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ISSUE 130 | October 2017
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Maryland Renaissance Festival
Through October 22
Calvert County Fair
September 27 - October 1
Prince Frederick
U.S. Sailboat Show
October 5-9
Blessing of the Fleet
October 7-8
Colton’s Point
Chesapeake Celtic Festival
October 7-8
Snow Hill
Maryland Pumpkin Festival
October 7-8
Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival
October 7-8
St. Michaels
The International Gem & Jewelry Show
October 12-15
Fair Hill International
October 12-15
U.S. Power Boat Show
October 12-15
Town of Bel Air Film Festival
October 12-14
Bel Air
Sea Gull Century
October 13-14
Bethesda Row Arts Festival
October 14-15
Jim McKay Maryland Million
October 21
October 27-29
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Maryland's Amazing Seafood Festivals

Sample seafood all around the state. The 50th annual U.S. Oyster Festival is October 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! Tilghman Island Day is on October 21, and St. Michael’s throws its own OysterFest at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on October 28, Or just head to your favorite nearby crabhouse or oyster bar for plump Maryland oysters and fat, late-season crabs. Get the details and more ideas on our seafood page.

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Raise a Glass to October Beers and Wines

Celebrate the best of Maryland’s expanding beer scene and wonderful wines with great events across the state. The Baltimore Craft Beer Festival and the Easton Beer Festival, both on October 7, are annual favorites. Salisbury’s Good Beer Festival, October 14-15 is an absolute blast. And the Autumn Wine Festival at Pemberton, October 21-22, shines a light on fantastic Maryland Fall wines. Find out more at our Beer & Wine Festivals page.

Fun Runs and Marathons to Keep You on Your Toes

Test your mettle at the Ironman Maryland race in Cambridge on October 7, or let fear bring you that second wind during the Hyattsville Zombie Run on October 14. Run for a great cause during the Komen Baltimore Race for the Cure October 15, or experience the exhilaration of the ultimate personal challenge during the legendary Baltimore Marathon on October 21. Beat feet to our Runs and Races page for more info.

Ghosts, Goblins, Chills & 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.

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Fantastic Fall Foliage and Awesome Autumn Adventures

It’s cider sipping season and pumpkin picking time in Maryland, so hit the road now. From amazing fall festivals such as the 50th edition of the Autumn Glory Festival in McHenry (home of the best fall foliage, according to Travel & Leisure magazine) and the Butler’s Orchard Pumpkin Festival in Germantown, to corn mazes and other great autumnal adventures, we’ve got you covered. Go to our Fall events page for more great suggestions.

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