Arts & Culture
The Autumn Glory Festival has so much to showcase—one parade simply isn’t enough to get the job done! Experience Thursday’s Fireman’s Parade, where fire and rescue units from the tri-state area cruise through downtown Oakland. On Saturday, the Grand Feature Parade marches more than 100 units, including custom floats by local organizations, antique vehicles, bands and more.
From musical competitions to marching bands, the rhythm of Garrett County is on full display at the festival. For an evening of bluegrass and American folk music, don’t miss Friday’s Official Maryland State Banjo & Mandolin Championships or the Fiddle Championship on Saturday. Enjoy more live music at the Autumn Glory VetFest and SEYMOUR–An Art Experience, where fine art, good food and demonstrations await.
Shopping & Craft Shows
Handcrafted goods and vintage gems abound at the Autumn Glory Festival. Peruse old-fashioned finds at the weekend Antique, Vintage & Maker Market, or shop one-of-a-kind factory selections at the Bear Creek Traders Autumn Glory Tent Sale.
For a true shopping spectacle, experience the daily Simon Pearce Autumn Glory Sale, where master glassblowers demonstrate their craft—and you can purchase their handiwork! For more artisanal products, visit the Annual Quilt Show, Woodlake Tree Farm Autumn Glory Spectacular and Glorious Harvest Farmers Market & Craft Show for unique gifts and fresh goodies in the outdoor pavilion.
Dining & Food Events
The Autumn Glory Festival’s roots are with Garrett County turkey growers and today, promoting community dinners and turkey dinners remain a staple of that tradition. Check out the festival’s Turkey Trail Map to explore county-wide businesses offering turkey and mashed potatoes with all the fixin’s, plus mouthwatering sides and desserts. For more local flavor, be sure to stop by the parade food vendors to sample some of Maryland’s best bites, or check out downtown dining favorites such as Tomanetti's Pizzeria and Italian Eatery, Alder Street Diner and The Cornish Cafe.
You can even celebrate Oktoberfest alongside Autumn Glory, with the Thursday Oktoberfest Dinner serving up German-style food and drink. For some family-friendly competition, sign up for Sunday’s ice cream eating contest—no hands allowed!
Lodging & More
A five-day festival is the perfect excuse for a weeklong or long weekend getaway in the Garrett County Heritage Area. Find accommodations that suit your travel style, from value-savvy motels to quaint inns and bed and breakfasts. The Garrett Inn features cozy country decor and close proximity to local restaurants and attractions, while The Inn at Deep Creek offers lakefront views ideal for leaf-peeping.
From Deep Creek Lake State Park to the soaring stone Casselman River Bridge, both stops along the fall foliage tours, there are plenty of activities to make your Autumn Glory Festival vacation a memorable one. For more Garrett County adventures, explore our top-ten list of Can't-Miss Things to Do Around Deep Creek.