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  • 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

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  • 2017 Festival Dates


    Wednesday, October 11 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

    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. The Festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more! 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 and this year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America's Best Town for Fall Colors. View this Travel Channel video about our annual festival! More information about the 50th annual festival will be added as it is confirmed.


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  • List Your Autumn Glory Event In the Official 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure

    Do you host an Autumn Glory event? Promote it in the official 50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.

    This year’s Autumn Glory Festival is October 11 - 15, 2017. 25,000 brochures are printed and are available at the Visitors Center in McHenry, at the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center along Interstate 68, at Chamber member businesses, at Chamber attended travel shows, distribution centers, via visitor request and more. The cost to advertise is $60 per 250 character text entry, per day, $75 per 250 character colored text entry, per day and $100 per photo and 250 character colored text entry, per day.

    If you are interested in having your event listed in the Autumn Glory brochure, please complete the Autumn Glory Festival Brochure Listing Form and send your completed form back to Sarah Duck at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce via email at sarah@garrettchamber.com. Or you can mail it with payment to, or drop it off with payment at, the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by no later than Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

  • Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 14, 2017

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    GloryFest4.jpgThe Grand Feature Parade will be held Saturday, October 14, 2017. Thousands of visitors gather to view regional bands, local professional and amateur floats, dance teams and dignitaries. The parade begins at 1 pm in downtown Oakland on Omar Street and runs down the length of 2nd Street, rounding Alder Street and then ending on 3rd Street near Fox's Pizza Den. Concessions are available on Green Street located across from Naylor's Hardware. A children's tent and baby comfort station will be located at the B&O Station complete with children's crafts, popcorn and face painting. 

    **FYI: for the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 14, 2017, please note that, for liability and safety reasons, spectators from the crowd cannot join the parade as it is in progress. This could cause a disruption to the parade flow and chaos. The State Police absolutely will not allow this and it could impact our ability to have the parade permitted next year. All those participating in the parade must be lined up prior to the start of the parade at 1:00 p.m. Thank you for your understanding.


    Grand Feature Parade Road Closings

    Please note: several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 50th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017. Second Street will be closed to traffic from Liberty Street to Center Street at 9:30 am. Both Second and Third Streets, from Omar Street to Alder Street, will be closed to all vehicles at 11:00 a.m. Traffic needing to bypass Oakland will be directed to detour along Fourth Street until the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m. Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic from Fourth to Eighth Street. No one will be able to turn onto Fourth Street from Memorial Drive. Barricades and police officers will prevent access onto Memorial Drive from Fourth to Eighth streets. Emergency vehicles should use Kings Run or Eighth Street to Memorial Drive. 

    Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third and Alder streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should contact Oakland City Hall at 301.334.2691, Oakland Police Department at 301.334.2100 or the Chamber of Commerce at 301.387.4386 in advance to obtain a pass to gain access inside the parade route, this includes the handicapped parking at the Masonic Lodge on First Street. Garrett County Deputies, Maryland State Troopers and State Highway employees will be assisting the Oakland Police Department with traffic control during the Autumn Glory parade. Oakland Police Chief Bill Thomas encourages anyone coming to the festival and parade to come early to find a good parking space and enjoy the food and entertainment.

    Free parking will be available in the town parking lot at the end of Second Street across the railroad tracks. For questions or concerns please free to contact Chief Thomas at Oakland Police Department or Oakland City Hall between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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  • 49th Annual Official Autumn Glory Photo


    The Annual Autumn Glory Festival produces a brochure that includes events during the festival around Garrett County. Each year a photo is chosen that represents Garrett County, Maryland’s natural landscape focusing on an autumn theme featuring fall foliage/colors. This photo is also transformed to a large canvas print that will be auctioned off at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner. Proceeds will go to the King & Queen for scholarship funds.

    Keep an eye out for the 2017 photo to be released soon!

    Photo Sponsor: 

    M&T Bank

  • 2017 Autumn Glory Royalty

    It is a great honor to be part of the Royalty Court and represent Garrett County.  We would like to invite all those students in their junior year to submit an application with fee by Friday, April 28, 2017.  This year, we will be choosing a king and a queen for the Court. Both will receive an educational contribution. You can download the application HERE

    Once you have completed your application, please return the application and fee to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, 15 Visitors Center Dr., McHenry, MD 21541. The Royalty Court Committee reviews the applications and interviews will be conducted on appointment. 

    We hope to complete the process by June 1, 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Nick Sharps at the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce by calling (301) 387-5237 or emailing nick@garrettchamber.com.

    The Autumn Glory King & Queen will be present at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception on Wednesday, October 11 and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade on Saturday, October 14. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty Court will receive scholarship funds.

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  • Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception - Wednesday, October 11, 2017GloryFest9.jpg

    The Annual Autumn Glory Kick-Off Dinner & Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11. Enjoy a cocktail hour followed by a full course dinner. The Golden Ambassador recipient is announced as well as the introduction of the Autumn Glory King & Queen. Learn more about the Kick-Off Dinner & Reception.

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  • Autumn Glory Events Map

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