Discover Some of the Best Events on the Eastern Shore of MD

Our peaceful area is perfect for relaxation, but we’re no stranger to excitement, too! Consider this your formal invitation to come and celebrate at our favorite annual events on the Eastern Shore of MD! Whether you’re watching fireworks on the waterfront or enjoying the flavors of our food festivals, you’re in for a treat. Get your pen out and mark your calendar for these upcoming celebrations — you’ll be living it up on the Eastern Shore before you know it! If you need a comfortable place to stay nearby, we can help. Simply explore our variety of vacation rentals and find your happy place today!

The Top Events on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Spring Events| Summer EventsFall Events | July 4th Events | Holiday Events | Free Events

Spring Events

Spring on the Eastern Shore of Maryland is a celebration of the area waking up after its winter slumber — boats are launching, the water is glimmering, and the flora is blooming. Dust off the cobwebs from a long, cold winter and say “hello” to the springtime with one of these local events. You can indulge at a local food festival or jumpstart your exercise routine and explore the scenery with an athletic competition.
Local tip: Easter weekend is always a popular time to visit, so reserve your property early!

Talbot Restaurant Week | April 7 - 13Wine and oysters at an event on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Treat your taste buds to seven days of delicious flavors! Participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunches and dinners, many with special menus designed to showcase their finest dishes. Our local chefs are sure to cook up something special for the 10th-anniversary celebration!

WineFest at St. Michaels | April 27 - 28

WineFest is Maryland’s premier wine event, featuring hundreds of highly rated wines at tasting venues in St. Michaels. You’ll get to taste wines from right here in Maryland and from across the globe. Cheers!

Oxford Day | April 27

Get the family together and enjoy a full day of excitement in Oxford, MD! This year’s attractions include a parade, live music, ferry rides, and a dog show. There will be plenty of food and kid-friendly activities throughout the day.

St. Michael’s Running Festival | May 18People running at the St. Michael's Running Festival

Lace up your running shoes and explore the beauty of St. Michaels at the annual Running Festival. It takes place in one of the oldest waterfront towns on the Chesapeake Bay, offering gorgeous views along the waterfront and throughout the community. Adults can choose between the half marathon and 5k races while children are welcome to try the 1k Kid’s Fun Run! Don’t forget to join your fellow runners for an after party in Downtown St. Michaels!

IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman Triathlon | June 9

Triathletes swim 1.2 miles in the waters of the Choptank, cycle 56 miles through the stunning Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and run 13.1 miles through the streets of the town for a total of 70.3 miles. Are you up for the challenge?

Summer Events

Ahhhhh, summer — the season we wait for all year! Summer, itself, is an event, with endless activities to enjoy. Some of our favorites include swimming, boating, crabbing and fishing, kayaking and paddleboarding, and strolling through our quaint towns. Vacationing has never been so relaxing when all you have to do is step outside to take in the Bay breezes or relax by the pool. The week of July 4th is extra special, with waterfront fireworks in several towns, an old-fashioned carnival in Easton, and several small-town events and celebrations.

Plein Air Easton Art Festival and Competition | July 14 - 21Paintings and flowers at the Plein Air Easton Art Festival

Awaken your inner creativity at this year’s Plein Air Easton Art Festival! It’s the largest of its kind in the country, inviting talented artists from across the country to showcase their abilities. Visitors are welcome to view and purchase artwork, attend demonstrations, listen to lectures, and more.

July 4th Celebrations

Nothing compares to celebrating Independence day on Maryland’s Eastern Shore! With several fireworks displays throughout the area — many of them waterfront — carnivals and big-band shows, there are plenty of ways to celebrate our nation’s birthday. It’s fun for the whole family!

Big Band Night & Fireworks (St. Michaels) | July 6

Enjoy an evening of live music, food, and waterfront fireworks beginning at dusk. We recommend bringing blankets to sit along the beautiful campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and enjoy the show!

Fireworks in Oxford | TBA

This celebration combines small-town charm with a fireworks display that never disappoints.  Grab dinner at one of the local crab houses before the show, then walk to the Tred Avon Yacht Club to watch the fireworks light up the sky.

Easton Carnival & Celebration | July 4

The old-fashioned Easton Carnival wraps up with an Independence Day extravaganza of music and fun, with a finale of fireworks at dusk. This is the area's main show which earns a spot in the hearts of onlookers each year!

Fireworks in Cambridge | July 4

Marvel at a breathtaking Fourth of July display over the Choptank River. The show begins at dusk with the best viewing spots at Great Marsh Park, near Somerset Avenue and Hambrooks Boulevard, as well as Long Wharf Park, near High and Water Streets. Bring your lawn chairs and snacks and enjoy the show!

Fall Events

IRONMAN Maryland | September 28

Catch a piece of the excitement as 2,000 triathletes from across the globe take on a 140.6-mile triathlon in and around Cambridge, MD. This is one of only a dozen IRONMAN full-length triathlons in the country!

Tilghman Island Day | October 19

Have you ever seen a boat docking contest? It’s one of the many family-friendly events at the Tilghman Island Day Festival in October. There’s also a rowboat race, anchor throw, oyster shucking contest, and so much more!

Fall into St. Michaels | October 18 - 20View of the fall foliage on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Come and check out the fall foliage in its peak, sip on hot apple cider, and carve the perfect jack-o-lantern for Halloween!

Chesapeake Film Festival | October

Watch, think, and discuss a wide variety of films at this year’s Chesapeake Bay Film Festival. You can catch viewings at five different venues in October. It’s a cinephile's dream!

Downrigging Weekend | November 1 - 3

You can’t visit the Eastern Shore of Maryland without immersing yourself in the world of sailing. Downrigging Weekend is an excellent opportunity to do so! You’ll see schooners, musicians, fireworks, and more along the waterfront. You can even set sail on your own adventure!

Oysterfest | October 26A plate of oysters on the half shell at Oysterfest in Maryland

Celebrate everyone's favorite bivalve with live music, demonstrations, and oysters cooked any way you want them in St. Michaels, MD!

Waterfowl Festival | November 8 - 10

It’s one part art show, one part sportsman’s expo, and 100 percent Eastern Shore!
Local tip: Reserve early — properties for this event book quickly.

Holiday Celebrations

Thanksgiving on the Shore | November 27 - December 1

Whether you’re looking for a large family home to gather with loved ones or a cottage for a quiet weekend, our properties are perfect for your ideal Thanksgiving holiday.
Local tip: Reserve early — properties for this event book quickly.

Christmas in St. Michaels | DecemberA young child hugging a woman during the holidays

Find out why St. Michaels, Maryland, is consistently named as one of the country's best Christmas destinations!

New Year’s Eve | December 31

Say goodbye to one year and hello to the next on the Eastern Shore! It’s a beautiful place to usher in 2019.
Local tip: Reserve early — properties for this event book quickly.

Free Events

First Friday Gallery Walks

Head into Downtown Easton the first Friday of every month to view incredible work by local artists and enjoy light refreshments.

Art Walk

On the second Sunday of each month, Downtown Cambridge invites you to stroll through the community, explore art galleries, indulge in free refreshments, and more!

Farmers Markets

Easton | April - DecemberA woman smiling, holding kale at the St. Michael's Farmers Market

Check out the Easton Farmers Market every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can support local farmers, pick up fresh foods, and listen to live music as you shop!

St. Michaels | April - November

If you’re in the St. Michaels area, make sure you stop by the St. Michaels Farmers Market on Saturdays from April through November! You can find all the local vendors in the heart of town near the library.

Plan a Getaway for Your Favorite Eastern Shore Events!Lounge chairs by the pool at the Retreat on Grace Creek

Have you marked your calendar for your favorite celebrations? The next step is finding your ideal property nearby, and we make it as easy a few clicks of your mouse! We have beautiful homes, cottages, and estates throughout the Eastern Shore’s most charming towns. Whether you’re attending a festival in St. Michaels or an oyster shucking contest on Tilghman Island, we’ll help you get there. Explore our wide variety of properties and get one step closer to experiencing these remarkable events on the Eastern Shore of MD!