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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.