The 10 Best Fall Festivals in Maryland!

Maryland celebrates fall right. That’s easy to see. Every corner of the state has their own festival to signal the changing of the seasons. Whether you like your traditional corn mazes and apple cider fests or prefer festivals a little off the beaten path, we’ve got you covered with the following 10 best fall festivals in Maryland. 

1. Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival, Germantown, MD

Every year at the end of September, Butler’s Orchard in Germantown, Maryland, kicks off their annual pumpkin festival. The festival celebrates the fall harvest, and runs on weekends from the end of September through the end of October. Enjoy hayrides, corn box, giant slides, twisted corn maze, and more. 

2. Fall Harvest Festival, Frederick, MD

Summers Farm hosts their annual Fall Harvest Festival on weekends from the end of September through the end of October. Enjoy a military themed cornfield maze, wagon rides, and live entertainment, with firework shows every Friday and Saturday night. 

3. Fall Fun Festival, Mt. Airy, MD

The Gaver Farm Fall Fun Festival is one of Mt. Airy, Maryland’s best. With over 45 attractions, including mini mazes, playgrounds, photo centers, and more, the festival is perfect for every member of the family. While you’re there, make sure to pick your own pumpkin. 

4. Maryland Renaissance Festival, Crownsville, MD

Travel back in time at the annual Renaissance Festival in Crownsville, Maryland. Dress in medieval costume and become a “villager” in the festival village. Each year, the storyline changes, but you can always expect incredible entertainment, delicious food, and jovial company. 

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5. Maryland Wine Festival, Westminster, MD

The Maryland Wine Festival grows every year, with over 150 wines from a growing number of Maryland wineries. Peruse the artisan section to purchase unique goods, rock to the live music, and sample local cheeses.

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6. Free Fall Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

Free Fall Baltimore comes to the city every October, offering over 300 free events. Events range from arts and crafts, museum visit, dance classes, and much, much more. If you can imagine it, there’s a good chance Free Fall Baltimore offers it, so check out their website for a complete listing of this year’s events.

7. Taste of Bethesda, Bethesda, MD

Sample from over 60 restaurants at the Taste of Bethesda food festival. Each October, Taste of Bethesda hosts five stages worth of live entertainment and over 40,000 attendees. The festival is held rain or shine, so make sure to come out!

8. Darlington Apple Festival, Darlington, MD

Get your first taste of fall at the Darlington Apple Festival in the town by the same name. Participate in the corn hole tournament, take a pony ride, or join a hay ride. Of course, you’ll be able to shop for unique artisan crafts and partake in delicious foods, too.

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9. Autumn Glory Festival, Oakland, MD

Travel & Leisure magazine listed Oakland, Maryland, as “America’s Best Town for Fall Colors” a few years ago, making it a Maryland-must for festival lovers. Enjoy five full days of festivities, including multiple parades, concerts, art exhibits, and band competitions. The Autumn Glory Festival is one of the most famous in the state; make sure to check out what all the fuss is about.

10. Good Beer Festival, Wicomico County, MD

Are you 21 years old or older? If yes, then the Good Beer Festival is for you. Whether you’re a beer connoisseur, a light drinker, or don’t partake, the festival has something to offer. Try unlimited tastings of 80 different craft brews while you enjoy live music from multiple bands and games in the Sports Zone. 

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