October 11 - 15, 2023
56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Title Sponsor
Wednesday, October 11 - Sunday, October 15, 2023
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 2023 festivities will be added as we get closer to the event.
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. In 2021, Travel & Leisure listed Oakland as one of the Best Small Towns in the U.S. to See Fall Foliage which led to a segment featuring Oakland and Autumn Glory on the Today show. 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.
Want all the details on what's happening during the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival, sponsored by TeamOne GMC? Download our official brochure which features a detailed listing of Autumn Glory Festival happenings from October 11 - 15, 2023. The brochure includes information on the 2023 Grand Feature Parade, Tournament of the Bands, the Official Maryland State Banjo, Mandolin & Fiddle Championships, Oakland's Autumn Glory Carnival, Heritage Fall Foliage Driving Tours, Turkey Trail Dinners, Royalty Court, Car Show, Autumn Glory Sales, Corn Maze, Farmers Markets, Craft Shows, Antique Shows and more.
Team One GMC is the title sponsor of the 56th annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Grand Feature Parade - Saturday, October 14, 2023
The Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, presented by the Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association, will be held Saturday, October 14, 2023 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.
The Town of Oakland and the Greater Oakland Business Association are currently accepting applications for the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, sponsored by First United Bank & Trust, at 1 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2023 in downtown Oakland. Register for the parade here.
If you have any questions about the parade, please contact the Town of Oakland or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Grand Feature Parade Road Closings
Please note: several Oakland roads will be closed before and during the 56th Autumn Glory Grand Feature Parade, which begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2023.
Garrett Highway/Third Street/Rt 219 will be completely closed to traffic from North 4th Street to Oak Street at 9:30 a.m. Second Street from Omar Street to Alder Street, will also be closed to all vehicles at 9:30 a.m. Traffic traveling north and south through Oakland will be directed to detour via Fourth Street until approximately 30 minutes after the parade ends. Center Street will remain open until 12:45 p.m. and will be closed until approximately 30 minutes after the parade ends. Oak Street will remain open for east/west travel.
Memorial Drive also will be closed to through traffic between Fourth and 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 for hospital access.
Parking along the parade route, which includes parts of Second, Third, Alder and Omar streets, is prohibited prior to and during the parade. Business owners or employees should stop by 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. Parade passes are only valid until 12pm. Any vehicles arriving after 12pm will not be granted access to the parade route.
Thirty minutes after the last parade entry completes the parade route north of Lake Street, the streets will reopen as normal.
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.
Additionally, The Garrett Transit service will provide a shuttle service circulating between Downtown Oakland and out of town parking. The designated route provides parking at Walmart with drop off near Walgreens and an additional location south of Oakland (determined at a later date) with drop off near the town parking lot. Buses will operate on a loop starting at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the shuttle service please call Garrett Transit Services at 301.334.9431.
2023 Fall Foliage Driving Tours
There is no better way to enjoy Autumn Glory than to travel our scenic byways and take in some of our beautiful historic spots and vistas throughout the county. Our two Fall Foliage routes provide participants with a guided-tour featuring some of our most stunning vistas and fabulous historic sites. Keep the camera handy and enjoy!
On this self-guided driving tour you will explore the splendor of Garrett County’s Fall Foliage in the Southern end of the county. The ever-popular Swallow Falls State Park is on this trip. We strongly encourage a stop here and take a hike, a picture or just sneak down to the overlook, where you can see the falls from a bird’s eye view. Swing by the Rock Maze trail on your way through Garrett State Forest or the Cranesville Subarctic Swamp. The Cranesville Swamp is a boreal peat bog relic left behind from the Pleistocene Epoch. The swamp formed 15,000 years ago during the last Ice Age, when glaciers inched close but never reached Maryland.
This self-guided driving tour will highlight some of Garrett County’s most scenic spots, taking you off the beaten path. Enjoy a long drive along the Savage River Reservoir. Situated along the Big Savage Mountain landscape this breathtaking body of water is a local’s favorite for kayaking. A drive through Big Run State Park will also provide some great photo opportunities. These winding country roads are sure to produce some wildlife sightings as well.
2023 Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner
The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the Kick-Off Reception & Dinner, sponsored by UPMC Western Maryland, for the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. Meet Autumn Glory King Isaac Browning and Queen Sophia Rankin during the Cocktail Hour (sponsored by Act Personnel Service, Inc. and Silver Tree Marine, LLC) and bid on the one-of-a-kind canvas during the auction for the official Autumn Glory Photo (sponsored by M&T Bank). Congratulate the winner of the 2023 Golden Ambassador Award. Fall-themed centerpieces and decorations are sponsored by Middletown Valley Bank and Mlend. Following the dinner and program stick around for dancing courtesy of Dinner Entertainment sponsors Premier Power Solutions, LLC, Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations, and Taylor-Made Deep Creek Sales. The location of the Kick-Off Reception and Dinner is TBD.
- Clear Mountain Bank
- CLS Ventures, Publishers of The Lake Front Magazine and Menu Guide
- David Jochynek State Farm
- Garrett Container Systems, LLC
- Somerset Trust Company
- The Rodeheaver Group, P.C.
- Bougie Bottoms Boutique
- Deep Creek Spa & Billiards
- Naylor's Ace Hardware
2023 Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner Sponsors
2023 Official Autumn Glory Photo and 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 will be blown up to 20" x 30" and printed on gallery-wrapped canvas. Attendees of the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 will have the opportunity to commemorate the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival by bidding on this canvas to display in their own home or office. Only one canvas is available, though all Kick-Off Reception & Dinner attendees will receive a commemorative gift bag featuring the photo on a magnet and a postcard.
All auction proceeds are allocated toward tuition assistance for 2023 Autumn Glory King Isaac Browning and Queen Sophia Rankin.
56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Photo Sponsor
2023 Autumn Glory Festival King & Queen
The 2023 Autumn Glory Royalty has been selected for the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival. This year’s King is Isaac Browning and the Queen is Sophia Rankin. Team One GMC, is the title sponsor of the 56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival.
Isaac Browning has had the blessing of being raised in Garrett County, a place he really loves. Isaac is involved in quite a few extracurricular activities. He is on Southern High’s golf team, participates in Mock Trial, is a member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), as well as a member of the National Honors Society. Isaac has held leadership roles in his school as junior class treasurer and treasurer of FBLA. He is also involved with his community. Isaac is a youth member of the Source Collaborative Council at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He has volunteered in Kitzmiller Lion’s Club and has helped with the renovation of Crellin School playground as a part of his carpentry class. After high school, Isaac plans on going to college to pursue a degree in Finance and Accounting.
Sophia Rankin was born and raised in Garrett County and is dedicated to volunteering in her community. She is involved with Rotary Interact Club and is the team captain of both a Relay for Life team and the Northern Garrett Unified Bocce team. She holds the office of secretary for Garrett County’s Association of Student Councils, an officer of the Northern Garrett Class of 2024, and is a member of the National Honor Society. Sophia is also a senior member of Garrett County’s FRC Robotics team, GACO, where she enjoys teaching STEM lessons to every 3rd, 4th, and 5th, grader in the county. She is passionate about education and plans to earn a degree in early education, so she can become a teacher in Garrett County.
The Autumn Glory King & Queen will preside over the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner to be held on Wednesday, October 11, 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 14. 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 56th Annual Autumn Glory Royalty sponsors are Advanced HVAC and Plumbing; Byco Enterprises, Inc.; Crossroads Church; Healy Insurance Group; LakeFront Lodge; NFP; Railey Realty; and ServiceMaster of Garrett County.
56th Annual Autumn Glory Festival Royalty Sponsors
2023 Autumn Glory Golden Ambassador
The Golden Ambassador is announced at the Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner. The title of "Golden Ambassador" is awarded by the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce to a person who has contributed to and supported tourism in Garrett County. The Golden Ambassador is selected by a committee of former Golden Ambassador winners. Only Chamber members may nominate fellow Chamber members for this prestigious title.
If you are interested in nominating someone for this distinction, please complete the Golden Ambassador Nomination Form. Please submit your completed nomination form to Sarah Duck by email at email@example.com, fax at 301.334.8073 or mail, or drop off, your completed nomination to the Garrett County Chamber of Commerce located at 15 Visitors Center Drive McHenry, MD 21541 by 5 pm on Friday, September 8th.
For the purposes of this award only, Chamber members shall mean owners, employees and volunteers of a Garrett County Chamber member organization. Only one nomination form is required per nominee; multiple nomination forms for an individual will only be used for additional information about the individual but do not count as multiple nominations. The winner of Golden Ambassador title will be announced at the 2023 Autumn Glory Kick-Off Reception & Dinner held on Wednesday, October 11.
2022 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.