Five Quintessentially Fall Events in Historic Maryland

By Preservation Maryland

On this first day of Autumn in Maryland, we want you to be prepared to head out and explore Maryland and to put these quintessential events on your calendar – from a cornmaze that makes headline news to the local qualifier for the World Oyster Shucking Champion that all take place at historic places throughout the state.

And you can take the scenic route, thanks to a Maryland Office of Tourism travel guide that lays out great spots to see the changing colors. Maryland even has a fall foliage hotline by the Department of Natural Resources! There’s really no excuse to not head out and enjoy Maryland this Fall.

Fall Harvest Festival and Maryland Pumpkin Festival

September 24-October 31
Summers Farm, Frederick
Summers Farm, Maryland. Photo by Brittany Buzas.

Summers Farm, Maryland. Photo by Brittany Buzas.

Summers Farm, marking its 18th anniversary as host of the Fall Harvest Festival, has become a long-standing fall tradition for families, organizations, schools, and corporations. In its third generation of family owners, the farm dates to the 1930s. The widely popular Fall Harvest Festival attracts thousands looking for fall entertainment – hayrides, live weekend music, a very popular corn maze, and lots more.

Cecil County Farm Museum Apple Butter Festival

October 15, 10AM-4PM
Cecil County Farm Museum, Elkton

Located on the historic Broadlands Farm property, the Cecil County Farm Museum strives to educate the public about the ongoing significance of agriculture to Cecil County. Many farms are being replaced by new development, while many people are unaware of the County’s contributions to state agriculture. The annual Apple Butter Festival features apple butter making, period crafts, agricultural life displays, and demonstrations of historic farm life.

Wicomico County Autumn Wine Festival

October 15-16, 11AM-5PM
Pemberton Historical Park, Salisbury
Pemberton Hall, Salisbury, Maryland

Pemberton Hall, Salisbury, Maryland

The Autumn Wine Festival is produced in conjunction and sanctioned by the Maryland Wineries Association. Held on the grounds of the lovely Pemberton Historical Park, this event offers wine tastings included with admission, wine by the glass and bottle purchases from  18 Maryland wineries, a variety of arts and crafts, live music and tasty regional cuisine. Play games like cornhole and Kan-Jam outside. Finally, take a tour of Pemberton Hall, an eighteenth-century Eastern Shore historical gem restored through the efforts of Pemberton Hall Foundation.

U.S. Oyster Festival

October 15 and 16
St. Mary’s County Fairgrounds, Leonardtown

Celebrating the place of the oyster in Maryland’s heritage, the 50th annual U.S. Oyster Festival brings you plentiful seafood and activities related to St. Mary’s County maritime culture. Set at the beginning of the Chesapeake oyster season, the Festival features the U.S. National Oyster Shucking Championships and the National Oyster Cook-Off. The U.S. Shucking champion competes in Ireland for the title of World Oyster Shucking Champion.

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Oyster Festival

October 29, 10AM- 4PM
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels
Photo from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Facebook page.

Photo from the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Facebook page.

Come hear live music on two stages, see an oyster stew competition, take boat rides, watch retriever demonstrations, sample oysters and other local fare, observe cooking demonstrations and much more!. The event supports the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, which since 1965, has shown commitment to “preserving and exploring the history, environment and people of the Chesapeake Bay.”

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