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Favorite Fall Events

Foliage festivals and fun on the farm are just the beginning!

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Fall into Autumn in Maryland with the sun shining on the ever changing foliage; the farmer’s markets overflowing with the season’s bounty; the exhilarating chills of historic ghost tours;  it’s the perfect time to visit! That’s right, Maryland brings something a little extra to the table in fall. So if you love cozying up with a quilt or a good book, eyeing scenes of the season, then these favorite fall events are for you!

1
Southern Maryland Sunflower Festival
September
Southern MD Sunflower Festival
Farm Heritage Conservancy

Kick-off Fall by visiting Serenity Farm and supporting the nonprofit Farm Heritage Conservancy. Enjoy 6 acres of pick-your-own sunflowers, hay rides, photo opportunities, local art show, vendors, petting pen, and more!

2
Annual Autumn Glory Festival
Oakland, October
Fall at Deep Creek Lake

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 farmer’s market, concerts, antiques, crafts shows and even a car show.

3
ZOOBOOO!
Baltimore, October
snake in a pumpkin

Have a spooktacular time! Come celebrate Halloween & the fall season with the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore’s 39th annual ZooBOOO! There will be games, prizes, contests, live entertainment, and FREE trick-or-treating! Wear your favorite costume, visit some of your favorite animals, and collect candy at our many trick-or-treat stations.

4
Haunted Ghost Tours
Various Locations, Fall
Ghost Tours of Frederick
Ghost Tours of Frederick

As Halloween approaches, opt to try something spooky! Ghost Tours are offered all around the Old Line State and allow you to explore pubs, alleyways, shops and residences where the stories of some of Maryland’s long-gone residents come back to life.

5
Farm Festivals & Corn Mazes
October - November, Various Locations
glowing pumpkins at night
Brian O'Doherty

If you’re looking to venture through a corn maze, pet some friendly farm animals, hop on a hayride or pick your own pumpkin, then check out these farm festivals and corn mazes happening across Maryland every fall. 

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Free Fall Baltimore
Baltimore, October
Kids making art
Baltimore Museum of Art

Free Fall Baltimore is a citywide arts celebration offering a large slate of free arts and cultural activities at participating venues throughout Baltimore.

7
MD Vegan Restaurant Week
November
Southern Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week Logo

Participating restaurants show off their best vegan offerings all week long. Some are creating new dishes or even menus to celebrate this special week.

8
American Indian Heritage Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum
St. Leonard, November
American Indian Village Recreated at JefPat
Sherwana Knox/JPPM

Visit JPPM's re-created Indian Village, for a day filled with activities.  While you are here, begin to experience some of the 560 scenic acres stretching along the Patuxent River.  JPPM has 9,000 years of documented human occupation. 

On this day, we celebrate the extraordinary contributions American Indians have made, and continue to make, to our nation in every arena. Celebrate their achievements and learn about their history in this extraordinary Park and Museum. 

9
The Big Dill World's Largest Pickle Party®
Baltimore, November
The BIg Dill Mascot crowd surfing during the festival.
The Big Dill

Get ready for an unparalleled pickle extravaganza! The Big Dill® invites you to the World's Largest Pickle Party® to celebrate National Pickle Day. Nestled amidst the vibrant autumnal hues at Power Plant Live!, this two-day indoor and outdoor festivity is poised to draw over 10,000 pickle aficionados nationwide.

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

Over the river and through the woods… Check out these fun Thanksgiving events in Maryland throughout the month of November. 

For the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Fall Foliage Reports, please click here.