By Amanda Rodriguez

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Photo Credit: Amanda Rodriguez

As someone who was happily born and raised a California girl, I have to admit that one of the things I enjoy most about my new home on the East Coast is the fall season. The beautiful colors, the fresh, crisp morning air and the definite season change is something I have come to appreciate and even look forward to. Plus the celebrations! Clearly I’m not the only person in Maryland who is excited about fall!

There are literally hundreds of fall festivals in the state of Maryland with plenty not-to-be-missed ones right in the Baltimore area.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Rodriguez


1601 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, Md. 21136
Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: $10

Have a four-legged pal who likes to get his or her party on?  Better check out DogFest!  The annual event, hosted by the Baltimore Humane Society, raises money for the animals of the Baltimore Human Society Shelter, and it’s also a fun way for pet owners and lovers to bond over a good time.  There are dog competitions, games for dogs (and their owners), opportunities to talk to pet trainers, and more.  The event also hosts specialty vendors and concessions for when pets and pet parents get hungry.  The event attracts thousands of participants each fall, and cats are welcome, too!

Free Fall Baltimore

Downtown Baltimore
Charles Street and Pratt Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 752-8632
October 1-31
See eventschedulefor detailed dates/time info

Like the arts?! Love Free Events? So does Baltimore and they prove it each year by hosting this monthlong festival dedicated to cultural arts.  Live performances, artists’ galleries, workshops, and the annual InnerHarborArtFestival are all a part of the yearly event.  Thousands of participants flock to the harbor to partake in the nearly never-ending opportunities to learn about the thriving arts community in Baltimore City.

Rodgers Farms North Run Corn Maze

1818 Greenspring Valley Rd.
Stevenson, Md. 21153
(410) 241-3392
Farm opened 9/17/11-11/6/11
Hours: Fridays noon- 6 p.m.
Weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Price: Adults (13 & up) $8.00, Children (4-12) $6.00, Under 4 FREE
(Hayride additional)

Looking for a more traditional take on the farm fall festival to enjoy?  Rodgers Farm goes all out!  With a corn maze, hayrides, animals to pet and feed, and pick your own pumpkin patch, families looking to spend a day on the farm will be perfectly happy spending a day at Rodgers.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival

1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, Md. 21401
Event runs various dates Aug. 27- Oct. 23
Hours: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Price: Adults (16-61) $19, Seniors (61+) $16, Children (7-15) $9

The Renaissance Festival is an annual event set in a 16th century village featuring knights and ladies and jousting and jesters.  It is one event that our family makes it a point to visit every year.  My boys love being knighted by the queen and look forward to attending the event each fall.  There is just so much going on at the event that visiting two days is not uncommon.  Eat period food, wear period dress, and have a blast, period!

Amanda Rodriguez is a professional photographer, freelance writer and humor parenting blogger.  She is the proud mother of three perpetually dirty little boys.


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