The Magic of Autumn in Maryland

Melissa Edwards October 4, 2023

As the leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold, and the crisp, cool breeze fills the air, Baltimore transforms into a picturesque autumn wonderland. Fall in Central Maryland is a time of year when the region comes alive with a myriad of exciting events and charming pumpkin patches that beckon locals and visitors alike. Here's a guide to some of the best fall activities to enjoy in and around Baltimore this fall.

1. Legacy Chase Shawan Downs Horse Race: Start your fall festivities with the thrilling Legacy Chase Shawan Downs Horse Race. Held annually at Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley, this event combines the elegance of horse racing with the beauty of the autumn landscape. Spectators can enjoy the sight of magnificent thoroughbreds thundering across the course, while families can participate in tailgating, picnicking, and various activities for children. It's a day of tradition, sport, and community that captures the essence of fall. The Batoff Group is a proud sponsor of this annual event!

2. Ladew Gardens' "Great Pumpkin Float": After the excitement of the horse race, head to Ladew Gardens, a serene oasis just outside the city. Every year, they host the "Great Pumpkin Float," a delightful event where you can carve and decorate your own pumpkin and then watch it set sail in the garden's Iris Pond, creating a magical spectacle of floating pumpkins.

3. Maryland Renaissance Festival: Step back in time and immerse yourself in the enchanting world of the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Held annually in Crownsville, this festival offers an array of fall-themed entertainment, including jousting tournaments, live music, costumed characters, and delicious period-inspired food and drinks.

4. Valley View Farms: A trip to Valley View Farms is a must during the fall season. This family-owned garden center is known for its extensive selection of pumpkins, gourds, and fall decorations. You can find everything you need to adorn your home for the season, from colorful mums to seasonal wreaths.

5. Weber's Cider Mill Farm: Located in Parkville, Weber's Cider Mill Farm is the perfect destination for apple picking and enjoying fresh cider and homemade apple cider donuts. The farm also features a corn maze, petting zoo, and hayrides, making it an ideal spot for family-friendly fall fun.

6. Oriole Park at Camden Yards: Experience the thrill of baseball in the heart of autumn. Catch a Baltimore Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and enjoy the crisp fall air while cheering on the home team - on their current hot streak! 

7. The Great Halloween Lantern Parade: This annual event, held in Patterson Park, is a spectacular celebration of art, community, and Halloween. Participants create intricate lanterns and costumes and then parade through the park in a mesmerizing display of creativity and imagination.

8. Bengies Drive-In Theatre: Enjoy a classic autumn evening at the Bengies Drive-In Theatre. As the temperatures drop, watching a movie from the comfort of your car while snacking on popcorn and hot chocolate becomes an even more delightful experience.

9. Ghost Tours of Historic Ellicott City: Embrace the spooky side of fall with a ghost tour of Historic Ellicott City. This charming town is known for its haunted history, and taking a guided tour through its historic streets is a thrilling way to celebrate the Halloween season.

10. Fells Point Fun Festival: This annual street festival in the historic Fells Point neighborhood is a fantastic way to soak up the fall atmosphere. With live music, food vendors, and a wide range of arts and crafts, it's a lively event that captures the spirit of the season.

Whether you're a fan of horse racing, pumpkin patches, fall festivals, or simply relishing the crisp air and changing leaves, Baltimore offers a wide range of activities to celebrate the season. So, grab your scarf and pumpkin spice latte, and make the most of this magical time of year in Charm City!


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