Special Events & Attractions


The following events are from the 2017 Festival.
2018 information will be posted as completed.


2017 Special Attractions and Activities - Don’t miss any of these events while attending Heritage Days
(Note: Schedules may be subject to change with no notice)

Downtown Festival Area

Allegany Arts Council / 9 N. Centre St. / Sat. & Sun. 11am-5pm
16th Annual Members Show (June 3-17). Public Reception, Sat. June 10, 6-8pm.

Children’s Carnival / Corner of Baltimore & Mechanic Sts. / Festival Hours
Children’s Activity Lot, Moon Bounce, Big Blue Whale, Ferris Wheel, Carnival Games and more. Nominal fee.

Embassy Theatre / 49 Baltimore St. / Fri. & Sat. 8pm & Sun. 2pm
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams. Tickets at door.

Washington Street Festival Area

Allegany Co. Public Library / 31 Washington St. / Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun. 1pm-5pm
Author & Historian Jay Heavner Book Signing.  Also, Sun. 1-2:30 Children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder (as portrayed by local actress & educator Ellen McDaniel-Weissler).

“The Arts Bus” / Prospect Square beside Courthouse / Festival Hours.
Traveling studio with various children’s art projects. Free.

Capering 4-H Goat Club Exhibit / Courthouse Lawn / Festival Hours
Petting Zoo and Goat Milking Exhibition. Fee charged.

Tri-State Zoological Park / Courthouse Lawn / Festival Hours
Exotic animals. Petting Zoo with familiar & unfamiliar species.  Fee for photos taken with animals.

Jerry Brown, Monkey Man Variety Show / Festival Hours
Jerry & Django will steal your heart. See them throughout the festival grounds. Free.

Masonic Temple / 15 Greene St. / Sat. only 10am-4pm
Open to the public. Tours and information.  Built in 1910, the building features include ceiling and wall paintings, elaborately carved ceremonial chairs, desks and altars.

Pony Rides / Washington St. near Zoo Exhibit / Sat. & Sun. / Festival Hours

C William Gilchrist Museum of Arts / 104 Washington St. / Fri., Sat, & Sun. 1pm-4pm “Nature in Art” Exhibit. Free.

Gordon-Roberts House / 218 Washington St. / Open Sat. only 11am-4pm
Come see two floors of a beautifully restored Victorian House Museum, plus a Native American Artifact Exhibit in the main floor ballroom. Free admission. 
Purchase tickets on the front porch of the museum for a “Low Land Boil” delicious food and beverages being served in the beautiful back garden. 11am-4pm.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church / Corner of Smallwood & Washington Sts. / Sat & Sun. Festival Hours / Pay for parking and bottled water.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church Grounds

Band of Merry Gamesters / Church Grounds / Sat. & Sun.  Festival Hours
Variety of 18th century toys & games demonstrated, including Rolling Hoops, Graces, Nine Man’s Morris, Fox & Geese, Jacobs Ladder, Cup & Balls, Nine Pins, Shut the Box and children’s stilts. For young & young at heart. Free.

The Maryland Forces / Church Grounds / Sat. & Sun.  Festival Hours
Maryland Forces from Fort Frederick will hold a mini-encampment practicing military drills and offering question and answer periods.

Army of the Potomac / Church Grounds / Sat. & Sun.  Festival Hours
3rd Maryland, Company B, and Federal Volunteer Brigade will have a living encampment of Civil War soldiers on the grounds. Free.

Strawberry Shortcake & Salad Luncheon / Emmanuel Episcopal Church / 16 Washington Street / Sat. 10am-5pm, Sun. 11:30am-5pm. Fee charged.

Tunnel Tours - Tunnels under Emmanuel Episcopal Church were part of the original Fort Cumberland that date from late the 1700s. Later they served as part of the Underground Railroad.  Sat. 10am-5pm & Sun.11:30am-5pm. Fee charged.

John Paul Strain, artist, exhibit and release of new Civil War painting / Emmanuel Episcopal Church / Vestry Hall / Festival hours

Canal Place Festival Area

Whiskey Rebellion Celebration 12noon – 6pm /Saturday only
Corks and Kegs Tent - beer and wine, Antique Car Show, Reenactments with George Washington, Molly Pitcher and others, Whiskey Painting 4pm, VA Regiment and more

Kid’s Activities / 12noon – 4pm / Saturday only
Candle dipping / spinning wheel /  Children’s history tour / Fort Cumberland replica / Build a fort / Paintball tent (with no paint)

Canal Place Farmer’s Market / Sat. 9:30am-2:00pm

Allegany County and C&O Canal Visitor Center / Sat. & Sun. 9am-5pm
First floor of the Western MD Railway Station. Interactive self-guided display focuses on the history of the C&O Canal - boatbuilding, cargoes, and transportation. Free.

“The Cumberland” Canal Boat replica open for tours. / Canal Place / Sat. 12pm-4pm
A 93-foot long, 14.5-foot long replica canal boat.

Ghost Tour / Starts at the Western MD Railroad Station Tracks / Sat. June 10 at 7:00pm. 90 min. walking tour or trolley tour includes architectural & historical facts as they pertain to Cumberland’s ghostly residents. Tickets $7 for adults and $4 for students and may be purchased immediately before the tour. 
Information 301-777-9140
Western Maryland Scenic Railroad / 13 Canal St. / Special rates on specific excursions. Standard coach only.1-800-train50 or for more info or to reserve seats.
Allegany Museum / 3 Pershing St. / Museum Hours Sat. 10am-4pm & Sun. 1pm-4pm
Saturday presentations – “Cumberland: Secrets of Our History” museum 2nd floor
11am - Suzanne Smith Trussel tells story of Mexico Farms Archeology Project. 
12 noon - Lynn Bowman will present the previously ignored history of the life of         African Americans in the taverns around early Cumberland.
1pm - Andrew Sparber presents history of how Allegany County was electrified.
2pm - Albert Feldstein presents Cumberland history through antique postcards.

Other Areas as Noted

George Washington Headquarters / 38 Greene St., Riverside Park / Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 12noon-5pm  Only remaining structure left of Fort Cumberland. Tours inside by members of Cresap Chapter, Daughters of American Revolution. Donation.

A tour of SS Peter & Paul Catholic Cemetery, located on Fayette Street, will be provided by the Cumberland Historic Cemetery Organization on Sunday at 2:00pm.

Sunday in the Park / Rock and roll concert by Back Beat / Constitution Park Amphitheater, Williams St. / Sun. 7:30pm-9pm.  Free and Open to the Public.

C&O Canal Lock Houses # 70 & # 75 / Location below. / Sat. & Sun. 10am-4pm
Lock # 75 is located along the canal off Rt. 51 at PPG Road, South of Cumberland, MD.
Lock # 70 is located along the canal at Greenspring Road, Oldtown, MD.