Deep Creek Lake State Park
Discovery Center
Special Events

List updated for 2018!  Mark your calendars!

January 1   

First Day Hike 10:00 a.m. - Join the national tradition and take a hike to start the year off right!

February 15, 2018   

Volunteer Meeting 6:30p.m. - Open to the public for interested volunteers.

March 31, 2018     

Egg Dyeing 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Bring 6 hard boiled eggs to dye in natural dye.  Easter Bunny on site! 

April 28, 2018    

Ramp Cook-Off 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. - Enter as a cook or come by to taste all the ways to prepare Ramps!  Judging 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. tasting to follow.

May 4, 5, 6,  2018   

5th Annual Garrett County Birdfest - Join us for this new and exciting weekend of birding. (Bird-walk information and details will be posted on the Discovery Center website.)

May 17, 2018        

Volunteer Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Open to the public for interested volunteers.

June 23, 2018

            Garden Tour - Sponsored by the Mountain Laurel Garden Club. Tickets required.

July 14, 15 2018              

Art in the Park - Two day artisan event in Deep Creek Lake State Park.

August 16, 2018   

Volunteer Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Open to the public for interested volunteers.

September 29, 2018  

 Fall Fest at Friend’s Delight 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. - Historic Friend’s Store open, cider making, candle dipping, scarecrow stuffing, pumpkin picking and decorating.

November 15, 2018

 Volunteer Meeting 6:30 p.m. - Open to the public for interested volunteers.

December 1, 2018   

Holiday Open House 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Santa arrives!  Make a natural materials picture frame for you photo with Santa, and enjoy cookies, live animals and more.



Discovery Center | Deep Creek Lake
For more information, call us at (301)387-7067
Programs and Center hours are subject to change without notice.
All programs meet or begin at the Discovery Center unless otherwise noted.

***The facilities of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin or physical or mental disability.


First Day Hike

Start the year off in the great outdoors! Meet us at the Discovery Center to take part in an approximately 2.5 mile hike on our new Beckman's Trail. Don't forget to dress for the weather, and stop by at the Discovery Center after the hike for a complimentary hot chocolate.

January 1st, 10am

Natural Egg Dying

Join us for our Natural Egg Dying Open House

Saturday March 31, 2018  10am-12pm

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Ramp Cookoff

Join us for our annual Ramp cookoff!  

Saturday April 28th, 2018 11am-1pm at the Discovery Center

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5th Annual Garrett County Birdfest


Join us May 4, 5, 6, 2018 for this exciting weekend of birding. 

This birdfest was created to help fairly new, but very interested birders become more accomplished at this challenging sport. We spend a lot of time listening to and learning bird songs. $5/trip, 16 and under free.

Early May is the perfect time to see birds migrating through the area. Most migrants have returned but the leaves haven’t grown enough to block your view of the birds in the tree tops.

Join us for one or more walks. You may develop a new and lifelong healthy obsession.


Call 301-387-7067 to sign up for the bird walks.

Depending on participation, we may add more field trips in order to keep the groups small. Dress in multiple layers. Waterproof boots are recommended. Bring snacks and water. If it is a good birding day, hikes may last up to three to four hours.

For additional weekend details and available discounts, please call 301-387-7067. 


Art in the Park

Saturday July 14th 2018 10am-5pm

Sunday July 15th 10am-4pm

Art in the Park is a juried art event located in Deep Creek Lake State Park usually on the second weekend in July.  Each year 50+ vendors display their original artwork and fine crafts over this two day festival. Food vendors are on site as well as kids interpretive events, tie dye, live animals and a kids art project sponsored by the Garrett Arts Council.


NOTE to artists and vendors:  this event is juried by the Garrett County Arts Council and no applications are sent or available until the artist has been juried into the event. To be considered please email for more information.

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Fall Festival At Friends Store

Saturday Septermber 29th, 10-3

Pumpkins to harvest and carve, scarecrow making, apple pressing, Hayrides, dutch oven cooking and much much more.

Holiday Open House

Join us for our annual open house.  Cookies, crafts, photos with Santa and Mrs Claus!

Saturday December 1, 2018 10am-12pm at the Discovery Center.

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