Fall Things to Do including festivals, fairs, Oktoberfest celebrations, pumpkin patches, crafts, and recipes.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival – Villagers and courtiers of King Henry VIII populate Revel Grove. Character interaction with patrons is the cornerstone of a visit to the Renaissance Festival. Enjoy the close-up entertainment from a strolling magician, mingle with a mime, or listen to court gossip from a noble Lady – you’re part of the show at Revel Grove. The village is comprised of pubs, stages, food booths and more than 130 craft shops. Eat, drink, wander through the village and enjoy the atmosphere. Open weekends only. 8/23/2014 – 10/19/2014. http://www.rennfest.com/

The Great Frederick Fair – Exhibits, rides, entertainment, amusements, educational programming and eateries. See a cow up close, eat candy cotton, learn about 4-H livestock projects, ride a Ferris wheel, and learn the best technique for canning grape jelly. Open Daily, 9am-9pm. Sep 12, 2014 – Sep 20, 2014. http://thegreatfrederickfair.com/

Germantown Oktoberfest – Clarksburg, MD – October 5, 2014
High Point Farm has been holding this event for more than thirty years. Live music, food and Oktoberfest biergarten serving Warsteiner and Samuel Adams’ Octoberfest. There will also be a dance floor and local crafters/artists/businesses selling products. It is a family friendly event with children’s activities including games, amusement rides and other fun. Admission is free. They generally have thousands of visitors. Location: High Point Farm, 23730 Frederick Rd Clarksburg, MD 20871

Oktoberfest at the Kentlands – Gaithersburg, MD – October 12, 2014
The 23rd annual Oktoberfest will happen between noon and 5 PM. Locations are connected by trolley. Includes Beer Garden, Wine Terrace, German food and live music with dancers. Family friendly activities like horse-drawn wagon rides, pumpkin painting and more. At Main Street, they have three stages of entertainment by bands and community groups. There will also be chalk artists, entertainers, aerialists and a children’s crafts and activities area. Admission and parking are free. Location: Kentlands Village Green, 320 Kent Square Rd , Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878

Frederick’s Oktoberfest – Frederick, MD – September 27-28, 2014
Oktoberfest bier, bratwurst, dancing, live music and children’s activities to benefit Frederick County charities and local organizations. Location: Frederick Fairgrounds, 797 E Patrick St Frederick, MD 21705

Pumpkin Patches:

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road, Derwood, Maryland (301) 924-4141
This Montgomery County facility hosts one of the largest harvest festivals in the area. Activities include hayrides, scarecrow making, farm demonstrations, crafts, hay maze, live entertainment and more

Butler’s Orchard
22200 Davis Mill Road, Germantown, Maryland (301) 972-3299
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; explore a hay maze; and enjoy crafts, food, and family activities.

Homestead Farm
15600 Sugarland Road, Poolesville, Maryland (301) 977-3761. Take a hayride, pick your own apples or pumpkins, find your way through the hay maze.

Larriland Farms
2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, Maryland (301) 854-6110
Annual Pumpkin Festival is held weekends throughout October. Pick a pumpkin; take a hayride; and explore a hay maze and more.

Summers Farm
5614 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland (301) 620-9316
Pumpkinland festival is open September 23 – November 1, 2013 with day and evening activities. Visit the farm animal barnyard, corn maze, giant slides, straw mountain, and American Indian Teepee and much more

Crumland Farms
7612 Willow Road, Frederick, Maryland. (301) 845-8099. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, haunted hayride, pedal carts, giant trikes, mini-barnyard, hay jump, giant slide, MooChoo train and more. September 28-November 2, 2013, Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fall Crafts and Recipes:
I’ve collected a wide variety of fall crafts, activities, and recipes on a fall Pinterest board including football, leaves, pumpkins, apples, and more. You do not have to join Pinterest in order to view the board or to click on the links on the board. Find it at http://pinterest.com/mway24/fall/