OAKLAND Renaissance A&E District

Our Mission?

More Smiles.

we're bringing dynamic ideas to Oakland and giving Downtown more social purpose. We want to return it to the vibrant arts & entertainment energy it knew around the turn of the 20th-century.


The Event of the Summer Is SOLD-OUT.

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It's A Secret!

Step #1: Buy your tickets online or at the Gallery Shop in Oakland. Specify pick-up or USPS regular Mail.

Step#2: Wait for them to arrive in the mail or pick them up at the Gallery.

Step #3: To get the location of the Speakeasy and the password to enter, Follow the instructions on the Back of your Ticket.


Upcoming A&E Events

Fifty-First annual Autumn Glory Festival | Wed., Oct. 10 – Sun., oct. 14, 2018

The annual Autumn Glory Festival is a five-day celebration of autumn that celebrates the beauty of the local fall foliage. From Wednesday through Sunday, the area offers a wide variety of things to do indoors or out. The Festival includes a grand feature parade on Saturday, concerts, band competitions, art exhibits, antique & craft shows and much more! Garrett County’s annual Autumn Glory Festival landed in the international spotlight in 2007, when the popular travel website, MSN.com listed it tops among fall festivals in the world. This year, Good Housekeeping lists our Oakland, MD among the Top 50 Small Towns with the Best Fall Foliage. And in 2014, Travel & Leisure listed the Autumn Glory Festival and our own Oakland, MD as America's Best Town for Fall Colors.

Upcoming Events Just Outside the District

SEYMOUR: An Art Experience Friday, October 12 & Saturday, October 13 | 10am-6pm

Our goal is always to display art of the highest quality while making art experiences fresh and stimulating. We blend our home-grown artists with new art-makers from other areas. Come along on the journey as we explore the
possibilities and expand our horizons as a community engaged in the arts.

•  Fine art, craft & regional food exhibitors selling all hand-crafted work, displayed in a large, open,industrial setting
•  Free admission & parking    
•  Interactive art & experiential learning corner for kids to explore
•  Art demonstrations & live music
•  Refreshment vendors
•  Watch renown Simon Pearce artisans at work [Tour the workshop and visit the retail, on-site gallery]


Our Mission

The architects of the Oakland A&E District are seizing this moment in time to return Downtown to the turn-of-the-twentieth-century vitality for which it was known and envied. Accentuating and preserving our fertile arts heritage and assets & our natural attractions create a stronger economy and enriches our daily lives. Come experience the artists, events, restaurants and shops creating the next chapter in our community!

Maryland’s Arts & Entertainment (A&E) Districts help develop and promote community involvement, tourism, and revitalization through tax-related incentives that attract artists, arts organizations, and other creative enterprises to towns and cities across the State. The Oakland A&E is a unique Western Maryland destination, reflecting the traditions and evolving culture of our community and welcoming residents and visitors to experience the best we have to offer.


Local Talent

Visual Artists




There are many artists producing work in the county and a growing number in the new A&E district.  This may be the time for artists to move from out-of-the-way settings, into the A&E District to take advantage of the state tax benefits available to in-district artists.  As Oakland leads the way, artists will naturally gravitate to where commerce and collaboration is happening. The Gallery Shop, in Oakland, is a great place to browse and shop for these artists' wares.