It’s the first day of autumn and we’re so excited! (Hellooooo, pumpkin spice!) The Baltimore area is home to some great fall festivals and events. Here are a few you should check out!
· October 20 – OctoBEARfest at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore is a fun way to visit the zoo and sample 50+ seasonal beers, enjoy live music, and great food. Tickets are $49 now through October 19 and $59 at the door. VIP tickets are also available. Purchase your tickets at marylandzoo.org/special_events/octobearfest/
· October 28 - ZooBoooo! Celebrate Halloween with the animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Dress up in your costume and trick or treat around the zoo. Enter one of two costume contests during the day, and see live entertainment. For more information and to purchase tickets, visti marylandzoo.org/special_events/zoobooo
Cockeysville, Timonium, & Hunt Valley MD
· September 23 – Family Farm Day at the Maryland Agricultural Center is a great fall activity to take part in with the kids in your life. The event is host to food, music, tractor rides, crafts, games, local vendors, and educational programs. There is a $20 per car entry fee. Most activities are free, but some may require an additional charge.
· October 5 – Fortnite Halloween Pary at SkyZone in Timonium combines the Fortnite craze with bouncing fun! Show off your Fortnite emote dances on the trampolines. Reserve tickets at skyzone.com.
· October 12-14 – Start your holiday shopping early at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Each year this event brings some of the most talented artisans to Maryland. This year’s live entertainment includes an ironforging demonstration, handmade paper art, wheel-thrown pottery, metal spinning, and wood turning. Middle Earth Studios will be performing an interactive children’s show during the festival, too. Tickets are $8 online and $10 at the door.
· October 31 – Halloween on the Farm at the Maryland Agricultural Center includes trick or treating, a bonfire, yummy treats including hot apple cider, face painting, a haunted maze, bonfire, and more. The first child registered is $10 with a discounted $7 admission for each additional child. You can sign up at marylandagriculture.org/Halloween-on-the-farm
· August 26 – October 21 - The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a short drive from the Baltimore area and is one of Maryland’s biggest fall traditions. The festival begins each year in late August and runs each weekend through October 21. Enjoy entertainment, games, and food (including mac & cheese on a stick and turkey legs) at this outdoor celebration. For more information and tickets visit rennfest.com.
Harford County, MD
· September 29 & 30 – Come to the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace for their annual Fall Harvest & Craft Festival. Make a scarecrow, take a hayride, listen to live bluegrass music, and participate in fun games & activities around the museum. Admission is $10 for adults and children 12 & under are free. Visit steppingstonemuseum.org for more information.
· September 29 – Sip your way through the Harford County Wine Festival. Enjoy wines from around the world, as well as many made locally here in Maryland. Taste great food and browse shopping booths from local artisans and vendors. Live music will be played throughout the day and non-wine lovers can enjoy the Oktoberfest beer garden. Visit harfordcountywinefestival.com for tickets and more information.
· October 6 – Do you love apples? Be sure to attend the Darlington Apple Festival! In addition to great apple food & drinks, you can take pony rides & hay rides, view artwork from local artists, compete in the cornhole tournament, and watch live entertainment. View the list of vendors & entertainment at darlingtonapplefestival.org.
· September 22-23 – Visit the Johnny Appleseed Festival at Weber’s Cider Mill Farm and take a hayride through the farm, play in the outdoor activity area, wander through the straw maze, and enjoy live Bluegrass by the Satyr Hill Band.
Perry Hall, MD
· Weekends, September 22 – October 28 – Fall Festival Days at Chapel Hill Farm & Nursery is a great way to spend the brisk fall weekends. The festival includes face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, and hay rides. Enjoy fresh apple cider and purchase fall decorations for your home. Visit chapelhilsfarmandnursery.com for more information.
· October 7 – The Pikesville Fall Festival is held annually at Pikesville High School and is a free event. Fun, local vendors, and food all converge to celebrate fall in Pikesville. Visit business.pomchamber.org for information and the latest news about this event.