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.
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.
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.
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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Grove Farm Lane
Mechanicsville, MD 20659
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
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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Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
7 Annapolis Boat Shows
United States Sailboat Show
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
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.
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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Thurmont, MD 21788
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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1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
10 Free Fall Baltimore
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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401 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202
11 Brilliant Baltimore
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.
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!