Mid summer events offer something to please every member of your family. There are tons of fun outdoor activities in the Deep Creek Lake area. Also, special events are happening weekly.
In addition to the events listed below, Firewater Kitchen & Bar, MoonShadow, and the Honi Honi have great live acts lined up.
Mid Summer Events
Little Yough Summer Music Festival Fridays through September 2nd, 7PM Held at the Mountain Fresh Pavilion in downtown Oakland, this longtime favorite brings a wide variety of musicians to the stage. Grab a drink at Sipside Lounge before hand or ice cream at Devler’s while you enjoy the tunes.
Mountain Fresh Farmers Market Wednesdays and Saturdays through November 2nd Also held in Oakland’s pavilion, the farmers market has a great selection of local produce, meat, and baked goods along with lots of handmade items.
Garrett County Agricultural Fair July 30-August 6 Head to the fairgrounds in McHenry for one of the favorite mid summer events! The fair is always a good time. You can check out the livestock exhibitions, ride the rides, play games, eat yummy food, or enjoy live entertainment.
Deep Creek early summer events are kicking off everyone’s favorite season with plenty of fun! There are tons of ways to enjoy the beautiful weather with family and friends. Many are old favorites, but there are some new options too!
Deep Creek Early Summer Events
Deep Creek Farmers Market – NEW Fridays through September 2, 3-7PM The area’s newest farmers market takes place at Garrett College every Friday. In addition to local produce, you can also find honey, pottery, and baked goods.
Accident 4th of July Parade Monday, July 4, 11AM Bring the family to Accident for some small town Independence Day fun!
Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display Monday, July 4, About 9PM, McHenry Fireworks launched from the top of the tubing hill at the Mountain Park at Wisp Resort out toward the waters of Deep Creek Lake. Viewing spots include the scenic overlook on Rt. 219, McHenry Cove on Deep Creek Lake and businesses in McHenry.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village is a unique Garrett County treasure that has been enjoyed for decades. It suffered extensive damage in April 2020. They are now in the process of returning this local landmark to its former glory.
About Spruce Forest Artisan Village
Located in Grantsville, the Artisan Village offers the chance to step back in time. It was established thirty-five years ago. The village is a sister property to Penn Alps, a favorite Garrett County restaurant that dates back to 1818.
Artists in residence demonstrate and sell their crafts. Classes are also offered to the public. All of this takes place in historic buildings situated throughout the beautiful grounds. There are thirteen log and frame structures. Two of them go back to the Revolutionary War Period. Most of these are used as studio space.
Resident artists are highly skilled and produce items that include: bird carvings, pottery, hand-forged iron, natural soaps, and more.
Spruce Forest Artisan Village is along the historic National Road that played a big part in the development of the our area. It is adjacent to the historic Casselman Bridge State Park.
Deep Creek Lake kayaking opportunities are abundant! Garrett County is home to numerous lakes and rivers that are perfect for paddling. You can experience peaceful flatwater or raging rapids.
Deep Creek Lake Kayaking
When you arrive at Deep Creek Lake the popularity of kayaking will immediately strike you: it is possible to rent kayaks, schedule kayaking lessons and enjoy guided tours. Easy and affordable, it’s not hard to understand why kayaking was among the top five sports with the most first-time participants.
Flatwater kayaking is ideal for family outings and there are seven lakes to choose from once you have your gear. High Mountain Sports and Wisp Outdoors both offer recreational kayak rentals that come complete with paddles, Personal Floatation Device (PFD) and a little instruction to get you started. As an added convenience, they also both offer a delivery and pick up service that makes everything that much easier. If you’re renting a home on the lake, a kayak is a great additional amenity to keep your group entertained. Herrington Manor, Broadford and New Germany lakes offer quieter areas where no major wakes from motorized crafts will rock your boat.
Fall events celebrate this colorful season at Deep Creek Lake! Throughout the month of October, there are fun happenings throughout Garrett County and the surrounding area. Additionally, you can enjoy vibrant foliage as you travel from one festival to the next!
Along with the events listed below, MoonShadow and the Honi-Honi bar have live music every weekend.
Fall Events 2019
Cove Run Farm Corn Maze Friday – 4-9, Saturday 12-9 and Sunday 2-6 (other days/times by appointment), 596 Griffith Rd., Accident, MD Bring the kids and find your way through the corn maze! Hay rides and a petting zoo are available too!
Springs Folk Festival October 4-5, 9AM-5PM, Springs, PA Experience this celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. There is live music, hayrides for the kids and over 100 artisans selling and demonstrating their crafts.
52nd Annual Autumn Glory Festival October 9-13, Activities throughout Garrett County This favorite festival is five days of fun! Parades, craft shows, live music and antique shows are just a few of the highlights.
Deep Creek Lake late summer events will keep you entertained! I call this the “secret season” as it is one of my favorite times of year in Garrett County. Warm days are perfect for boating and kayaking. Plus, you feel like you have the lake all to yourself. Crisp nights have a hint of the fall season that arrives in late September. My boys love making s’mores and hanging out around the fire pit. Also, vacation rental rates offer you a great value.
Deep Creek Lake Late Summer Events
Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival September 7, Noon-6PM Over 200 wineries will be on hand along with numerous craft beers, local and regional artisans, live music, activities for the kids and more.
2019 AYCE Crab and Shrimp Feast September 7, 3-9PM Only 450 tickets are available for this fun event that benefits the Deep Creek Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
Deep Creek events for summer promise fun for the entire family! There are tons of things to see and do throughout July. I put together some “must-dos” if you are in the Deep Creek Lake area. Many of these events are FREE as well, so they are easy on your wallet!
Wisp brings some great local and regional acts to their outdoor stage for FREE summer concerts. Food and drinks are available for purchase, plus they have added vendors selling farm fresh veggies and art.
Deep Creek Lake Easter events and activities offer something for every member of the family. For those celebrating the holiday, there is no shortage of fun! Keep in mind that all of the info below is for 2019.
Friday, April 19
See the The Expandaband at MoonShadow from 8-10PM. This local group plays old favorites as well as original songs. More Info
Saturday, April 20
Natural Egg Dyeing Discovery Center, 10AM-Noon Bring 6 hardboiled eggs to use with natural dyes and visit with the Easter Bunny! More Info
Taylor-Made Easter Egg Hunt Held at Monkey Business Adventure Park, 10AM Bring your Easter basket and hunt for over 3,000 eggs! More Info
Deep Creek spring events guide gives you the rundown on what’s happening at the lake. There is something for just about every age and interest this spring. Whether you are a resident or just visiting, you will find fun activities just about every weekend.
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.