Updated: Nov 17


Salisbury, MD: November 19, 2021 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury. November’s theme is Holiday Lights, complete with the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and lots of holiday cheer. It is also the last 3rd Friday held outdoors until spring, so it’s the perfect time to stock up on locally made arts and crafts from 3rd Friday’s outdoor vendors for the gift-giving season.

November 3rd Friday will coincide with the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held on North Division Street starting at 5:30 p.m., with the tree lit at 6 p.m. The Ceremony will be kicked off with Christmas carols from Ocean Bay Chorus and will be followed by dance performances by Feet of Fire Dance Company and instrumental holiday music from the Bay Brass Orchestra.


Join Mayor Day and Santa as the Holiday Tree is lit at 6 p.m. along with a menorah and kinara in anticipation of the upcoming Hanukkah and Kwanzaa seasons. Kids can have fun with 3-D holiday specs, or drop off their very own letter to Santa in the Letters to Santa mailbox right outside the Downtown Salisbury Visitor Center.

Shoppers will find tons of amazing options at November 3rd Friday. Artists and crafters will fill the streets with locally handmade treasures -- everything from candles, cards and cookies - to handmade cornhole boards, plus the Downtown Salisbury shops and restaurants will all be open with special sales. From Simply Salisbury, Bomshell Boutique, DeadStock, Kaiju Records, Lurking Class Skate Shop, Blackwater Apothecary, and the MudHud Clay Art Studio, there is bound to be something for everyone!

Check out St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Annual Holiday Marketplace & Bazaar just up St. Peters Street off the Plaza, that will be full of home baked goods, wreaths and unique gifts available for purchase, thirty-eight amazing gift baskets available for bid, plus hot King Boys Oyster Fritters, hamburgers and hot dogs in the café.

Lilac Clothing Company will be celebrating Pink Friday – a new national initiative to encourage shoppers to shop local first, the week before Black Friday – with all new apparel and gift items, refreshment and up to 50% off your purchase with holiday coupon scratch offs.

Salisbury Art Space will be open with even more local handmade gift options in the gift shop and three amazing exhibitions on display. In the main gallery, the open-call exhibition Contemporary Abstraction is on display, with a wide range of works submitted by local artists, celebrating the many forms of abstraction; from distortion and exaggeration, to truly non-objective works with no recognizable subject. Pictured is a close-up view of 2nd place winner Ellen Lawler's watercolor and ink submission titled "After the Fall". A solo exhibition by Erika L. Forsythe of ELF Moments of Zen Photography is also on display, as well as, a highlight on UMES student and alumni work in the foyer. Salisbury Art Space is located on the lowest level of the SU Building.

3rd Friday will no longer require facemasks for outdoor activities, but please remember masks could still be required inside certain buildings and businesses. The 3rd Friday’s virtual event on Facebook will continue to share event and community highlights for those who choose to continue to social distance.


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


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Updated: Oct 14


Salisbury, MD: October 15, 2021 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury. 3rd Friday will be held outdoors with artists and crafters filling the streets, live music, and special events. This month’s theme is Super Heroes – so get ready for comics, cosplay and real-life super heroes.

Costumes are encouraged this 3rd Friday, and rewarded --just look for the seven- foot-tall inflatable Batman, and you will find the 3rd Friday Prize Wheel.


UPDATE!! Batman got called away by Commissioner Gordon - instead - look for the 5 foot inflatable Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man :)


Costumed participants can spin the prize wheel for a chance to win big – including specially-curated prizes courtesy of Ocean City Comic Con. Not costumed - that’s okay too – compete in feats of strength for chances to spin.

Kids can also enjoy super-hero themed crafts courtesy of Salisbury University’s Honors College, practice super-hero poses and take super-pics with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Eastern Shore , and meet real-life heroes from the Salisbury Fire Department who will be out in full force for Fire Prevention Month, with cool gear and info about how to become a fire fighter!

Entertainment abounds with live music by The New Kings of Delaware on the N. Division Street stage, plus a special Halloween performance by local dance troupe Feet of Fire at 6 p.m. SBY’s Movie’s on the River is hosting its free Halloween Double Feature with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) at 7:00 p.m. and Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13) at 9:00 p.m. at the Pohanka Riverwalk Amphitheater. Revival, Salisbury’s all-new entertainment venue, is hosting the Delaware Comedy Theater for a night of adult improv comedy, with tickets only $15 and a showtime at 8 p.m.

Shoppers always have fun at 3rd Fridays with street vendors, and local retailers. This month, Lilac Clothing Company has 20% off new fall styles, a prize-pumpkin full of discounts up to 50% off and a free gift with purchases over $100.


The MudHud: Clay Art Studio has lots of Halloween themed Paint-Your-Own-Pottery in stock and on sale at their new location on the Plaza, plus check out their Clay and Karaoke event from 5 – 10 p.m and Halloween Block Party on October 23, 2021.

Art fans, check out Salisbury University Art Galleries exhibition FLOW, that celebrates art evolving from a sentient experience rather than conscious thought, and includes painting, sculpture and immersive installations from local and regional artists. Artists include Ben Ridgway, Stacy Pants, Sam Parker, Claire Sweet, Sweetbones, WINGCHOW, and Wonkybier.


Salisbury Art Space will also be open with an all-new exhibition titled Contemporary Abstraction, with local works submitted that celebrate the many forms of abstraction; from distortion and exaggeration, to truly non-objective works with no recognizable subject – an art form that many artists find so liberating! Salisbury Art Space will host an awards ceremony and special reception on 3rd Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a special exhibition from Erika L. Forsythe of ELF Moments of Zen Photography. Both Salisbury Art Space, and Salisbury University Art Galleries are located in the SU Building on the Plaza.

Need a ride? The Downtown Trolley will be offering free rides to 3rd Friday to students, faculty and staff, running a continuous loop from SU Academic Commons to 3rd Friday from 4:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Free Bike Valet service will also be offered from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. hosted by Salisbury’s B-PAC Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee and Bike SBY.


3rd Friday will no longer require facemasks for outdoor activities, but please remember masks could still be required inside certain buildings and businesses. The 3rd Friday’s virtual event on Facebook will continue to share event and community highlights for those who choose to continue to social distance.


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


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Updated: Sep 17


Salisbury, MD: September 17, 2021 is the next 3rd Friday in Downtown Salisbury. 3rd Friday will be held outdoors with artists and crafters filling the streets, live music, and special events. This month’s theme is Urban Artscapes – with chalk art, architecture highlights, the Matthew Bennett Davey Band and more.

What is if rains? 3rd Friday will continue RAIN OR SHINE - but outdoor activities and vendor turnout could be affected by rain showers.

All indoor activities will continue as planned.


Urban Artscapes is all about appreciating the beauty of Downtown Salisbury’s cityscape, and enjoying the color and vibrancy art can bring to urban areas. Stop by the 3rd Friday table for a copy of the Downtown Salisbury Architectural Walking Tour full of information about the many historic and architecturally significant buildings, or a copy of the Public Art Walking Tour for a complete list of Downtown’s murals, sculptures and painted power boxes, plus a fun scavenger hunt will announced on Friday at 5 p.m. St. Peters Episcopal Church will be hosting tours, and invites all to stop by and enjoy their stained glass and amazing history – as well as burgers and dogs fresh off the grill in the courtyard.

3rd Friday participants can help add color to Downtown Salisbury by participating in chalk art activities throughout the event footprint. Wicomico Goes Purple is bringing color to Downtown with the announcement of the 2021 Wicomico Goes Purple Downtown Window Decorating Competition winners –keep an eye out for all the store fronts decked out in purple this month in support of opioid addiction awareness and recovery support. Blackwater Apothecary went a step further, with a temporary art installation titled “Letters to the Lost | Letters to the Living”, with submissions from local community members.

For more art in an urban landscape, 3rd Friday will host the Matthew Bennett Davey Band live on Government Office Building Steps, bringing reggae, funk, rock and blues. Check out live raku pottery firing on Main Street hosted by David Smith and Salisbury Art Space.


Enjoy pop culture on the Riverwalk with SBY Movies on the River, this month featuring Inception (PG-13) with its mind-bending urban illusions and an 8 p.m. showtime. On Sunday, check out free Shakespeare at Riverwalk Amphitheater with Brown Box Theatre Project’s presentation of Much Ado Nothing with a 7:30 p.m. showtime.


Art fans, check out FLOW on display at Salisbury University Art Galleries. FLOW is an exhibition that celebrates art evolving from a sentient experience rather than conscious thought. It presents artworks on the transcendence of the mind and the mind's ability to explore surreal and abstract ideas, therefore connecting the perception of life with what exists around and beyond us. FLOW will feature painting, sculpture, and immersive installation, and will be open for a special reception on 3rd Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Salisbury Art Space will be open with its 2021 Members Exhibition on display. This annual show shines a spotlight on the talents for Salisbury Art Space’s ‘most valuable players’: its members! The show has been sponsored by The Whaley Family Foundation and judged by Salisbury University Fine Art Professor Jinchul Kim, with the work of Jinchul Kim’s students on display in the Foyer Gallery, and the work of U.M.E.S Sequential Arts Professors Elvin Hernandez and Bradley Hudson on display in Salisbury Art Space’s Robinson Gallery.

3rd Friday will no longer require facemasks for outdoor activities, but please remember masks could still be required inside - including in the Salisbury University Building on the Plaza. The 3rd Friday virtual event on Facebook will continue to share event and community highlights for those who choose to continue to social distance. Ride your Bike to 3rd Friday - free Bike Valet from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. courtesy of Salisbury B-PAC, Bicycle Advisory Committee.


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