Discover Family Fun in Southern Maryland This Weekend, Oct. 6-8, 2017

Kimberly Bean
Kimberly Bean
Published on October 3, 2017

A long weekend means lots of opportunities to get out and enjoy fall in Southern Maryland. If you’re not sure how to spend your extra day off, check out these three events happening in the region this weekend, Oct. 6-8, 2017.

Go Crazy for Dogs at Mutt Madness!

Are you mad for mutts?

The Humane Society of Charles County hosts Mutt Madness this weekend, two days of fun for dogs of all sizes and the people who love them! The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Charles County Fairgrounds in La Plata.

Admission is $5 per person age 12 and older. Parking is free.

Enjoy fun games and activities for you and your dog, including an agility course, contests, races, a parade, and more! Your favorite mascots will be visiting, plus vendors and rescue organizations will be on site.

For more information, visit

(Image via Humane Society of Charles County website.)

Annual Festival Celebrates the Patuxent River

The Patuxent River Appreciation Days reaches a milestone this year: The annual festival is 40!

The purpose of PRAD is to bring awareness to the economic, social, recreational, and cultural impacts of the Patuxent River, its tributaries, and the environs through which it flows. The weekend includes an arts and craft show; live music; children’s activities; and free cruises aboard the Wm. B. Tennison and the Dee of St. Mary’s.

Dozens of non-profit organizations that celebrate the river will present displays, exhibits, and educational activities. The annual PRAD parade will take place Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.

The festival will take place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons. Admission is free.

For more information and more details, visit and

(Image via Calvert Marine Museum on Facebook.)

Sotterley Hosts Annual WineFest

Say cheers to the best local and regional wines!

Sotterley Plantation will host its 15th Annual Riverside WineFest on from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8. Tickets are $25 at the gate for tasters; $20 for designated drivers; and $5 for kids age 6 to 20. Children 5 and younger are free. Sotterley members are $15 at the gate.

The festival features wine sampling from 17 Maryland wineries, food and beer vendors, live music, demonstrations, and local artisans. You can also take a free tour of the plantation house and the plantation’s gardens.

For more information, a list of wineries, and a calendar of events, visit

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