Beer, Wine Festivals coming in October

Wicomico County’s annual Good Beer Festival is back — with a twist.

This year, the festival will be held on a Friday night and a Saturday during the day.

Dates for the ninth annual event are Friday-Saturday, Oct. 12-13, and hours are 5 to 10 p.m. that Friday and 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. that Saturday.

There will be 100 craft brews, live music, food and craft vendors, Carni Beer Games, and The Pub, an entertainment area with karaoke on Friday and a broadcast of sports on Saturday.

“We’re excited about the Good Beer Festival’s move to a Friday and Saturday event,” said Vanessa Junkin, assistant director of marketing and public relations for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism. “The atmosphere is going to be awesome.”

The Local Beer Garden, featuring select breweries, will be back this year, along with the home brew competition, which has a registration deadline of Sept. 14 or until 100 entries are registered. Learn more about making beer through Pro Brewer Beer Talks, and taste home brewed beer entered into the competition on the Saturday of the festival.

There will also be cornhole tournaments and oversized games to partake in.

Tasting tickets include a 3-ounce glass and as many samples as one can responsibly consume.

Early bird tickets are available through Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. Early bird tasting tickets are $25 and early bird non-tasting tickets are $5. After that date, regular tickets will be available at the cost of $35 for tasting tickets and $10 for non-tasting tickets. Fees may apply.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office. The box office can be reached at 410-548-4911.

Wine Festival

The very next weekend, wine drinkers from across the state of Maryland will be here in Wicomico County when the Autumn Wine Festival returns to Pemberton Historical Park this October.

The 16th annual Autumn Wine Festival will take place Oct. 20-21. The Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism event, which is produced in partnership with the Maryland Wineries Association, offers festivalgoers the opportunity to taste samples from different Maryland wineries. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The Autumn Wine Festival has also partnered with Women Supporting Women, a local nonprofit that strives to provide awareness, education and support to those affected by breast cancer. Women Supporting Women will be on-site all weekend hosting a variety of fundraisers under the Pink Party Tent.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now. Tasting tickets include a 6-ounce glass.

Early bird tickets are available for $25 for one day or $40 for both days. Regular tickets are $35 for one day or $60 for both days. Non-tasting tickets are also available; early bird non-tasting tickets are $5 and regular non-tasting tickets are $10.

Early bird sales end online, in person and by phone on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. Additional fees may apply to ticket prices. Ticket buyers also have the option of making a donation to Women Supporting Women at checkout.

Purchase tickets online at or at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center box office. The box office can be reached at 410-548-4911.

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