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Inn & Town Happenings

Welcome to the Tidewater Inn, nestled in the heart of down Easton, a vibrant arts and cultural center recently ranked eighth in the book “The 100 Best Small Towns in America”. The Chesapeake Bay and many charming Eastern Shore towns are minutes away from downtown Easton offering an array of land and sea activities.

We invite you to visit Easton throughout the year to experience all the wonderful events that take place at the Tidewater Inn and on the Eastern Shore. Our community features world renowned events and festivals every year such as the Waterfowl Festival in November, the Plein Air Competition and Arts Festival in July, plus all the amazing shows at the Avalon Theatre just across the street from the Tidewater.

Please contact our concierge about specific events that are taking place during your next stay.


Join us for free movie nights all summer long! Featuring family-friendly movies, these events are sponsored by our awesome community partners! Families are welcome to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy the evening.

New this year – we will have an interactive art activity for the young and young at heart – come at 6:30 to enjoy this activity prior to the movie starting. These art activities will help children participate in our 2023 Day of Service project and activities will help them illustrate our theme, We are One: Community Supporting Community.

September 1 - Soul @ Idlewild Park

September 15 - The Emperor's New Groove (in Spanish with English subtitles) @ Thompson Park

October 6 - The Nightmare Before Christmas @ Academy Art Museum


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September 30, 2023 - October 8, 2023

Founded in 2008, it is the mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival to entertain, empower, educate and inspire diverse audiences of all ages by presenting exceptional independent films and events. We offer outstanding filmmakers, experienced and emerging, a forum to showcase and discuss stories of compelling interest to our local and global community. Because of our location on the Chesapeake Bay and our diverse population, we prioritize films that focus on the environment and social justice issues. The Festival also strives to be an economic engine for the Eastern Shore by enticing visitors to experience exceptional films, world-famous seafood, art, and the beauty of our waterways.


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October 6, 2023 - October 7, 2023

Autumnal decorations and the feeling of seasonal warmth will be all around downtown Easton for a two day Fall celebration!

Stay tuned for more details!


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October 27, 2023 - October 29, 2023

The Academy Art Museum’s 26th Annual Craft Show will feature over 60 artists from across the United States on October 28 & 29, 2023, with a special Preview Event on October 27.

All proceeds from fees and generous community sponsorships directly support the Museum’s mission of providing meaningful art experiences and education to the Mid-Shore.

The Academy Art Museum Craft Show team looks forward to welcoming artists from all craft categories and will work with artists to insure the broadest possible reach with our patrons.

We strive to build larger participation in our juried show, welcoming returning artists and selecting first time exhibitors who we believe will have success at the show. With nearly a third of the participants exhibiting for the first time, we typically attract over 2,000 people to the weekend event and we hope to introduce more patrons to our event this year.

This is truly a show by artists for artists.


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November 10, 2023 - November 12, 2023

For three days every November, between 18,000 and 20,000 visitors discover the best of local wildlife, nature, art, heritage, food, and fun at the Waterfowl Festival. While strolling along the lovely streets of Easton, visitors can discover the town and a tradition that has been going strong for generations.


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November 25, 2023 - November 28, 2023

“Caroling, Caroling Through the Town” is the theme for the 2023 Festival of Trees which will be held in The Gold Room of The Tidewater Inn from Saturday, November 25 to Tuesday, November 28, 2023. In a magical holiday setting, fifty beautifully decorated trees sponsored by individuals and businesses will be on display. In addition, fifty decorated trees ranging in size from 12” to 36” will be for sale. Throughout the festival, holiday entertainment will be performed by local artists, groups and musicians along with the sale of festive gifts.

Remember your loved ones in a very special way this year by purchasing a beautiful poinsettia plant. The name of someone dear to you will be placed on a memory scroll next to a magnificent poinsettia tree at the Festival of Trees main event. Purchase your poinsettia here.


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November 25, 2023 4pm - 7pm

This magical free holiday event for all families in Talbot County is back for our 4th year in 2023! Choral groups, bell ringers, and musicians will perform and all spectators will receive a complimentary candle. Hot cocoa and holiday treats will be served as we spread holiday cheer in song. The celebration starts with a festive holiday marketplace filled with local craft and food vendors. Twinkling holiday accessories will be sold by Santa’s elves to help celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season in our picturesque town of Easton, a small town with a big holiday heart.



November 25, 2023 9am - 11am

Alisha Saulsbury who is a dedicated runner herself, (and has completed close to two dozen full marathons, many half marathons, 10 and 5K runs) thought it would be a nice addition to raise money for Talbot Hospice while doing something festive as a family or individually, for those who find themselves in need of utilizing Hospice services. Her involvement with the Festival of Trees began 23 years ago when she and her oldest son (now 26) baked and sold cookies in the Gold Room during the Festival, while onlookers admired the beautiful display of decorated trees.

The proceeds went to Hospice. As time went on, she saw there was a need for a Mother-Son Dance. So she, along with her friend Dorri Gowe-Lambert. started this dance. It became a much anticipated event for mother-son couples to have fun while raising money for Hospice. Her youngest son helped and enjoyed these dances for 9 years. At that time, she discovered that she & her youngest child, daughter Karli, could do something together.

They started the 5K Fun Run for Hospice several years ago. “It became a...

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November 25, 2023 10am - 5pm

Save the date for Shop Small Saturday! Start the holidays off right and support our local merchants!



December 1, 2023 5pm - 9pm

Celebrate the Holidays at the Moonlight Madness Shopping Event in Downtown Easton! Our downtown shops and restaurants will be open until 9 p.m. with refreshments, snacks, and holiday gifts to buy. Enjoy music and entertainment throughout the town as we ring in the holiday season!


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December 2, 2023 6:30pm

Easton's largest parade of the year includes some the the most creative and decked out floats - dozens of organizations compete for the judge's choice! Enjoy classic cars, marching bands, holiday characters, Mr. & Mrs. Claus, and more.


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December 31, 2023 7pm - January 1, 2024 12am

The history of this event is incredible, and there are amazing memories! This year, all events are FREE of charge to celebrate an extraordinary three decades of fun!

Stay tuned as we schedule events and performers. Some you will surely be happy to see again include: Carlos the Fire-Juggler, Mike Elzey’s Guitar Studio, Dance Academy, and more!

Giant Crab Drops will be at 9:00PM and Midnight.

Children’s activities will include face-painting, arts & crafts, visits with the Phillips Wharf critters, photo booth, magic show, and more!

Please plan to join us in Easton, MD on December 31, 2023!


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The Avalon Theatre has been a staple of downtown Easton since the early 1920's featuring theater, symphony orchestras, national acts and local talent. With dozens of shows scheduled each month, there are plenty of opportunities to create a night on the town. For tickets and calendar of events, visit the Avalon Theatre's website.

For hotel reservations contact the Tidewater Inn at 410.822.1300 and for dinner reservations contact Hunters' Tavern at 410.822.4034.

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We are thrilled to have the opportunity to welcome prospective couples to the Tidewater Inn for our Open House. This is a wonderful opportunity to tour our stunning venues and hotel, explore Easton, and hear the latest Tidewater Inn news! We are offering an Open House from 10:00 am-12:00 pm every Saturday, no appointment is necessary. We are also offering limited tours by appointment only during the week. Please email mbennett@tidewaterinn.com to schedule your appointment.