Circumstances may cause events to be changed. Please confirm with the contacts listed.
Please advise of any upcoming events that we have not included.
Mail us or call (301) 387-5898.


Autumn Glory Festival -- October 11-15, 2017
Garrett County Agricultural Fair -- July 28 - Aug 28, 2018
Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival -- Sept. 7-8, 2018


See also State Parks and Entertainment Guide, for more events

Every Saturday

A Touch of Class Wine & Beer Tasting Tours
Departs and returns to Deep Creek Beverage, 12-4
$49 includes tastings and transportation
Includes Visiting and Tasting at the following venues: Mountain State Brewing Company, Fireside Wine & Deli, Black Bear Wine and Words, Deep Creek Beverage.  Transportation is provided in 14 passenger Vans & limousines Minimum booking must be met, Personal pick ups may be available for an additional fee.  Call 301-501-5466 (LIMO) for a reservation.

Free Wine Tasting
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, 1-5 p.m.
Join us for our weekly wine tasting free of charge. Each week will be a new experience hosted by professionals in the wine industry.

Every Wednesday

Wet & Wild Wednesdays
$7/swimmer, $25/family of 4
When the tubes go in the FUN begins!  Wild and Wet Wednesdays are held every week.  It's a lazy river without the river.  Come enjoy floating away while listening to summer jams in our pool.  Rain or shine it's always sunny and 70 at the CARC. 

Sunday October 1

Appalachian Sunday
Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 22 Maynardier Ridge Road, Bittinger, MD 10:00am
Rev. Dr. Gilson A.C. Waldkoenig will be the guest minister. Traditional Appalachian hymns and special music by the choir. The liturgy will be a folk-song paraphrase "Of the Land and Seasons"

Wednesday October 4

Safety Summit
Ruth Enlow Oakland Library, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
HeaThe Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County will partner with the Dove Center to host a Safety Summit. “Join us for confidential information sharing and education,” noted Heather Hanline, Dove Center Executive Director. “We will have six different tables, each covering one of the following topics: Legal Advocacy/Safety Planning; Dove Center/Volunteering; Technology Safety; Abuse Intervention Services; Domestic Violence and Kids (with a craft); and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault 101. Individuals can visit each table, or only those that they choose.”
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. For more information, contact the Dove Center at 301-334-6255.

Saturday October 7

Teen Sensory and Social Event
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland, 11:00am
This interactive, sensory friendly program will include
activities specifically designed for teens that provide adaptive experiences based on multiple learning styles. The program will provide an opportunity for teens to relax, hang out and have fun, and participate in games and a craft. Video gaming will be available after the program for the teens to enjoy. Open to teens ages 13 – 21 years old. All students must be accompanied by a responsible adult. To register for this event, contact Susanne at 301-334-3996 ext. 0105 or

Wednesday October 11

How to Get Published
Ruth Enlow Library Oakland, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
At last, I've written a book . . . now what do I do? Find out at this free class titled "How to Get Published," presented by Phil Berardelli of Mountain Lake Press. Phil will describe the state of book publishing today and answer any questions you might have. Sign up with Bonnie Winters at 301-334-3996 x0117 or

Wednesday October 11 - Saturday October 14

50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. The Festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more! 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 our annual festival! More information about the 50th annual festival will be added as it is confirmed.

Thursday October 12

Autumn Glory Fireman's Parade
Downtown Oakland, 7:00pm
Note the road closings in downtown Oakland beginning at 6pm.

40th Annual Oktoberfest Celebrations
Oakland Fire Hall
Dinner 4:00pm-8:00pm
Last Appearance of the Oompah Band 7:30pm-9:30pm
Honi-Honi House Band 9:30pm-12:30am
Food and drinks available for purchase

Friday, October 13

Official Maryland State Banjo and Mandolin Championships
Southern Garrett High School, Doors Open-6:00pm; Begins-7:00pm
$15/per person ($12 in advance / under 10 is free)
Celebrating the sounds of the Appalachian Mountains showcased by musicians of all ages as they compete for prizes and the state title. Featured performers and special guests. Sponsored by the town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association. Call 301-334-2691 for more information.

Friday, October 13 & 14

Heritage Craft Fest
Broadford Elementary School & Southern Middle School
Friday - 12:00pm-6:00pm / Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm.
More than 70 vendors will be on hand for this 38th year of the fine art and craft sale. Items for sale include decorative, traditional and contemporary items like paintings, photography, wood working, fiber arts, jewelry and more. Presented by the Garrett County Arts Council.

Friday October 13 - Sunday October 15

43rd Annual Civic Club Antique, Vintage, and Collectible Sale
Oakland Armory
$3 per person for the weekend
Includes 30+ dealers from MD, OH, PA, WV, and VA. Items for sale include furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, coins, jewelry, tools, linens, baskets, and glassware. Venue also includes the Civic Club Cafe offering homemade soups, sandwiches and soft drinks. Bake Sale includes pies, cookies, brownies, and more. Come for lunch, stay for dinner! Enter the raffle to win a $1,000.00 cash prize. Admission of $3.00 is good for all three days. The Civic Club donates all proceeds from this event back to community non-profit organizations. Free parking.  301-387-5680

Saturday, October 14

Our Town Theatre Cafe
Our Town Theatre, 10am-1:00pm
Food for purchase
Savor a hearty lunch and hot drinks before the parade!

Oakland Volunteer Fire Department Pipe Band Concert
Oakland Firehall, 11:00am
Over 100 visiting pipes and drums corps play together in front of the firehall.

Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade
Downtown Oakland, 1:00pm

No Hands Sundae Eating Contest
Lakeside Creamery, 12:30-registration / 1:00-contest
$5/per entry to benefit Garrett Mentors
Enjoy 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and whipped cream without a spoon! Groups of 15-25 in various age categories compete at a time.

MoonShadow, 7:00pm - 11:00pm
$40 in advance / $45 the day of the event
Music. Dancing. Fun. Comaraderie.
Inaugural Garrett County Democratic Central Committee fundraiser. DemFest brings people from across Maryland who are interested in Democratic issues for an evening of music and camaraderie Meet the candidates. Re-connect with old friends. Build the Democratic party in Garrett County for positve growth and change. We are stronger together! Garrett County Democratic Central Committee, Authority Jeff Hovis, Treasurer -Organizer of Dem Fest 2017

Official Maryland State Fiddle Championships
Southern Garrett High School, Doors Open-6:00pm; Begins-7:00pm
$15/per person ($12 in advance / under 10 is free)
Celebrating the sounds of the Appalachian Mountains showcased by musicians of all ages as they compete for prizes and the state title. Featured performers and special guests. Sponsored by the town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association. Call 301-334-2691 for more information.

Saturday, October 14 - Sunday, October 15

Autumn Glory Craft and Gift Sale
Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 10:00am-6:00pm (4pm on Sunday)
This years Autumn Glory Craft & Gift Sale, presented by BB&T, will be held again at the Exhibit Hall at the Garrett County Fairgrounds on Route 219 (Garrett Highway) in McHenry, MD.  This year's Craft and Gift Sale will be October 14 & 15, 2017. We will have a wide variety of crafts and gifts including woodworking, candles, painted decor, jewelry, specialty foods and much more. Hours are 10 AM - 6 PM on Saturday and 10 AM - 4 PM on Sunday. Refreshments will be available for purchase. 

Sunday, October 15

Autumn Glory Festival Car Show
Downtown Oakland, 9:00am-3:00pm
Free to Attend / $15 Registration for vehicles
Antique, Street Rod, Classic Cars and trucks are featured in this non-judged show. First 350 registered will receive a t-shirt and wall and dash plaques. Step back into time and see lots of beautiful vehicles. Food and raffle tickets available for sale and Oakland area businesses will be open. Contact 301-334-4303 or 301- 616-7449 for information.

Wednesday, October 19 - Saturday, October 21

Ghost Walk
Downtown Oakland, 7:00pm departure from The Backstage on Center Street
$10/per person
Our Town Theatre is pleased to announce its first production of the season, October 19-21. Ghost Walk features actors performing monologues about people from Garrett County. Each actor will be stationed in a different location in downtown Oakland. Audiences will meet at The Backstage building on Center Street in Oakland. From there a guide will take them to each location, ending at Our Town Theatre for the final performance. Reservations are required. Space will be very limited. Reservations may be made by calling 301-334-5640 or emailing

Friday - Saturday, October 20-21, 27-28

Haunted Hayride
Broadford Park, 6:30pm
The Terror of Tim Burton to benefit Southern Garrett High School

Saturday, October 21

Grantsville Community Museum Annual Dinner & Fundraiser
Grantsville Senior Center, 125 Durst Court, Grantsville, MD 6pm
$20 donation
Dinner reservations can be made with a $20 donation by calling Lynn Patton at 301-616-6126 or Sue Beachy at 301-707-7205. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, October 18. The program will be given by Carol A. Ebright, a Senior Archaeologist with the Maryland State Highway Administration. The program will be Archaeological Discoveries Found in the Design of the New Route 219 at Hilltop.

Western Maryland Watercolor Society "Anything Goes"
General Arts Store, 19 E Main Street, Frostburg,2-4pm
great selection of art by local members of the Western Maryland Watercolor Society. The show will remain on exhibit until November. Be sure to place your vote for People's Choice.The event is free and open to the public. Awards will be handed out during the reception. The award juror is local area interior designer, Andrea De Palatis.
This exhibition showcase the members art created in various mediums: watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencils, fabric art and more.

Thursday October 26

Arts Connection
B&O Train Station, Oakland, MD
Join fellow artists to network, collaborate and create. Whether you are a painter, woodworker, photographer, musician, writer, or have a passion for the arts, bring your open mind, curiosity and create a community! The Arts Connection is facilitated through Garrett County Arts Council RoundTable and is open to everyone. For more information, contact GCAC at 301-334-6580.

Friday October 27

DCL Water Quality and Your Garden Course
Sky Valley Board Room, Swanton, MD 1pm-3pm
JoinThis class will highlight the importance of adding homeowner conservation practices to properties in Sky Valley to help improve Deep Creek Lake water quality. DCL Water Quality and Your Garden When: October 27, 2017 1pm-3pm Sky Valley Board Room This class will highlight the importance of adding homeowner conservation practices to properties in Sky Valley to help improve Deep Creek Lake water quality.

Sunday October 29

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow presented by GLAF
Garrett College Auditorium, Doors opn at 1:45pm; Show starts at 2:00pm
Adults $15, Students $5, Children under 5 free with an adult
This masterful retelling of Washington Irving's masterpiece will meet your every expectation.  Everyone loves a ghostly, spooky tale about things that go bump in the night-especially when the tale is full of good humor and beloved characters. The lanky, comedic school teacher, Ichabod Crane, pits himself against the athletic "jock", Brom Bones as they vie for the attention of the lovely, mysterious, wealthy Katrina Van Tassel. And of course the spooky specter at the bottom of all the mysterious happenings is the Headless Horseman himself who will make a guest appearance onstage.

Wednesday November 1

Joan Crawford Lecture Series
Charles Ota Heller, Holocaust Survivor and Author
Garrett College Auditorium, 7:00pm
Heller, will discuss his memoir, Prague: My Long Journey Home, a true, riveting adventure and moving recollection of a loving family nearly destroyed by the Nazis, it is an inspirational story of a different kind of Holocaust survivor. Son of a mixed marriage, the author was born in Czechoslovakia three years before the German occupation of his country. Raised a Roman Catholic, he was unaware of his Jewish roots, even after his father escaped to join the British army and twenty members of his family disappeared. Before his Christian mother was taken away to a slave labor camp, she hid him on a farm to protect him from deportation to a death camp. As the war was coming to a close, he exited his dark closet in order to watch the exodus of the hated German occupiers. He picked up a revolver thrown away by a retreating soldier and shot a Nazi. He was nine years old.
Today, he is a full-time writer and an internationally recognized lecturer on entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate venturing, he was a freelance writer and columnist for more than 20 years. Today, he serves on the boards of Walden University (chair of finance committee), NewSchool of Architecture and Design (chair of finance committee), and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (chair of mission delivery committee).