Calendar of Events for Historic Downtown Cambridge, MD

 Cambridge Weekend Update

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Bistro Poplar will be hosting an Alexander Valley Wine dinner on Friday, April 25 at 7:30pm.  Tickets must be purchased in advance. Look for details the Bistro website at or on the Bistro Facebook page. Reserve at 410.228.4884.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts will present the 7th Annual Guest Artist Event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. Community leaders pair up with professional artists to produce works of art over several months. On April 26, the works of art are auctioned off during a fundraising event to benefit the Dorchester Center for the Arts. The event, with the theme of "African safari," is “black-tie admired -- not required." The evening will include food, drink, live music, and silent and live auctions. The event will also include the grand opening of the DCA's new Performance Hall. The event will take place in the Performance Hall at 321 High Street in Cambridge. Cost is $65 per person for DCA members; $75 non-members. Proceeds benefit the DCA. To find out more or make a reservation, call 410-228-7782.

The High Spot hosts the Union Craft Brewing Tap Takeover and Beer Dinner on Tuesday, April 29 starting at 6:30pm. View the menu and the beer selections. The cost is $55 per person. The High Spot is located at 305 High Street in downtown Cambridge. Reserve at 410.228.7420.

Spend the evening, 6-8pm on April 29, at Shear Attitude, a full-service salon, as they share beauty secrets and tips. You'll be able to sample their most exclusive services and enjoy light refreshments. For your retail therapy pleasure, vendors will include Thirty-One, PartyLife, Celebrating Home, Pampered Chef, Avon, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Tastefully Simple, and Melaleuca. Every guest has a chance to win a door prize from each vendor. Shear Attitude is located at 103 Maryland Avenue. Questions? Call 410.228.0316.

Celebrate the opening of the season at the Cambridge Main Street Farmers Market on Thursday, May 1. Join in the ribbon cutting at 2:45pm, then stay for the market, which runs every Thursday through mid-October, 3-6pm at Long Wharf Park (near High and Water Streets) in Cambridge.

The Crabi Gras team presents another of their fun-themed outdoor festivals in the Cannery Way Park in the 400 block of Race Street in downtown Cambridge, MD.  No need to wait for Cinco de Mayo, now there's the Quatro de Mayo Fish Taco Fest! The event, from 12-5pm on Sunday, May 5, will feature fish tacos, other tacos, and other foods prepared by Chef Patrick Fanning of the High Spot and Stoked. Adult libations include craft brews and Bloody Marys. Live music by Uncle Ward (a regular performer at Carpenter Saloon in St. Michaels) and Eastern Shore favorites D'Vibe & Conga.$5 admission helps support the nonprofit Cambridge Main Street and downtown revitalization efforts.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Dorcester Center for the Arts and area churches work together to present this annual community dinner benefitting local food pantries. Tickets for the event cost $12. Diners will receive a meal of homemade soup, salad, bread, and dessert--and they will also get to take home the hand-made bowl the soup is served in. Area churches provide the food. The Center for the Arts provides the supplies and facilities where the bowls are made. Reservations required through this website or in person at the Center for the Arts, 321 High Street. Information: 410.228.7782. The event will be held on Tuesday May 6, 5-7pm.

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 Cambridge Beer Festival is slated for Saturday, May 10 from 1-6pm. Put on by the folks at the High Spot Gastropub, it’ll be held along the 300 block of High Street in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. Look for delicious brews from regional breweries and more. Live music. Admission costs $20 and includes a small beer tasting glass and unlimited tastings.  Food available for purchase from the High Spot Gastropub and Stoked. Fun for the whole family with cool crafts for the kids. It's also Second Saturday, so shops and galleries will be celebrating with free receptions and specials 5-9pm. Like the Beer Fest on Facebook here.


Discover your inner artist at the Dorchester Center for the Arts! Try your hand at a different project each month, 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, May 10, 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.

This annual conference held downtown at Chesapeake College explores the life of Dorchester County native Harriet Tubman and the legacy of the work she and others performed leading slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. The details of the event are available on the conference's website.

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.

Taste of CambridgeThe biggest event of the year in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. Come out and enjoy a free street festival with music, kids' activities, souvenirs, gallery openings, late shopping, and more. Purchase a ticket to taste all entries in the Crab Cook Off competition that has top local chefs competing in categories of best crab cake, crab soup, crab dip, and crab specialty dish. 5-10pm, Saturday, July 12 on Race and Poplar Streets. Details.

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.

Bring the kids for the 5th annual Kids Fishing Derby, hosted by the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin and The Maryland Saltwater Sport Fishing Association. The event will take place at Long Wharf Park (near Water and High Streets in Cambridge) from 8am-12pm on Sunday, August 9. The Derby is open to kids ages 3-13. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Fishing tackle and bait will be provided for free, or you can bring your own. This is a free event and prizes will be handed out at the end of the Derby. For more information contact Scott Fitzhugh at 410-330-8016.

Enjoy this all-you-can-eat feast at the 35th annual Seafood Feast-I-Val with live entertainment, craft sales, door prizes and displays. Feast on Chesapeake Bay cuisine including steamed Maryland blue crabs, crab soup, fried clams and fish, BBQ chicken, fries, hot dogs, corn, tomaotes, and watermelon. Gates open at 1pm. Feast hours are from 1-6pm. Free parking. Rain or shine. At Governor's Hall at Sailwinds Park, 200 Byrn Street, on the beautiful Choptank River. This event benefits the Cambridge Rescue Fire Company.

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.

Make the most of the end of the summer during the seventh annual Summer Send-Off in downtown Cambridge 5-10 p.m., Saturday, September 20. Enjoy the end of the summer season with great food; wash it down with a variety of brews. Listen to great live music and entertainment, and browse the sidewalk sales. The event features the wacky and fun Main Street Mile (starting at 6pm), which has teams from local businesses and organizations doing a relay race on tricycles, wearing snorkel flippers, etc. Free admission. Centered at the 400 block Race Street (at Race and Gay Streets) in downtown Cambridge. Plenty of free parking available. Go here for more details on performers, food, and other event highlights.

One of only two skipjack races left on the Chesapeake Bay. The race takes place, 10am-noon, on the Choptank River off Cambridge, with the starting and finish lines near the entrance to Cambridge Creek. The best vantage points for viewing are at Long Wharf or Great Marsh Park, or on the water by boat. At Long Wharf there will be bleachers, food vendors, and a radio-controlled skipjack demonstration for those who like their skipjacks on a smaller scale. Cannons on either side of the creek entrance will start and finish the race with a cannon salute. After the race, Snapper's Waterfront Cafe (112 Commerce St.) treats the crews to lunch and is the site of the trophy presentation to the winner. More info at

Dancing, music, German beer, German and American food are all part of Crabtoberfest, a festival happening 5-10pm on Saturday, Sept. 27, in downtown Cambridge, Maryland. Proudly serving Paulaner beer, Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Blue Moon Harvest, Moon Pumpkin Ale, and Coors Light. Musical Entertainment by Enzian Volkstanzgruppe! Liab’ und Schneid, and all the way from Germany…..Echte Freunde!  Admission is $5. In case of inclement weather, Crabtoberfest will be moved to Minette-Dick Hall, 2002 Hambrooks Blvd., Cambridge, MD 21613. For more information, go to

Stroll down historic High Street in Cambridge and enjoy this 38th annual outdoor arts and craft festival, which draws thousands each year to Cambridge for fine art, handmade crafts, live music, Eastern Shore cuisine, antique boats, children's activities, and more. 12-5pm. More info at

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.

Celebrate the Eastern Shore’s oystering heritage on Saturday, Oct. 18 and Sunday, Oct. 19 during the third annual Hot Sauce & Oyster Festival in downtown Cambridge. The event features music, food, libations, and a bottomless supply of the title attraction—Chesapeake oysters and top hot sauces from around the region and the country. Click below for more details.

Schooners and other historic vessels from around the country gather in Cambridge for the eighth annual Schooner Rendezvous at Long Wharf Park (at the end of High Street on the Choptank River), Oct. 25-26. On Saturday and Sunday, try a dockside tour aboard a schooner in this gathering of stately ships from all over the country. Take a day sail, and enjoy delicious local fare. Enjoy listening to maritime musical entertainment and purchase one-of-a-kind maritime-related items. Schooners begin arriving on Friday--and there will be an evening reception and after party that night. Opening festivities begin at 10am on Saturday. Parade of Sail set for 11am (weather permitting). Sit down for a tasty Eastern Shore dinner with the Captain and crew on Saturday evening. For the full schedule of events and more details, go to or call 410.221.1871.

The High Spot and Stoked are hosting their Belgian Beer Festival the afternoon of Saturday, November 8, from 1-6pm. This fest will focus on Belgian-style brews, and it'll take place outdoors in the 300 block of High Street. Look for brews from at least nine breweries, live music, Belgian-inspired food by High Spot and Stoked, and more. $20 gets you a tasting glass and as much beer as you can fill it with. November 8 is also Second Saturday, when downtown Cambridge shops and galleries stay open late with special receptions and events. For details, go to the festival's Facebook page or call 410.228.7420.

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.

Head downtown for this family-friendly Christmas tree lighting in Spring Valley, next to the courthouse on High Street. The event begins at 5:30pm. Enjoy holiday music by local choirs, candlelight, refreshments, and a visit from Santa! The lighting will be followed by other festivities in and around the downtown. And all day on Saturday downtown shops and restaurants will be celebrating Small Business Saturday. Details on the  Cambridge Christmas Facebook page.

See more than 25 Nativity scenes from around the world on display at Cambridge House Bed & Breakfast, a restored Victorian home. The display will be open to the public certain days and times in December. For details, contact the Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast at 410.221.7700 or Cambridge House Bed and Breakfast is located at 112 High Street in Cambridge, Maryland.

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.

A Dorchester tradition for more than 60 years, this nighttime parade features floats, music, and much more. 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.


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.





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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.



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.


Farmers Market

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






Taste of Cambridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore