Oakland gears up for Winter Fest

The town of Oakland is gearing up for its annual Winter Fest, slated for February 18, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This year’s event will feature kids’ activities, store specials, live music and performances, and the return of the highly successful Winter Fest Wine Walk.

The Wine Walk will begin at 11:00 AM, and tickets will be sold at the gazebo in Oakland on the day of the event. They can also be bought online in advance by going to http://www.oaklandmd.com/winter-fest.html  The $20 ticket will provide the holder to taste 12 different wines, which will be available at a number of locations throughout the town. The 6 wine tasting locations are at the Oakland B&O Museum, The Gallery Shop, Tomanetti’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, The Vagabond Taproom, Stephanie’s Sweet Shop, and Smoke N Mirrors Photography. Maps will be provided at registration.

Although, this year’s event will not feature the popular ice sculptures, the events team is working on numerous family activities to keep everyone entertained, including local artists, kids crafts and activities, a face painting station, a bounce house and obstacle course, a fire dancer, a s’more station provided by a local girl scout troop, a race up Alder Street on sleds.

The Oakland Historical Society Museum, Transportation Museum, Oakland B&O Museum will all be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the day of the event, offering festival-goers a unique look at Oakland’s history with information and tour opportunities.

“This is a fantastic family fun, free event,” said Oakland Business Coordinator Nicole McCullough. “There will be plenty to do for adults and children. We have several new shops and restaurants in downtown Oakland,” McCullough said, “as well as several museums and events specific to Winter Fest.”

The day’s events are being presented by the Greater Oakland Business Association and the Town of Oakland. Organizations supporting Winter Fest include all participating businesses, the Garrett County Arts Council, the A&E District of Oakland, and the Oakland-Mtn. Lake Park Lions Club, First People’s Community Federal Credit Union, Sweiter’s Rolling Racks BBQ, the Mountain Fresh Producers Association, Glamour Ray Salon and Apparel, Craig Ingram- Attorney at Law, and more.

For further information, persons may call GOBA/Main Street at 301-334-2691 or visit www.oaklandmd.com/winter-fest.html.