What Are the Best Events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland?

Beautiful scenery, charming mom-and-pop shops, and a vibrant coastal culture are just some of the reasons why the Eastern Shore of Maryland is the perfect year-round destination. You certainly won’t run out of things to do here, either. Between historic monuments, a thriving arts community, premier shopping, and delicious food, there’s something for everyone here. We’ve listed some of the best events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland! While planning a trip around these exciting celebrations, be sure to access our free Travel Guide to the Eastern Shore of Maryland! It’s full of our best suggestions for making the most of your trip.

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Don’t Miss These Exciting Events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Coming Events


Oyster Weekends at Brampton Inn

Oyster season is big here on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. We celebrate with our February Oyster Saturdays, which consist of complimentary oysters on the half-shell and a glass of bubbly (for guests)! Be sure to check it out on Saturdays at our Tea Time and Social Hour.

FeBREWary in Maryland

FeBREWary is Maryland’s month-long celebration of all things craft beer. This month, you’ll find several fun beer-themed events on tap across the state. Keep an eye out for Patriot Acre Farm Brewery and Bull and Goat Brewery right here in our neck of the woods!

Spring Events

Jigsaw Puzzle Contests at Brampton Inn

Here at Brampton Inn, we’re huge fans of Artifact Wooden Puzzles! What began as an addicting hobby for us became something our guests fell in love with, too. In March, we host our annual Jigsaw Puzzle Contest. Book your stay, grab a partner, and put your skills to the test. You could win a brand new Artifact puzzle of your own!

Taste of Chestertown

Sometimes referred to as “Taste of the Town,” Taste of Chestertown is the perfect chance to feed our inner cravings. During this iconic Maryland festival, you’ll taste your way through a tantalizing variety of locally prepared dishes and wine samples. If a cornucopia of crab soup, beef brisket, oysters, gnocchi, and lemon pie sounds like your kind of meal, get your tickets for Taste of Chestertown!

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

The Chestertown Tea Party Festival is held every year on Memorial Day Weekend. This celebration of the town’s Revolutionary War history has a street party atmosphere—there’s food, drink, live music, vendors, and even a crazy raft race! Be sure to mark your calendar for this one.

Summer Events

National Music Festival

The National Music Festival in Chestertown presents world-class concerts and provides affordable arts education and entertainment to aspiring musicians. Renowned classical musician and commentator Miles Hoffman usually makes an appearance!

Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend

Ever dreamed of sailing the seven seas and shivering timbers? You’re in luck! Held just a short drive away from Brampton Inn (in Rock Hall), the Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend offers immersive fun for everyone. Buccaneers and land-lubbers will rejoice in this themed, town-wide party every August.

Betterton Day

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than a fun-filled festival at the beach! Betterton Day begins with a parade down Main Street in the town of Betterton, Maryland. It’s followed by festivities like rides, crafts, food vendors, and more! Admission is free and parking is available.

Fall Events

Chestertown Jazz Festival

If you’ve ever visited the Eastern Shore before, you know that it’s a hotbed for all kinds of musical talent! Jazz is an especially prominent genre here. Come and celebrate this colorful art form by attending the Chestertown Jazz Festival! It’s held at Wilmer Park and showcases a variety of new and established artists.

Sultana Downrigging Weekend

Attending the Sultana Downrigging Weekend is an amazing way to kick off the fall season! This “tall ship and wooden boat festival” is so much more than meets the eye. Hobbyists will love experiencing these stunning vessels in person, but this event also features live music, Dock Dogs competitions, and fireworks. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the Chesapeake Bay area’s rich nautical culture!

Annual Chestertown Antiques Show and Sale

The annual Chestertown Antiques Show and Sale is a great opportunity to score a valuable, one-of-a-kind piece for your home! The best part about it? Proceeds benefit the Kent Association of Riding Therapy.

Complete Your Trip With a Stay at Maryland’s Best Small-Town B&B!Fairy Hill Suite at Brampton Inn; Events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Be close to all of the best events on the Eastern Shore of Maryland by booking your stay at one of our comfortable, bright, and spacious accommodations! Each of our beautiful rooms and cottages features plenty of room for you and your crew as well as perks like complimentary gourmet breakfast, bottomless homemade cookies, and access to a top-notch golf course. You’ll also love having access to all of Chestertown’s best outdoor adventures, local shopping, delicious dining, and rich history!

Ready to attend one of these events? Check our availability today and start planning your trip!