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Maryland Renaissance Festival
Through October 21
United States Sailboat Show
October 4-8
Darlington Apple Festival
October 6
Bowie International Festival
October 6
Artisans Festival Wye Mills
October 6-7
Wye Mills
Autumn Reggae Wine Festival
October 6-7
Mt. Airy
Blessing of the Fleet
October 6-7
St. Clement's Island
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
October 6-7
Brunswick Rail Days
October 6-7
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
October 6-7
St. Michaels
October 7
Ellicott City
United States Powerboat Show
October 11-14
Good Beer Festival
October 12-13
Fells Point Fun Festival
October 13
Rock Hall Fall Fest
October 13
Rock Hall
The Maryland Wine Festival
October 13
Catoctin Colorfest
October 13-14
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
October 13-14
Ocean City Restaurant Week
October 14-28
Ocean City
U.S.A.F Thunderbirds performing a stunt

Don’t Miss Maryland Fleet Week and Airshow Baltimore

On the hunt for family fun? Set your sights high this October as Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore is in the flight line. The second biennial Maryland Fleet Week & Air Show Baltimore runs now through Oct. 9, bringing more than a dozen U.S., British and Canadian Navy ships to the Inner Harbor. The accompanying airshow will get your pulse pounding with demonstrations by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the Royal Canadian CF-18 Demo Team, the U.S. Army Special Forces Black Daggers Parachute Team, the GEICO Skytypers, and more. Get all the info at our Fleet Week page.

House on a hill in fall foliage

Plan For the 51st Annual Autumn Glory Festival

There’s a reason Autumn Glory is in its 51st year. McHenry and Deep Creek in fall are as beautiful a spot as you’ll find on Earth. Bold reds, fiery oranges, and gleaming golds flood your senses as Mother Nature puts on her most spectacular show of the year in the place that Travel & Leisure Magazine has called the #1 place in America to view fall’s foliage. Don’t miss great food, music, and the always-awesome parade. Get all the details at

Bill Miles holding up a 34 inch Rockfish

Fish On!

The Rockfish are running, tournament season is in full swing, and there’s no better time to get out on the Bay. And just in time for this great season, Fish & Hunt Maryland has lots of great, new fishing content. Whether you’re looking to plan a group sportsmen’s trip, family fishing, or a cast-and-blast adventure, Fish & Hunt Maryland has got you covered, so head to their website for all the information.

Horse race

Feel the Pounding of the Hooves

Head to the Fair Hill International for a world-class equestrian competition Oct. 18-21. Then to Laurel Park for the fall bookend to Maryland’s thrilling horse racing season as the Jim McKay Maryland Million thunders into Laurel. The finest fillies and most spectacular stallions from far and wide make their way to Maryland for race day on Oct. 20, but don’t miss the Maryland Million Golf Tournament on Oct. 9, and the Maryland Million Gala & Auction on Oct. 19. Get all the details at our web page.

Contestants at the National Oyster Shucking contest

Seafood Festival Season is Here!

Sample seafood all around the state. The 51st annual U.S. Oyster Festival is Oct. 21-22 in St. Mary’s. Don’t miss the crowning of King Oyster, or the heated competition in the National Oyster Shucking Championships, plus seafood, beer tastings and more. But that’s not all: Oysterfest 12 comes to Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum hosts its annual OysterFest in St. Michaels, Tilghman Island Day is just around the corner, and much more! Get all of the info at our Seafood Festivals page.

Ghosts, Goblins, Chills and Thrills

Halloween is almost here, and whether you prefer your scares from ghost stories and legends, high-tech haunts, kid-friendly fun, or just want to wear your Wonder Woman costume while riding the new Lasso of Truth ride, Maryland has plenty to offer. With ghost tours, haunted houses and hay rides, Six Flags America’s Fright Fest, and other frightful happenings, our Halloween page has enough spooky fun to keep you screaming all the way through Thanksgiving.

Enter to Win on Maryland Mondays!

Don’t miss your chance at free tickets for amazing events across the state. Every Monday on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, the Maryland Office of Tourism is joining with our sponsors to give away great Maryland travel experiences. We call them Maryland Mondays, but you can enter all week. This week win tickets to Bennett’s Curse’s Demon Scavenger Hunt, the Autumn Wine Festival in Salisbury’s Pemberton Park, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to enter.

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