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Covered bridge during fall
Fall in Frederick County
Image Credit: C. Kurt Holter
Retriever at Waterfowl Festival
leaping lab
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This forest in Western Maryland provides great opportunity for the turkey hunter.

1 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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Christmas pup on boat Image Credit: Tracey Munson

2 Holiday Festivities

There’s no place like Maryland for the holidays! Get into the spirit of the season at Parades and Festivals, great holiday Train Events dazzling Light Displays and Candlelight Tours, memorable Performances of holiday classics, unique Arts & Crafts Shows, and spectacular New Year's Eve Celebrations.
Make this year special with a Home for the Holidays hotel package.

Gaylord Atrium at National Harbor Decorated for the Holidays Image Credit: Gaylord National Harbor

3 Home for the Holidays Family Hotel Package

There’s nothing like coming home to Maryland for the holidays, but this year, why not make that homecoming a little sweeter with just a bit of space? With Home for the Holidays packages, you can get a great deal on a hotel just minutes from mom’s.
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Amish Quilt Auction Image Credit: Visit St. Mary's County, Maryland

4 Amish Quilt Auction, Mechanicsville

November 23, 2019
St. Mary's is proud of its Amish heritage. Be part of the tradition at the annual quilt auction in Mechanicsville (always the Saturday before Thanksgiving).  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 homemade soup.


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


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Pair of ospreys on St.George Island Image Credit: BC Petrie Photography

5 Open For Birding

Situated in the geographic middle of the Atlantic Flyway, Maryland is a bird-watchers paradise with birds passing through during their annual fall migration. Here are some ideas for making the most of your birding experience...

2020 Fall Events

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

6 52rd Annual Autumn Glory Festival, Oakland

October 7-11, 2020
Travel & Leisure named Oakland America’s Best Town for Fall Colors, and with good reason. Celebrate Mother Nature’s gorgeous foliage surrounding Deep Creek Lake with parades, a farmers market, concerts, antiques and crafts shows and even a car show.


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Location:
Garrett County
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
888-387-5237


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sailboat Image Credit: United States Sailboat Show

7 Annapolis Boat Shows

United States Sailboat Show
October 2020
Bring the family to this world-famous sailboat show where you will find something for everyone; seminars, clothing, accessories and boats of all sizes. Enjoy the many shops and restaurants in historic Annapolis.

United States Powerboat Show
October 2020
Miles of docks exhibit everything from luxurious motor and ocean-going yachts and “down east” trawlers to high-performance powerboats and offshore fishing machines. On display are boats of every style from 8’ to 80’ including water toys of all types, express cruisers, inflatables, paddle boards, ski boats, powerboats, pontoons, and an extensive collection of fishing boats.

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Covered bridge during fall Image Credit: C. Kurt Holter

8 Catoctin Colorfest, Thurmont

October 10-11, 2020
Local art, jewlery, crafts, and a variety of delicious food are just a few of the fun things you will find at this annual event that began in 1963! Catoctin Colorfest, in Thurmont, is one of the largest outdoor craft shows on the East Coast and is held as the area's leaves are crescendoing in vibrant colors.
See more Fall Festivals in Frederick!


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Location:
Community Park
Thurmont, MD 21788
301-271-7533


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Renn Fest Character Image Credit: Michael Leubecker

9 Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville

August 29 - October 25, 2020 (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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Location:
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
800-296-7304


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Kids making art Image Credit: Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Free Fall Baltimore

October 2020
Free Fall Baltimore is a citywide arts celebration offering hundreds of free arts and cultural activities at participating venues throughout Baltimore.


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Location:
401 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-752-8632


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Baltimore City lit up for Light City Baltimore Festival Image Credit: Light City

11 Brilliant Baltimore

November 2020
Light & Literature unite as Baltimore Book Festival and Light City join to create a one-of-a-kind international event, Brilliant Baltimore.
The Baltimore Book Festival, the mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts, features more than 200 celebrity and local authors, readings, workshops, children’s activities, panel discussions, cookbook demonstrations and more than 100 exhibitors. 
Light City is the nation’s first free large-scale light, music and innovation festival powering social change. The festival’s social innovation conference generates a glowing ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day, before the bright lights and live entertainment make Baltimore shine at night.
Brilliant Baltimore is fully accessible, free and open to all.

Family enjoying the Waterfowl Festival in Easton Image Credit: Waterfowl Festival

12 Waterfowl Festival, Easton

November 6-8, 2020
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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Featured Places
Quilt Auction
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Location:
Grove Farm Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
Fall foliage in Garrett County
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Location:
Garrett County
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
People Attending Catoctin Colorfest
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Location:
Community Park
Thurmont, MD 21788
Renaissance Festival
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Location:
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
girls making art
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Location:
401 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
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