Annual Events | Deep Creek Lake Local Events
Autumn Glory Fest October 9-13, 2013
Garrett County’s Autumn Glory Festival was named #1 Fall Festival in the World by MSN in 2007. The 46th Autumn Glory Festival will be held on October October 9-13, 2013. This five-day event features parades, music, crafts and so much more. Throughout the weekend, along with hundreds of other local events and activities, highlights include Thursday’s Fireman’s Parade in downtown Oakland – some of these fire trucks travel over 200 miles to participate, Friday’s official Maryland State Banjo Championship, and Saturday’s Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade of over 100 units featuring bands, marching units, unique floats, and much more. Visit www.autumngloryfestival.com for more information. It’s a fabulous fall weekend and good old-fashion fun for the entire family. Think Mayberry, USA….
Deep Creek Dunk February 23, 20123
Do the Dunk at the 15th annual Deep Creek Dunk on Saturday, February 23!
Come on out and “Do the Dunk” alongside the rare breed of thousands of Maryland Dunkers who dare to bare it all each year for the 10,000 athletes of Special Olympics Maryland! For just $50 in pledges, Dunk participants take a quick dip in Deep Creek Lake behind Uno’s Bar and Grill to raise funds for Special Olympics Maryland, the state’s largest year round organization devoted to sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The event is free to spectators, and Dunkers receive the commemorative sweatshirt, group color photo, and the great feeling of freezing your “fur” off for a truly worthy cause! Registration is at noon and the Dunk is at 2 pm, so bring your friends and family and dunk for the Maryland Special Olympics athletes. Long & Foster is proud to be the Official Lodging Sponsor of the Dunk. To register online, please visit DunkMD.com.
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for citizens with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Oakland Winterfest February February 15-18, 2013
Oakland Main Street will be holding its 56h Annual WinterFest February 15-18, 2013. The festival will include approximately 20-30 ice sculptures in Downtown Oakland along Alder, Second and Liberty Streets.
The event starts on Friday with a progressive dinner. Enjoy a horse drawn sleigh ride through the area on a historical tour as well as see the sculptures lit-up while stopping at various locations for the courses of the dinner. Cost for this event is $75/ person and seating is limited to 24, so early reservations are a must. Last year’s dinner sold out quickly.
On Saturday there will be many activities available for all ages. Frozen Assets Ice Carving Company, with master carver Bill Sandusky, will be carving a large ice castle (starting on Wednesday) with a 12-foot slide for children to play on during Saturday’s events. Every 2 hours, on the hour, from 9 AM – 6 PM there will be an ice sculpture being carved at various locations within the event boundaries. Come & watch an original piece of ice-art being created!
There will be a larger than life “ice throne” to have a seat on and be a king or queen for the day! Bring your camera and have your picture taken as you sit on our ice throne, or bowl down a lane made of ice. There will be a frozen bowling alley with real pins and frozen “bowling balls” — see if you can strike it hot when the lane is cold.
Kids can take home a free personalized block of ice with their name carved in it. The crowning of the “Snow Flake Toddler Prince and Princess” will be held on Saturday as well. There’s live entertainment and hot food and drink vendors and downtown Oakland restaurants will be serving up hot chili lunch specials. There will also be free horse drawn sleigh rides through town.
The Oakland Trail will be available during the day and well-lit at night. Perfect for a nice winter stroll, snow shoe, or cross country skiing. Start at the Farm Fresh Market pavilion in the downtown free parking lot. (You need to supply the method of travel!)
Highland Festival June 1-2, 2013
Why fly to Scotland? The traditions of Highland music, games, and dance come alive at the McHenry Highland Festival! Visit the Clan tents and Celtic vendors. Kiss the highland cattle, watch the collies herd sheep, or pat an Irish Wolfhound. Join us for a weekend of Celtic celebrations– for young and old alike–in the scenic highlands of Western Maryland at Deep Creek Lake.
Long & Foster is the lodging sponsor of the McHenry Highland Festival.
Grantsville Days June 25-27, 2013
Grantsville Park. A family weekend. Continuous live entertainment, locally prepared foods, Lions chicken BBQ, parade, children’s games, fireworks and more. Sponsored by the Grantsville Lions Club. www.grantsvilledays.net.
Fire on the Mountain 4th of July
On July 4th, fireworks are launched out toward Deep Creek Lake from the top of Bear Claw Snow Tubing Park at Wisp Resort. The best views are from your boat in McHenry Cove, across the lake and at businesses along Garrett Highway, and Deep Creek Drive. In case of rain, the fireworks will launch on July 5. Garrett County Tourism Website has all the updates!
Garrett County Agricultural Fair July 27 – August 3, 2013
9th Annual Art and Wine Festival September 6-8, 2013
The annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, benefiting the American Red Cross, features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, wine tasting from over 200 Maryland and national wineries, live music, children’s activities, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages, and more.
Friday, September 6- Wine Pairing Dinners
The Art & Wine Festival begins Friday night with area restaurants offering special pre-fix wine pairing dinners. Restaurants include Savage River Lodge, Cornish Manor, Dutch’s at Silver Tree, Uno Chicago Grill, Pine Lodge Steakhouse, Deer Park Inn, and Santa Fe Grille, to pair pre-selected wines with specially prepared dinner courses.
Saturday, September 9 – Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE FESTIVAL LOCATED AT THE MOSSER ROAD FAIRGROUNDS ENTRANCE (Mosser Rd is at the traffic light on 219).
The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival weekend continues on Saturday from noon until 6:00 PM at the Garrett County Fairgrounds in McHenry, Maryland. The wine store will be open until 7 pm.
Art & Wine Festival lodging packages are available at Long & Foster Resort Rentals. The packages include entrance to the Art & Wine Festival, wine tastings, commemorative wine glass and Friday night wine dinner gift certificates to be used toward wine pairing dinners at participating restaurants. For more information, guests may call (800) 336.7303.
The 9th Annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival is sponsored in part by local & regional businesses including Long & Foster REALTORS®, Inc. and benefits HART and GLAF.