50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

The 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the fall foliage around the Deep Creek area of Garrett County.  The festival is held from Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Sunday, Oct. 15.
 
Autumn Glory Festival

Festival Highlights

County-wide events celebrate the area’s beautiful foliage and offers a wide variety of things to do both indoors or outdoors. Highlights of the festival include:

  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception on Wed., Oct. 11
  • Oktoberfest Dinner & Celebration on Wed., Oct. 11
  • Fireman’s Parade at 7PM on Thurs., Oct. 12
  • Grand Feature Parade 1PM on Sat., Oct. 14
  • Banjo Championship on Friday, Oct 13
  • Sundae Eating Contest on Sunday, Oct. 15

Kick off Dinner & Reception

The 2017 Kick-Off Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 11 from 6-10 p.m. in the Ag Heritage Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds with catering by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. You can register for the Kick-Off Dinner HERE.
 
The Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception features cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres and a full course dinner including assorted desserts. A presentation follows with an introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen, Sponsor recognition presentation, Golden Ambassador presentation and a commemorative photo auction. The evening ends with dancing and live music courtesy of 80’s Enough .

Autumn Glory Festival

Craft Shows

There are several craft shows during the Autumn Glory Festival weekend. The Craft & Gift Show held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds is put on by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at the Ag Heritage Hall is held Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and Sunday,10am – 4pm.
 
Sixty craft vendors will be on-site showcasing their handicraft items and gifts. Admission and parking is free. Concessions will be available on-site.
 
This year’s festival also includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more!
 
Autumn Glory Festival

Popular Festival Gets Noticed Internationally

Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world and this year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America’s Best Town for Fall Colors.
 
View this Travel Channel video about the annual festival!
 
The Autumn Glory Festival is sponsored by the Garrett Regional Medical Center, a proud affiliate of WVU Medicine. For more information, or if you have questions, please call 301-387-4386.

 

The Autumn Glory Festival 2016 Deep Creek Lake

Betsy Spiker Holcomb Deep Creek Lakes Favorite Realtor
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

The Autumn Glory Festival 2016 Deep Creek Lake

The Autumn Glory Festival 2016 Deep Creek Lake. There are a few towns in this wonderful country we live that have a unique and special way about them when it comes to the Autumn/Fall season. Downtown Oakland, Maryland, which is just a hair outside of Deep Creek Lake, blooms like a rare and cherished flower around the Autumn season. They boast the famous Autumn Glory Festival, which goes on for five wonderful days as we peak in the fall season. The many fun events that are hosted by this popular festival are as special as the breathtaking fall foliage itself.

 

Here are some of the events that were a huge hit this year: Antique Show, Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner, Autumn Glory Sale at Simon Pearce, Banjo & Mandolin Championship, Bear Creek Traders Autumn Glory Tent Sale, Bingo, Classic Car Show, Corn Maze, Craft Shows, Live Downtown Entertainment, Downtown Farmers Market,  Fiddle Championship, Fireman’s Parade, Grand Feature Parade, Historic Mt. Lake Park Tours, Horseback Trail Rides, Ice Cream Eating Contest, Oktoberfest Dinner, Great Pumpkin Race & Festival, Ski & Snowboard Swap, Southern Girls Basketball Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, Tournament of Bands, Woodlake Tree Farm Autumn Glory Sale.

 

Locals love the Oompah night during the Fireman’s Parade which was standing room only this year with the addition of the local band Boathouse after the Oompah band finished up. My little boys loved watching the many firetrucks come during the popular night time parade.

 

The Autumn Glory parade itself is definitely the star of this 5-day event. Some folks have been going since they were little children. This year the weather was perfect in the upper 60’s/lower 70’s and the leaves looked spectacular looking down this Mayberry-resembling town. The participation is always impressive and the streets were lined with adults and children ready to enjoy a wonderful day together. How can you not love clowns, Shriners, tractors, beauty queens, floats, Scottish bagpipes, cheerleaders, marching bands, horses, firetrucks, antique hotrods, mountaineers in coonskin caps, political delegate’s and Maryland’s Governor??

 

Did I mention that Travel & Leisure ranked Oakland Maryland #2 America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors? Nuff said… Check it out.

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The Autumn Glory Festival 2016 Deep Creek Lake
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
The Autumn Glory Festival 2016 Deep Creek Lake
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10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake
Betsy Spiker Holcomb, Deep Creek Lake’s Favorite Realtor
10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake
Taylor-Made Real Estate Betsy Spiker Holcomb-301-616-5022

 

49th Annual Autumn Glory Festival – This event reigns king here at the lake celebrating the Fall season. LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Pumpkin Race and Festival– Bring the kiddos and family out to this fun event which entails a pumpkin race through the white water course.    LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Springs Folk Festival– The Springs Folk Festival invites you to join in the celebration of the arts, skills and labors of our forefathers. Watch the men and women baking bread and weaving, the men hewing logs and threshing grain and the children enjoying themselves on an old-time hayride. LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Go Hiking-Take your pick on hundreds of trails throughout Garrett County. LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Paddleboard– There is not a better way to see the fall season. A spiritual vantage point.      LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Take a relaxing drive- Deep Creek lake and the surrounding rural areas come to life with color in the fall. A nice “Sunday drive” is enjoyable any day.

Go fishing- Fishing in the fall can be productive and soothing as you basically have the lake to yourself most mornings.

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Visit one of seven State Parks- We have no shortage of state parks here in Garrett County. It’s a wonderful time of the year to enjoy them.   LINK

10 Things To Do In The Fall Deep Creek Lake

Relax around the fire- Night time is so relaxing when the temps have cooled to sweatshirt weather and the fire’s crackling.

Pontoon boat ride- Take a deep breather and relax to a nice chill pontoon ride around the lake to observe the beauty.

Deep Creek Fall Events

deep creek fall events
Deep Creek fall events are popping up all over the lake area. This quieter season brings us warm days, crisp nights, and lots of fun activities. When you’re not attending an event, be sure to get outside and enjoy the brilliant foliage that our area is famous for. Continue reading Deep Creek Fall Events