The modern festival evolved from ancient Dionysian celebrations, where wine and food provided laborers with a brief respite from their jobs peddling anti-aging serums to immortals. Escape everyday toil with today's Groupon: for $20, you get two days (June 11 and 12, from noon to 6 p.m.) of unlimited wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, live music, and a souvenir wine glass at Great Grapes! Wine, Arts & Food Festival in Cockeysville (a $35 value). Designated-driver tickets are available for $15 advance online or $20 at the door (includes admission only), and children 12 and younger receive free admission with an adult.
Roam through Oregon Ridge Park and stop by each of the participating wineries' exhibits to sample sips from 20 Maryland vineyards. In addition to liquid displays, Great Grapes! hosts an impressive assortment of exhibitors that will introduce visitors to culinary gadgets, as well as an assortment of local arts-and-crafts vendors who will happily provide inspired gift ideas for super-early holiday shoppers. Postbrowsing, check out the main-stage live musicians, including Junkyard Saints and the Kelly Bell Band. Check out Great Grapes!'s entire entertainment schedule to further map out the weekend or yet-to-be-discovered land masses.
Tysons Fall Harvest
It may be the inaugural year of Tysons Fall Harvest, but it already has the docket to rival any well-established fall festival. This family-friendly event will keep kids entertained with plenty of activities, from pony rides and petting zoos to a hay maze and pumpkin carving. Those who need to brush up on their carving skills can sit in on demonstrations from master pumpkin carvers or head to the craft corner to paint or just hug a gourd that escaped.
Even without kids in tow, adults will have plenty to do, including visiting the wine and beer garden for unlimited samples when they purchase a tasting glass, as well as shopping a marketplace with pumpkins and fall decor. They might even consider dropping by Rocknoceros's set at the live-music stage; they might be a kids' band, but their acclaim has landed them gigs at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and the Kennedy Center. A portion of the Harvest's proceeds will benefit the Spirit of Hope Children's Foundation.
13401 Beaver Dam Rd.
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030Get Directions