First Night Talbot 2020 celebrates the New Year in downtown Easton

First Night Talbot 2020 will present its 26th annual New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31, 2019 in downtown Easton. First Night Talbot follows the traditions of the First Night movement that began in Boston in 1976. It is the only First Night celebration in the State of Maryland and provides a community-wide celebration through the arts without alcohol. First Night Talbot 2020 is pleased to echo the message of the previous years in continuing to address the need for strong and healthy communities.

Cascading Carlos, the Juggler Teaching Plate Spinning During First Night Talbot 2019

Festivities take place in a variety of indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Easton, all hosting a mix of performers: choral and gospel music, dance, instrumental performances, live theater, storytelling, juggling, face painting, a photo booth, children’s crafts, family activities, and more. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with a full schedule and map of activities released in mid-December.

Mid Shore Dance Academy Performing at First Night Talbot 2019

The celebration includes two “Maryland Crab Drop” countdowns, made famous on CNN in 2014. The 9 p.m. “Midnight in the Mid-Atlantic” drop features a community parade of sea creatures down Harrison Street. To close the evening is the traditional midnight countdown and Crab Drop. The outdoor Crab Drops are always a very popular photo-op for families and friends.

The 9 p.m. “Midnight in the Mid-Atlantic” drop features a community parade of sea creatures down Harrison Street

“We are working with more community organizations to offer a variety of family-fun activities during First Night Talbot 2020,” Discover Easton Marketing & Events Coordinator Jeff Lankford said. “We look forward to introducing new performers and bringing back a few fan-favorites this year.”

Crowds Gathering for the Maryland Crab Drop and Parade of Sea Creatures

Admission into every event venue for the entire evening can be made by purchasing an artful, collectible “Crab Button” for $10/adult, $5/student (through college), and children under 5 are free. Buttons may also be purchased in advance this December at

The World Famous Maryland Crab Drop Occurs at 9 p.m and Midnight

About Discover Easton: Discover Easton is a marketing, promotion and events non-profit organization operating as a member of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation. The mission of Discover Easton is to enhance, promote and preserve the vitality of Easton’s independent merchants which benefit business owners, residents, and visitors; and to bring awareness to the Town’s historical roots and lifestyles. For more information regarding Discover Easton and its events, please visit or email Stay connected to Discover Easton on social media: @discovereaston.