Deep Creek Lake and Garrett County offer so many wonderful activities and events throughout the year! From the acclaimed Autumn Glory Festival to the Deep Creek Dunk, there are several annual events that bring thousands of people to our area to celebrate! Catch the Fire on the Mountain fireworks display from the waters of Deep Creek Lake, zip down the slopes of Wisp Resort in the winter, try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding, or hike to the tallest free-falling waterfall in Maryland - you can really do it all right in our beautiful little corner of the world!
Festival of Trees at Deep Creek Lake officially starts the holiday season! This wonderful event is held each Thanksgiving weekend with beautifully decorated trees and unique handcrafted decor. Local businesses and vendors put their wares on display, while all the proceeds support the Garrett County Dove Center, a local shelter for women and children. Special activities for the entire family and all ages make this a tradition you can't miss!
Festival of Trees | Garrett County Fairgrounds, 270 Mosser Road, McHenry, Maryland 21541 | 301-746-8117
Family Fun at Cove Run Farms! Will you be able to find your way out of the custom corn maze? Besides the maze, enjoy hayrides, a farm animal petting zoo, duck racing, riding pedal tractors and trikes, and fun around the fire ring. Spaces are available for picnics and birthday parties. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays beginning in September throughout the fall months. Contact for additional details and hours of operation. The 2017 corn maze design benefits the Garrett County Dove Center, a local shelter for women and children.
Cove Run Farms Corn Maze | 596 Griffith Road, Accident, Maryland 21520 | 301-746-6111
Each February brings brave participants running into the frigid waters of Deep Creek Lake for a wonderful cause. The annual Deep Creek Dunk benefits the Special Olympics Maryland and is held on the lakefront lawn behind Uno Pizzeria & Grill. The 2017 Deep Creek Dunk raised over $190,000 with a total of over $2 million raised throughout the 19 years this event has been held. Some employees, agents, and owners of Railey Realty and Railey Vacations proudly take the plunge each year.
Deep Creek Dunk | 19746 Garrett Highway, Oakland, Maryland 21550 | 410-242-1515
Autumn is beautiful at Deep Creek Lake and we celebrate the splendor with our annual Autumn Glory Festival. This five-day festival usually held the second week of October, spreads throughout Garrett County with the majority of the events in our small town of Oakland. Ranked by Good Housekeeping, Travel & Leisure, and MSN.com as one of the best fall festivals in the United States, this is one occasion you don't want to miss! Each year over 25 different events are scheduled including two grand parades and a popular Oktoberfest celebration.
Autumn Glory Festival | 301-387-4386 | Held the Second Week of October
Every Fourth of July, Wisp Mountain rings with the colorful "Fire on the Mountain" fireworks! This spectacular display is best viewed from a boat in McHenry Cove, the overlook along Garrett Highway, the Garrett County Fairgrounds, the Garrett College lawn, or from any of the homes and businesses located around McHenry and in Wisp Resort. The fireworks are set off from the Bear Claw Tubing Park with Marsh Mountain as the backdrop. The reflection across Deep Creek Lake is something to see!
Fire on the Mountain Fireworks Display | 301-387-4386 | Held Every July 4th
Head to downtown Oakland, Maryland for their annual Winterfest Celebration! Festivities include sleigh rides, live ice-carving demonstrations, lighted ice sculpture displays, live music, and specials at downtown businesses! Downtown Oakland is home to several museums, cafes, restaurants, antique shops, and other wonderful stores - all within easy walking distance to one another. Visit the historic and iconic Train Station, too! Located just 15 minutes south of Deep Creek Lake, it's the perfect way to spend an afternoon! The event generally takes place in February.
Oakland's Winterfest Celebration | 301-334-2691 | Held Every February
The Savageman Triathlon is one of the toughest races in the country! This grueling course takes athletes through a swim course in Deep Creek Lake, a bike ride like no other through the mountains of Garrett County, and a run through the 'park' to finish the race. This event is split between two dates, with options for teams and shorter courses throughout the two days. Many of our Railey Realty agents have participated in the Savageman Triathlon in years past and we love supporting the athletes who brave this tough course!
Savageman Triathlon | Held Every September
The Maryland Governor's Cup Race is held every year in March. It is organized by the Deep Creek Winter Sports Team. The race offers two full days of skiing competitions for all ages! Railey Realty proudly sponsors the race every year. A few of our Railey Realty agents and family members compete each year.
Maryland Governor's Cup Race | Wisp Resort
The Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival is one of our favorite events all year! Head down to the Garrett County fairgrounds to sample dozens of wines, browse and buy art, listen to live music, grab a bite to eat, and so much more! This awesome event helds to support local nonprofit animal shelter, HART for Animals. The Deep Creek Art & Wine Festival entry ticket gets you a commemorative glass to use for testings, too! This is one event you don't want to miss!
Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival | September