Best Fall Festivals in Carroll County, Maryland

Fall marks the start of a new school year, brings cooler temperatures, and has beautiful fall foliage. Travel just outside Baltimore County, into charming Carroll County, and take advantage of all the sights, smells, and tastes that this fantastic time of year brings. Here are three of the best fall festivals to visit in Carroll County that provides activities and enjoyment for the whole family.

Westminster Fallfest

In downtown Westminster each fall, there's always lots of action at their annual fall fest. The Westminster Fallfest is the biggest community fundraising event that Carroll County holds each year for non-profit organizations. It lasts four days and kicks off the evening of September 22 with a fun run and parade. On September 23 there's a midnight madness event where you can explore the unique shops and restaurants of downtown Westminster. There are also rides, games, arts and crafts, live music, and other events. Once you go, it's sure to become a family tradition that everyone looks forward to each year.

Hampstead Fall Festival

Hampstead is a small town located just inside Carroll County. If you've never visited, you're definitely missing out as it was voted one of the best places to raise kids in 2013 by Bloomberg Businessweek. This year Hampstead will hold their second annual fall festival. The festival takes place on October 7th and 8th, and it's a magnificent time to come out and support the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company. They'll have traditional fall activities, including scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, hay rides, and a maze. Other activities and events include a car show, live music, a parade, and a BBQ competition. It's a great time to enjoy some small town living, and you'll learn why people love it here so much.

Sykesville Harvest Festival

Another impressive small town that was just voted coolest small town in America 2016 by is Sykesville. One of the many events that take place here is their yearly harvest festival. This event occurs September 10 on Main Street in downtown Sykesville. They'll offer a free kid's zone as well as live entertainment, arts & crafts, and plenty of good food. It's sure to be an enjoyable day for everyone.

Nikki Thomas is a Maryland native and writer that also runs a local home improvement business with her handy hubby. You can find her at