October 12 - 16, 2022
Wednesday, October 12 - Sunday, October 16, 2022
The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. Additional information about the 2022 festivities will be added as we get closer to the event but see below for information on the 2021 celebration.
The Mountain Maryland Gateway to the West Heritage Area, a program of the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce, will once again offer their annual Turkey Trail, sponsored by the Garrett County Republican, which celebrates the event’s roots by promoting area turkey dinners served in our region. The Heritage Area will also have two new Fall Foliage Driving Tours, sponsored by Advanced Heating & Cooling, LLC and Ledo Pizza, Pasta & Pub, highlighting some of the area’s most scenic spots to view our stunning Autumn leaves.
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. Good Housekeeping has listed our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage; Travel & Leisure listed Oakland, MD as the number 2 Best Town for Fall Colors in America; and TripAdvisor selected Oakland, MD as one of 20 Best Fall Vacations in America for Seeing Autumn Foliage. Oakland was also selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of 50 Small Towns Across American with Gorgeous Fall Foliage and Readers Digest listed Garrett County as one of the 11 Road Trips That Showcase Stunning Fall Foliage You Need to Take This Autumn.
Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 15, 2022
The Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, presented by the Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association, will be held Saturday, October 15, 2022. 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.
2022 Grand Feature Parade Applications
The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association is currently accepting applications for the 55th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust, at 1 pm on Saturday, October 16, 2022 in downtown Oakland.
Participants can be drill teams; police/military; drill teams; majorette/twirling, drum and bugle corps, marching musical units and stationary musical units. Professional, commercial or amateur floats are welcome; however it is asked that all entries are autumn-themed in celebration of the annual Festival.
If you're interested in participating, just complete and return your application by Friday, September 16, 2022 to the Greater Oakland Business Association, Attention: Nicole McCullough at 15 S Third Street, Oakland, MD 21550 or you may fax your application to 301.334.4401.
If you have any questions, please contact the Town of Oakland at 301.334.2691 or email email@example.com.
2022 Grand Feature Parade Road Closings
Please note: several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 55th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 15, 2022. 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.
Advertise in the 2022 Autumn Glory Brochure
Do you host an Autumn Glory event? Promote it in the official 55th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure! 10,000 Autumn Glory brochures will be printed and made available in racks around Garrett County, at the Visitors Center in McHenry, at the Youghiogheny Overlook Welcome Center along Interstate 68, at Chamber member businesses, distribution centers, via visitor request and more.
To purchase a listing in the brochure, please complete and return the Autumn Glory Brochure Listing Form by July 6, 2022. Forms can be mailed to Sarah Duck at: Garrett County Chamber of Commerce 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541, sent via fax at 301.334.8073 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mountain State Brewing Company is the title sponsor of the 55th annual Autumn Glory Festival.
View The 2021 Autumn Glory Brochure
Get all the details on our Autumn Glory events in our official 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Brochure.
A detailed listing of Autumn Glory Festival events from October 13 - 17, 2021 the brochure also includes a map, Fall Foliage Heritage Driving Tours and more.
Patriot Automotive Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: King of the 4WD is the title sponsor of the 54th annual Autumn Glory Festival.
2021 Fall Foliage Driving Tours
What better way to enjoy fall than with a fall foliage driving tour? Join us on our two driving tours in 2021.
Our short tour, which is 25 miles long, should take approximately 1 hour. You'll travel along beautiful scenic routes and have an opportunity to visit some great heritage spots such as, the Cranesville Swamp, Swallow Falls State Park and Fork Run Recreation Area.
Our Extended tour is 62 miles and should take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. On this tour, you'll have an opportunity to stop by Maryland's highest point, Historic Downtown Oakland and the African Methodist Episcopal Church to name just a few stops on this trip.
2022 Fall Foliage Driving Tours Sponsors
2021 Official Autumn Glory Photo Canvas Virtual Auction
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce produces an official Autumn Glory Festival brochure that includes events around Garrett County. Each year a photo is chosen that represents Garrett County, Maryland’s natural beauty and focuses on an autumn theme featuring fall foliage/colors.
The photo from this year's Autumn Glory brochure cover has been blown up to 20" x 30" and printed on gallery-wrapped canvas. Commemorate the 54th Annual Autumn Glory Festival by displaying this beautiful canvas in your home or office. Only one canvas is available.
All auction proceeds are allocated toward tuition assistance for 2021 Autumn Glory King Logan Perry and Queen Sara Huelskamp.
You can access the auction by clicking HERE. The auction will run from Wednesday, October 6 at 9:00 am until Wednesday, October 13 at 9:00 pm.
2022 Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen
The 2022 Autumn Glory Royalty has been selected for the 55th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Landon Grady and the Queen is Natalie Warne. Mountain State Brewing Company, is the title sponsor of the 55th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Landon Grady serves as the Southern High president of the class of 2023. He is a representative in the student council and a member of the National Honor Society. He is involved in basketball, track, and the Garrett bass slayers. He helps in the community by volunteering to coach basketball, as a huddle leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athlete summer camps, and is a year-round leader for FCA.
Natalie Warne has had the privilege and honor of being born and raised in Garrett Country a place she truly loves. She is very involved in her community and spends a lot of time volunteering. At Southern High she is a member of the girls soccer, cross country and track team. Natalie has also been dedicated to being a leader in her school as secretary of student council, a class representative, a member of National Honors Society, and a club leader for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Natalie is the Director of Public Relations for Garrett County Association of Student Councils. Natalie is also a member of Team 1629 Garrett Coalition (GaCo) where is the Student Member of the Board, and a Chairman's captain. She was a member of the Chairman’s team that won at the World Championship in April. Natalie plans to go to college after high school to get her teaching degree. She wants to give back to future students in Garrett County.
The Autumn Glory King & Queen will preside over the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner to be held on Wednesday, October 12, and they will be featured in the Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, presented by the Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association, on Saturday, October 15. Besides having the honor of representing their home county during the Autumn Glory Festival and at other events, the Royalty will receive a monetary contribution towards future educational attainment endeavors.
The 55th Annual Autumn Glory Royalty sponsors are Bear Creek Traders, a Hugh Umbel Company; Brodak’s Banquet Hall; Crossroads Church; Healy Insurance Group; LakeFront Lodge; Railey Realty; and Wisp Resort.
55th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Royalty Sponsors
2021 Autumn Glory Festival Turkey Trail
Celebrate the Autumn Glory Festival with a taste of local tradition. More than a decade before the Autumn Glory Festival became an annual event, a group of turkey growers organized and promoted community turkey dinners. “The turkey dinners were an on again-off again event until the Lions Club became involved in the 1960s,” said local historian John Grant. However, the idea of a large festival to attract visitors to the area remained popular and led to the start of the Autumn Glory Festival. Today, more than 50 years later, turkey dinners are still a favorite tradition of the festival celebration.
The Turkey Trail is an easy-to-use tool for visitors and residents to locate our county-wide dinners served at restaurants, churches, grocery stores and other organizations. The Turkey Trail flyer contains a map, contact information, hours of operation, cost and the delicious items that are included with each dinner. Turkey dinners around the area offer a variation of turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing, vegetable, rolls and dessert. (Check flyer for specific offerings at each location). The Turkey Trail flyer is available at the Garrett County Visitors Center as well as a downloadable PDF online at garrettheritage.com. There, you will also find an interactive map that will help with directions to each of the locations.
Visit garrettheritage.com for more information.