Winter Fest takes place every President’s Day Weekend. Held in downtown Oakland, there are lots of fun activities for everyone. Most importantly, many activities are free! It is a great way to spend time with family and friends as you celebrate the winter season. Oakland is about 15 minutes from Deep Creek, so it is also an easy drive if you are just visiting for the weekend.
Winter Fest Events
Winter Fest kicks off on Saturday, February 17, 2019. The first live ice carving starts at 9AM. Bill Sandusky, a master ice carver, shows off his work with live demos throughout the day. Also, there are pre-carved sculptures placed throughout the downtown area. You can stroll along the streets to check them out. Maps are available so that you can see them all. They are on display both Saturday and Sunday.
At 10AM, horse drawn sleigh rides start. They are great fun! I highly recommend this. The folks from Pleasant Valley Dream Rides provide a great experience.
Between 10-4, you will find fun crafts for the kids at The Gallery Shop.
The weather might be cold, but local growers offer a Winter Farmers Market at 11AM. It is held at the Ruth Browning Senior Center. You can shop for winter produce, beef and pork, local honey, hand woven rugs and more.
As you walk around, keep in mind that many of the shops are offering great deals. In addition to antique stores, you can look for classic vinyl at Flipside Sounds. There are lots of great eateries as well. You can warm up with a hot coffee at Cornish Café or grab a bite to eat Alder Street Diner.
A variety of vendors will be at 221 S. Third Street Saturday and Sunday. Browse candles, jewelry and more.
I love spending time in our local small towns. My boys always enjoy local festivals and the unique activities they offer. It is certainly a family-friendly event. Above all, it is a fantastic way to make some winter memories.
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