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Fall in Frederick County

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1 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

See the Blue Angels fly during Fleet Week in Maryland

2 Maryland Fleet Week Air Show Baltimore

September 9-15, 2020
MD Fleet Week offers exciting events and experiences—the U.S. Navy Blue Angels will take to the skies over Fort McHenry while U.S. and International Navy vessels will be ready for boarding. Commemorating history while showcasing state-of-the-art technology, military service branches will be present with hands-on exhibits packaged in a family-friendly festival atmosphere around Baltimore’s famous Inner Harbor.
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3 Preakness Stakes

October 3, 2020
Baltimore's Old Hilltop comes alive with the running of the Preakness Stakes, where the finest three-year old thoroughbreds compete. 
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4 Darlington Apple Festival

October 3, 2020
One day crafts festival in the small town of Darlington in Harford County. The festival celebrates all things "apple," offering entertainment, art, country market, refreshments, pony rides and much more.

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2110 Main Street
Darlington, MD 21034

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5 Annapolis Boat Shows

United States Powerboat Show
October 1-4, 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.

United States Sailboat Show
October 8-12, 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.


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

6 53rd 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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Garrett County
Deep Creek Lake, MD 21541

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7 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.
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8 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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401 W Pratt St
Baltimore, MD 21202

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9 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..

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10 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.

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11 Amish Quilt Auction, Mechanicsville

November 21, 2020
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

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

12 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.
Image Credit: 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.
Image Credit: 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
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Eagle sitting on branch at Rocks State Park
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Trip Ideas

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Fall Fun on the Farm

These vibrant festivals celebrate fall fun.


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.


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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Favorite Fall Events