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There are many events to enjoy in Carroll County Maryland throughout the year.  Carroll County offers a variety of fun activities and attractions with community picnics, fire carnivals, 4H Fair, and festivals.  There are a number of special events held each year in Carroll County along with golf, fishing, antiques, arts, music, farmers market, parks and recreation.  Here is a list of featured attractions, activities and events in Carroll County MD.  Look for your favorite 2017 carnivals in Carroll County Maryland, wine festival, carnival, carroll county carnivals, fairs, and other local events in Westminster, Hampstead, and in Carroll County, MD scheduled in 2017 throughout the County.


  • Carroll County Events, Carnival, Fair, Festival, Concert, & Food in Maryland


    Carroll County is home to 7 seasonal weekly farmers' markets all over the county!  Plus, we have nearly two dozen "on farm" markets/stands and other local producers conveniently located in every region of the county!

    To see a list of all the markets dates, times, locations and even restaurants that proudly serve locally sourced products, visit our "locally grown" page on our website Carroll County Grown.

    Sept. 21 - 24 | Westminster Fallfest

    Westminster City Park, Westminster.  Thur., 6pm – 10pm; Fri., 2pm – 10pm;
    Sat., 10am – 10pm; and Sun., Noon – 6pm.
    Join the festivities as Fallfest begins with our annual parade along Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue on September 21 at 7pm and benefit walk/run September 21 at 6:55pm.  Music, rides, and vendors. More info. 410-751-5501

    Sept. 23 | Artisans at Work:  Inspirations from the Past

    Emerald Hill – City Hall/Carroll County Visitor Center, 1838 Emerald Hill Lane, Westminster.  10am – 4pm.
    Experience the past with the Historical Society and living history artisans as they demonstrate colonial period crafts.  Artisans’ crafts include tinsmithing, blacksmithing, chair caning, candle making, weaving, quilting, and scrimshaw power horn carving.  Guests will be able to interact with the artisans, ask questions, and see first-hand how a local colonial artisan may have earned his or her living. More info.  410-848-6494

    Sept. 23 | 2017 Emergency Preparedness Expo

    Carroll County Office Building Parking Lot, 225 North Center Street, Westminster.  10am – 2pm.
    The Emergency Preparedness Expo provides an opportunity for the entire family to become familiar with the many aspects of emergency preparedness, response and recovery.  Featured are live demonstrations, static displays, informational exhibits, giveaways and free raffle prizes.  410-386-2296

    Sept. 23 | Mount Airy Lions Club Yard Sale & Flea Market

    Mount Airy VFC Carnival Grounds, Route 27 and Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.
    8am – 3pm, rain or shine.
    This is the largest yard sale in the area.  There will be over 250 booths with all kinds of merchandise for sale.  The Mount Airy Lions Club will serve breakfast from 6am to 11am and lunch from 11am until closing. More info.  301-829-5466

    Sept. 30 | Piney Run Annual Apple Festival

    Piney Run Park & Nature Center, 30 Martz Road, Sykesville.  10am – 4pm.
    You can enjoy everything apple as well as craft making family activities to enjoy.  There will be scarecrow making, hayrides, music and entertainment, along with many local vendors selling their wares, and the Nature Center will be open to visit.  Park entrance fees apply.
    More info. 410-795-6043

    Sept. 30 | 12th Annual Maryland Microbrewery Festival

    Union Mills Homestead & Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.  11am – 6pm.
    This fun-packed festival celebrates and promotes the best of Maryland’s handcrafted and distinctive microbrews. The event includes live music, crafts, and there will be a wide variety of food vendors.  Come join the fun at the Maryland's premier beer festival!  More info. 410-848-2288

    Oct. 6 - Nov. 12 | Carroll County Corn Maze

    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster.
    Fri. and Sat.; 12pm - 5pm & 7pm - 10pm, Sun.; 12pm-5pm.
    This year's theme is "Buy Local Carroll County Grown". Special group rates and times available.  Fundraising opportunities available as well.

    More info. 410-848-6704

    Oct. 7 | Taneytown Annual Harvest Fest

    Taneytown Memorial Park, Taneytown Pike & Park Rd., Taneytown.  11am.
    Civil War reenactment, living history, period settlers, crafters, artists, kid zone,
    petting zoo, music and a variety of food. 
    More info.  410-751-1100

    Oct. 7 | Hampstead Fall Festival

    Hampstead Vol. Fire Company, 1341 North Main Street, Hampstead.  10am - 5pm.
    Activities include face painting; wine tasting, scarecrow making, hay rides and corn maze, candy apples, pumpkin painting, K-9 demonstration, kid's zone, and fire safety and prevention. More info.  240-832-2921

    Oct. 7 | Mount Airy Fall Festival

    Mount Airy Fireman's Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Rd., Mount Airy.  10am - 6pm.
    Hometown Family Fun.  This is an outdoor event – rain or shine.  100+ vendors and food.  Free admission and parking.
    More info
    .  240-832-2921

    Oct. 7 & 8 | 6th Annual Oktoberfest - Rotary Clubs of Carroll County

    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Dr., Westminster.
    Sat.; Noon - 8pm, Sun.; 10am - 2pm.

    This will be a fun-filled weekend with many family activities.  Authentic style German Foods, beers and music.  Free admission for those arriving in authentic German attire.
    More info.  443-244-7799

    Oct. 7 - 29 | Bedlam in the Boro

    Lineboro Volunteer Fire Department, 4224 East Main Street, Lineboro.
    Fridays and Saturdays 7pm - 10:30pm.

    Bring the whole family for your night of fun with the ghosts and ghouls.  Come early and enjoy some good food before you ride.  Platters will be served in the fire hall from 6pm to 9pm on Friday and 5pm to 9pm on Saturday. More info.  410-239-4467

    Oct. 8 | Sykesville Harvest Festival

    Various locations in Historic Downtown Sykesville.  9am - 4pm.
    The Harvest Festival hosts 50+ craft and food vendors, live entertainment, and a FREE kid's zone for families to enjoy. The festival features the best of our Farmers' Market and 25+ extra vendors and kids activities.
    More info.  410-795-8959

    Oct. 8 | Secret Garden Autumn R&B/Neo-Soul Wine Festival

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.   11am - 6pm.
    Featuring a complimentary glass and tasting of Basignani and Dejon wines from their vineyards.  Food vendors, cigars, hookah, spa treatments, and live music.  No outside alcohol permitted.  More info.  800-654-4645

    Oct. 14 | Downtown Westminster Oyster Stroll

    Historic Downtown Westminster Main Street.  Noon - 5pm.
    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. So join us and sample all the flavors of our Chesapeake Bay while helping to support the CCA Living Reef Action Campaign.  More info.  410-751-5501

    Oct. 14 | Beards, Beers & Brats

    Town of Mount Airy, 110 S Main St., Mount Airy.  11am - 5pm.
    Twenty craft breweries to choose from.  This event will offer a beer, bratwurst and sausage tasting.  The festival will feature a 16+ category beard and mustache competition and 5 musical acts.  The festival is family friendly but geared toward beer and music enthusiasts over the age of 21. More info.  410-357-7288

    Oct. 14| Fall Harvest Celebration

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. 10am - 5pm.
    Parade, car show, artisan demonstrations, children's costume contest, make your own scarecrow ($), pumpkin painting, delicious food ($), live entertainment, children's crafts, corn cannon ($), tractor rides and more.
    More info.  800-654-4645

    Oct. 22 | 11th Annual Mason Dixon Jeep Gathering

    Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.  
    10am - 3pm.
    Come join us for one of the largest vintage Jeep shows on the East Coast. See World War II and Korean War era military Jeeps as well as the Civilian Jeeps and utility vehicles that are the grandfathers of today's Jeeps and SUVs. The show is open to the public, and all Willys and Kaiser/Willys Jeep vehicles are welcome. More info. 410-848-2288

    Oct. 22 | Westminster Coin & Currency Show

    Westminster Volunteer Fire Department, 28 John Street, Westminster.  9am - 4pm.
    About thirty US and World Coin and Currency dealers buying and selling old coins, paper money, gold and silver.
    More info.  443-623-7025

    Oct. 28 | Downtown Halloween Celebration

    Historic Downtown Westminster.  3pm - 6pm.
    Trick-or-Treating, haunted house and ghost tours at Westminster Library.
    Spooky Sprint at 6:55pm.
    More info.  410-751-5501



  • Westminster Fallfest, September 21-24

  • Rotary Oktoberfest of Carroll County, October 7-8

  • Downtown Oyster Stroll, Westminster, October 14

  • Sykesville Fall Festival, October 11

  • Fall Harvest Days, October 14-15

  • Bedlam in the Boro, Lineboro Fire Department, October

  • Carroll County Craft Beer Festival, November 11

  • Mistletoe Mart, November 12-14

  • Miracle on Main Street, Westminster, November 25

  • Festival of Wreaths, November 29-December 7

  • Freedom Fitness and Health Expo, January

  • Sykesville IceFest, February 4

  • Annual Chocolate Ball, February 11

  • Random House Book Fair, March 4

  • Maple Sugarin' Festival - March 5

  • Biz Expo

  • Hampstead Manchester Business & Community Expo, March 11

  • Celtic Canter 5K and Irish Celebration, March 11

  • Downtown Restaurant Week, Westminster, March 31 - April 8

  • Wine Stroll, Westminster, April 2

  • Seniors on the Go, April 5

  • 6th Annual Peepshow,  April 7 - 19

  • Carroll County Home Show, April 8-9

  • Taste of Carroll, April

  • Main Street Mount Airy Chili Cook-off, April

  • Walk a  Mile in Her Shoes, April 9

  • TryVent, Wellness, Recreation, and Fitness, April 29

  • Flower and Plant Market Union Mills, April 29 - May 1

  • Taste of Eldersburg, May

  • Carroll County Business and Employment Resource Center, BERC, May 4: 

    The Carroll County Business/Employment Resource Center is hosting the 2017 Spring Job Fair on Thursday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., @ BERC, 224 N. Center Street, in Westminster, MD.


    No pre-registration is required.  The BERC Spring Job Fair is an event that enables community members and job seekers to meet and speak with representatives from area businesses that are looking for qualified employees.  Job seekers can complete applications and distribute their resume to participating businesses. 


    For more information, please contact Scott Singleton, 410-386-2521 or, or visit the BERC website at

  • Westminster Flower and Jazz Festival, May 13

  • Blacksmith Days, May 20-21

  • Hampstead Day, May 27

  • Gamber Fire Carnival, May 27 - June 3

  • Union Bridge Fire Carnival, May 29 - June 3

  • Art in the Park, June 4

  • Mount Airy Lions Club Annual Carnival, June 6-11

  • New Windsor Fire Carnival, June 2-7

  • BBQ Stroll, Westminster, June 10

  • Lax Max, Lacrosse, June 10-12

  • Taneytown Fire Carnival, June 13-18

  • Taneytown Wine and Jazz Festival, Taneytown, June 18

  • Sykesville and Freedom Fire Carnival, June 18-25

  • Carroll County Golf Tournament, June 20

  • Harney Fire Carnival, June 27-July 2

  • Manchester Fire Carnival, July 4-9

  • July 4th Fireworks at the Carroll County Farm Museum, July 4

  • Common Ground on the Hill, June 28 - July 12, McDaniel College

  • Winfield Fire Carnival, July 11-16

  • Common Ground on the Hill Festival, July 8-9, Farm Museum

  • Month of Sundays Concert Series, July 10, 17, 24, 31

  • Reese Fire Carnival, July 18-23

  • Mount Airy Fire Carnival, July 25-30

  • Carroll County Fair, 4-H / FFA Fair, July 29 - August 4

  • Corn Roast Festival, August 6

  • Hampstead Fire Carnival, August 15-20

  • Carroll County Restaurant Week, August 13-20

  • Pooch Pool Party, Westminster Pool, September 6

  • Steam Show Days, September 7-10

  • Maryland Wine Festival, September 16-17


  • Apr. 22 | Mt. Airy Lions Club Yard Sale and Flea Market



    Mt. Airy Activities Grounds, Route 27 & Twin Arch Rd., Mt. Airy. 8am – 3pm.
    This is the largest yard sale in the area. There will be over 250 booths with all kinds of merchandise for sale.  The Mount Airy Lions Club will serve breakfast from 6am to 11am.  301-829-5466

    Apr. 23 | Westminster Coin & Currency Show



    Westminster Fire Hall, John Street Quarters, 28 John Street, Westminster.  9am-4pm. 
    About thirty US and World coin and currency dealers buying and selling old coins, paper money, gold and silver.  443-623-7025

    Apr. 28 & 29 | Buckwild Truck and Tractor Classic



    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster.
    On Friday, gates open at 4pm and there will be a farm stock & Interstate tractor pull.  On Saturday, gates open at 9am, truck show 9am-3pm, dyno & dirt drag 12pm, Truck pull 5pm.  No outside alcohol, food, or pets. Rain Date April 30.  443-398-5329.

    Apr. 29 | Civil War "School of the Soldier"



    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  9am-4pm.
    Come learn what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War.  Open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14.  Participants will be mustered in, drilled and then reenact a skirmish for their families and other Museum guests.  Preregistration required by April 14.  $25 fee includes lunch and a commemorative T-shirt.  Please note that no real weapons are used.  410-386-3880

  • May 5 - 7 | 48th Annual Flower & Plant Market
    Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.  
    Fri. 11am - 4pm; Sat. 9am - 4pm; and Sun., 10am – 4pm.
    Locally grown hanging plants, annuals, perennials, vegetable plants, shrubs and heirloom vegetables. Come join us for our first event of the season, with a great selection of plants, specialty plant growers, and quality craft and garden-related vendors. More info. 410-848-2288
    May 6 | 25th Clyde Gibson Fishing Derby
    Prospect Park, 107 Prospect Road, Mount Airy.   8:30am – 11am.
    Prizes are awarded for the fisherman who lands the biggest fish in length, second biggest fish in length, smallest in length, and the most combined total weight of fish caught. All participants receive a certificate of participation and a gift. The contest is open to participants from the tri-county area from ages 2 - 15 years of age.  No license is required for the event. 
    More info
    . 301-829-5466
    May 6 | Carroll County Ag Center Arts & Crafts Festival
    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster. 
    9am – 3pm.
    Join the Agriculture Center for their first Arts and Crafts Festival. The Shipley Arena will be full of crafters, direct consultants, and art dealers. Food available all day. More info. 410-848-6704
    May 6 | The Crawdaddies
    Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster.  7:30pm.
    Get ready for New Orleans’ style sizzle and spice!  The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable groove-laden sound that is unquestionably its own. More info.  410-848-7272
    May 6 & 7 | Living History Reenactment: The Seven Days Campaign
    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 South Center Street, Westminster. 
    Sat. 10am – 5pm; Sun. 10am – 2pm.

    This year’s annual spring encampment depicts the Seven Days Campaign illustrating six major battles between the Army of the Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac that took place over seven days near Richmond, Virginia in 1862. Other activities include a Civil War hospital, daily life in the camps and a Ladies’ Social on Saturday.  Food is available for purchase at the event. More info. 800-654-4645
    May 7 | Sykesville Art & Wine Festival
    Historic Downtown Sykesville.  12pm – 5pm.
    The Festival showcases the local business community, embodying an atmosphere of old-fashioned, small town charm. Enjoy live music while you sip from a collectible wine glass ($25, includes unlimited samples) and make your rounds through the heart of Historic Sykesville. More info. 410-795-8959
  • May 13 | Westminster Flower & Jazz 5K and Festival
    Historic Downtown Westminster.  10am.
    Jazz Festival is an annual event held in Downtown Westminster the Saturday before Mother's Day. Main Street will be filled with craft/commercial vendors, delectable food vendors and nursery/flower vendors. It is a great event for ALL the family with special appeal to moms, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, etc. The schedule of events include a Flower and Jazz 5K (9am) and Pop-Up Art at the Sentinel Lot in Westminster. 
    More info. Race Registration. 410-751-5501
    May 13 | 17th Annual Mid-Maryland Celtic Festival
    Mt. Airy Fire Department Carnival Grounds, 1003 Twin Arch Rd., Mt Airy. 9am – 6pm.
    Scottish games, pipe bands, Celtic dancing, children’s tent acoustic tent, Celtic rock tent, clans, vendors, dogs, food & much more.  Special offers on tickets on our website.    Dogs allowed (on leash); Handicapped accessible and parking; RAIN OR SHINE; and Whisky Tasting.
    More info. 301-695-7471
    May 14 | Secret Garden Summer/Soul Concert Series
    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. Noon – 5pm.
    Includes Reggae, R&B/Neo-Soul and Caribbean music along with food and craft vendors.
    Two fabulous Maryland wineries are also part of this wonderful festival.
    More info.  800-654-4645
  • May 20 - 21 | Blacksmith Days
    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  Noon – 4pm.
    Hosted by the Blacksmith Guild of Central Maryland.  There will be blacksmith demonstrations, sale of blacksmith equipment, and auction of hand-forged items. 
    More info. 800-654-4645
  • May 27 | 44th Annual Hampstead Day
    Arcadia Volunteer Company Carnival Grounds, Arcadia Ave, Upperco. 8am – 4pm.
    Due to the Hampstead main street revitalization project along the main street corridor, Hampstead Day will be held at Arcadia Vol. Co. Carnival Grounds again this year.  Great entertainment and good food for the entire family.  Over 90 craft vendors.  Huge car and tractor show. Puppet show and blow up slide for the kids. More info.  443-250-5165
    May 29 | Westminster Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
    Historic Downtown Westminster.  10am.
    The Parade starts on Pennsylvania Avenue and ends on Church Street at the Westminster Cemetery.  A memorial service will begin at 11am in the cemetery.
    More info. 410-848-9000
  • July 9, 16, 23 & 30 | Month of Sundays Concert Series

    Westminster City Park, 11 Longwell Avenue, Westminster.  6:45pm.
    "A Month of Sundays" Concert Series will be every Sunday in July, except 7/2.   Admission is free.  7/9 – Endless Summer (Beach Boys Tribute); 7/16 – Gringo Jingo (Santana Tribute); 7/23 – Jah Works (Reggae); and 7/30 Caribbean Chillers (Jimmy Buffet Tribute). Food vendors. More info. 410-751-5100

    July 10 - 28 | Living History Camp

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. 9am – 4pm daily.
    Living History Camp teaches children entering 3rd – 5th grade the skills they would have needed to survive rural life in the 1800s.  Hands-on experiences and demonstrations make history come alive as campers travel back in time each day.  Campers will learn old-time skills from master craftsmen, play old-fashioned games and make traditional arts projects to take home. Spaces are limited to 40 per session. Registration forms can be found on our website under the Living History tab. More info. 800-654-4645

    July 15 & 16 | Civil War Encampment and Living History

    Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. 
    9am – 4pm.
    Two days of special events commemorate Civil War history at the actual encampment sites of J.E.B. Stuart's Cavalry and Sykes' Union V Corps. Cavalry, Infantry, and Artillery drills, living history and skirmishes.  Admission includes all the living history, reenactments, presentations, and walk-through tours of the house and mill. On Saturday evening from 7pm – 9pm we will be holding a Civil War dance. Admission to the dance is included in the park admission, or as a separate ticket at $5 a person. More info. 410-848-2288

    July 21 & 22 | Message in a Bottle Beach Tea

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster.
    Friday and Saturday 11am & 2pm.
    Join us for a themed three-course tea in the cozy Victorian setting of the Carroll Tea Room.   After tea, enjoy a guided tour through the Farmhouse by a costumed docent.  Reservations and prepayment of $20 per person are required by July 14th. More info. 800-654-4645

  • July 3 - 8 | Manchester Fire Company Carnival
    Manchester Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 3400 Locust St., Manchester.  6 – 11pm.

    Rides, food, games and entertainment every night.  Kitchen opens at 5pm. Fireworks on July 6th at 10pm.  Parade on July 5th. More info. 443-547-1745

    July 10 - 15 | Winfield Fire Company Carnival
    Winfield Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 1320 W Old Liberty Rd., Sykesville.  6 – 11pm.

    Rides, food, games and entertainment.  See schedule on website for parade and fireworks information. 
    More info. 410-795-1333

    July 17 - 22
    | Reese Fire Company Carnival
    Reese Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 1745 Baltimore Blvd, Westminster.  6 – 11pm.

    Free parking; more than 20 rides; and nightly entertainment.  Food and games.
    More info. 410-848-7172

    July 24 - 29 | Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company Carnival
    Mt. Airy Volunteer Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Rd., Mt Airy.  5 – 10pm

    Parade is Thursday evening July 27th at 6:30pm. Fireworks are Saturday evening July 29th after sunset.
    More info. 301-829-0100

    August 14 - 19 | Hampstead Fire Company Carnival
    Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company, 1341 N Main St., Hampstead.  6 – 11pm; Sat., 3:45 - 11pm.

    Rides, food, games and entertainment every night. More info.  410-374-2424


    July 23 | 6th Annual Firefighter 50 Bike Ride

    Pleasant Valley Community Fire Company, 2030 South Pleasant Valley Road, Westminster.  6:30am – 6pm.
    Bike routes range from 30 miles to 101 miles through Western Carroll County and into Eastern Frederick County which will include a portion of southern Pennsylvania. The fee is $35 in advance, $40 same day of ride, which includes full lunch, fully supported rides, and entry for door prizes. Check out the website for complete information and route maps. Hope to see you there! 
    More info. 240-357-0593

    July 23 | Secret Garden Reggae, Wine, Music & Arts Festival

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  Noon – 7pm.
    Includes Reggae, R & B/Neo-soul and Caribbean music along with food and craft vendors.  Two fabulous Maryland wineries are also part of this wonderful festival.

    More info. 800-654-4645

    July 29 - Aug 4 | Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair

    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster.
    11am – 11pm.

    The 4H and FFA members develop positive self-esteem and experience valuable life lessons on which to build successful futures.  There are many family friendly events, including a demolition derby, monster trucks, a tractor pull, and our famous Saturday night concert.  Admission to the fair is free.  Some individual events have a fee. More info. 410-848-FAIR

    August 5 | 47th Annual Old-Fashioned Corn Roast Festival

    Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.
    11am – 5pm.
    Come enjoy an old-fashioned meal featuring corn roasted in the husk, served at your table.  Meal ticket buys a serving of chicken, applesauce, roll, sliced tomatoes, a beverage…and all the roasted corn you can eat!  Music and vendors! More info. 410-848-2288

    August 5 | Taneytown History Museum Anniversary Celebration

    Taneytown History Museum, 340 E. Baltimore St., Taneytown. 1pm – 4pm.
    13th Anniversary Celebration of History Museum. Please join us for this celebration.
    More info. 443-918-8687

    August 12 | Sykesville Cinema

    Millard-Cooper Park, Sykesville. Dusk.
    Sykesville Cinema Returns for its 8th Season! With a 12' inflatable movie screen and a powerful audio and video system, the Sykesville Parks and Recreation Committee will be returning with quality-run movie performances.  The Snack Shack will be serving delicious, freshly-popped popcorn, hot dogs, ice cream, candy, soda pop, bottled water, and glow sticks. More info. 410-795-8959 

    August 12 & 26 | Summer Saturdays at the Shellman House

    Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House, 206 East Main Street, Westminster. 
    Tours at 10:30am & 11:30am.

    One-hour guided tour of Historic Sherman-Fisher-Shellman House, built 1807. Visitors will learn more about the residents of the house, what each resident did while living there, and about each individual room (parlor, dining room, bedroom, pantry, and kitchen). Self-guided tour of Shipley Garden. Tickets available at The Shop at Cockey's. No strollers. More info. 410-848-6494

    August 13 | Farewell Summer Wine, Music & Arts Festival

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. Noon – 7pm.
    Sponsored by Secret Garden. Featuring a complimentary glass and tasting of Basignani and Dejon wines from their vineyards.  Food vendors, cigars, hookah, spa treatments, and live music. No outside alcohol permitted. No pets are permitted on Museum grounds.  More info. 410-386-3880

    August 15 | Box Lunch Talk:  Murder & Mayhem in Carroll County

    Grace Lutheran Church, Grace Hall, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.  Noon.
    Ever since Biblical times when Cain committed the first murder when he killed his brother Abel, crime, murder, and mayhem has been the focus of an unexplained fascination of any society and Carroll County is no different. Kevin Dayhoff reports upon many of the high crimes and misdemeanors that have stained the history of the county over the years. More info.  410-848-6494

    August 18 | FLICC Presents "Captain Fantastic"

    Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster.  1pm & 7:30pm.
    A father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his forest paradise and enter the real world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.  Sponsored by Blair Reid and John E. Glenn. 2016; R; 1 hour 42 minutes.  More info. 410-848-7272

  • August 13 - 20 | Carroll County Restaurant Week

    Various Carroll County Restaurants.  Hours vary by restaurant.
    Choose from any of the participating Carroll County restaurants and enjoy a breakfast, lunch or dinner at fixed-prices starting at $10.17, in $5 increments.  List of participating restaurants, menus, and prices can be found on the Carroll County Restaurant Week website.  "Like" the Carroll County Restaurant Week Facebook page. More info. 410-848-9050

    August 19 | River Valley Trail Festival

    River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Road, Manchester.  5:30am – 11pm.
    The River Valley Run is Maryland's premier trail run event! Our event features four exciting races:  Our nationally recognized and award winning 10K trail race through 500 breathtaking wooded acres; a scenic 5K road course on the country roads of Carroll County; a 15K trail race for those looking for an even bigger challenge and a BRAND NEW 5K Trail race.  There will also be a free Kids fest area for those who want to have your family join in the fun!  More info.  443-712-1010

  • August 19 | 5th Annual yART Sale

    Carroll Arts Center, 91 West Main Street, Westminster.  8am – 4pm.
    Featuring "previously enjoyed" artwork, frames, art supplies, and art books sold at bargain basement prices. New this year – on Monday, August 21 any remaining merchandise will be 50% off from 10am to Noon.  Paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs will be sold at "yard sale" prices with most being priced under $20. Art books and supplies are also sold at deeply discounted prices. More info. 410-848-7272

    August 23 | Everything Children Consignment Sale

    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster.
    7am – 2pm; ½ price sale 3:30pm – 4:30pm.

    Quality maternity clothes, children's play, school and dress clothes, children's shoes and sporting equipment and baby equipment.  Pack-N-Plays, swings & strollers, toys and much more. More info. 410-848-6704

    August 27 | Concert in the Park – Westminster Municipal Band

    Belle Grove Square, Bond Street & W. Green Street, Westminster. 6pm.
    The band's Color Guard will present the colors for the evening.  Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. More info. 443-375-2926

  • Sept. 2 | Labor Day Indoor Flea Market

    Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. 
    8am – 2pm.
    Checkout over 200+ spaces of crafts, antiques, flea market stuff, and much more. This is a rain or shine event as it is inside the Shipley Arena. Food served all day.
    More info. 410-848-6704

    Sept. 7 - 10 | Steam Show Days & Gas Round-Up

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  7am – 6pm.
    The Mason Dixon Historical Society presents antique farm machinery, steam and gas engines and antique cars on display. Consignment sale/auction, breakfast, lunch & dinner, flea market, saw mill & shingle mill operation, tractor race, parade of antique cars and trucks, kid’s pedal pull, threshing and baling. More info. 800-654-4645

    Sept. 9 | Antique & Collectibles Appraisal Day

    Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.  10am – 4pm.
    Bring your treasurers!  Experienced appraisers of antiques and collectibles will tell you more about the history of your items and how much they may be worth.  Proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Carroll County. More info. 410-848-6494

    Sept. 10 | Monarch Madness Festival

    Bear Branch Nature Center, 300 John Owings Road, Westminster.  12pm – 4pm.
    Celebrate the arrival of fall by learning about the amazing annual migration of Monarch butterflies!  Say goodbye to the butterflies as they begin their long journey south to Mexico; participate in monarch-themed games, crafts, and face painting for kids; purchase native plants that support butterfly populations; and view a live butterfly exhibit!  Food and beverage will be available. $5 parking per vehicle. More info. 410-386-3580

    Sept. 16 & 17 | The Maryland Wine Festival©

    Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  
    Saturday 10am – 6pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm.

    Over 30 Maryland wineries are gathered here so that you may savor your favorite vintages, expand your palate and add new Maryland wines to your repertoire. Great new activities, expanded food offerings and even added more one-of-a-kind crafts.  So lay out your blanket or set up your chairs and join us for a weekend of music, food, fun.
    More info. 800-654-4645

    Sept. 19 | Box Lunch Talk:  McDaniel College at 150

    Grace Lutheran Church, Grace Hall, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster.  Noon.
    McDaniel College, founded in 1867 as Western Maryland College, has been part of the Carroll County scene for 150 years.  James Lightner, Professor Emeritus, Trustee, and College Historian, discusses ten critical moments or events in the College’s history that impacted its development and viability, bringing it to this sesquicentennial year.  More info. 410-848-6494

  • Carroll County Farmers Market - throughout the year

  • Westminster Farmers Market - starting June

  • Hampstead Farmers Market - May - October

  • Westminster Antique Mall Farmers Market - June - October

May 13 | Carroll County Farmers’ Market "Mother’s Day Market"
Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agricultural Center Drive, Westminster.  8am – 2pm.
75-100 vendors with fresh eggs, organic meats, nuts, honey, jams and jellies, home baked goods including cakes, pies, scones, breads. Plants including herbs, perennials and annuals. Garden Bouquets. Quality handmade crafts and fine arts.  More info. 410-848-7748

May 14, 21, 28 | Sykesville Farmers’ Market
E.W. Becks Parking Lot, Sandosky Rd., Sykesville. 9am – 1pm
Fresh produce, meats, eggs, cheese, herbs, honey, nuts, pickles, baked goods, craft jewelry and more.  Live music most weekends. More info. 410-795-8959

May 17, 24, 31 | Mt. Airy Main Street Farmers’ Market
3 North Main Street, Mt. Airy, 3pm - 7pm
Fresh Produce, herbs, flowers and plants, baked goods and breads, eggs, soaps and more.  
More info
. 301-829-8300

May 20, 27 | Downtown Westminster Farmers’ Market
Conaway Parking Lot, Rt. 27 and Railroad Ave., Westminster.  8am – Noon
The Saturday morning market is the oldest “Producer Only”, open air seasonal farmers’ market in Carroll County.  Offering farm fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, cheeses, baked goods, jams & jellies and plants.More info. 410-848-9000

May 27 | Taneytown Farmers' Market
120 E. Baltimore St. (rear of Police Dept.), Taneytown, 9am - Noon
Produce, flowers eggs, soaps, lotions, crafts and more.  
More info
. 240-818-9712

May 27 - June 3 | Gamber Fire Co. Annual Fireman’s Carnival
Gamber Fire Co. Carnival Grounds, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg.  6pm – 11pm.
The 1st fireman’s carnival of the year!  Rides, food, games, and entertainment. Free fireworks on Monday night, Memorial Day – 5/29. More info.  410-795-3445

May 29 - June 3 | Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival
Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival Grounds, Union Bridge.  6pm – 10pm.
Our annual carnival is back and better than ever.  We have some new games, great raffles, lots of rides and awesome entertainment.  We are also trying something new this year, “hand dipped ice cream”.  Come out to support your local volunteers and have a fun family night out.  Lunch available 11:30am-1pm; dinner starts at 4:30pm - 7pm.  More info. 410-775-7422

June 3 | Deer Creek Fiddlers’ Convention

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center St, Westminster. 9am – 8pm.
Bluegrass, old-time and Celtic music and dance competition.  Shade tree jamming.  Evening concert.  Competition registration begins at 8:30pm.  Food for sale.  Wine & Beer Garden. 
More info
. 800-654-4645

June 10 | Second Saturday BEER & BBQ Stroll

Historic Downtown Westminster. 12 – 4pm.
Sample amazing BBQ from our downtown restaurants while enjoying music from What’s Next and Red Dirt Revolution! Plus, taste beer from local microbreweries! $10 advance ticket includes a commemorative mug and 5 tickets for beer tastings and live music throughout the day.  This is a can’t miss event! More info. 410-751-5501

June 11 | Food Truck Sunday Funday

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. 12pm – 5pm.
From seafood to ice cream there is something for every palate.  In addition to Food Trucks, there will be live entertainment, artisans, children’s games, face painting, crafts and more.  Be sure to vote for your favorite Food Truck in our Food Truck Contest. The winning Food Truck will be invited to join the Museum at the 2017 Maryland Wine Festival. More info. 800-654-4645

June 17 | Summer Indoor Flea Market

Carroll County Agriculture Center, 706 Agriculture Center Drive, Westminster. 
8am – 2pm.

Join us for our Summer Indoor Flea Market. Over 200+ spaces of collectibles, toys, clothes, crafts, and so much more. Food available all day. Free admission. More info. 410-848-6704

June 17 | The Back Pages Band

Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main Street, Westminster. 7:30pm.
A crowd favorite at the Maryland Wine Festival, this group returns to our stage to present a dynamic tribute to the rock’s “Golden Age” (1963/1973).  You’ll enjoy music of the Beach Boys, BeeGees, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, Jimmy Buffett, and more!  More Info.  410-848-7272

June 17 | Taneytown 6th Annual Wine, Art and Music Fest

Memorial Park, Taneytown Pike & Park Rd., Taneytown.  11am – 4pm.
Vineyard and Brewery vendors, along with unique artists and crafters. Music for everyone, KID ZONE with children’s activities and crafts and a wide array of food for the palate.  FREE ADMISSION – Alcohol Tasting tickets – $10.00 for 10 – includes wine glass and ID bracelet. More info. 410-751-1100

June 20 | HSCC's Box Lunch Talk - 
                           Corbit’s Charge:  The Battle of Westminster

Carroll Lutheran Church, Grace Hall, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster. Noon.
On June 29, 1863, the tragedy of war unfolded upon the streets of Westminster.  This ferocious battle, although brief, caused major implications upon the battle of Gettysburg, and the Civil War as a whole.  Historian Steven W. Carney describes the events leading up to “Corbit’s Charge,” the battle itself, the aftermath, and the major impacts it had upon the Civil War.
More info. 410-848-6494

June 24 & 25 | Corbit’s Charge:  The Civil War in Carroll County

Various locations and times.
Civil War Living History encampment with artillery and infantry demonstrations and Civil War era children’s activities.  Parade of Civil War reenactors from Center Street to the Courthouse for a wreath laying at the Civil War memorial and at the Ascension Church yard located at 23 North Court Street, Westminster. More info. 443-974-5410

June 1-3 | Gamber Fire Co. Annual Fireman’s Carnival
Gamber Fire Co. Carnival Grounds, 3838 Niner Road, Finksburg.  6pm – 11pm.

The 1st fireman’s carnival of the year! Rides, food, games, and entertainment. Free fireworks on Monday night, Memorial Day – May 30th.

June 1-3 | Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival
Union Bridge Fire Company Carnival Grounds, Union Bridge.  6pm – 10pm.

Our annual carnival is back and better than ever. We have some new games, great raffles, lots of rides and awesome entertainment. We are also trying something new this year, “hand dipped ice cream”. Come out to support your local volunteers and have a fun family night out.  Lunch available 11:30am - 1pm.

June 5-10 | New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company Carnival
New Windsor Vol. Fire Company Carnival Grounds, High Street, New Windsor. 6pm – 11pm.

Rides, food, games and entertainment. Dinner served nightly starting at 5:30pm.

June 12-17 | Taneytown Volunteer Fire Company Carnival
Taneytown Vol. Fire Company Carnival Grounds, Memorial Drive, Taneytown. 7pm – 11pm.

Lunches will be served Monday through Friday from 11am to 1pm. Nightly entertainment and family ride night every night. Rides open at 7pm and shows start at 7:30pm. Dinners are served starting at 4:30pm daily. 

June 17 - 24 | Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company Carnival
Sykesville-Freedom Fire Company Grounds, 6680 Sykesville Road, Sykesville.  6pm – 10pm

Rides, food, games and entertainment.

June 26 - July 1 | Harney Fire Company Carnival
Harney Fire Company Carnival Grounds, 5130 Harney Road, Taneytown.  6:30pm – 10:30pm.

Rides, food, games and entertainment.


June 25 | Union Mills and the First Industrial Revolution: 
                          Wood, Water & Technology

Union Mills Homestead and Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster. 2pm.
Special Keynote Presentation by Dr. Mark Denny, a theoretical physicist and historian of technology, explores how the waterwheel changed the world in which we live. 
More info
. 410-848-2288

June 25 | Secret Garden R&B Neo-Soul Wine, Music & Arts Fest

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.  Noon – 7pm.
Great people, delicious food, fantastic wines, amazing live Reggae music and incredible arts and crafts vendors.  Bring a chair/blanket.
More info. 800-654-4645

June 25 - July 7 | Common Ground on the Hill Traditions Weeks

McDaniel College, 2 College Hill, Westminster.  9am – 8pm.
Workshops in instrumental & vocal music, traditional arts, dance, film, and more with world-renowned instructors!  Earn college credit!  Evening concerts, jams and dances. 
More info. 410-857-2771

July 1 - 14 | The Smithsonian's Traveling Exhibit:
                                  "The Way We Worked"

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster.
Union Mills Homestead & Grist Mill, 3311 Littlestown Pike, Westminster.
Gate House Museum of History, 7283 Cooper Drive Sykesville.
Taneytown History Museum, 340 East Baltimore Street Taneytown.
A traveling exhibit featuring stories, artifacts, and interactives related to how Americans have worked over time. Whether working from home, an office, on the land, or on the road, people of all races, genders, and ethnicities have contributed to our economy and culture.
For exhibit information and hours...More Info.

July 3 | Mount Airy Fireworks

Mount Airy Vol. Fire Co. Carnival Grounds, Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy.  4pm.
Bring chairs to relax in or have a blanket to pitch along with a cooler of beverages, to celebrate Independence Day with our Mount Airy neighbors. You are welcome to bring a Frisbee or football to throw while the music is playing.  There will be delicious food available for purchase. Corn Hole will be available courtesy of the Mount Airy Main Street (MAMSA) and patriotic face painting will be available just for fun! More info.  301-829-5466

July 4 | Old Fashioned July 4th Celebration & Fireworks

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S Center St, Westminster. 3 – 10m.
Join us for a Fourth of July Celebration extravaganza with food, fun, fireworks and so much more. Stay tuned for additional details and entertainment schedule.  Gates open at 3pm.  After 5pm a $5 donation to Westminster Kiwanis Club per car.  Fireworks sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Westminster begin at 9:30.  Rain date scheduled for Thursday, July 6 (3pm - 10:30pm).  More info.  800-654-4645

July 8 | 135th Annual Picnic

Zion United Methodist Church, 2716 Old Washington Rd., Westminster. 12pm – 7pm.
Fried chicken platters, sandwiches, sodas, ice cream, blue grass music. A summer tradition in the Village of Shipley since 1883.  Church is located south of Westminster on Old Washington Road, just off Route 97 at Nicodemus Road. More info. 410-848-9080

July 8 | Common Ground on the Hill Music and Arts Festival

Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center Street, Westminster. 10am – 9pm.
Four stages of music, dance and food from diverse cultures.  Features a host of musicians and artists, as well as featured performers.  Common Ground on the Hill visual and craft artists display their works, food vendors abound and the wine and beer garden offers craft beverages. More info. 410-857-2771.

July 9 | HSCC's - Rock 'Round the Block

Behind the Kimmey House, 210 E. Main Street, Westminster.  1pm – 4pm.
Celebrating summer with our neighbors.  Food, music, games and good company.  Bring your lawn chairs & blankets to celebrate our Carroll County Community. Frozen Custard by The Cow.  Picnic fare for purchase by the Taneytown Lions Club. More info. 410-848-6494



Other attractions in Carroll County:  Carroll Arts Center, The Links at Challedon, McDaniel College Golf Course, Oakmont Green, River Downs Golf Club, Wakefield Valley Golf Club, Westminster National Golf Course, Hashawa / Bear Branch Nature Center, Piney Run Park, Carroll County Sports Complex, Carroll County Farm Museum, Hap Baker Firearms Facility, Carroll County Ag Center, Shipley Arena, and the Carroll County Visitor Center.

For more details about any Carroll County events, carnivals, farmers markets, festivals, and attractions please contact the Carroll County Visitor Center, Westminster MD, 410-848-1388 or 1-800-272-1933,, or


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