Nestled amidst the tranquil landscapes of Maryland, the Serenity Ridge Cemetery is not just a place of rest, but a hub of community gatherings. This year, we’re excited to introduce the first-ever Fall Festival at Serenity Ridge Cemetery, a celebration of the beautiful autumn season that Maryland is renowned for. Scheduled from October 20-22, 2023, this event promises fun, excitement, and a day of unforgettable memories.

What Visitors Can Expect

Friday, October 20th
10:00 AM : Religious Blessings Dedication Ceremony at the Cemetery

Saturday, October 21st 

Sunrise 7:30 – 10:00 AM: Early bird hike for bird-watchers

9:00AM – 12:00PM: Tree and wildflower planting

Join us for our inaugural tree planting event, a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss! In addition to planting wildflower seeds for our second flower garden at Serenity Ridge, PHG will be taking the lead and providing tools and the wildflower seeds. Please note that this event is limited to 50 participants. To secure your spot, please click on the link below.

Register Here for First Tree Planting Event!

12:30-1:30 PM: Inspiring speakers in association with Serenity Ridge.
Julian Jones, County Councilman
Bob Smith, Director of Rec & Parks
Debbie Rappazzo, State Cemetery Oversite Committee
Dan Morhaim and Jennifer Downs, Green Burial Association of Maryland

Join us for an array of family fun from 12:30-4 PM including:
🎃 FREE pumpkin painting for the first 15 kids under the age of 12
🎉 Booths and fall activities for all ages
🌟 Learn about our incredible partners and supporters
🍎 Delicious Fall treats from Mrs. Pose’s Bakery & MOM’s Organic Market along with apple cider and more.

2:30-3:30 PMGreen Burial Association of Maryland Fall Quarter Meeting

Sunday, October 22nd
10:00 AM: Serenity Ridge will hold the Consecration of the Jewish Section. This dedication is open to the public.

Directions and Tips

Getting There: Serenity Ridge Cemetery is easily accessible via either Highway 70 or 695. For those using public transport, Baltimore Citylink BLUE to Bus 37 is your best bet.

What to Bring: Dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable. Comfortable walking shoes are a must for the trail hikes. Don’t forget to bring a camera to capture the moments and perhaps a picnic blanket if you plan to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.

Making The Most of Your Visit: Arrive early to participate in all the activities. If you’re coming with kids, the pumpkin painting is a must-do! For those looking for a peaceful time, the bird-watching activity during the early morning hours is serene.

Why Attend the Fall Festival?

This isn’t just any regular festival. It’s a celebration of life, nature, and community in a place that traditionally represents rest and memories. It’s an opportunity to see the cemetery in a new light and appreciate its beauty and significance in a different way. Beyond the activities, it’s a chance to bond with loved ones, meet fellow community members, and create new traditions.

An Intimate Connection with Nature

Leafy Canvases: During the Fall Festival at Serenity Ridge Cemetery, as you walk, you’ll notice nature’s own display of art. The array of autumnal hues, from golden yellows to fiery reds, paints a picture of tranquility and beauty. As you hike, take a moment to appreciate this natural canvas.

Wildlife Wonders: Beyond the birds, keep an eye out for the gentle creatures that call Serenity Ridge home. From curious squirrels to fluttering butterflies, autumn is a bustling time for wildlife.

Why this Fall Fest Resonates

In a world that often feels rushed, Serenity Ridge offers a haven of peace. The Fall Festival embodies a mix of reflection and celebration. It’s an opportunity to not only appreciate the aesthetic beauty of autumn but to also connect deeply with its underlying message of change, transition, and renewal.

Wrapping it Up

As the days to the Fall Festival at Serenity Ridge Cemetery draw near, we’re abuzz with excitement. The Fall Festival at Serenity Ridge Cemetery is not just another event on the calendar; it’s a heartwarming rendezvous with nature, history, and community.

In the spirit of celebrating nature, we urge visitors to be mindful of their waste. We’re aiming for a zero-waste event. So, please be sure to use the proper  bins to dispose of any waste.

Do check out the updated schedule and list of activities on the Serenity Ridge Cemetery website. Bring along friends, family, and your spirit of adventure. Let’s make memories that will warm us through the winter.