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Special Events
Easton Walking Tours departing from the Tidewater Inn or from your location in downtown Easton. Tours are led by a local historian with ten years of experience in Talbot County history. Tours can be designed with consideration to personal/special interests. Available by reservation only. Admission charge $20 per person.  https://walkingtourstalbot.wordpress.com
Chesapeake Ghost Walks - Walks throughout the town, providing a good history of the town as well as a little about the mystery that exists there. Ghost Walks for Eastern Shore towns include Easton, St. Michael's, Denton, Cambridge, Princess Anne, Crisfield, Pocomoke, Snow Hill, Berlin and Ocean City. Advanced registration required. Admission charge. 443-735-0771.
EatingSt.Michaels - Friday Afternoon. The Eastern Shore's premier three hour food tour group. Join us on our adventures inside the restaurants that have impacted St. Michaels' culinary scene. You will taste food from St. Michaels' top chefs and learn what inspired them to call this historic town their home. The three hour tour features: a bit and sip at a minimum of four amazing restaurants, behind-the-scenes access to St. Michaels' food culture; specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairings, a visit to a distinctive culinary shop, and educational and delectable experience. Tours begin at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. Advanced reservations required. Tickets are $59 per person for all food, beverage, and guidance. E-mail: info@eatingeaston.com or 410-635-4130.
EatingEaston - Saturdays Late Afternoon. The Eastern Shore's premier three hour food tour group. Join us on our adventures inside the restaurants that have impacted Easton's culinary scene. You will taste food from Easton's top chefs and learn what inspired them to call this historic town their home. The three hour tour features: a bit and sip at a minimum of four amazing restaurants, behind-the-scenes access to Easton's food culture; specialty alcoholic or non-alcoholic pairings, a visit to a distinctive culinary shop, and educational and delectable experience. Tours begin at the Avalon Theatre. Advanced reservations required. Tickets are $59 per person for all food, beverage, and guidance. E-mail: info@eatingeaston.com or 410-635-4130.

First Friday Gallery Walk
First Friday of each month enjoy the exhibits at galleries, shops and restaurants in Easton's Town Center during the evening event. Refreshments and discussion are available at several galleries and many stores stay open late, (5 - 9 PM), so plan to make an evening of it! 410-770-8350. 

Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival
Now in its 33rd year, the Festival offers the best in world-class chamber music. This two-week event which features a free young people's concert is held in June at the Avalon Theatre and several locations throughout the area. 410-819-0380.

Old Tyme Fourth of July
A community celebration of Independence Day featuring music, food, and carnival rides capped off by a spectacular fireworks display.

15th Annual Plein Air Competition & Arts Festival - Dynamic painting competition and festival that is "Plein Air-Easton!". Artists worldwide have begun painting in the Plein Air style, venturing from their studios to paint along roadsides, atop mountains, by the sea, in gardens and in cities to capture landscapes, still life, figures and architecture in their natural, thriving elements. Exciting venues for viewing & purchasing art. Sponsored by Academy Art Museum, Avalon Foundation, and Easton Main Street. 410-822-7297. 

Tuckahoe Steam & Gas Association, Inc.
Three day show in July with operating exhibits of antique agricultural equipment, entertainment, craft demonstrations, great food, sawmills, large stationary engines, train, equipment parade, horses, large flea market, rural life museum, horse pull, auction and much more. Other annual events. 410-822-9868.

Arts Marketplace Annual Juried Art and Craft Exhibition and Sale
Autumn event providing the best in handcrafted work in a variety of art forms and a weather-independent indoor showcase for the sale of artists' work. Concurrent with the indoor show will be outdoor activities in the form of free entertainment on a scheduled basis, food and beverage concessions to provide refreshments for attendees. Waterfowl Festival Building, and the Academy Art Museum .

The 49th Annual Waterfowl Festival
On the second full weekend in November, approximately 18,000 people from around the country will flock to this three-day celebration of the arts to view and buy some of the best wildlife art in the world. 450 artists and artisans exhibit wildlife paintings, sculpture, carvings, decoys, photographs and crafts in 18 sites throughout the colonial town. Retriever, shooting and fly-fishing demonstrations, Goose and Duck Calling Contests, seminars, master classes, and a decoy auction are special events that take place throughout the weekend. More than $3.7 million from the show's proceeds has been donated to conservation projects. Free brochure - P.O. Box 929, Easton MD 21601-0929, Phone 410-822-4567 or Fax 410-820-9286. E-mail: facts@waterfowlfestival.org

Festival of Trees
An annual Christmas event sponsored by the Hospice Foundation, the Festival of Trees is held every Thanksgiving weekend in the Gold Room of the Tidewater Inn. Beautifully decorated Christmas trees are on display along with musical entertainment and refreshments. Scheduled events include a spectacular home tour, the Celebration of Trains, and a Family Breakfast with Santa. 410-819-FEST.

Easton's Olde Tyme Holiday Parade
Annual Holiday Parade beginning at Dover Street & Pennsylvania Avenue to Harrison and Washington Streets. Post parade festivities at Thompson Park. Participants include scout troops, costumed characters, floats, musicians, carolers and bands. FREE. 

First Night Talbot
Easton joins over 150 cites nationally and internationally that celebrate the passing of the old year into the new on New Year’s Eve. This family-oriented, alcohol-free community festival features indoor and outdoor lively arts performances throughout downtown historic Easton beginning in the early evening and ending at midnight with a grand finale. 410-822-5732.

Planning an extended stay in Easton? The Bishop's House Bed and Breakfast has prepared a 5+ Day Itinerary, as a resource for planning an extended visit to Talbot County and the Delmarva Peninsula.

Activities in Easton

Historic Easton Walking Tour

Click to download a PDF file of the historic Easton walking tour.

Easton's Town Center has a number of specialty shops catering to both visitors and residents. Refer to Retail Specialty Shops.

Amish Country Farmers Market Every Thursday through Saturday - Indoor market offering fresh produce, meats, dairy products, furniture, handcrafted items, and indoor and take away dinning and more! Thurs 9 AM - 6 PM; Fri 9 AM - 7 PM & Sat 9 AM - 3 PM. Easton Plaza, 101 Marlboro Avenue, Easton, MD 21601. Phone 410-822-8989.

Easton's Farmers' Market 
Every Saturday  8 AM - 1 PM April 13-December 15.  Live music 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM. "A marketplace for farmers and vendors to sustain their local operations, while at the same time offering consumers a venue that fills their whole plate with local produce. From local produce growers to watermen and seafood distributors, from bakers to ranchers and local artisans, the Easton Farmers Market provides an entire meal and home decor in a friendly and festive environment. "100 Block North Harrison Street Parking Lot, (adjacent to Easton Market Square), Easton. 410-822-0345. E-mail: marie@avalonfoundation.org

Talbot Historical Society Museums  & Garden - The Federal styled garden is open seven days a week during daylight hours, (entrance through gate on Glenwood Avenue, behind the Neall House, (the James Neall House, built in 1810, the Joseph Neall House, built in 1795, and a 17th century reconstruction named "Ending of Controversie). Visit the museum Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, (10 AM to 4 PM), in the historic Mary Jenkins House at 30 S. Washington Street, entrance on Glenwood Avenue featuring Talbot County's history. The Galleries at Neall House showcase the society's wonderful collections of portraits, artifacts and furniture. The museum shop, Tharpe Antiques and Decorative Arts is located at 25 S. Washington Street. The shop offers a wonderful array of donated and consigned items for sale. 410-822-0773.  

Hog Neck Golf Course
This public golf course is rated one of the top 25 in the country and features an 18-hole championship course, 9-hole executive course, pro shop, and driving range.

Pickering Creek Audubon Center
A sanctuary of the Chesapeake Audubon Society, Pickering Creek is a private non-profit conservation center with over 400 acres of protected land featuring hardwood forests, non-tidal wetlands, wildlife plantings, and nature preserve. Open year-round, Pickering Creek provides a variety of educational opportunities including lectures, field trips, canoe rentals, and displays. 410-822-4903.

Easton Point Marina
Located on the Tred Avon River, offering a variety of services such as boat repairs, land storage, slip rentals, a ship store, non-ethanol fuel & diesel, kayak rentals, pier maintenance, marine construction, mobile shrink wrapping & additional marine services. Hours of operation are Mon-Sat 9 AM - 5 PM & Sun 10 AM - 5 PM. Phone 410-822-1201. E-mail: info@pier-pressure.net

Easton Cycle and Sport, 410-822-7433, can outfit your adventure from bikes to kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, or even a Hobie Cat sailboat, and all the equipment and accessories for a safe and comfortable outing.

Talbot County Community Center
The year-round activities offered at the community center range from ice hockey to figure skating, aerobics, and curling. There are fields available for both softball and soccer. The Center is also host to many events throughout the year such as antique, craft, boating, and sportsman shows. 410-770-8050.

Adkins Arboretum A 400 acre preserve and educational center dedicated to promoting the appreciation and conservation of the region's native plants. Located 15 miles north east of Easton in Ridgely, grounds and Visitor's Center are open from 10 AM - 4 PM daily, (except major holidays). 410-634-2847.

Easton provides a central location for biking day trips. From Easton, you can bike the quiet back roads of Talbot County or make an excursion to our neighboring towns of Oxford, St. Michaels, and Tilghman Island. The triangle of Easton, Oxford, and St. Michaels offers a variety of wonderful shops and restaurants within easy biking distance for the novice and advanced cyclist. You may hop the Oxford-Bellevue Ferry which crosses the beautiful Tred Avon River. The scenic routes and flat terrain make bicycling one of this area’s premier sports. Choose routes ranging from 10 to 50 miles depending on your enthusiasm. Bikes may be rented in Easton, Easton Cycle and Sport, 410-822-7433, Oxford, or St. Michaels. Click here for a biking map of the Easton/Oxford/St. Michaels triangle.

Boating & Fishing
Easton is located at the headwaters of the Tred Avon river. Surrounding Easton on every side are rivers and creeks (you are five minutes from the water in any direction from Easton) offering the finest in docking and marina facilities, Chesapeake Bay charters, or excursion sight-seeing trips. The Eastern Shore waters are home to the succulent Maryland Blue Crab, rockfish (striped bass), oysters, clams, and many other treasures. Bareboat or captained charters are available in both power and sail boats. Easton can also be reached by boat, landing at Easton Point, a working port of call for Talbot County light industry.

Within the area, you’ll find some of the most exciting opportunities for antiquing on the eastern seaboard. A number of fine shops are located in town, or you can meander the back roads and discover the bounty of the many different and unique stores. From elegant 18th-century furniture to oriental rugs and Chinese porcelain, glass, and pottery to “country” collectibles and decoys, treasures abound for every taste and budget. The following are some of the antique shops in Easton:

Shops located in Easton's Town Center:     

Easton Antique & Art Gallery - 25 N. Harrison Street 410-763-9298
The Cairn - 23 E. Dover Street 410-822-2857
Trumpeter Swan Antiques - 35 E. Dover Street 410-463-0274

Shops near Easton's Town Centre:

Foxwell's Antiques & Collectibles Mall - (Rt. 50) 7793 Ocean Gateway, Easton, MD 410-820-9705

Shops within 17 miles of Easton's Town Centre:

Oak Creek Sales - 25939 Royal Oak Rd, Royal Oak, MD 21662 410-745-3193

Denton Station Antiques Mall - Business Rt. 404, Denton, MD 410-479-2200

Other recreational activities include:
Live theatrical performances at the Avalon Theatre;
First-run movies at Easton's Premier Cinemas, Tred Avon Square - 410-822-9950;
Live and DJ music for listening and dancing at a number of establishments;
Health and fitness activities offered by Hearthstone Health and Fitness and the YMCA;
Tennis at a number of public courts, (Idlewild Avenue Park),  and at the YMCA;
Outdoor Swimming at George Murphy Community Pool (Memorial Day through Labor Day) Noon-7 PM;
Bowling at Chesapeake Bowl 2000; and
Billiards at the Chesapeake Bowl 2000

Chesapeake Wine Trail - Delight in the beauty of the Bay, discover elegance in the bottle. East of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland's Eastern Shore is abundant with seafood, beaches, wildlife and history, and now a beautiful and delicious wine trail.

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