The next 3rd Friday in downtown Salisbury, set for May 17, will be held outdoors, weather permitting, with artists and crafters filling the streets, live music on the Plaza and special events. This month’s theme is Wheels, so get ready your bicycles, roller skates, skateboards and more.
This month, 3rd Friday will be experimenting with a new footprint. 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 and Angello’s Unique Gifts. It’s Bike to Work Week in Salisbury, so finish the week strong and bike to 3rd Friday, with a free bike valet service from 5–8 p.m. courtesy of Salisbury’s BPAC — Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee — in Lot 15.
Joseph Genco, of Salisbury, skates the bowl at Salisbury Skatepark on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. (Photo: Staff photo by Ralph Musthaler)
Check out the Get Ramped pop-up skate park — also in Lot 15 — with a variety of ramps and rails suited for all skill levels. Kids of all ages can participate, so bring a helmet and parent or guardian if you are younger than 18 years old to ride all night at no charge — bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters welcome. Become a permanent part of the Salisbury Skatepark with the Paint-It-Yourself Tile fundraiser, offering $15 tiles that can be decorated anyway you wish and will be included on a mosaic wall that greets everyone as they enter the park. BY PRONAMELAre You Protecting Your Tooth Enamel?See more →
The Tri-County District’s second annual Corporate Pinewood Derby gives adults and businesses the chance to pit teams against one another, all in the name of raising funds for the Boy Scouts. Car checkin begins at 5 p.m., with the racing starting at 6 p.m. in front of Acorn Market and a Pit Party immediately following the race. Plus, stop in Angello’s Unique Gifts for a chocolate tasting and other goodies..
On the Plaza, it’s the grand opening celebrations for two new businesses. Check out Lurking Class Skate Shop’s new location at the bottom of the Plaza, with lots of sales, raffles and giveaways. Plus, visit Kaiju Records in the City Center Building — downtown Salisbury’s very own record store, complete with DJ Mikey J spinning an all-vinyl drum and bass set during 3rd Friday.
AMP Studios’ rock bands will perform on the Plaza, and at 5 p.m., SPD officer Aaron “Bull” Hudson will posthumously be awarded the William Donald Schaefer Award from the comptroller’s office, with remarks from Mayor Jake Day. St. Peters Church will have children’s activities and burgers and hot dogs in the courtyard. Plus, the Downtown Salisbury Visitor Center will be sticking with the “Wheels” theme, hosting a free Build Your Own Pinwheel craft from 5-8 p.m.
In the Gallery Building, on the lowest level, Salisbury Art Space will host the annual Blooming Artists Showcase — an entire show filled with works from kids in kindergarten through grade 12, in all mediums. At 6 p.m., the winners of the 2019 Lower Shore Addiction Awareness Visual Arts Competition will be announced — also on display in Salisbury Art Space. Upstairs on the Plaza level, Salisbury University Art Galleries | Downtown Campus will be hosting its first Affordable Arts Fair — offering wall space and table space to local artisans during 3rd Friday.
The downtown bars and restaurants are ready with live music. Brew River has party band The Glass Onion from 6-10 p.m., and Roadie Joe’s Bar and Grill will have Smooth and Remy from 6-9 p.m. and a late night DJ. Market Street Inn will have late night jams by Nick at Night, and Mojos will have DJ Vybe spinning favorites.
Downtown Trolley service will start earlier than usual for 3rd Friday, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Guerrieri Academic Commons and running until 2 a.m. Boarding is free with a Gull Card or $1 otherwise, and will bring you from Salisbury University and surrounding areas to downtown Salisbury.
In the event of rain, all indoor activities will go on as planned. If outdoor activities, including art and craft vendors, have to 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.