check out these vibrant fall festivals and events celebrating books, food & drink, and fall fun.
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
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
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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500 S Center St
Westminster, MD 21157
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
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
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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Pratt and Light Sts
Baltimore, MD 21201
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.
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.
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
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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Bethesda, MD 20814
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
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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5561 Plantation Ln
Salisbury, MD 21804
13 Salute to Veterans
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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William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge
Annapolis, MD 21401
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
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
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1100 E College Pkwy
Annapolis, MD 21409
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
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
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.
20 Ghost Tours & Haunted Attractions
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.