First, it’s a peek of yellow, then orange and red! Temperatures cool and fog rises off the lake in the morning. Crisp mountain air is revitalizing after the busyness of summer. Join us when the lake is clear and take the time to simply breathe.
Enjoy a cool kayak ride on the still glass waters of the lake then warm up with a pumpkin spice latte from Trader’s Coffee House. Take advantage of the season to explore the many delicious cuisines offered by fine restaurants that dot the lake. You can find them here!
There are many events throughout the fall which showcase the beauty and fun of Deep Creek Lake and the surrounding towns.
Here are just a few!
The annual Deep Creek Lake Art & Wine Festival, benefiting HART for Animals and Garrett Lakes Arts Festival (GLAF), features beautifully handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, more than 200 wines to taste from Maryland and national wineries, live entertainment, food, silent auction, wine store, wine pairing dinners, lodging packages and more, all set in the beautiful mountains of western Maryland.
Typically held early to mid-September at the Garrett County Fair Grounds.
Regarded as the roughest triathlon in the country, the two day SavageMan Triathlon provides an opportunity for intense competition on the most scenic course found on the East Coast. On Saturday, September 19th the 30.0 course begins with a swim in the lake then transitions to a bike through the hills of Garrett County, finishing off with a run through Deep Creek State Park. Sunday, September 20th will be for the advanced athletes competing in the 70.0 triathlon with the infamous Westernport Wall where bikers will face the steepest climb in their triathlon season.
Typically held mid- September.
The Annual Autumn Glory Festival is a great way to celebrate the season with countless events and attractions for all ages. Thursday is the popular Fireman’s Parade and Oompah! Celebration in Downtown Oakland, followed by Friday evening at Southern High School for the Battle of the Bands and Maryland State Banjo, Mandolin, and Fiddle Competitions. Enjoy the main event on Saturday, the grand feature parade at 1:00pm in Downtown Oakland. Saturday and Sunday are hosts to the craft shows at schools in Oakland and at the Fairgrounds located in McHenry. The festival is a time honored tradition of locals and guests to admire the fall foliage and celebrate the end of Mountain Maryland’s most colorful season.
This event is typically held mid- October.