Oct 20-Nov-12, Frederick: Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, Sullivan’s provocative adaption is not your father’s 1984. 

Carnival on the Chesapeake

Oct 19-22, Havre de Grace: Carnival rides, games, and food vendors set up in the swale area and parking lot of the Yacht Basin in Tydings Park.  Support the Havre de Grace Independence Day Commission!

Pride and Prejudice

Now-Oct 21, Towson: Jane Austen wrote about independent, smart, funny and rebellious women. In Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet defies convention, refusing to marry a man she doesn’t respect and love. Then sparks fly when she meets the handsome and arrogant Mr. Darcy.

Much Ado About Nothing

Now-Oct 29, Annapolis: The Annapolis Shakespeare Company is Maryland's premier regional theatre for Shakespeare. Take in this classic before it's gone! Love is in the air in this fast, beautiful and fun production that will make 2 1/2 hours of Shakespearean verse seem like a great American musical in the style of 1950s retro glamour. A charming comedy.


Oct 20-21, Ellicott City: Multi-author event with various activities throughout the weekend including writing workshops, ghost tour, SteamPunk author tea, author panels, book signings and more! Local Maryland author of dark urban fantasy, Rachel Rawlings, had a crazy idea. Create a book convention for genre fiction and hold it the weekend before Halloween. Rachel is excited to take HallowRead back to Ellicott City for the 5th annual event in October 2017!

Maryland Home and Garden Show

Oct 20-22, Timonium: Visit over 300 booths where you can hire the professional contractors you need. You will see everything from landscaping, decks and patios to kitchens, baths, remodelers, spas, windows, additions, builders and many unique products you won’t find anywhere else. Shop for juried crafts and gifts for the upcoming fall and holiday seasons!There's also a kid's zone, antique appraisals and more!

Romeo & Juliet

Oct 20-22, Annapolis: Ballet Theatre of Maryland celebrates Shakespeare’s genius with the poignant, archetypal love story Romeo & Juliet. Last performed by BTM more than six years ago, this tragic tale is told poetically and passionately through the fusion of dance, literature and Prokofiev’s magnificent musical masterpiece!

Celebrating the Jazz Masters

Oct 21, Baltimore: Contemporary Arts presents a tribute to John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk and Ella Fitzgerald featuring the Wayne Johnson Ensemble.

Moscow on the Monocacy

Oct 21, Frederick: The first Masterworks concert of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra’s 21st Season features works from famous Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff.


Oct 21, Baltimore: Dust off your lederhosen! Head to the Baltimore Zoo for OktoBEARfest 2017 featuring brews, live music, German-inspired food and fare from local vendors and artisans. It's your chance to be part of this wildly popular festival!

The Color Purple

Now-Oct 22, Baltimore: With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. The musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!

Boo At the Zoo

Oct 20-22, DC: With more than 40 treat stations, animal demonstrations, decorated trails, and opportunities to learn about some seriously spooky animals, this frightfully fun evening at the National Zoo is a magical time for the whole family.

When Life Gives You Clemens

Oct 19 & 20, DC: The Second City brings another laugh riot to the District. America’s most famous comedy troupe takes its queue from Mark Twain, one of history’s greatest humorists, in this performance. Expect searing takes on politics and human nature through the lens of satire in this show at the Kennedy Center.

Marine Corps Marathon

Oct 22, VA/DC: The Marine Corps Marathon is for Everyone! Kids, parents, grandparents and spectators. There's lots to do even if you're not a runner! Just check the FAQ page to plan your day!

Mariinsky Ballet: La Bayadere

Now-Oct 22, DC: The Mariinsky Ballet, a legendary Russian ballet company, returns to the Kennedy Center to perform La Bayadère, one of their most famous renditions. The piece touches on forbidden love, betrayal and the afterlife through its gorgeous choreography, stunning sets and costumes and unforgettable characters. The “Shades” scene is its most famous, when maidens dressed in white seemingly float across the stage in perfect alignment. The last time this production came to DC, it dazzled sold-out crowds, so get your tickets quickly.


Six Flags Fright Fest

Now-Oct 29, Upper MarlboroIt's a spooky time of year as zombies and ghouls take over the park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back for a truly frightening evening of fun after the sun goes down. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park.

USS Constellation Cup Regatta

Oct 14, Baltimore Harbor: Enjoy a day on the water in Baltimore’s harbor watching the exciting 12th annual regatta which benefits all the historic ships of Baltimore Harbor.

Oyster Stroll

Oct 14, Westminster: The city Oyster Stroll festival is far more than oysters, music, food, and fun for the community. It is an event designed to raise awareness about and benefit Chesapeake farmed raised oyster aquaculture and how our local community is working to restore wild oysters back into the bay while creating new oyster reefs from recycled oyster shell and concrete reef balls. Fun, tasty and educational!

Bethesda Row Arts Festival

Oct 14-15, Bethesda: Ranked 53rd of the elite fine art fairs, you won't want to miss it! Featuring 190 juried museum quality artists, there is something for everyone and every budget. The streets of Bethesda Row transform into an outdoor art gallery!

Out of the Darkness Walk

Oct 14, Frederick: As the core of the Out of the Darkness Walks, the Community Walks are proof that when people work together, they can make big changes in our world. Taking place in hundreds of cities each fall, these walks raise awareness for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention as it raises money to fund vital services to our communities.

Horn Point Laboratory Open House

Oct 14, Cambridge: The UMD Center for Environmental Science opens it doors to the public for a fun-filled day of experiments, hands-on activities, and engaging discussions with scientists doing world-renowned research in oceanography, water quality, restoration of sea grasses, marshes and shellfish, and expertise in ecosystem modeling. All ages are welcome!

Summers Farm Fall Festival

Now-Oct 31, Frederick: Corn maze, pumpkin patch, campfires, over 45 activities, fireworks, finger-lickin’ good food and more! Get lost!

50th Annual Autumn Glory Festival

Now-Oct 15, Garrett County: Celebrate the beauty of the local fall foliage. The area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or outdoors. The Festival includes two large parades, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more!

Fair Hill International

Oct 12-15, Fair Hill, MD: Don't know what eventing is? Want to check out a new sport that is fun for the entire family! Eventing is the ultimate test of a horse and rider and has been referred to as the Triathlon of equestrian sport. Through tests in dressage, cross country, and show jumping the horse and rider work together to show that they can compete in the most demanding and highest levels of equestrian sports. Check it out!

United States Powerboat Show

Oct 12-15, Annapolis: Get dreaming and head to the Boat Show! Miles of docks exhibit everything from luxurious motor and ocean-going yachts and “down east” trawlers to high-performance powerboats and offshore fishing machines. On display are boats of every style from 8’ to 80’ including water toys of all types. Not buying? That's ok, just enjoy a day by the water. 

Bedlam in the Boro

Select weekends through October, Linesboro: A Haunted Hayride and the House of Horrors, not for the faint of heart. Don't worry, there's also tame activities for the kids: the Bedlam Bypass, food, games and more. 

Cirque Goes Broadway

Oct 13-15, Baltimore: The Meyerhoff and the BSO present acrobats and aerialists who dazzle with spectacular music from Broadway’s greatest shows.

Carnevil @ Merriweather Park

Now-Nov 5, Columbia: Symphony Woods transforms into the ultimate Halloween event. The park comes alive with horrifying mutant sideshow freaks, demented clowns, escaped circus animals and so much more. Explore the Menacing Midway, complete with twisted games and prizes, sample frightful foods and spine-chilling cocktails, all while local bands and DJs keep you in the Halloween mood. The party isn’t complete though until you make your way through the multiple scare zones of the Abandoned Circus in the woods. Its dark, its creepy, and the things that live in the woods are waiting to eat meet you!

Peabody Jazz Ensemble

Oct 13, Baltimore: Enjoy a (free) night on the town and listen to some jazz lead by Director Miles Brown in the Peabody's first concert of the season. If Halloween's not your thing, this is for you!

Sugarloaf Craft Festival

Oct 13-Oct 15, Timonium: Shop America's Handmade Market and support artist entrepreneurs this fall at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival! Sugarloaf returns to the Maryland State Fairgrounds for a weekend of artistic appreciation and entertainment for collectors and enthusiasts of all ages.

American Songbook: Porter and Gershwin Timeless Classics

Oct 14, Annapolis: The Annapolis Chorale and Annapolis Chamber Orchestra, kick off the 2017-2018 season celebrating songs everyone can sing by the giants of the American songbook. The music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern and others are featured in this concert of music that can really be called “timeless classics.”

Whoopi Goldberg

Oct 13, DC: The Kennedy Center presents the multitalented comedian, author, actress, and activist Whoopi who returns for a night of stand-up comedy presented as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the Mark Twain Prize, which she won in 2001.

The Red Shoes

Now-Oct 15, DC: The Kennedy Center presents the winner of two 2017 Olivier Awards including Best Theater Choreographer! The beloved fairy tale has seduced audiences and inspired generations of dancers with it's story of obsession, possession, and one young woman's dream to be the greatest dancer in the world.

IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food and Cultures

Oct 14 & 15, DC: Join in a festival of Asian art, food, and cultures to celebrate the grand reopening of the Freer|Sackler. The festival will transform the museums’ grounds with an Asian food market, interactive cooking and art demonstrations, live music by members of the Silkroad Ensemble, and creations by local and international artists. Inside, visitors can experience the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities.

Opera Outside

Oct 14, Columbia Heights, DC: Join us for a casual outdoor concert on the upper field of the park. Enjoy performances of operatic gems and other favorites by an ensemble of exciting rising stars. This event is free and open to all ages! Go can come and go as you please and come as you are! Feel free to bring your pets, blankets and/or chairs to enjoy the music in comfort.

Maryland Ghost Tours

Ongoing dates, Frederick: Ghost Tours, Cemetery Tours, Civil War Tours, Oh My! The month of October seems especially appropriate to check out this new and scary way to find out more about Frederick at night!

Lawyer's Farm Corn Maze

Now-Nov 5, Thurmont: With over 20 activities, including a pumpkin patch, mountain slides, tetherball, corn hole, ziplines, pedal kart track and apple cannons, Winterbrook Farms is worth the drive for the whole family!

Tuck Everlasting

Selected dates through Oct 15, Havre de Grace: Scottfield Theatre Co presents Eleven-year-old Winnie Foster, who yearns for a life of adventure beyond her white picket fence, but not until she becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family does she get more than she could have imagined. 

United States Sailboat Show

Now-Oct 9, Annapolis: Sailors from around the globe gather on miles of docks surrounded by the beauty of historic annapolis. This is an internationally acclaimed sailboat show, recognized as the largest, most prestigious, and only remaining in-water sailboat show in the world. Manufacturers, cruises, demos, workshops, exhibitors and more await!

Carroll County Corn Maze

Oct 6 & 7, Westminster: Come out to the Carroll County Agriculture Center Corn Maze! There are day time hours as well as evening hours for the FLASHLIGHT CORN MAZE! Flashlights will be available for purchase if you forget yours!! You can buy your tickets on site that day!

2017 Decorator Show House

Now-Oct 22, Ellicott City: White Hall was part of the early land grant called Freeborn’s Progress. The house was constructed prior to 1822 and family lore suggests that the east wing was used as a hospital during the War of 1812. In 1977 the house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1984, Historic Ellicott City, Inc. has worked with the community to restore historic properties throughout Howard County, Maryland. Historic Ellicott City’s Show House Committee works tirelessly to seek out properties of interest, contacts the owner and creates a project of worthy restoration to benefit the community. Designers, artisans, and tradespeople of all aspects of construction, remodeling and decor, come together in the inspired project and transformation of the property.

50th Anniversary Blessing of the Fleet

Oct 7 & 8, Coltons Point: The 50th Blessing of the Fleet commemorates the founding of Maryland on St. Clement's Island and the time-honored tradition of blessing the Southern Maryland watermen's fleet of boats. This celebratory event includes tours of St. Clements Island, Blackstone Lighthouse & St. Clement's Island Museum, live entertainment, boat excursions, Southern Maryland food, children’s activities, fireworks and more.

Music Box, Autumn Colors

Oct 6 & 7, Baltimore: Take your little ones to celebrate the colors of fall, from pumpkins to brightly colored leaves, with a woodwind trio of BSO musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Give your budding music lover the chance to explore music through this highly engaging and interactive performance. The half-hour lobby concert features the musical talents of a small ensemble of BSO musicians performing classical and children's songs to develop musicality, creativity, coordination and literacy. 30 minutes prior to the concert the lobby fills with a range of musical, creative and fun activities for babies and families. 

Community Fall Festival

Oct 7, Ellicott City: The festival will take place at the Church of the resurrection, and will feature many activities including entertainment, kid's games, face painting, scarecrow making, moon bounce, crafts, silent auction, second hand treasures, backed goods and delicious food. So, gather your family, friends and neighbors for a day filled with fun!

Fells Point Fun Festival

Oct 7 & 8, Baltimore: Come celebrate the Festival's 51st year with food, fun, vendors, music and more!

2017 Harvest Festival

Oct 7, Derwood: Come to the Agricultural History Farm Park to learn how Montgomery County’s farms and communities worked together to support the war effort during World War I at this year’s Harvest Festival. Interact with living historians costume; participate in hands-on activities such as tin-smithing, making apple butter; painting pumpkins and building scarecrows; enjoy traditional music and dancing; experience farm equipment exhibitions and demonstrations; meet heritage farm animals; and partake of food, crafters and hayrides!

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Now-Oct 22, Annapolis: Head to the Faire! Everything you'd expect from the Rennfest, including stage shows, giant turkey legs, music and vendors!

Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival

Oct 7 & 8, St. Michaels: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will host one of the nation’s largest gatherings of small boat enthusiasts and unique watercraft. Hundreds of amateur and professional boatbuilders and enthusiasts come from all over the region to display their one-of-a-kind kayaks, canoes, and other traditional small craft. Sailing skiffs, rowing shells, kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, prams and more will be on display. Small craft owners hailing from all over the country will be available to share their knowledge and boating experiences with guests.

Taste of Bethesda

Oct 7, Bethesda: Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit  the kid's corner for face painting and arts & crafts. 

Anacostia Museum 50th Anniversary Community Block Party

Oct 7, D.C.: Join the museum in celebrating 50 years of being the premier cultural institution east-of-the-river! Live performances on an outdoor stage, food trucks, art activities for the kids, storytelling, a vendor’s marketplace and more. Activities will take place inside and outside of the museum.

Taste of DC

Oct 7 & 8, RFK Stadium: Bringing together friends and families since 1989, Taste of DC is a weekend full of delicious bites, beverages and captivating entertainment, with over 65 of the region's premier restaurants, an artisan market and 3 stages of culinary shows and music!

Art on the Avenue

Oct 7, Alexandria: Check out this multi-cultural arts festival celebrating the community’s diversity through the arts in the Del Ray neighborhood. You'll be greeted by over 300 artists (jewelers – silversmith & beaders, woodworkers, pottery makers, soap crafters, glass makers, unique painters, sculptures, fabric artists), musicians (Irish, folk, rock n’ roll, country and more), and food vendors (hot dogs, BBQ, Indian, crab cakes, chocolate bananas dipped on a stick, home made cider donuts). Kids activities have always been a vital part of the festival — stuff your own scarecrow, paint a pumpkin, lotus flower design, weave screen art, to name a few. Venture out to Virginia!