November 15, 2019 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury. This month’s theme is Holiday Lights, complete with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. It is also the last 3rd Friday held outdoors until Spring, so it’s time to stock up on locally made arts and crafts from 3rd Friday’s outdoor vendors for the gift-giving season.

The 2019 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in front of the City of Salisbury Parking Garage located at the intersection of Circle Avenue and Division Street, on the newly constructed food truck parking pad right across from First Shore Federal and the Wicomico Public Library.

The ceremony includes performances from choirs, theater groups and dance troupes including the Ocean Bay Chorus, Salisbury University’s Squawkappella, the Theater Academy of Delmarva, Pinehurst Elementary Choir, Feet of Fire Dance Academy, and AMP School of Rock.

Santa arrives in time to light the tree at 6:30 p.m. After the tree is lit, everyone is invited to follow Santa over to First Shore Federal’s Winter Wonderland Lobby for cookies, candy and photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus! In anticipation of the Hanukkah and Kwanzaa seasons, a menorah and a kinara will be displayed with the tree, fully lit, until Hanukkah and Kwanzaa begin on December 22nd and December 26th respectively, when the daily lightings begin.

On the Plaza, artists and crafters will line the street with local handmade items for sale. It’s the last outdoor 3rd Friday of the season, so it’s the perfect time to stock up on locally made treasures for the holiday gift giving season. The Bay Brass Ensemble will perform holiday tunes on the plaza, and the Salisbury Jaycees will be serving festive libations. Main Street Kids, Downtown Salisbury most recently announced new business, will have a table set up on the Plaza with information and holiday crafts for kids.

For shoppers, St. Peters Episcopal Church will hold their annual Fall Bazaar in Parish Hall Friday 5 – 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 – 1 p.m., so stop by for lots of gift ideas, pies, baked goods, gift baskets, attic treasures, holiday decor and fun for activities for the kids, plus, oyster sandwiches, homemade chicken salad, chili, hot dogs, and breakfast sandwiches – all indoors and out of the cold!

Check out Barefoot Baby Boutique’s Prelude to Christmas event, to discover wooden & retro toys, bamboo Christmas Pajamas up to size 6 and festive holiday dresses, with 10% off your entire purchase, and free candy canes! Download the UValues app for coupons to Simply Salisbury, with Salisbury themed gift ideas for every member of the family. Angello’s Scoops will offer free holiday face painting and will debut a new peppermint sundae.

In the Downtown Salisbury University Building, stop by Salisbury University’s Pop-Up Center for Entrepreneurship where SU business plan makers will be showcasing their businesses and products, like Joost Waffle, Hayas Dress, Clutch, and Cupcakes by Frosted, located across from Salisbury University Art Galleries – Downtown Campus. Downstairs, Salisbury Art Space will again show the 2019 Biannual Members Exhibition, showcasing the artwork of SAS members, and homemade items in the gift shop.

The downtown bars and restaurants are ready with live music for 3rd Friday. Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill will have live music for happy hour with Smooth and Remy from 6– 9 p.m. Market Street Inn will have acoustic duo The Gifted from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and DJ Danny P late night. Mojo’s will have DJ Rusty Griswald spinning all your favorites, and Brew River is having a Hip Hop Party late night with DJ Tavonne & Str8 Up. The Downtown Trolley will begin its free service at 5:45 at SU Academic Commons to bring students to Downtown Salisbury for 3rd Friday.

3rd Friday is a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District and The City of Salisbury. For More Information: 3rdFridaySby.com

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October 18, 2019 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury. 3rd Friday will be held outdoors, with artists, crafters and live music on the Plaza, plus special activities in Lot 15 and on N. Division Street. This month’s theme is Super Heroes, so get ready to dress up like your favorite superheroes and villains. Join the costume contest for a chance to win great prizes, score free comic books, or paint a pumpkin in Lot 15 – there is always something for everyone at 3rd Friday.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: THE INTERSECTION OF MAIN ST AND DIVISION ST WILL REMAIN CLOSED THIS FRIDAY. BUT HAVE NO FEAR - 3RD FRIDAY PREVAILS!

Cosplayers can enter the 3rd Friday Costume Contest on N. Division Street, for a chance to win huge prizes. Winners will take home giant prize packs filled with collectibles, toys, comic books sponsored by Ocean City Comic Con. The contest is open to anyone, and will be broken down into two categories, kids 12 and under and adults 13 and up, with special guest host James Dufendach of PLB Comics.

Come decked out as your favorite character, or an original creation. Registration is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Government Office Building Steps and the contest itself starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. on the Government Office Building steps as well. So come out, look good, and win big!

Down in Lot 15, near The Acorn Market there will be more special activities like pumpkin painting, pumpkin chuck, a food truck and free comics! Meta Yoga will be hosting a free yoga workshop from 5:30 – 6:30pm in the Parker Garden area, just bring your own mat. Son Rise Church will host bounce houses, and the Hawaiian food truck will be there serving snacks. At 5:30pm – check out a special Halloween performance by Feet of Fire Dance Academy – out in full force for the annual Halloween tradition.

On the Plaza, there will be live music on the main stage by Matthew Bennett Davey and The Baba Roots, a Delmarva band that plays a mix of rock, reggae, funk, blues, alternative, covers and original music. Check out Barefoot Baby Boutique’s Super Mom Art Contest –where kids can drop off handmade masterpieces depicting their mom as a super hero, for a chance to win her a special gift. The Salisbury Jaycees will be pouring beer and wine and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will have family-friendly prices on burgers and dogs fresh off the grill in the Courtyard.

Salisbury Art Space will present the 2019 Biannual Members Exhibition, showcasing the artwork of SAS members. There will also be special activities for children - mask making and ghost stories with Beth Ohlsson – taking place between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. In the gift shop, check out the monthly highlighted ceramic artist with the Clay Guild of Delmarva plus other fabulous works priced to sell by Salisbury Art Space members.

Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campus will again show two exhibitions - On Water and Close Waters. On Water brings together photographic explorations of water and its role in our perception of and interactions with the world. Close Waters includes artwork from 12 regional and local emerging artists that is connected to this fundamental substance.

Be sure to also check out - “What if you Fly” – Salisbury University’s brand mural – #SalisburyWings by local artist Sarah Perdue. The project was inspired by poet, Erin Hanson, and street artist, Kelsey Montague and was funded by Salisbury University Art Galleries.

The downtown bars and restaurants are ready with live music for 3rd Friday. Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill will have live music on the patio with Smooth and Remy from 6– 9 p.m, plus Foggy May from 10 p.m. til close. Market Street Inn will have late night jams with DJ Danny P and Mojo’s will have DJ Vybe spinning all your favorites. The Downtown Trolley will begin its free service at 5:45 at SU Academic Commons to bring students to Downtown Salisbury for 3rd Friday.

3rd Friday is a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District, in partnership with The City of Salisbury.

September 20, 2019 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury.  3rd Friday will be held outdoors, with artists, crafters and live music on the Plaza.  This month, the theme is Chalk It Up, and it’s all about bringing color and vibrancy to downtown.  From chalk art, chalk paint, and colorful initiatives – this 3rd Friday is sure to be lively! 

3rd Friday will continue to use a different format, as construction progresses into the intersection of Main Street and Division Street this month.  Artists and crafters will still gather on the Plaza – but the rest of the fun is moving down to Lot 15 and W. Market Street, in front of The Acorn Market.  There you will find special activities like the Bookmobile, bounce houses hosted by Son Rise Church, and a Chalk-Art area! 

On the main stage, there will be live music by Christine Havrilla and the Gyspy Fuzz, with her self-described “Neofunkadelicfolktwangrock” style. At 5:30 p.m., Wicomico Goes Purple will take the stage to announce the winners of the Downtown Salisbury Wicomico Goes Purple Window Decorating Contest, with special remarks by Mayor Jake Day and WGP organizer Stephanie Willey and a moment of silence with Clarion Call.  The Plaza will be decked out in purple, and attendees in support of the initiative are encouraged to also wear purple to bring awareness to the opioid epidemic.   

On the Plaza, check out Kuhn’s Jewelers for a special Meet-the-Artist Trunk Show from noon to 6 p.m. featuring local artist Abbi Custis and her art which inspired her designs for Evocateur, now exclusively at Kuhns.  The Salisbury Jaycees will be pouring beer and wine and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will have family-friendly prices on burgers and dogs fresh off the grill in the Courtyard, complete with plenty of chalk for the kids!   

Salisbury Art Space will present the 2019 Showcase of Eastern Shore Artists, featuring 34 artworks ranging from folk to fine art, created by artists from around the region. The Robinson Gallery will feature an exquisite solo exhibition by Jinni Kim (Jinsoon Oh), inspired by her experience with and understanding of nature.  In the gift shop, check out the monthly highlighted ceramic artist with the Clay Guild of Delmarva

Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campuswill host the opening reception for two brand new exhibitions - On Water and Close WatersOn Waterbrings together photographic explorations of water and its role in our perception of and interactions with the world.  Close Waters includes artwork from 12 regional and local emerging artists that is connected to this fundamental substance.   

Be sure to also check out  - “What if you Fly” – Salisbury University’s brand mural – #SalisburyWings by local artist Sarah Perdue.  The project was inspired by poet, Erin Hanson, and street artist, Kelsey Montague and was funded by Salisbury University Art Galleries.  Also in that building - check out the Salisbury University Entrepreneurship Center - which will be open, giving tours, updates on design plans, and hosting student entrepreneur tables. 

The downtown bars and restaurants are ready with live music for 3rd Friday.  Brew River is hosting a Captain’s Party with the Chesapeake Cowboys, ahead of the Boat Docking competition Saturday.  Complete with live boat docking practice runs, the event is all -ages until 10 p.m., free admission and includes live band Kaotic from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.  Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill will have live music on the patio with The Gifted from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Market Street Inn will have late night jams with Nick at Nite and Mojo’s will have a black light party late night with DJ E-State. The Downtown Trolley will begin its free service at 5:45 at SU Academic Commons to bring students to Downtown Salisbury for 3rd Friday.

In the event of rain - all indoor activities will go on as planned.  The outdoor activities, including art and craft vendors, may be canceled due to inclement weather - an announcement will be made no later than noon on 3rd Friday.  

3rd Friday is a downtown economic development initiative and a project of the Salisbury Arts & Entertainment District in partnership with The City of Salisbury.   

To be a vendor at 3rd Friday you must be an artist, crafter or non-profit organization, and you must pre-register by emailing a description

of what you hope to set-up to 3rdFridaySby@gmail.com