The arrival of cooler weather doesn’t mean we have to lock ourselves away indoors. Although many residents enjoy entertainment spaces in their own backyard — in fact, that area of commerce has grown into a $7 billion industry — you can truly appreciate the uniqueness of our area by exploring community events. Here’s what’s on the outdoor recreation calendar for the month of October in Maryland:
Celebrate the first-annual “Ducktoberfest” Sportsman’s Bash on October 1st. Enjoy pit-smoked meats and traditional German fare. Prizes include $1,000 in cash and an array of fine weaponry.
- U.S. Sailboat Show
From October 6-10, head to downtown historic Annapolis for the U.S. Sailboat Show. Sailors comes from around the world for this show, recognized as the largest and most prestigious in-boat sailboat show. Earn your sea legs at the First Sail Workshop or narrow your boat search with the Take the Wheel program.
- Duck Season
Mark the start of duck season from October 15-22. Specific regulations for hunting apply, with a maximum of six ducks.
- LUNGevity Walk
Walk to raise money and awareness for lung cancer on October 22. Hosted by the Baltimore Orioles, this 5K walk marks the third year for the LUNGevity Foundation’s Breathe Deep Baltimore fundraiser.
- Rocktober Cup
Hosted by the Little Havana restaurant on October 22, the first annual Roctober Cup Tournament partners with CCA Baltimore for this fishing competition. Grab your fishing friends and compete for a first place prize: a week-long stay in the Florida Keys with paid airfare.
- Komen Race for the Cure
One of the most popular charitable and largest footraces is the Susan G. Komen Maryland Race for the Cure. Now in its 24th year, the 5K is predicted to draw 15,000 racers and spectators who want a breast cancer-free world.
- 8th Annual Hurd Race
On October 29, kids and parents can get in on the action this Halloween with the eighth annual Heather L. Hurd 5K Run & Kids Trick or Treat Walk. The event includes exhibitors, interactive activities, costumed characters, face painting, and even a bounce house area. The walk for children 10 and younger begins at 8 a.m., and the race honors the memory of Heather L. Hurd, a Hartford Community College history major who was tragically killed by a distracted driver. The event aims to raise awareness about the dangers of texting while driving and other distracted behaviors.
Enjoy the wide array of events our area has to offer this fall. There’s tons to explore and appreciate in Maryland.