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42nd Annual Friendsville Days Festival

August 19

Friendsville Days 2023 at Deep Creek Lake, MD

We’re excited to invite you to join us as we celebrate the “Past & Present” at the 42nd Annual Friendsville Days Festival on August 18th through the 20th, 2023. The days will be fun-filled and are always better with you there!

Schedule of Events:

August 19, 2023

  • Beginning at Noon, we will launch the celebration with the community lining the streets of Friendsville to admire the parade march through our downtown. Lineup begins at 10:00 AM, registration info below.
  • Following the parade, the town is invited to join us in the park for the big 42nd annual celebration! Amuse yourself with pony rides, JTF games, inflatables, horseshoes, basketball, cornhole, a watermelon eating contest, live music, balloons and face painting, door prizes, raffle items, tasty food trucks, shopping from a variety of eclectic vendors, and a loving community ambiance.
  • 8:00 AM: Softball Tournament hosted by Denny Witt
  • 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM: Annual Cruise-In for car fanatics to show off their automobiles!
  • 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Outdoor Leadership and Adventure Education (of Garrett College) is setting up a mountain bike obstacle course! Challenge yourself, and see what’s possible. Bikes and helmets are available.
  • 1:30 PM: Horseshoe tournament Hosted by Don Van Divner and Vernon. Prize winner. Registration 1:00 PM
  • 2:30 PM: Basketball tournament hosted by Phil & Austin Smith. $5 per player. 4 players per team. Playing 3 on 3, 4th player to switch out. Registration 1:30 PM
  • 5:00 PM: Watermelon Eating Contest. Sign up at the pavilion for your age group at 3:00 PM.
  • 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM: Mechanical Bull
  • 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Pony Rides

Musical Acts Include:

  • 2:00 – 4:00 PM: ilyAIMY. For nearly two decades as ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You), Rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks. They engage audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that pair an unforgettably soulful and powerful female vocalist with a percussive, clawhammer-like guitarist. Their infectious energy and rapid-fire lyricism is softened with cello and lush harmony, making ilyAIMY “a welcome jolt” and “an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual singer/songwriter fare,” say reviewers. Their energetic brand of new folk earned honors from Kerrville NewFolk, the National Association for Campus Activities, the Northeast and Southeast Regional Folk Alliances, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. They are repeat Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group.
  • 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM: Open Mic, family-friendly music, jokes, tricks, and stories welcome!
  • 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Optimus Riff is a rock and funk band with members from MD, WV, and PA. Playing an eclectic mix of originals as well as classic covers, they are sure to get you feeling good. Check out their album wherever you stream your music and don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes!
  • 9:00 PM: Fire dancers of Luciole Liberation will ignite our night! Luciole Liberation is a collective that is sparking creativity through fire and theatrical-based performance.
  • 10:00 PM: Fireworks!

We’re looking for a variety of food and craft vendors! Please point your favorite food trucks and artists in our direction so we can host them at our spectacular event! Contact info below.

Friendsville Days 2023 Schedule of Events at Deep Creek Lake, MD

To register and have questions about this event, please refer to the designated contact person below:

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August 19
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Friendsville Community Park
Old River Rd., Friendsville MD 21531 United States + Google Map
(301) 746-5663