Events


April to November 17—Farmers Market

MarketLocation: Municipal parking lot, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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The St. Michaels Farmers Market promotes sustainable agriculture, brings fresh local food to the center of town on a weekly basis and improves food access and equity for our Bay Hundred community. We do this by operating a producer-only farmers market in the heart of St. Michaels, by creating vital economic opportunities for local farmers and food producers, and through innovative outreach programs that educate the public about food and related environmental issues.

Local farmers and food producers are at the core of our mission, and helping them to thrive is a pillar of our work. Across our 18-year history, we’ve supported farmers from Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, and Kent Counties, as well as small farmers from nearby counties in Delaware and Maryland counties west of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

Founded in 1998 as part of FRESHFARM Markets, and becoming an independent community organization in 2017, the St. Michaels Farmers Market is a leader in the local food movement.

Located in historic town of St. Michaels, MD, on the Eastern Shore, the market is a Saturday destination for locals, weekenders, and boaters. Farmers offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cut flowers, potted plants, breads and pastries, cow’s milk cheeses, orchids, eggs, and honey. They also host events and activities throughout the season, including Chef at Market events and a community cook-off.

Partner Organizations:
The Community Food Bank, Commissioners of St. Michaels, St. Michaels Business Association.

October 20-21—Fall into St. Michaels

EventPhotoMini_Carpenter street halloweenAnnual Fall into St. Michaels has fun for all ages!

Events & Activities:
Fall into St. Michaels scheduled for the weekend of October 20-21, 2018
St. Michaels, Maryland

The change of the season brings excitement and vibrant color to the Town of St. Michaels, as residents and businesses celebrate their annual harvest festival “Fall into St. Michaels”.

pirate scarecrowThe Fall into St. Michaels festivities begin with the town-wide scarecrow contest on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Participating area businesses are competing in the Second Annual St. Michaels Scarecrow Contest, where each sponsoring business will have the chance to win first place in one of the following three categories: Traditional, Whimsical or Humorous and will seek the coveted People’s Choice award. Walk along the streets of St. Michaels, where you’ll find the scarecrows displayed in front of participating businesses and hung along the telephone poles on Talbot Street. Visitors can vote for the People’s Choice award online. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on Monday and can be seen on the “Visit St. Michaels” Facebook page and www.stmichaelsmd.org.

kimThe following weekend, the Fall into St. Michaels festivities go into full swing on Saturday with the start of the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest held at the St. Michaels Community Center early Saturday morning. Participating businesses sponsor the pumpkins, which are carved by experienced and novice carvers alike, each striving for the top spot in one of the four pumpkin categories. The pumpkins are judged from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. and then will remain on display until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. thru 2:00pm on Sunday.

pieThe Bay Hundred’s Annual Pumpkin Pie Competition will be held during the Pumpkin Carving Contest at the St. Michaels Community Center. The Pumpkin Pie Competition is open to professionals, home bakers and children. Each group will be judged on traditional or creative creations. Cash prizes will be awarded to top three winners in each category, and of course, bragging rights and a plaque go to the winners. Each contestant must submit 2-3 pies of the same recipe. The St. Michaels Community Center will be selling pieces and whole pies of those entered. Judging will begin at 10:00 am and sales will begin at 11:00am. Proceeds of the bake sale will benefit the programs and activities of the St. Michaels Community Center. Please contact Trish at the SMCC 410-745-6073 for more information or to register as an entrant. The St. Michaels Community Center is located on the corner of Railroad Street and Fremont Street.

Jack Russell RacesEvery year, dog owners from all over Maryland join the residents of St. Michaels on the lawn at the Inn at Perry Cabin for the annual Jack Russell Races. This year’s races are on Sunday, October 22nd and will begin at 11:00 am. Registration is available online on the event Facebook Page and at 10 a.m. that morning at the event. You can also register at St. Michaels Pet Supply, All Pets Veterinary Hospital and The Urban Pup. The proceeds from the benefit will go to the St. Michaels Community Food Pantry and Pet Pantries of Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester Counties. The races will be broken down into categories: Jack Russell, Dachshund Dash and the famous “So Your Dog Thinks He’s a Jack” race. All dogs are welcome at the event, big or small, racing or not, to mingle with other dog lovers in Talbot County. Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome to race. The event will be held, rain or shine! Refreshments, including Coffee & Donuts and a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, will be available on-site. There will be live raffles of items from area restaurants and retailers between races! No Dog? No Problem- Fun for humans, too!

The St. Michaels Museum at St. Mary’s Square will offer one of their signature walking tours. The walking tour is $10 per person and also includes admission to the museum. Please visit the museum’s website for more information and to reserve your space: www.stmichaelsmuseum.org

Lastly, as a way to give back during the harvest months, the St. Michaels Business Association is combining their “Fall into St. Michaels” festivities with their Second Annual Food Drive for the St. Michaels Food Pantry. The St. Michaels Food Pantry, which is housed in Christ Church, is supported through individual food and financial contributions as well as donations from area businesses and organizations. It serves Talbot County residents requiring food assistance. A satellite program on Tilghman Island operates out of the Tilghman United Methodist Church. The St. Michaels Food Pantry also provides complete Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to those in need. “Many members of our community struggle with providing healthy, nutritious food for their families. We hope our first annual food drive is the first of many to come that will help fill the shelves of the St. Michaels Food Pantry and help Talbot County residents in need.” said Kim Hannon, Secretary of the St. Michaels Business Association. While the St. Michaels Food Pantry appreciates every single food donation, they strive to offer a variety of food items that help balance nutritional intake, especially important to children, seniors, those with health challenges and those with culturally diverse diets. Drop off your donation items at the St. Michaels Community Center on Railroad Ave. during the hours of the Pumpkin Carving & Pie Baking contest.

Shop. Eat. Play. Stay – Visit St. Michaels www.stmichaelsmd.org or call 410.745.0411.

October 21, 10 a.m.—Jack Russell Races

Jack Russell FB headerDate: Sunday, October 21, 2018
Time: Registration at 10 a.m., Coffee & Doughnuts and a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar at 10 a.m., Races start at 11 a.m.
Location: On the lawn at the Inn at Perry Cabin
More info: Visit the Facebook Page
REGISTER your pup for the races! Link to come as event nears.

Every year, dog owners from all over Maryland join the residents of Talbot County St. Michaels on the lawn at the Inn at Perry Cabin for the annual Jack Russell Races. This year’s races will begin at 11:00 am. Registration is available online and at 10 a.m. that morning.

JRT pole signThe races will be broken down into categories: Jack Russell (flat and hurdles), Dachshund Dash and the famous “So Your Dog Thinks He’s a Jack” race. All dogs are welcome at the event, big or small, racing or not, to mingle with other dog lovers in Talbot County. Dogs under 25 pounds are welcome to race.

The event will be held, rain or shine! Refreshments, including Coffee & Doughnuts and a Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar, will be available on site. There will be live raffles of items from area restaurants and retailers between races!

No Dog? No Problem- Fun for humans, too!

The proceeds from the benefit will go to Community Food Pantry and Pet Pantries of Talbot, Caroline, and Dorchester Counties. Want to make a donation? Buy a bone to be displayed on poles on Talbot Street! (see at left : ) Donation site to come.

October 27, 10-4—CBMM OysterFest

OysterFestDate: Saturday, October 27, 2018 — 
10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

Admission to OysterFest is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. 
Children five years and under and CBMM members are admitted free. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. 
For more information, call 410-745-2916. Please leave your pets at home.

On Saturday, October 27, the Chesapeake’s oyster will be celebrated at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) OysterFest in St. Michaels, MD. The event features live music oysters and other local fare, children’s activities, boat rides, oyster demonstrations, harvesting displays, retriever demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, documentary films, and an oyster stew competition among regional chefs.

TCWA volunteers will be serving freshly caught and shucked Chesapeake Bay oysters. Aquaculture raw oysters, steamed oysters, oyster fritters, and fried oyster sandwiches will also be available. For those who prefer to celebrate oysters rather than eat them, pit beef, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with cold beer, caramel apples, warm apple cider, and more will be offered. Festival-goers can take part in or just watch an oyster slurping contest, while others enjoy sampling oyster stew by local restaurants and chefs beginning at 11am and while the limited tastings last.

The stew competition takes place along the museum’s Fogg’s Cove side of campus, with bragging rights awarded to the chef who gets the most votes among participants. Local restaurants will also perform cooking demonstrations of signature oyster dishes throughout the day. OysterFest boasts plenty of family-friendly, educational, and fun waterfront activities designed to help kids to know how important the oyster is to the Chesapeake Bay. Families can play “Oyster Jenga,” explore an oyster nursery, participate in a scavenger hunt or face painting, or watch dip-net making and knot-tying demonstrations. Build-a-boat activities provided by the Model Guild will be available for a $3 fee. Even dogs can have fun, with retriever demonstrations taking place along the Museum’s waterfront, and don’t miss the scenic river cruises and on-the-water oyster tonging demonstrations with Chesapeake watermen.

Conservation groups including Tilghman Islanders Grow Oysters, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and The Nature Conservancy will be on-hand to discuss efforts to clean and preserve the Bay. In addition, Phillips Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile will offer visitors the opportunity to see live sturgeon, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, and other Bay creatures.

The event is generously sponsored by Maryland Public Television (MPT) with two MPT documentaries screened in the Van Lennep Auditorium during the event. Festival-goers can explore the CBMM’s exhibit buildings, including Oystering on the Chesapeake and Waterman’s Wharf, where visitors can try their hand at tonging or nippering for oysters. CBMM’s bugeye, Edna E. Lockwood, an 1889 log-bottomed oyster dredge boat and National Historic Landmark, will be dockside on display.

The festival takes place from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, October 27. Admission to OysterFest is free for CBMM members and children five years and under, otherwise it’s $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $6 for children between the ages of six and 17. Food and boat rides are an additional cost. Visit CBMM online or call 410-745-2916 for more information.

October 27 Noon-6 p.m.—Fall WineFest

Due to overwhelming demand from our faithful WineFest fans, the WINEFEST organizing committee has decided to organize a one day Fall WineFest on October 27th, 2018. This Wine “Cellar”bration is an opportunity to stock your wine cellar before the holiday season!

Tickets available HERE!

Discover new wines and revisit those hard to find favorites from last year.

One Amazing Venue
This Georgian style house built in 1807 by Col. Joseph Kemp, a Revolutionary soldier and hero of the War of 1812, has become the “can’t miss” venue of WineFest at St Michaels. Chef Adam Sanders, a fixture at the Kemp house, will be on hand with delicious gourmet food.

Fabulous Wines
The Kemp house will feature 40-60 carefully selected wines which have been chosen to offer something for everyone: sparkling, whites, rose’s, reds, and dessert wines. If you know Winefest and its 10-year history, you know these wines will have global appeal. The list will include both domestic and international varietals.

VIP Wines
We will offer both a regular ticket which provides tastings of 40-60 wines, as well as a VIP ticket which provides access to both the regular venue as well as the VIP tent. Those of you who have previously attended WineFest VIP events will not be disappointed by the wines that the WineFest team has picked out!

October 28, 1 p.m.—Annual Auction to benefit Fire Departments

Date: 38th Annual Volunteer Firefighters’ Auction, Sunday, October 28th, 1 p.m.- til
Location: Harrison’s Eastern Shore, 1216 S. Talbot Street

We are pleased to announce that the 38th Annual Volunteer Firefighters’ Auction will be held on Sunday, October 28th at Harrison’s Eastern Shore Restaurant. 100% of the proceeds of this auction will benefit the St. Michaels and Tilghman Island Volunteer Fire Departments. This is the largest fundraiser of the year for both departments, and it would not be possible without the generous donations that we receive from our local community partners. Our goal this year is to raise $70,000!

Please consider supporting our event by donating a gift certificate(s), merchandise, and/or a service(s). In addition to our traditional live auction, we are hoping to add a silent auction this year. All donations are greatly appreciated and are tax deductible. A receipt will be delivered to you when your item(s) is picked up.

A donation form for auction items is attached. Please complete the form and then call or email us and we will arrange a time that is convenient for you! We would like to receive all donations by Sunday, October 21st.

Thank you for your continued support! We hope to see you Sunday, October 28th for food, fun, and fundraising!

Contact Jessica Boyd Kastel, Auction Committee Chairperson, auction@stmichaelsfd.org

October 31—Halloween

images-4Date: Monday, October 31st for Halloween “Trick-or-Treating” for children 12 years and under from 6-8 p.m.

St. Michaels is a fun place for kids and adults to celebrate the spooky night. Residents and businesses have (almost) as much fun as the kids.

Be safe!

November 10—Second Saturday “Art Night Out”

Gravely Art Patrons at SMAL exhibitSt. Michaels Second Saturday “Art Night Out” In Fall of 2016, St. Michaels launched their monthly Second Saturday “Art Night Out” celebrations. Take a walking tour of St. Michaels’ six fine art galleries that are all centrally located on Talbot Street.

SECOND SATURDAY EVENTS – NOVEMBER 10!

LOVE ART AND ST. MICHAELS?! Check out our Facebook Page “St. Michaels – Art Lives Here”

November 17, 10:30 a.m.—Thanksgiving Parade of Classic Cars

The Classic Motor Museum of St. Michaels will host the 4th Annual Holiday Parade on November 17th at 10:00 AM. To register-your car, contact the museum by phone: 410-745-8979, email: classicmotormuseum@gmail.com, or register online at: classicmotormuseum.org. Registration is free, but space is limited, so register early.

Cars will begin to line up at 9:00 on Rt. 33 at the Ballfield/Inn at Perry Cabin. The parade will proceed through town to the Classic Motor Museum at 102 E. Marengo Street. The public is invited to the Museum after the parade for hotdogs courtesy of the the CMM Student Chapter AACA Club.

December 1—Midnight Madness Shopping

_DSC8139View our lovely Christmas Video here!

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Location: Talbot Street and throughout the town shopping area

Mark your calendar for the BIGGEST shopping day of the year! If you’ve ever been to Midnight Madness in St. Michaels, you’ll definitely be back for this year’s 14th annual event.

Great shops will be open ’til Midnight with refreshments and snacks, and special sales for that day and evening. The Town will be festively decorated for the season, and Carolers stroll the streets. You may even meet Santa…

Each year, the town of St Michaels is transformed into a picture perfect holiday postcard, the shops, restaurants and B&B’s are decorated with stunning greenery, lights and festive cheer. The holiday spirit is felt throughout town, which makes coming to St Michaels during the holiday season a special experience, year after year, and provides a wonderful backdrop to shop for the holidays.

Midnight Madness is a reminder of how important the small-business sector is to our economy and why it’s so important to “Shop Local” all year round. The movement to “Shop Local”, especially during the holidays, is needed to help support the locally owned small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve our hometown businesses.

Best of all, with every purchase you’ll receive raffle tickets to WIN fabulous prizes! Last year lucky ticket holders won over $19,000 in gift baskets, St. Michaels Shopping Dollars, and special bonus prizes.

Drawings start at 11:30 p.m. and you must present to win.

Participating restaurants and accommodations will be giving out special Ticket Redemption Coupons on December 1st and 2nd, so make your reservations today!

The drawings will be held on the deck of Marcoritaville Restaurant, on the corner of Talbot and Mill Streets on Saturday, December 5th at 11:30 p.m. and remember, you must be there to WIN! For more info, visit Midnight Madness.