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Top 11 Festivals and Events in Hagerstown, Maryland

Top Festivals and Events in Hagerstown, Maryland area

No matter when you visit Hagerstown, Maryland, you will find no shortage of things to do. A variety of festivals are on the schedule year-round, including holiday events, food fests, arts and music events, and cultural and historic celebrations. Here are the top 11 festivals to help you plan your trip to Hagerstown.

1. Valentine’s Dinner Show (February)
Romantic date nights are plentiful in Hagerstown in February with the Valentine’s Dinner Show at Antietam Recreation. The variety show takes place Friday and Saturday evenings, and tickets include a delicious feast. It’s two date nights in one.

2. Flower & Garden Show (March)
Once spring has sprung, head down to Hagerstown Community College’s annual Flower & Garden Show and take in the pretty blooms to combat your winter blues. Gardening demonstrations and seminars are on the schedule, and a number of vendors want to send you home with goodies for your garden.

3. Leitersburg BBQ Festival (April)
This brand-new festival exists for one purpose: to celebrate barbecue. Go hungry (and bring cash) to Ruritan Community Park in Leitersburg, because there will be lots of local barbecue to sample. You can burn those calories with the rock-climbing wall and bounce house, and enjoy other games like cornhole and giant Jenga.

4. Western Maryland Blues Fest (May)
Whether you’re a fan of blues music or think you’re not, the annual Western Maryland Blues Fest is a fun event for the whole family. More than 15 artists play during the four-day event, and other activities are scheduled, such as the Family Blues Picnic and children’s activities.

5. Taste of the Valley Food & Wine Festival (June)
Ring in summer in Hagerstown with the annual Taste of the Valley Food & Wine Festival at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center. Dozens of local restaurants and more than 20 area wineries, such as Knob Hall and Red Heifer, have their favorite dishes and beverages to sample. A number of art vendors set up shop in the concurrent Fine Arts Fair.

6. MD Symphony Orchestra Salute to Independence (July)
Spend your Fourth of July in one of the United States’ key historic locations. Make your way to Antietam National Battlefield for an evening concert followed by a grand fireworks show.

7. Hagerstown Restaurant Week (August)
Is there a restaurant in Washington County you’ve been dying to try? Hagerstown’s annual restaurant week needs to round out your trip in August. Choose from about 15 restaurants and enjoy a prix-fixe menu built to allow visitors and residents alike to try the area’s top restaurants.

8. Hispanic Festival (September)
September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and you can celebrate it at Hagerstown’s annual Hispanic Festival at the Fairgrounds at Hagerstown. Take in the Hispanic culture through music, food, entertainment, soccer and kids’ activities. Proceeds benefit Hispanic students at Hagerstown Community College.

9. Alsatia Mummer’s Parade (October)
If you’re in town in late October, you won’t want to miss Alsatia Mummer’s Parade, one of Hagerstown’s oldest annual events and one of the largest nighttime parades on the East Coast. Costumed mummers lead the procession in downtown Hagerstown, and it’s a sight you won’t want to miss.

10. Trains of Christmas (November-January)
Hagerstown knows how to get into the Christmas spirit, and this is shown from November through January during the Trains of Christmas event at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum. The exhibit is open every weekend, and the snowy train scene is a favorite for kids and adults.

11. Annual Illumination at Antietam (December)
If you’re in town in December, you must make plans to visit Antietam Battlefield for its annual illumination. More than 23,000 candles are lit in the evening to honor each soldier killed, missing or injured during the Battle of Antietam, and this touching exhibit is not to be missed.

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