The Maryland Wine Festival is one of Maryland’s most exciting events, and this year it’s celebrating its 35th anniversary.

And this year is shaping up to be memorable.

Some of Maryland’s Best Wine

It is a wine festival after all, so of course there will be plenty of wine, good wine.

35th Annual Maryland Wine Festival

Some of the featured wineries include:

There will be over 150 different wines ready for sampling!

For a complete list of participating wineries, visit the Maryland Wine Festival’s website.

Entertainment All Weekend

The festival will take place the entire weekend from 10am to 6pm September 15th and from 11am to 5pm on September 16th.

And there will be live entertainment for the entire time.

Maryland Wine Festival Entertainment

Here’s the schedule for the weekend:

Saturday, September 15th: Foreplay (11am to 2pm) and Half Serious (2:30 to 5:30pm).

Sunday, September 16th: Southern Charm (11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and The Reagan Years (2 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

Maryland’s Top Food Vendors

If you’re a fan of delicious food, (who isn’t?), then the Maryland Wine Festival is just what you need.

Some of the best restaurants and food vendors from all across Maryland will be present.

Maryland Wine Festival Food Vendors

Here’s just some of them:

That’s just a couple, for a complete list, visit the Maryland Wine Festival’s website.

Maryland’s Finest Artisans

Artisans from all across Maryland and Carroll County will be present, selling a wide range of hand-crafted items.

Maryland Wine Festival Artisans

Here’s just a few:

For a complete list of artisan vendors, visit the Maryland Wine Festival webpage.

A Creamy Cheese Pavilion

If you’re a cheese lover, then the festival will have all you want and some more.

They have an entire pavilion dedicated to cheese, filled with all different kinds!

Cheese Pavillion Maryland Wine Festival

Some of the participating creameries include:

Come out to the festival and taste some cheese!

Which Experience Do You Want?

The Wine Festival offers several different tickets and ticket packages, so you can experience it in any way you desire.

Maryland Wine Festival 35th Annual

The Explorer Pass

The explorer pass gives you the complete Wine Festival experience, giving you:

  • A commemorative 16 oz tasting glass, with sampling
  • Over 40+ additional exclusive wines
  • Access to Hilltop Hangout
    • Bottled Water
    • Private restrooms
  • Participation in the 6th Annual Free State Throwdown (a blind tasting competition)

Presale costs $50 for Saturday and $45 for Sunday. The at the gate prices are $55 and $50 respectively.

The Explorer Pass (Designated Driver)

An Explorer Pass Designated Driver ticket is required to access the Hilltop Hangout. If you’re the designated driver for an Explorer Pass ticket holder, then you must have a DD Explorer Pass to accompany them to the Hilltop Hangout.

The pass costs $20 in presale and $25 at the gate.

General Admission

General Admission comes with a commemorative wine festival glass, with sampling, along with access to the festival.

The Saturday and Sunday presale tickets cost $30 and $25 respectively, and $35 and $30 at the gate.

Designated Driver and Children

All designated drivers and children aged 13-20 will require their own ticket. Children 12 and under do not require a ticket, when accompanying a paying adult.

These tickets cost $15.

Where to Buy Tickets

Tickets can be purchased from the Maryland Wine Festival’s website.

If you have any issues ordering tickets, contact MissionTix at or (410) 982-0799.


The Festival will be held at the Carroll County Farm Museum, located at 500 S. Center Street Westminster, MD 21157.

Parking will be available on site, and Explorer Pass holders can notify the parking attendants for special parking.

The festival is NOT Pet Friendly.