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Don’t Miss the Holiday and Classical Music Performance by Angelica

Angelica - Holiday and Classical Music Performance

Join us for a reception with wine and light fare and enjoy the holiday and classical music of Angelica, a seasoned acapella female quartet. This holiday and classical music performance will take place on Sunday, December 10 from 4-6 p.m. at Smoke N Mirrors Gallery, 114 South 3rd Street, Downtown Oakland Maryland.

There will be a 10% holiday discount on all purchases/combinations over $25 at the gallery and you can qualify for the Oakland Lucky Elf drawing for free prizes and services! The Lucky Elf promotion in downtown Oakland runs from November 26 through December 17. For every $25 spent in a participating Oakland store, you receive a chance to win a variety of local gift certificates. Winners will be chosen on Monday, December 18, 2017.

Certificates include: $100 to Painted Cupboard, 2- $50 to Nola’s Salon, $50 to Chic Shack, $50 to Naylors, $25 to the Book Mark’et, $25 to Pug Ridge Place, $50 to Rudy’s Clothing, $25 to Favorite Things Corner Gift Shoppe, 2 $50 to Top Chefs on Alder, $50 Loar Auxiliary at Garrett Regional Medical Center.

Tickets to the holiday performance are $15 each and include 2 drink tickets and light food fare. Call (304) 277-7700 for reservations. We hope you’ll join us!

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 that starts at 5p.m.

Festival of Trees Garrett County

Designer decorated trees, wreaths, centerpieces, and gingerbread houses are on exhibit, and will be auctioned off Saturday. Beginning at 5 p.m., registered bidders can enjoy refreshments and a cash bar provided by Dutch’s at Silver Tree. At 6 p.m., the auction begins.

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.

garrett county festival of trees
Tickets can be purchased online. Prices are $5 admission; $10 for breakfast with Santa.


Start the family fun with Breakfast w/ Santa with Bracelet
Friday & Saturday 9 a.m. & 10 a.m. seatings. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling 301-746-8117, or emailing

Mrs. Claus’ Bakery
Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Foods and drinks, low prices

Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Creative, special gifts for everyone

Make Your Own Sundae $3
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday (while it lasts)
Choose the ice cream and toppings you want!

Grand Finale LIVE AUCTION Saturday 6 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Refreshments and a cash bar for registered bidders.

Frosty’s Funland!
Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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

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, 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.


Don’t Miss the 13th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

Visitors and locals alike are looking forward to the upcoming 13th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival. The event is held the weekend of Sept. 8 & 9 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, MD and tickets can be purchased online ahead of time.
The festival features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines from Maryland and national wineries for tasting, live entertainment, food, silent auction, wine store, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages and more, all set in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland.
13th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

Wine Pairing Dinners

On Friday, Sept. 8 area restaurants will be offering special pre-fix wine pairing dinners. Participating restaurants including Savage River Lodge, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Uno Chicago Grill, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, and Ace’s will pair pre-selected wines with specially prepared dinner courses.
13th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

Art & Wine Festival

The Art & Wine Festival weekend continues on Saturday from noon until 6:00 p.m. at the Garrett County Fairgrounds professional artists and craftsmen will display and sell their art. Taste and purchase homemade products from local food artisans. National distributors and Maryland wineries will offer samplings of a variety of over 200 wines.
In addition, the wine shop will be open until 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be food available, a silent action taking place and live entertainment by Dmitry Ostrogrsky, Jimmy Flanigan and Timeflies.
General admittance only is $10 and children12 and under are free. The annual festival benefits HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF),
After the festival, walk across the street for the Deep Creek Volunteer Fire Department Crab Feast taking place from 5-9 p.m. on Saturday. Location: 1609 Deep Creek Drive, McHenry (entrance on Route 219 across from Garrett County Fairgounds).

Don’t Miss the 61st Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

One of the best parts of summer at Deep Creek Lake is the annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair. This summer is the 61st year the fair has taken place. It will be held from July 29 through August 5, 2017. Reithoffer Shows is back for their 6th year and has some amazing rides awaiting you. Antique tractors and farm equipment will also be on display throughout the week.
61st Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

Ride List
Auto Mania … Dizzy Dragon … Drive In … Full Tilt … Gondola Wheel … Himalya … Hot Wheelz … Kiddie Carousel … Kiddie Scrambler … Lolly Swing … Merry Go Round … Planes … Scrambler … Slide … Speedway … Starship 3000 … Spider Man … Tango … Tornado … Wacky Worm … World of Disney … Yo-Yo … Zipper
61st Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

This year’s entertainment has something for everyone. Our traditional fan-favorite truck and tractor pulls, mud bog and demo derby as well as two exciting nights of Maryland High School rodeo action with local starts competing.
The exhibit and livestock barns will hold the Garrett County youth and their projects. Be sure to stop by and ask any questions you may have about the animals or the projects they’ve been working on.
61st Annual Garrett County Agricultural Fair

Farm Queen & Court Program
To be eligible to compete in the Garrett County Farm Queen program and hold the title of Farm Queen, or court member, candidates must meet all of the eligibility requirements at the time of the Farm Queen Program and throughout the period of time that the selected individual(s) hold the title of Farm Queen or court member.

$10 Mon., Tues., Wed., and Fri.
$15 Thurs and Sat
$7 Non-ride tickets purchased in advance.
Children over the age of 2 but under 36” tall pay $5 admission (no rides included). If children are under 36” tall and want to ride they must pay regular admission price. There are a limited number of rides for those under 36” tall.
Admission for all includes rides, entertainment and track events.
Tickets can be purchased at First United McHenry (Grantsville and Friendsville locations), Slopeside Market, Deep Creek Shop and Save, all First Peoples locations, Double G, Southern States Oakland, and Gregg’s Pharmacy.

All of the food offered outside of the carnival is prepared and served by volunteers working for one of the many non-profit organizations in Garrett County. Fair week offers the opportunity for these non-profits to raise money for their particular cause.

No pets are allowed on the grounds with the exception of handicap service dogs and contestants in the pet show.
We’d like to wish all of you a fun-filled time at the fair this year! Hope to see you there!
The Garrett County Agricultural Fair is held at on the fairgrounds at 270 Mosser Road, McHenry, Maryland, 21541.