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From pumpkin picking to cozy campfires, here are the best ways to celebrate the season.
By Lauren Cohen and Lydia Woolever

Travel & Outdoors

Fall Events Guide

From pumpkin picking to cozy campfires, here are the best ways to celebrate the season.

It’s that time of year again, when Pumpkin Spice Lattes reign supreme and Instagram feeds suddenly become flooded with photos of crisp apples and autumn leaves. Charm City is fully embracing the shift in the seasons, hosting plenty of fun ways to frolic into fall. As temperatures begin to dip below 70, throw on a jacket and head to any one of these events to celebrate the season in style—whether picking pumpkins, slurping oysters, getting lost in a corn maze, or camping out under the stars.

Autumn Adult Adventures 

SEPT. 9-OCT. 14: CRUSH 17
Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Monkton. Sat. 12-5 p.m. Free-$15. It’s harvest season at Boordy with wine tastings, wagon rides, and winemaking 101 at the vineyard.

OCT. 7: HARVEST BALL & FROLICK 
Homewood Museum, 3400 N. Charles St. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. $45-250. 410-516-5589. Celebrate the Homewood Museum with cocktails in the historic home.  

OCT. 7: BALTIMORE CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL
Canton Waterfront Park, 3001 Boston St. 1:30-5 p.m. $40-55. Sip your way through our state’s best beers with more than 40 Maryland breweries, a homebrew competition, and live music at this small-batch festival.

OCT. 7-8: FELLS POINT FUN FESTIVAL
Broadway & Thames Sts. Times vary. Free. Don your sweaters and soak up the fall air in this historic neighborhood with food, beer, live music, and arts vendors along the water.

OCT. 13: PUMPKINS ON THE GREEN
Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills. 7-11 p.m. $140. This casual “un-gala” features food, drink, and adults-only fun to benefit the nature center.

OCT. 14: DAS BEST OKTOBERFEST
M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St. 12-6 p.m. $25-59. At Ravens Nation, revel in all things brats, beers, and bands during this giant annual German festival. 

OCT. 21: OKTOBEARFEST
The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Pl. 12-4 p.m. Free-$19. Lions and tigers and beers—oh my! Savor some seasonal brews at the zoo with German-inspired eats and plenty of animals to ogle over.

Oyster R-Month Revelry

OCT. 14-15: RYLEIGH’S OYSTERFEST
Ryleigh’s Oyster, 32 E. Cross St. Sat. 12-9 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. 410-539-2093. Celebrate oyster season with 10 raw bars, Heavy Seas beer, a fast-paced shucking competition, and the Oyster Ball on Thursday.

OCT. 14: GREAT BALTIMORE OYSTER FESTIVAL
West Shore Park, 401 Light St. 1-5 p.m. $10. Dig into the city’s booming oyster scene with fresh shucks, grilled ’sters, and family fun along the Inner Harbor.

OCT. 21-22: U.S. OYSTER FESTIVAL
St. Mary’s Fairgrounds, 42455 Fairgrounds Road, Leonardtown. $7. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 301-863-5015. Get your fill of oysters at this 51st annual festival and shucking competition.

OCT. 28: OYSTERFEST
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, 213 N. Talbot St., St. Michaels. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free-$18. 410-745-2916. Enjoy all-you-can-eat oyster, historic boats, and live music in St. Michaels. 

Evening Excursions 

SEPT. 15: TWILIGHT PADDLE
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. 6 p.m. $2-4. 410-887-1815.Take in the fall foliage from the water at sunset with a lake paddle followed by popcorn over the campfire. 

SEPT. 22: AUTUMN SOLSTICE BONFIRE & S’MORES
Lake Roland Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr. 5:30 p.m.-8:30 a.m. $8-10. 410-887-4156.Follow a ranger for a night hike with an evening campfire and BYO food to cook over the flames.

SEPT. 29: FALL CAMPOUT
Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville. 7:30 p.m. $3-5. 410-887-3014. Celebrate the start of fall with themed fun around the campfire.

Great Outdoors

SEPT. 24: CHARM CITY RUN 20 MILER
Northern Central Railroad Trail, Freeland. 8 a.m. $40-55. Test your endurance and embrace the beginning of fall during this 20-mile run along the NCR Trail. 

SEPT. 24: NATURE QUEST
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. 1-4 p.m. Free. 410-887-1815. Grab your sneakers for a 5-mile guided hike through the county park.

OCT. 1: COUNTY WALK IN THE PARK
Lake Roland Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr. 12 p.m. Free. 410-887-4156.Enjoy the fall leaves in all their glory with an autumn hike through Baltimore County. 

OCT. 7: FROM FLINT TO FLAME
Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Rd., Parkville. 1 p.m. $2-4. 410-887-3014. Learn to traditionally start a fire using various methods. 

OCT. 8-9: CATOCTIN COLORFEST
Thurmont. Times vary. Free. Head to the hills of Frederick County to see the Appalachian mountains in full fall bloom, with arts, crafts, and activities throughout the weekend.

Family Festivals

SEPT. 16-17: PERRY HALL APPLE FESTIVAL 
Chapel Hills Farm, 4350 Chapel Rd., Perry Hall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy apple-themed eats, live bluegrass music, and kids fun in Baltimore County. 

OCT. 7-8: HONEY HARVEST FESTIVAL
Oregon Ridge Nature Center, 13555 Beaver Dam Road, Cockeysville. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $1. 410-887-1815. Celebrate the bees with hive demonstrations, beeswax candle dipping, and more. 

OCT. 14: FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL
Festivals. Cromwell Valley Park, 2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. 410-887-3014. Don’t miss this fall family fun event with hay rides, games, face painting, and food.

OCT. 15: HARBOR HARVEST
Rash Field, 201 Key Hwy. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $3-5. Celebrate the new season with this family festival featuring a hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, costume parade, and kids’ band Milkshake.

OCT. 21: HOLT HARVEST DAY
Holt Park & Center For the Arts, 34 Elmont Ave. 12-3 p.m. Free. 410-887-5307. Enjoy an afternoon of fall activities for the whole family.

Pumpkins Galore

OCT. 1-29: BUTLER’S ORCHARD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Butler’s Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Road. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $12. 301-428-0444.Kick off the autumn season with the 37th annual pumpkin festival.

OCT. 7: DARLINGTON APPLE FESTIVAL
Shuresville Rd., Darlignton. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  Free.Indulge in the peak of apple season with apple goodies galore, cornhole, pony and hay rides, and more in Harford County. 

OCT. 7-8: MARYLAND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
Summers Farm, 5620 Butterfly Lane, Frederick. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free-$17. 301-620-9316. Get ready for fall with a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and family activities.

OCT. 21: PUMPKINFEST
Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd., Owings Mills. 12-7 p.m. Free-$15. Bring the kids for pumpkin painting and bowling, hay rides, sack races, and more.

OCT. 28: PUMPKINS IN THE PARK
Center Plaza, 100 N. Charles St. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Welcome autumn weather in the heart of downtown with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, face painting, and family fun. 

OCT. 28: PAINT A PUMPKIN
Lake Roland Park, 1000 Lakeside Dr. 12 p.m. $3-5. 410-887-4156.Choose a perfect pumpkin from the patch and decorate to your liking.

Corn Mazes

Applewood Farm,Whiteford, 9/30-10/29

Councell Farms, Cordova, 9/15-10/31

Carroll County Ag Center, Westminster, 10/6-11/12

Clark’s Elioak Farm, Ellicott City, 9/16-10/31

Green Street Gardens, Lothian, 9/23-10/29

Maryland Sunrise Farm, Gambrills, 9/23-10/29

Milburn Orchards, Elkton, 9/16-10/29

Rodgers’ Farms, Stevenson, 9/23-11/5

Summers Farm, Frederick, 9/23-10/29

Winterbrook Farm, Thurmont, 9/23-11/5

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