Calendar of Events for Historic Downtown Cambridge, MD

 Cambridge Weekend Update

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ONGOING EVENTS

Second Saturday and Art Walk
Shops and galleries stay open until at least 8pm with specials, free nibbles, and more. Every Second Saturday of the month, 5-9pm, on the 300 block of High Street, 500 block of Poplar Street, and 400 block of Race Street.

 

Cambridge Farmers Market
Farmers Market on the waterfront at Long Wharf (near High and Water Streets) in Cambridge. Local produce, meats, cheeses, breads, crafts, and more. Every Thursday, 3-6pm, May through October.

Historic Walking Tours
Join a costumed guide for a walking tour of beautiful, historic High Street. Every Saturday at 11am, from April through October. Weather permitting. Meet at Long Wharf at the end of High Street. $8 for adults; 12 and under free. Reserve at 410.901.1000.

Skipjack Cruises
Public cruises on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester run May through October. One- or two-hour cruises are offered most weekends. Leave from Long Wharf. Check the schedule and reserve your spot at skipjack-nathan.org.

Lighthouse Tours
Take a free, self-guided tour of the Choptank River Lighthouse. Open daily, 9am-6pm in season (usually May through October). Located at Long Wharf Park, near High and Water Streets in Cambridge. Find out more at choptankriverlighthouse.org.


Ghost Walks Along Historic High Street
Learn the spooky and fascinating stories of lives lived and lost along Cambridge's historic High Street, said to be the most haunted street on the Eastern Shore, during a Ghost Walk. Sites include Christ Church graveyard, Richardson Maritime Museum, Dorchester County Courthouse, Long Wharf, and more. Part of the Chesapeake Ghost Walks organized by Mindie Burgoyne, the author of Haunted Eastern Shore. $15 per adult; $9 for kids 8-12 years old. Must register in advance; these walks often sell out.  Details and schedule at chesapeakeghostwalks.com/cambridge.
 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS


Small Business SaturdayEvery year, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is "Small Business Saturday." This national campaign urges consumers to spend some time and money to show how much they love the small, locally owned businesses that help give towns like ours their character, charm, and originality. Downtown Cambridge business owners will offer extended hours, specials and other incentives to attract local business to their Main Street locations. Poplar, Race and High Streets in Cambridge, Maryland. For a list of merchant sales and specials, click below.
 

 

 



Area choral groups help ring in the holiday season on the steps of the Dorchester County District Court building, and Santa Claus will join in the second annual Cambridge Christmas Tree Lighting. 310 Gay Street, Cambridge Md. This is also Small Business Saturday, and downtown shops (just yards from the tree lighting) will be open extended hours with specials and sales.



See more than 25 nativity scenes (also known as creches) from around the world are on display at the Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast, a restored Victorian home at 112 High Street in Cambridge, Maryland. The display is open on Wednesdays and Sundays, 2-5pm, November 30 through January 4, 2015. Admission costs $15 per person and includes holiday cookies and hot chocolate. Reservations and pre-payment required; call 410.221.7700.



Gaze in wonder at this holiday-themed train display at the Cambridge Rescue and Fire Company in historic downtown Cambridge. Perfect for all ages! The Train Garden features little towns, industrial areas, rural areas, scenic areas and several emergency rescue displays. The display, now in its 80th year, is created each year by the volunteers with the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company. It takes the volunteers several weeks to create the Train Garden. This display runs Dec. 1-30. Hours of operation are: Monday through Friday from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1–4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. FREE Admission. Refreshments are sold. They accept donations and non-perishable food items for our Christmas Drive. Call 410-228-1211 for more information or to make reservations for large groups. At the old firehouse on Gay Street in downtown Cambridge.



Bushel Basket Tree Lighting in Cambridge, MDCambridge Main Street will unveil a unique bushel basket Christmas Tree downtown at the corner of Gay and Race Streets on December 6 right before the 67th Annual Dorchester County Christmas Parade, which starts at 5pm. The tree will be located in the parking lot at Craig’s Drug Store, and will be a collaborative effort between Cambridge Main Street and local businesses.



A Dorchester tradition for more than 65 years, this nighttime parade features floats, music, and much more. This year’s theme is “A North Pole Fantasy” and participants will show their interpretation of what they believe the North Pole is like around the holidays. The parade starts at 5pm at Long Wharf (near High and Water Streets), proceeds on High Street to Poplar Street and continues down Race Street to Washington Street. View the parade anywhere along the parade route; the judges' stand is set up by Craig's Drug Store at Race and Gay Streets. Find out more on the Christmas Parade website (where donations are welcome) and keep up with the latest on the Christmas Parade Facebook page.

 



On Sunday, December 7 at 1 pm,  enjoy the afternoon with Bistro Poplar pastry chef Emily Salisbury as she demonstrates some traditional holiday desserts. The afternoon will include lite fare with holiday punch, coffee or tea and, of course, tastings of the desserts.  $50 per person. Reserve before all the spots are filled at 410.228.4884. Bistro Poplar is a Zagat-rated restaurant at 535 Poplar Street in downtown Cambridge.

 



Discover your inner artist at the Dorchester Center for the Arts! Try your hand at a different project each Second Saturday, and take a great piece home! Guided artist instruction provided. Media varies. You might paint, make a collage, draw, glue, staple, who knows? Come be surprised and ready to experiment.  Second Saturday, December 13, from 3-5pm. No registration necessary. Under 16 please be accompanied by an adult. Free. The DCA is located at 321 High Street in downtown Cambridge, MD.



Join the Dorchester Drama Guild for this reading of the holiday favorite “The Night Before Christmas.” Folllowed by festive caroling. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Begins at 2pm on Second Saturday, December 13. At the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland.
 



Come out for a magical night filled with artist-made snowflakes, original art, good food, and more. The Wednesday Morning Artists presents a special holiday reception at the Dorchester Center for the Arts on Saturday, December 13 from 5-7:30pm. The art exhibit is called “Small Works (and Other Good Things) for the Holidays.” Art pieces in this show are specially chosen and priced for holiday gift-giving. There will be creative arts activities, imaginative appetizers and a choral presentation — and of course, lots and lots of handmade snowflakes. The snowflakes will be large, small, tiny, glass, paper, yarn, painted, sprayed, curled, rounded, pointed, flat, three-dimensional, white, silver, hanging, floating and, more. The event is free and open to all. At the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge, Maryland. It’s also Second Saturday and Art Walk in downtown Cambridge, with a dramatic reading of “The Night Before Christmas” at 2pm and the Bushel Basket Tree Lighting at 5pm. Shops will be open extended hours.



This monthly event in downtown Cambridge features late shopping hours, free gallery receptions, live music, dining specials, and more. Shop and galleries stay open until at least 8pm.



The Chorus of Dorchester presents a Christmas Concert at Christ Church at 7pm on on Sunday, December 14. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Christ Church is located at 601 Church Street in Cambridge, MD.
 



On Sunday, December 14 at 1 pm, spend the afternoon with your child making and decorating delicious holiday treats at Bistro Poplar with their accomplished pastry chef Emily Salisbury.  $35 per child.  Children must be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments included.  Reserve before all the spots are filled at 410.228.4884. Bistro Poplar is a Zagat-rated restaurant at 535 Poplar Street in downtown Cambridge. 



The Chorus of Dorchester presents a Christmas Concert at the Dorchester Center for the Arts at 7pm on Tuesday, December 16. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reservations suggested; call 410.228.7782. The DCA is located at 321 High Street in Cambridge, MD.
 



The Christ Church Concert Series features a Christmas Choral Concert with the Tidewater Singers on Sunday, December 21 at 4pm at the church, 601 Church Street, Cambridge, Maryland. Admission is $10 or free for students. A reception follows the concert in the parish hall. The church is at 601 Church St., 410.228.3161. Find out more about the Tidewater Singers.


 

 

 

  

Second Saturday Logo

Second Saturdays! Downtown Cambridge rolls out the red carpet every Second Saturday of the month.  Shops stay open late; galleries and museums host openings; music, food, and kids' activities are often on tap as well.

 

 

Arts in Cambridge

Did you know that downtown Cambridge is home to a thriving and eclectic arts scene? Check out the half-dozen galleries and you'll see everything from classic Eastern Shore landscapes to vibrant folk art to contemporary work. Find out what's showing where on our Arts in Cambridge page.

 

ONGOING EVENTS


Historic Cambridge Walking Tours

Join a costumed guide for a one-hour walking tour of beautiful, historic High Street. Every Saturday at 11am, April through October. Weather permitting. Meet at Long Wharf at the end of High Street. $8 for adults; 12 and under free. Reserve at 410.901.1000.

Skipjack Cruises

Public cruises on the skipjack Nathan of Dorchester are offered May through October. One- or two-hour cruises happen most weekends. Leave from Long Wharf at the end of High Street. See the schedule.


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Farmers Market

The Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market happens every Thursday, 3-6pm in season, May through October. Find out more.


 



 

 

 

 

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