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Waterfowl Festival's “The Long Stretch” by Julia Rogers
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1 Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville

Through October 20, 2019 (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


Harriet Tubman Mural

2 Underground Railroad Month

 September is International Underground Railroad Month and Maryland is recognized as the most powerful destination for authentic Underground Railroad history in the world. Discover more about those involved in the Underground Railroad, including Maryland’s courageous Harriet Tubman, the brilliant orator Frederick Douglass, and thousands of freedom seekers.
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Maryland Wine Festival

3 Maryland Wine Festival, Westminster

September 21-22, 2019
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


Kids making art Photo By: Baltimore Museum of Art

4 Free Fall Baltimore

October 1-31, 2019
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


Fall Foliage Experience in Allegany County Photo By: Western Maryland Scenic Railroad

5 The Fall Foliage Experience, Cumberland to Frostburg

October  2019
Climb aboard the restored diesel locomotive on the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad and climb through the beautiful Allegheny Mountains.  A narrator on-board provides "color" about the history and cultural locations along the way.  Magnificent autumnal colors plus a  vintage railroad experience -- what could be better in the fall?


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Location:
13 Canal St
Cumberland, MD 21502
301-759-4400


Ghost Tours of Frederick Photo By: Ghost Tours of Frederick

6 Ghost Tours & Haunted Attractions

Fall 2019
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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Baskets of Darlington Apples at the Darlington Apple Festival

7 Darlington Apple Festival

October 5, 2019
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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Location:
2110 Main Street
Darlington, MD 21034
410-457-4189


Taste of Bethesda

8 Taste of Bethesda

October 5, 2019
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 restaurant specialties and enjoy the live entertainment. Children love to visit the Kid's Corner for face painting and arts & crafts.


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Location:
Woodmont Triangle
Bethesda, MD 20814
301-215-6660


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

9 52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival, Oakland

October 9-13, 2019
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, Maryland
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541
888-387-5237


sailboat Photo By: United States Sailboat Show

10 Annapolis Boat Shows

United States Sailboat Show
October 10-14, 2019
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 3-6, 2019
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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Catoctin Colorfest

11 Catoctin Colorfest, Thurmont

October 12-13, 2019
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


glowing pumpkins at night Photo By: Brian O'Dohert

12 Garden Glow at Ladew, Monkton

October 19-20, 2019
This unique celebration of fall features illuminated sculptures, hundreds of glowing jack o’ lanterns, live music, and food & spirits. Special exhibits will give new insights into creepy-crawly-critters. Local artists will create marvelous glowing art works that will be on display.


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Location:
3535 Jarrettsville Pike
Monkton, MD 21111
410-557-9570


Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton poster

13 Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton, Salisbury

October 19-20, 2019
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


painting of swans in water Photo By: Julia Rogers

14 Waterfowl Festival, Easton

November 8-10, 2019
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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Location:
40 South Harrison Street
Easton, MD 21601
410-822-4567


 National Oyster Shucking Championships Photo By: St Mary's County

15 Seafood Festival Season is Here!

Sample seafood all around the state. The 53rd annual U.S. Oyster Festival is in St. Mary’s. Don’t miss the crowning of King Oyster, or the heated competition in the National Oyster Shucking Championships, plus seafood, beer tastings and more. But that’s not all: Oysterfest 13 comes to Baltimore; the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts its annual OysterFest in St. Michaels; Tilghman Island Day is just around the corner, and much more! Get all of the info at our Seafood Festivals page.

Baltimore City lit up for Light City Baltimore Festival Photo By: Light City

16 Light City teams up with the Baltimore Book Festival

November 1-10, 2019
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. Light City is fully accessible, free and open to all.

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

17 Amish Quilt Auction, Mechanicsville

November 16, 2019
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 homemade soup.


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


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

18 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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Fall Photos & Videos

Take a fall foliage tour through Maryland's parks.
Take a fall foliage tour through Maryland's parks.
Photo By: Kevin Moore
Adkins Farm Market - Salisbury
Adkins Farm Market - Salisbury
Fall Colors Along Deer Creek
See the autumn leaves at their best along this Harford County river.
Photo By: Mitch Lebovic
Fall Festivals in Annapolis
In the Annapolis countryside, you'll find festivals full of fun things to do with the family.
Children picking pumpkins
children picking pumpkins
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift
Milburn Orchards in Elkton
Milburn Orchards Cow Sign
Photo By: Clark Vandergrift

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Trip Ideas

Take a fall foliage tour through Maryland's parks.
Take a Maryland Fall Foliage Trip

This autumn, find the best spots to be dazzled by Maryland’s rainbow forests of green, amethyst, orange and scarlet.

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

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

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Ghost Tours of Frederick
Ghost Tours & Haunted Attractions

Saying goodbye to Maryland is never easy, sometimes even for the dead. From the alleyways of old Annapolis to the frontier graves of Frederick and the battlefields of Antietam...

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glowing pumpkins at night
Fall Fun on the Farm

These vibrant festivals celebrate fall fun, and if your taste run more to the macabre, you will love these Ghost Tours & Haunted Attractions . 

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