Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events for 2018

Deep Creek Lake holiday events make it a festive time of year to enjoy the area! There are tons of fun things to do at Deep Creek Lake that your entire family can appreciate. Our small towns offer unique activities and great ways to make memories.

Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events

Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events in November

Festival of Trees Garrett County
November 23 & 24 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
There is something for just about everyone at this Thanksgiving weekend event that benefits the Dove Center. Breakfast with Santa, activities for the kids, beautifully decorated trees and lots of craft vendors are just a few of the highlights.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting
November 24, 7PM, Uno’s/Honi-Honi Bar
Check out the Christmas tree lighting on the lawn of UNO and the Honi. Santa will be there for photo too. Area favorite, Boathouse, will start playing at 8PM.

Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events in december

Holiday Open House
December 1, 10AM-Noon, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Bring the kids to make picture frames and ornaments. They will also get to take photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and snack on yummy holiday cookies. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Holiday Events for 2018

Gearing Up for Autumn Glory at Deep Creek Lake

The Autumn Glory Festival is one of the most popular events in the Deep Creek Lake area. It draws thousands of visitors to the area each year. In fact, it was named MSN’s number one fall festival in the world!

The 2018 festival dates are October 10-14. Click here for a complete schedule of activities.

So, what is all of the fuss about? Aside from admiring beautiful leaves, there are tons of fun activities for the entire family to enjoy.

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History of Autumn Glory

Before it was known as “Autumn Glory”, it was actually a turkey festival. Local turkey growers started an annual event to promote turkey dinners. In the 1960s, folks started to think about turning it into a larger festival. It eventually evolved into the extravaganza that we know today. Of course, turkey dinners are still part of the tradition!

Favorite Autumn Glory Activities

The festival kicks-off on Wednesday and continues through Sunday. I put together a few of my favorite “must-dos” for the festival.

-The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception is Wednesday night at Wisp Resort. You can mingle with the festival king and queen while you dance the night away.

-Thursday night, enjoy German-style dinner and drinks from 4-7PM at the Oakland Fire Hall. Afterwards, you can watch the Fireman’s Parade that starts at 7PM. Continue reading Gearing Up for Autumn Glory at Deep Creek Lake

Spotlight on Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

The Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival is one of the best loved area events. It takes place Saturday, September 8, 2018. Visitors and residents alike enjoy the festivities. It makes for a great Deep Creek Lake weekend getaway. Also, you can bring the entire family. So, there is no need to leave the kids at home!

Tickets are available for $30 in advance or $35 at the gate. If you are not tasting, general admission is $10.

Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

This is also a special event because it benefits HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival. Both are important non-profit organizations that serve the local area.

Wine Pairing Dinners

Friday night, before the Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival, local restaurants host wine pairing dinners. Reservations are suggested. Participating restaurants include: Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Uno Chicogo Grill, Ace’s Run Restaurant & Pub, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Mountain State Brewing Co. and The Manor Steakhouse. Also, McHenry Beverage is having a special wine tasting. Continue reading Spotlight on Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival

Deep Creek Event Guide for Mid-Summer 2018

Your Deep Creek event guide for mid-summer 2018 is filled with lots of fun happenings. The entire family can enjoy outings that give you the opportunity to explore the Deep Creek Lake area. As an added bonus, many of them are FREE!

Deep Creek Event Guide

Deep Creek Event Guide

Stage Wisp Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays through August 29, 6:30-9PM

Free summer concerts on the lawn at Wisp Resort are accompanied by beautiful sunsets. Bring some chairs and tap your feet to local and regional musical acts.

Pocket Park Movies
Thursdays through August 16, Movies Begin at Dusk

Pocket Park movies are fun nights for the whole family! Bring your chairs or blanket and come out to the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland. Plus, they are free!

Yoga in the Lavender Field
Fridays through August 10, 9-10AM

Experience gentle stretch yoga while surrounded by the scent of lavender. Bring a mat and straps if you have them.  Sip lavender infused iced tea after your the session. The Lavender Farm is located between McHenry and Accident. Continue reading Deep Creek Event Guide for Mid-Summer 2018

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Early summer Deep Creek Lake events offer something for every member of the family. Warm weather makes this a great time to explore the area and enjoy time outdoors.

early summer deep creek lake events

Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Garrett County Celtic Festival
June 2, 10:30AM-6PM, Friendsville Community Park
Come out to celebrate the heritage, arts, and culture of Appalachian immigrants from Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Brittany. Enjoy live music, Highland athletic games, lots of kids’ activities and more.

Maryland Symphony Orchestra
June 9, 7:30PM, Wisp Resort
The Maryland Symphony Orchestra presents “Space the Final Frontier”. The concert includes music from Star Wars, E.T. and Superman.

Deep Creek’s Talent Show at the Honi-Honi
June 16, 5-8PM
This fun event is in its eleventh year. So, don’t miss this karaoke-style competition. It benefits the important work of the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department.
Continue reading Early Summer Deep Creek Lake Events

Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Lake spring events offer something for all ages and interests. Because the weather is warming up, it is a great time to explore state parks. Spring brings out lots of new listings too. You can get great rates on vacation rentals. So, you can have a fun weekend getaway while you look for Deep Creek Lake real estate.

deep creek lake spring events

Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Ramp Cook-Off
April 28, 11AM-1PM, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Ramps are a wild onion that signal springtime in the mountains. You can enter a dish or sample the entries.

Spring Flinger Disc Golf Tournament
April 29, 12:30PM (registration begins), Wisp Resort
This 9-hole disc golf tournament is fun for the entire family. Rental discs are available.

Birdfest
May 4-6, Deep Creek Lake Discovery Center
Guided hikes through area state parks give you a chance to observe native and migratory birds. Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Spring Events

Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Your Deep Creek Lake event update includes fun activities for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and more! Winter is hanging on at Deep Creek Lake, and Wisp Resort expects to be open through St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Over 10 inches of snow in early March has given us some of the best slope conditions of the year!

Deep Creek Lake Event Update

The Deep Creek Lake real estate market is heating up! I have lots of new listings. Vacation rental rates are low, so it is a great time to plan a weekend getaway and shop for homes.

March & April Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Hiking & Snowshoeing Tours
Saturdays thru Mid-April, 10AM-Noon
Head out with the local guides from All Earth Eco Tours to explore Swallow Falls State Park.

Indoor Flea Market & Crafts
March 17, 8AM-3PM, Ag Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! This indoor yard sale is a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

St. Patrick’s Day Party at Mt. State Brewing Company
March 17, 5-9PM
Celebrate with corned beef & cabbage, drink specials, contests and bagpipers at 6PM!
Continue reading Deep Creek Lake Event Update

Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Dunk weekend is fast approaching! I’ll give you all the info you need to thoroughly enjoy this favorite winter event. The 2018 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 24.

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About the Deep Creek Dunk

The MSP/NRP Deep Creek Dunk started in 1998. Dunkers plunge into Deep Creek Lake’s frigid water to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD). Individuals and teams raise money to benefit this worthy cause. Prizes are awarded for the most money raised as well as for the wild costumes that help to make the event so much fun!

Goosebumps & Grapes

The 2018 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 23 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine and beer tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. The Honi House Band provides live entertainment. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Holiday Events for 2017

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Deep Creek holiday events provide fun and festive activities for all ages throughout November and December. It is a great time to make memories as you experience life in the mountains of Western Maryland.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY

November 24-25, 10AM-6PM
Benefitting the Dove Center, this annual event is held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds. It is a great event for all ages that includes visits with Santa, items from local artisans and lots of holiday trees. 

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

November 25, 7PM
This family-friendly event takes place at the Honi-Honi Bar. Enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and photos with Santa Claus. Starting at 8PM, there is live entertainment until 11.

LITTLE CROSSINGS HOLIDAY MARKET

December 1-3, 10AM-4PM
In nearby Grantsville, you can browse items from local artists and vendors at the Little Crossings Suites right next door to Grant’s Mercantile and the Cornucopia Cafe. Continue reading Deep Creek Holiday Events for 2017

Festival of Trees Garrett County Event Guide

festival of treesA popular event in these parts is the Festival of Trees Garrett County.  It is held every year on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving at the Fairground Exhibit Hall in McHenry, MD. If you’ve never been to it make this the year you treat yourself!

All proceeds benefit the Dove Center – a local facility that offers services for victims of domestic violence.

The event is held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes a vast array of activities for the whole family. On Saturday, the kids activities end at 4 p.m. to prepare for the live auction.

Festival of Trees Garrett County

Designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses are on exhibit, and will be auctioned off Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Grand Finale Auction.

Bring the kids to the Festival of Trees Garrett County Breakfast with Santa and then Frosty’s Funland for Santa’s Bakery, crafts, mail a letter to Santa, facepainting, or to shop in Elfenheim Mall for $1 per item. Watch the SuGO Lego robotics demonstrations both days, and enjoy a Kona Ice.  Many local vendors will be there, selling their creations.

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Tickets can be purchased online. Prices are $5 admission; $10 for breakfast with Santa.

FESTIVAL OF TREES GARRETT COUNTY SCHEDULE OF ATTRACTIONS

Start the family fun with Breakfast w/ Santa with Bracelet
$10/person
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. seatings

Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Foods and drinks, low prices

Vendors
Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Creative, special gifts for everyone

Make Your Own Sundae $3
Noon-3 p.m. Friday
1 p.m. while it lasts on Saturday
Choose the ice cream and toppings you want!
Homemade ice cream by locally famous Lakeside Creamery
(near Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen)

Grand Finale LIVE AUCTION Saturday 6 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Cash bar open to public
5:30 p.m. Complimentary food with bid number only

Frosty’s Funland!
Special this year! 9 a.m. to Noon

Check my holiday event guide to see more ways to celebrate the season at Deep Creek.

I look forward to seeing everyone at the Festival of Trees Garrett County this year! Until then, Happy Holidays!