45th Annual Autumn Glory Festival
October 10 - 14, 2012
Enjoy the beauty of the fall season in the mountains as Garrett County celebrates the 45th anniversary of Autumn Glory with two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique and craft shows and much more.
The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors.
Take in the breathtaking views of our spectacular Fall Foliage by driving or biking the 2012 Autumn Glory Fall Foliage Tour.
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner featuring live musical entertainment and recognition of the annual Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador will kick off the festival on Wednesday October 10.
Thursday features the Oktoberfest dinner and concert by the Oom-Pah band and a fireman’s parade. The week continues with historic area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits, both swing and oldies dances, farmers’ market, 5-K walk, storytelling and book festival, musical concerts, dogsled events, a quilt show, corn maze, art glass exhibits, outdoor adventures, shopping specials and a wide variety of other activities.
The Official Maryland State Banjo Championship, Friday at 7 p.m., features Banjo contestants of all ages competing for top honors.
Saturday, October 13, offers musical entertainment at the Front Page Stage, on Second Street near the Post Office and on the Box Car at the train station. The Grand Feature Parade begins at 1 p.m. Clowns, floats, bands, and plenty of sidewalk vendors increase the festival atmosphere. That day also will feature the Western Maryland Tournament of Bands at 6 p.m. with high school field show competition, as well as the State Fiddle Championship and Mandolin Contest at 7 p.m. Antique and Craft shows run throughout the weekend.
On Sunday, head to the Autumn Glory Festival Car Show or stop by the No-Hands Sundae Eating Contest at Lakeside Creamery.
Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. To the delight of locals and visitors alike, Autumn Glory in Oakland, Maryland, beat out Paris’ Festival d’Automne (#5) and Munich’s Oktoberfest (#7) – in addition to a bevy of domestic celebrations, including San Francisco’s Dias De los Muertos. “Music, parades and awesome colors are at the center of this festival,” noted the site, plugging in particular the Grand Feature Parade, the Maryland State Banjo & Fiddle Championships and the Tournament of Bands. For the past three years, travelchannel.com has also listed the Autumn Glory Festival & Garrett County as one of America’s 3 Best Autumn Road Trips and in 2008, the baltimoresun.com listed Garrett County as one of the top 5 locales for Fall Foliage.
Plan your stay by viewing our complete Autumn Glory Event calendar. Lodging during Autumn Glory typically sells out, so we recommend booking your accommodations now. For more details about Autumn Glory, please call the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386.