Oakland A&E District

The mission of the Oakland A&E District is to revitalize the early 20th century arts for which the town was known and celebrated by developing and promoting new experiences, opportunities, and tax-related incentives for area artists, arts organizations, and other members of the creative workforce.

The Oakland A&E District is a welcoming, diverse arts community that values the town’s artistic heritage while continually seeking new experiences and opportunities in visual, performing, literary, and culinary arts, all to provide vital human respite and enrich the residents' daily lives. As the county seat of Garrett County, Oakland draws citizens and visitors alike to the downtown hub, where buildings from the town's earliest days still stand with historic stories to tell.

The heart of downtown features a wide range of arts and entertainment, with a vinyl record store, a privately owned book shop, a photography gallery, and an extensive art gallery managed by the Garrett County Arts Council featuring the work of more than 150 area artists. Guests may visit the county's Historical Society Museum, the Transportation Museum, and the landmark Queen Anne Oakland Train Station for fascinating displays and a journey through Oakland's remarkable A&E history.

Every summer the Little Yough Music Festival rings out from the town pavilion, where just hours before the bi-weekly fresh produce market is held. Our Town Theatre is a District stage where shows are presented on a regular basis, offering everything from family comedy to experimental theatre. Visitors are welcome into our many specialty stores, featuring fine work as well as supplies for the artistic patronage. We have public stages throughout town for performances, art displays, and all genres of music. If you're looking for a lovely town full of art, Oakland is your destination.