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Autumn Glory Festival Garrett County

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 2023 festival dates are October 11-15. 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.

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! Check out restaurants that are participating in the “turkey trail”.

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.

-Wednesday through Sunday the town of Oakland hosts a carnival complete with rides, games, and food.

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2023 Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival

The 2023 Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival is happening Saturday, September 9. It will be held at the Garrett County Fairgrounds.

This favorite event benefits both HART for Animals and the Garrett Lakes Arts Festival.

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Garrett County Fair Quick Guide

mid summer events

The Garrett County Fair is one of the best-loved summertime activities! There is no shortage of fun for the entire family. The 2023 Garrett County Fair dates are July 29-August 5.

Growing up in Garrett County the fair was not to be missed. Every kid wants to spend as much time there as possible. Rides, games, food and farm animals are just a few reasons to visit the fair at least once during the week.

Garrett County Fair 2023 Schedule

The schedule for the 2023 Garrett County Fair was recently released. Here is the full schedule for the entire week:

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Deep Creek Lake July Events

Deep Creek Lake July events include a variety of ways to enjoy the outdoors with your family. Plus, many of these activities are FREE!

Stage Wisp Free Summer Concert Series
July 5-August 30, 6:30PM, Wednesdays Throughout Summer

Little Yough Summer Music Festival
July 7-September 1, 7PM, Fridays Throughout Summer

Art in the Park
July 8, 10AM-5PM and July 9, 10AM-4PM
Browse artwork from more than 50 vendors at Deep Creek Lake State Park.

Deep Creek Lake Art in the Park

Victorian Chatauqua
July 8 and 9
Celebrate the history of Mountain Lake Park. This is a free, family-friendly event with historical performances, live music, vendors and artisans, food, trolley bus tours, and more.

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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 2023 date for the dunk is Saturday, February 25.

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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!

This favorite winter event took a two year hiatus due to COVID-19 so we are especially excited about the 2023 festivities.

Goosebumps, Grapes & Growlers

The 2023 Deep Creek Dunk festivities kick-off Friday, February 24 at the Honi-Honi Bar. This wine tasting is held in the heated tent on the deck. A $20 donation benefits Maryland Special Olympics. Continue reading Deep Creek Dunk Quick Guide

Deep Creek Holiday Happenings 2022

Deep Creek holiday events offer something for everyone. There is a little bit of magic in our mountains during this festive time of year. It’s easy to catch the spirit of the season weather you’re taking the kids to see Santa or shopping locally for last minute gifts.

Deep Creek Holiday Events

Joy of Christ Celebration
Holiday light show synced to music. More info.

Oakland Express at the B&O Museum
December 10th and 17th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Children ages 4-9 can visit with Santa at the B&O Museum in Oakland. There will be snacks and crafts too! Reservations are required and can be made by calling Nicole McCullough at 301-334-2691. More info.

Get Your Jingle On – Holiday Open House
December 10th, 10am to 4pm
Check out Deep Creek Lavender Farm’s annual holiday open house. There will be music, raffles, and sales along with lavender teas or lavender hot chocolate. More info.

Christmas at Brodak’s
December 11th, 2 pm to 4 pm
Brodak’s banquet hall hosts crafts for kids as well as story time with Santa. More info.

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Mid Summer Events at Deep Creek Lake

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

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.

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Deep Creek Early Summer Events

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 MarketNEW
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.

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Spring Happenings at Deep Creek

Spring happenings are popping up now that winter is behind us. There are some fun events coming up to keep your crew entertained.

spring happenings at deep creek lake

Paint an Easter Bunny Tile at Deep Creek Pottery
April 3, 1PM
Easy craft that is suitable for all ages! Use the link above to get your ticket.

Spring Egg Hunt at Deep Creek Marina
April 16, Noon-3PM
Enjoy a prize filled egg hunt with snacks and drinks for the entire family! RSVP is required – use the link above or email

Easter Egg Hunt at Broadford Park
April 16, Noon
More than 6,000 eggs will be hidden throughout the park!

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March 2022 Events at Deep Creek Lake

March 2022 events include some fun activities throughout the area. It is a quieter time of year when winter fun winds down. There are still some happenings to keep you entertained though.

March 2022 Events

March 2022 Events

Team Trivia & Team Bingo at Mountain State Brewing Co.
Trivia is every Thursday from 6:30-8:30PM. Bingo happens every Sunday from 1-2:30PM.

Mountain Fresh Winter Market
March 5 and March 19, 11AM-1PM
Winter markets include fresh produce, crafts, local honey, and more. They are held a The Gallery Shop in downtown Oakland.

St. Patrick’s Day Party with Shallow 9
March 19, 8PM
Head to the Honi-Honi for live music.

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