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 240-321-9925


Garrett County Agricultural Fair — July 28 – Aug 4, 2018 Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival — Sept. 7-8, 2018 Savageman Triathlon Festival — Sept.15-16, 2018 Autumn Glory Festival — October 10-14, 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 WordsDeep 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. 

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).

Thursday November 2

Community Night: Rock Painting
MoonShadow, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Free (bring your own rocks)

Join our staff and get creative on Community Night at MoonShadow. Starting in November every Thursday Night we will host an event in an effort to get our community together to share a passion, create art, inspire others, share stories, play games and more. ROCK PAINTING! —————— We are noticing a cool new trend of painting rocks and leaving them around the county for other people to find. Paint a cool design on a rock of your choice and take it home, hide it, or leave it here for our flowerbeds 🙂 You bring the rocks and we’ll bring the paint!

Saturday, November 4

Toys that Rock
Oakland Walmart, 1:00pm-4:00pm

Party Saturday from 1-4 p.m. at the Toys that Rock event. Take your kids to play with top toys and take selfies with Santa.

Dream Workshop
Smoke N Mirrors, 2:00pm-4:00pm

Smoke N Mirrors is pleased to announce session 2 of this monthly interactive Dream Workshop facilitated by Author and Dream Interpreter Rose Gordy. Write down that dream when it awakens you and plan to share with other dreamers. Your dreams may seem very different through the eyes of others, and you may gain valuable insights that can help you live a better life. Workshops will be held on the first Saturday of each month at 2:00 pm. This is a FREE event, but please register (below) as seating is limited!

Discovering Your Inner Wonder Woman; A Women’s Empowerment Workshop
Frostburg State University, Lane Center, 2:00pm-4:00pm
$50 Suggested Contribution (Sliding Scale)

In this multi-media interactive workshop, Heather Mizeur uses the archetypes of the warrior woman in the 2017 box office hit movie, “Wonder Woman,” to provide tools, insights, and guidance to harness the lessons from sacred feminine energy that will help you become a more fully empowered woman in everyday life.

Sunday November 5

Garrett County Arts Council Page to Stage
Our Town Theatre, 3:00pm-5:00pm
In addition to our local authors reading their original work, we are hosting Meredith Davies Hadaway from the newly formed Maryland Poetry Circuit.

Tuesday November 7

The A&E District Explained
Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Free (+cost of food)
This event is hosted by the Garrett County Arts Council and the A&E committee. They will explain the benefits of renting or purchasing property in the Arts & Entertainment districts of Garrett County. They will also explain the tax benefits to artists in the districts.

This a must attend meeting for realtors, property owners and artists. You are welcome to order off menu while attending.

Wednesday November 8

Women’s Networking Lunch 2.0
Ace’s Run Restaurant, noon-1:00pm
$15 / each

12:00pm Arrive, Networking 12:05pm Lunch Served $15.00 plus Tax and Gratuity, per guest.
During lunch, Special Guest and Nonprofit Spotlights will present. Networking Experience- Bring plenty of business cards, flyers for events coming up, community efforts you are involved in, and anything you would like to share with other ladies in the community.
12:50pm Shout Outs – give a live testimonial for another attending Garrett County business Announcements, Wrap Up
1:00pm Depart -Promptly, so you can return to work…or stay after and continue a conversation about collaboration with another attendee!
This event is for women to meet, greet and collaborate. There are no dues, fees, or commitments.

We are a group of women who want to expand our network of women, and work together on projects that mean something in our lives. Please invite amazing women you enjoy in our community. RSVP REQUIRED! RSVP to [email protected]

Fire Cider Crafting: Traditional Folk Medicine
MountainShine Creative, Cumberland, MD, 6:00pm-7:00pm

Fire Cider is a popular herbal folk remedy. The tasty combination of vinegar infused with herbs is an especially pleasant and easy way to boost natural health processes, stimulate digestion, and get you nice and warmed up on cold days. Because this is a folk preparation, the ingredients can change from year to year depending on when you make it and what’s growing around you.

First Come First Serve for 12 seats. * Pre register your seat by sending us a message or giving us a call at 301-338-2825

Thursday, November 9

Drink and Draw
MoonShadow, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Free (bring your sketchbooks and pens/pencils/etc.)

COMMUNITY NIGHT! Join our staff for an evening of creativity at MoonShadow. Bring your own sketch pad, pencils, markers, etc. We encourage sharing both materials and inspiration. Our staff will have a few objects staged with lighting or you can draw/doodle whatever you’d like. This is not a competition rather a night to inspire and encourage friends of our community!

2017 GLAF Annual Meeting
Smoke N Mirrors Studio, 7:00pm

We will have light refreshments from Firefly Farms. We need your attendance to discuss the following:
—Vote on the new Board of Directors
—Review the 2017 Season and Preview the 2018 Season
—Complete a SWOT Analysis of Garrett County’s Position for Economic Growth
Mike Koch will be attending this meeting to help facilitate the SWOT Analysis. This is your invitation to be part of the planning and future for the Arts in Garrett County. Please join us. Please RSVP by November 6th to the GLAF office – 301-387-3082

Friday, November 10

Remembrance Day Roll Call
Garrett College Auditorium, 7:00am-4:30pm
For more information, contact Kathy Fauber, 301-387-3057 or [email protected]

Saturday November 11

Mountain Moonshine Train
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, 5:30pm Boarding; 6:00pm-9:00pm
$133.69 per ticket

Shhh- It’s the Mountain Moonshine train! Taste the best mountain moonshine made by Tall Pines Distillery. Enjoy delicious heavy appetizers with 5 samples of shine, and 5 sweeter flavors on the way back. And meet the man behind the still with his many moonshine secrets- all during your layover. Just be sure to keep an eye out the window for the G-men! Then at our Mountain View stop, relax around the campfire, or join in on boot stompin’ music and cornhole tossin’.  Boarding will begin at 5:30 pm, and the train will depart at 6 pm. The train will arrive back in Cumberland at approximately 9 pm. Notice: This train experience will not be stopping at the Frostburg Depot. All guest must be 21 years of age or older.

Tuesday November 14

Trader’s Cookie Party
Trader’s Coffee House, 3:00pm-6:00pm

Sample Our Cookies & Place Your Order On November 14th from 3-6pm at Trader’s Coffee House! Everyone placing an order before the cookie party is over gets 6 free cookies!

‘Til Death Do Us Part Murder Mystery
Dutch’s at Silver Tree, 6:00pm-9:00pm
$65 per person

OPEN BAR – HORS D’OEUVRES – BUFFET DINNER -DESSERT with 100% benefits HART for Animals. Wear the most ridiculous wedding attire you can come up with – or not! Be part of this fun interactive evening of mystery and intrigue – and you decide whodunnit! Call 301.387.7729 for reservations.

Wednesday November 15

Garrett County Business Creation & Expansion Roundtable
GGBA, Breakfast at 8:30am, Program begins at 9:00am

The Greater Grantsville Business Association (GGBA) is putting on a roundtable discussion for anyone interested in expanding a business or opening a business in Garrett County, MD. The panel will include: Jim Torrington, Director of Department of Permits & Inspection Services, Andy Hershberger, owner of Yoder-Hershberger Insurance, Blake Walker, Commercial Lending, First United Bank, Jan Russell, County Business Owner, Dallas Ouellette, CPA, Rodeheaver Group, M. Elizabeth Georg, Attorney. Not Confirmed, but hopefully soon! Garrett County Economic Development Director and Circuit Writer for Garrett County

We will have a moderator for discussion and all questions are welcome! Please RSVP. Light continental breakfast and networking begins at 8:30 and the panel begins at 9:00. Immediately after the business panel, we will have an hour long roundtable on non-profits.

JTF Dodgeball Tournament
Frostburg Armory, 7:30pm-9:00pm
$50 entrance fee per team

JTF will be holding an adult dodgeball tournament. The tournament will be limited to the first 16 teams to register and pay. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and best dressed team. Details on the tournament and registration at

Friday November 17

A Night Under the Tuscan Stars Gala
Wisp Resort, 6:00pm-11:00pm
$100 per ticket

Join Garrett Regional Medical Center for A Night Under the Tuscan Stars! Gourmet food, entertainment, and unique auction items reflecting an Italian flair. Semi-Formal Attire/Black Tie Optional. $100.00 per Person ($50 Tax Deductible) to benefit the GRMC Cancer Care Patient Relief Fund. For tickets call or email Steve Bortz at 301-533-4304 or [email protected]

Saturday November 18

Warehouse Sale
Total Biz Fulfillment (in the Northern Garrett Industrial park, Grantsville). 8:00am-12:00pm.

Science kits, dolls, games, housewares, and miscellaneous items are for sale with all proceeds to benefit tri-state area charities. For more information, email [email protected].

Winter Farmer’s Market
Indoors at the Mary Browning Senior Center, 104 E Center Street, Oakland, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Saturday November 18 & Sunday November 19

The Scariest House on the Block – Kids’ Play
Out Town Theatre, Saturday, November 18, 6:00 pm & Sunday, November 19, 6:00 pm

What happens when a group of classic monsters’ kids join forces to create a Haunted House for their parents? Fun happens! The Scariest House on the Block was written by kids for kids. This show is appropriate for all ages. Come see why scary can be funny.

Friday & Saturday November 24 & 25

10th Annual Festival of Trees
Garrett County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 9:00am-5:00pm Friday; 9:00am-4:00pm Saturday.
$5 admission; $10 breakfast with Santa

See our Cover Story for more details.

Happy 1st Birthday!
Garrett County Arts Council Gallery Shop, Downtown Oakland, 10:00am-5:30pm
Light refreshments and door prizes on Friday and Saturday. The Garrett County Arts Council will celebrate one year of operation of The Gallery Shop with an open house celebration on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, at the 108 S. Second Street storefront during normal business hours of 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. At the Open House, the public may view the work of over 150 talented regional artists while considering unique handmade gifts for the upcoming holiday season. There will be light refreshments and the chance to register for door prizes including a Gallery Shop gift certificate and a certificate for a hands-on arts experience. On Saturday morning between 10:30 and noon, simple craft projects for children will be available in the shop. These activities will have a winter or holiday theme and are suitable for all ages.

Saturday November 25

Christmas Tree Lighting
Honi-Honi Lawn, 7:00pm
Join us for the 11th annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7p on the lawn. Free hot chocolate, Christmas carols and Santa will be there for pictures with the kids and pets. Stick around for live entertainment from Under the Covers beginning at 8pm.

Saturday November 25, Saturday December 2, Saturday December 9, Saturday December 16

Soup and Santa
Downtown Oakland, 11:00am-3:00pm

On every Saturday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 16, events will take place downtown from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Soup and Santa, which consists of nonprofit organization representatives giving out soup throughout the town, will be offered, and carolers will sing at various times during the four hours. Santa Claus will be stationed along Alder Street to take the wish lists of tots, and pictures with Santa will be taken by Smoke N Mirrors gallery.

Saturday December 2

Our Town Theatre’s Annual Christmas Market
St. Peter Catholic Church, 10:00am until 3:00pm

Multiple local vendors will be on hand with a wide range of gifts, such as fine stoneware pottery, jewelry, steampunk items, primitives, candles, handmade stuffed animals, soaps, woodcrafts, photography, and more. Guests may eat lunch at the Christmas Café in the hall while listening to local musicians play holiday music. There will also be a bake sale. For more information, persons may contact the theatre by emailing [email protected]

Monday December 4 – Friday December 8

Joy of Christ Celebration
Oakland Community Center; starts at 6:30pm but you may join at any time

Free concerts each evening for a week, plus free food and gifts. In 1999, a small group of people wanted to do something for the Garrett County community at Christmastime. Our county features a lot of Christmas performances each year, but many people don’t attend them because they either aren’t familiar enough with the location or their financial situation does not allow them to pay even a $5 admission fee for their family members. In response to this, the Joy of Christ Celebration is an annual Christmas event based on the following principles:
1.Offer high-quality seasonal entertainment for citizens and visitors of Garrett County
2. Everything at the event is FREE, including: admission, refreshments, and all of the performers’ merchandise
3. Hold the performances in an easy to find public location.
4. Focus on the spirit, joy, and historical events on which the Christmas celebration is based.

Saturday December 9, Saturday December 16

Oakland Express
Oakland B&O Train Station, 5:30pm-7:30pm
Free but donations appreciated

The Oakland Express, a special event for children, will be held on two Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  at the historic Oakland train station. This is for children age 4 to 8. The event is free, but donations are always appreciated. The children are invited to come in their pajamas. They will take part in a craft, have milk and cookies, talk with Santa and more. There is limited space for this event. Persons should call Michelle Ross at 301-334-2691 for reservations. Parents will be invited to tour the station and have some treats as well while the children are engaged at the North Pole (the classroom of the station).