Shop Late, Eat Great, & Enjoy the First Friday Art Walk Each Month!
Downtown businesses are open late from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the First Friday of each month with lots of great local art, music, shopping, and more. Each First Friday is a celebration of the Eastern Shore art and retail community. It’s an opportunity to show your love and support for Easton businesses and come together to enjoy our vibrant small town.
Come downtown to celebrate Easter weekend at the town’s annual Egg Hunt! Over 5,000 eggs will be spread out on the Talbot County Courthouse lawn. Also enjoy free face painting and an appearance by the Easter Bunny.
The anticipated start times are:
10:00 a.m.: Infant–age 4
10:15 a.m.: Ages 5-10
Eat Sprout and Discover Easton team up for Farmer Appreciation Day. A dozen Mid-Shore farms will come to town so locals can meet the growers behind their favorite food at Easton restaurants and local markets. Eat Sprout’s kitchen will be open for tours and demos. Learn how to use new ingredients at home and find out what’s growing, what to grow at home, and what there is to look forward to as the spring farmers market season kicks-off.
Easton Arts District Culture Crossing is an artisan’s showcase celebrating the diversity of Easton’s neighborhoods. As an open air style market along the rails to trails in Easton, the Culture Crossing will feature art made or performed by locals of different cultures and ethnicities.
Join our downtown merchants as they clear out their racks and make room for new inventory at the annual 4th of July sidewalk sale! This cash-and-carry sale will offer clothing, apparel, home furnishings, and more! Live music, great deals, and other fun activities.
Maryland’s largest indoor craft beer festival features brews from all over the mid-Atlantic and beyond! This event is located at the Easton Volunteer Fire Department Firehouse at 315 Aurora Park Drive. Live music, food, vendors, raffles, and games will also be at the festival. Proceeds from ticket sales goes towards supporting the EVFD. Join us and vote for your favorite craft beer and brewery. You may win tickets to next year’s festival!
Our local businesses get into the Waterfowl Festival spirit with a friendly competition each year. Come see the creative window decorations each participating merchant will design. Stop in to find unique gift buying opportunities and other special promotions. Vote for the People’s Choice Award via social media. Post a picture of your favorite window on Facebook or Instagram with #WaterfowlWindows to participate!
Small Business Saturday supports the independently-owned businesses that create jobs and help make local economies thrive. Join Discover Easton at Thompson Park with the Shop Small Welcome Station at 10 a.m. There you can find Shop Small swag, sales and promotions information, and all the things needed to plan for the shopping event. Drop by early for a special breakfast treat! In addition to sales and unique gift buying opportunities, there will be music on the streets and much more.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season in downtown Easton! Our wonderful shops will be open until 10 p.m. with refreshments, snacks, and sales all night long. Free Pictures with Santa will be held at the historic Bullitt House (102 E Dover St.) 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy music throughout the town as we ring in the holiday season! The highlight of the annual event is the chance to win one of our raffle baskets, each worth over $1,500 in prizes! Look for posters in the windows of participating merchants to collect your raffle tickets during November and leading up to the event. The more you spend, the more you earn. You must be there for the 10 p.m. drawing for your chance to win!
Festivities start at 6 p.m. with the Easton Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Thompson Park. The parade begins around 6:30 p.m. and loops around downtown Easton and features over 60 unique floats, classic cars, local bands, and Santa himself. Come downtown early and do your holiday shopping, grab a bite to eat, and find a great spot along the route to watch the parade.
Discover Easton is proud to partner with The Tidewater Inn to offer FREE horse drawn carriage rides during the holiday season! The carriage leaves from the front of The Tidewater Inn and travels the historic streets of downtown Easton. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a unique holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year!
The independently owned retail community of Easton brings charm and leisure to the holiday shopping season with Sip & Shop Sundays. Each Sunday leading up to Christmas, retail stores in Historic Easton hold special hours and invite shoppers to enjoy their holiday gift buying in a charming, small-town Christmas atmosphere. Retailers will offer in-store treats and refreshments for all ages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Every shop will have special deals, unique gifts, and in-store promotions. The Easton Business Alliance will arrange for festive music on the sidewalk each Sunday to compliment the charming decorations found throughout town. Bring the family and enjoy your holiday shopping!
First Night Talbot’s history spans over 25 years, and it is currently the last running First Night celebration in Maryland! Marketed as a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night has entertainment and fun for the whole family. Spread out among premier venues in downtown Easton, Maryland, and culminating with the world-famous crab drop at midnight (and 9 p.m. for the early birds).
Local Craft Beers, Stew Competition, Small Bites by Local Chefs, Raffles, Vendors, and Live Music! Locals say those firefighters know how to party, so lets heat up the winter. We know you will be looking for something to break the cabin fever blues, and Stews & Brews is just what you’ll need! More details to come for 2021 AFTER Easton Beer Fest Oct. 3.
2020 Best Stew
First place: The BBQ Joint’s Smoked Brisket Chili. Runner up: Bagery’s Cassoulet
2020 Best Bite
First place: Bombay Tadka’s Manchurian Gobi. Runner up: The BBQ Joint’s Pulled Pork Slider
The inaugural Chesapeake Fire & Ice Festival was a big hit! Over 11 tons of ice were used to create the 41 ice sculptures on display. Fire dancers, live music, and lots of fun family entertainment! Look for the 2021 details to be out soon, and thank you to all our sponsors that supported this wonderful new event.
The annual parade starts at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Easton. It features over 40 floats, bands, classic cars, and local businesses. Be on the lookout for festively decorated golf carts at the parade provided by Hog Neck Golf Course. Come watch the Potato Races take place on Washington St. immediately following the parade. Watch as teams of four relay between Dover and Goldsborough St. balancing potatoes on wooden spoons. The fun and spirited event is sponsored by Talbot County Young Professionals.