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.
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 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.
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.
2021 Deep Creek holiday events include lots of fun happenings for the entire family. There is nothing better than Christmas in the mountains! Experience events with your favorite people, and catch the holiday spirit.
2021 Deep Creek Holiday Events
Christmas in the Village Friday, December 3rd, 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm , Saturday, December 4th, 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm Held at Spruce Forest Artisan Village in Grantsville, this is a favorite area tradition. Enjoy strolling and live music in the Village Church, activities in the Village buildings, hot chocolate and cider, and luminaries throughout the Village paths and over the Casselman River Bridge. In addition to the activities in the Spruce Forest Artisan Village, there are guest artists in the Great Room above Penn Alps.
A Great Small Town Christmas December 3 and 4, Oakland A Great Small Town Christmas kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 3rd at the B&O Museum. There will also be sleigh rides, carols, store specials, and a special treat from Santa! Saturday the fun continues with Soup N’ Santa! Area non-profits will hand out free soup (donations are encouraged), visit with Santa, free sleigh rides, live music, and local shopping.
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.
New at the 2021 Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival is a fun Friday night event. From 5-8PM on the 10th, you can attend a premium tasting. A selection of premium wines will be chosen by participating wineries. Also, you can have a bite to eat in the Premium Wine Tasting Area.
Friday night is highlighted by wine pairing dinners at local restaurants. Reservations are suggested. You’ll enjoy carefully crafted, prixe fix menus. Wines are specifically paired to enhance each course. Details will be announced closer to the event.
On Saturday, the main event takes place from noon-6PM. National and regional wineries offer a variety of 200+ wines for tasting. If you find one you like, they are available for purchase in the wine shop.
The Garrett County Fair is one of the best-loved summertime activities! There is no shortage of fun for the entire family. The 2021 Garrett County Fair dates are July 31st-August 7th.
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 2021 Schedule
The schedule for the 2021 Garrett County Fair was recently released. Here is the full schedule for the entire week: