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ISSUE 118 | October 2016


Maryland Renaissance Festival
Through - Oct. 23
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
Quad State Beer Fest
Oct. 1
Boonsboro, Washington County
Blessing of the Fleet 2016
Oct. 1-2
Coltons Point, St. Mary’s County
Chesapeake Celtic Festival
Oct. 1-2
Snow Hill, Worcester County
Free Fall Baltimore
Oct. 1-31
U.S. Sailboat Show
Oct. 6-10
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
Chesapeake Wildfowl Expo
Oct. 8
Salisbury, Wicomico County
Good Beer Festival
Oct. 8-9
Salisbury, Wicomico County
U.S. Powerboat Show
Oct. 13-16
Annapolis, Anne Arundel County
Fair Hill International
Oct. 13-16
Elkton, Cecil County
Charles County Wine & Food Festival
Oct. 15
Waldorf, St. Mary’s County
Autumn Wine Festival
Oct. 15-16
Salisbury, Wicomico County
Jim McKay Maryland Million
Oct. 21
Laurel, Anne Arundel County
NAS Patuxent River Air Expo
Oct. 29-30
Lexington Park, St. Mary’s County
U.S. Navy Blue Angels

Maryland Fleet Week and High Flying Air Shows

On the hunt for family fun? Set your sights high this October as Maryland Fleet Week and Air Show Baltimore is in the flight line. First up, the inaugural Maryland Fleet Week comes to Baltimore October 10-17, bringing more than a dozen Navy ships to the Inner Harbor, along with the commissioning of the USS Zumwalt, the most advanced ship ever built. The accompanying airshow will get your pulse pounding with demonstrations by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian CF-18 Demo Team and the GEICO Skytypers, plus air exhibits at Martin State Airport. Then head to the NAS Patuxent River Air Expo in St. Mary’s for more aerial action including F-22 demonstrations and much, much more. Go to the Maryland Fleet Week Website for more info.

Man on cliff in fall

Autumn Adventures

It’s cider sippin’ season and pumpkin pickin’ time in Maryland, so hit the road now. From amazing fall festivals such as 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.

Haunted RollerCoaster

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 Superman costume while experiencing the Ride Of Steel virtual reality coaster, Maryland has plenty to offer. With ghost tours, haunted houses and hay rides, Six Flags America’s Fright Flex, and other frightful happenings, our Halloween page has enough spooky fun to keep you screaming all the way through Thanksgiving.


The “R’s” Have it -- October Oysters Are Here

The 50th annual U.S. Oyster Festival is October 15-16 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! Crabtoberfest in Havre de Grace opens the month on October 1st, Waldorf throws its own Oyster Festival on the 8th, and Tilghman Island Day is the 15th. 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.

Civil War Canon

Download Our Civil War Time Machine and Explore with the App

October is a great time for road trips, and Maryland’s five Civil War Trails are always a top pick. Explore beautiful countryside dappled with stunning fall colors while getting in touch with history. And exploring the Civil War is easier with our Maryland Civil War Trails mobile app. Available for Apple and Google platforms, it turns your phone into a virtual time machine. For more info, visit the Civil War Trails site.

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