Easton, with its 15,000 + inhabitants, still sports the quaint atmosphere of a beautiful small historic town on the Eastern Shore, but it has evolved into a dynamic cultural hub during the past two decades. Its rich history and physical attractiveness, together with a sophisticated but still picturesque small-town ambience has earned Easton the recognition as the 8th best small town in America , and an arts destination. www.eastonmd.org; www.eastonmainstreet.com
Every year, fans of art, film, music gather from afar for acclaimed festivals and competitions in Easton, and the town also hosts nationally known events for nature lovers (want to know more? see below headline events in Easton). Any day of the year, stroll down the tree-lined streets past Colonial and Victorian buildings, and explore the Art Academy Museum, eclectic art galleries, antiques shops, whimsical boutiques. You will also find a wide choice of restaurants, offering traditional local fare as well as gourmet dining, and beautiful historic B&BS and Inns, as well as a range of accommodations at all prices in the Easton area accommodations.
There are also numerous public golf courses nearby; and the Chesapeake Bay, with its many tributaries in Easton’s backyard, offers great opportunities for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and crabbing. Don’t be surprised to see a chevron of Canada geese flying overhead Easton’s historic downtown area, notwithstanding that you are close to large metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Annapolis, Washington, Wilmington, and Philadelphia, which are all well connected to Easton.
Headline Events in Easton:
First Weekend Easton – LIVE!
Join us downtown every first full weekend, including the first Friday when we host our famous Gallery Walk from 5-9pm. www.eastonmainstreet.com
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
A community celebration of everything Irish! Includes a green parade, decorated golf carts, jugglers, bagpipes, children’s games and crafts, and much more! March 17th 2013. www.eastonmainstreet.com
Talbot Restaurant Week
Talbot Restaurant Week. Talbot County dining is on display in this week-long event in March every year. With over a dozen distinctive fine restaurants in town, Easton welcomes residents and visitors to join us for a local celebration of our global culinary delights! www.talbotdining.com
Plein Air Easton Competition & Festival
Plein Air Easton Competition & Festival. Hosted in July each year this week long event hosts Plein Air painters and artists from across the country and is one of the largest, most celebrated events for this creative form. Visitors can watch artists at work from across every corner of town during the festival and soak up the excitement during the quick draw competition along Harrison Street. www.pleinaireaston.com
Monty Alexander Jazz Festival
Monty Alexander Jazz Festival. Hosted by Chesapeake Chamber Music the festival features Grammy-nominated jazz artist Monty Alexander and friends during the Labor Day weekend event in September each year. www.chesapeakechambermusic.org/jazz
Chesapeake Film Festival
Chesapeake Film Festival. Now an Eastern Shore tradition spanning beyond Easton into Cambridge, St. Michaels, Oxford, and beyond, the Chesapeake Film Festival brings national and international film to center stage and hosts thoughtful discussion of film following each presentation often with the filmmaker or film character. www.chesapeakefilmfestival.com
Craft Show & Sale
Craft Show & Sale. An event hosted by the Academy Art Museum that displays and sells fine craft artwork that is wearable, useable in the home, fun & whimsical. Featuring over 60 of the nation’s finest craft artists. www.academycraftshow.org
Waterfowl Festival. The largest festival to be hosted in Easton that boats more than 10,000 visitors to our area each year and which has just celebrated their 41st anniversary! Celebrating our waterfowling heritage, demonstration traditions & competitions, and a showcase for national waterfowl artwork. Funds raised benefit waterfowl and habitat conservation efforts. www.waterfowlfestival.org
Olde Tyme Holiday in Easton
Olde Tyme Holiday in Easton. A series of events happening from the middle of November through December includes activities like free downtown carriage rides, shopping promotions, photos with Santa, holiday window displays presented in shops, Holiday Parade, tree lighting ceremony, Festival of Trees and much more! www.eastonmainstreet.com