Fall Activities, Halloween and Thanksgiving Events in Maryland

Maryland Thanksgiving Events

Looking for something fun to do this Thanksgiving season? Check out the many Thanksgiving events that are taking place in Maryland throughout the month of November. From Turkey Trots to Thanksgiving crafts and story times, you're sure to find a few fun family activities for kids of all ages.

Updated 2016

Maryland Turkey Trots and Holiday Fun Runs

Even with chilly weather approaching, there's no need to stay cooped up inside. Sign up for a turkey trot or holiday fun run (or walk) in Maryland. Bond with your kids, other family and friends while burning off a few calories from Halloween candy and holiday family dinners.

Following is a compilation of some of the many 5K races, fun runs and 1-mile walks happening during the 2016 fall and early winter holiday season.

Fall Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals in Maryland

The JoustFall is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities in Maryland, and with so many fall festivals, fairs and carnivals, there are a number of special events to choose from for low-cost family fun.

September brings the Maryland Seafood Festival, Maryland Renaissance Festival, Annapolis ArtsFest, the Baltimore Book Festival and county fairs to name a few.

First Sunday Arts Festivals in Annapolis and the Renaissance Festival continue in October and, of course, the Annapolis Sailboat Show draws big crowds.

This list includes 2016 fall fairs, festivals and carnivals in September and into October. Check our Spring Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals and our Summer Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals for special events happening other months.

Maryland Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes

Looking for a pumpkin patch or corn maze in Maryland? Here's a list of places to go near Annapolis, Bowie, Baltimore, D.C. or the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Make an afternoon of selecting a pumpkin or just go grab one for your front porch, there are plenty of home grown pumpkins in the fields around Maryland.

Kids can pick your own pumpkins from the field, enjoy a hayride, and in many cases enjoy cider and fresh produce from the farm stand. And for a fun afternoon try finding your way through a corn maze full of twists and turns.

Winning fall photos

Kids love fall with the pumpkin patches to explore, leaves to jump in and especially the costumes to dress up in. We asked our readers to send us photos of their kids enjoying fall for the 2016 Chesapeake Family Fall Photo Contest and we had so many adorable entries.

Aliya and Arielle Thompson, ages 3 and 5, from Odenton got the most votes in the 2016 photo contest. Brayden Rednagle, 5, from Sunderland, was chosen for the October cover. The rest below were just too cute not to show off. Thanks to all those who entered. And special thank you to our photo contest sponsor, Philbin & Reinheimer Orthodontics. Click here to see the gallery with all the entries.

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Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Finding Neverland, Baltimore
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Fresh Water Fish, Annapolis
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @12:00AM
Lakefront Summer Festival, Columbia
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @10:00AM
Under the Big Top, Baltimore
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @ 6:00PM
Dinner Under the Stars, Annapolis
Wed Jun 28, 2017 @ 7:30PM
The Sound of Music, Washington D.C
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @12:00AM
Finding Neverland, Baltimore
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @12:00AM
Lakefront Summer Festival, Columbia
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @10:00AM
Under the Big Top, Baltimore
Thu Jun 29, 2017 @ 7:30PM
The Sound of Music, Washington D.C