Salisbury Festival to return Downtown this June

Mayor Jake Day, Chamber CEO Ernie Colburn and Arts & Entertainment Director Jamie Heater make the announcement Friday morning that the Downtown Salisbury Festival will return in June.

After a two-year hiatus, the venerable Salisbury Festival will return to Downtown Salisbury this June.

Rebranded as the “Downtown Salisbury Festival,” the three-day event will be held Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4. Organizers promise it will feature the best of the former festival, but with some new additions that will add energy to the event that had run 32 consecutive years.

Amusement park rides will return to the city’s main parking lot Downtown. The newly renovated Riverwalk will be the scene of much of the activity.

The performance stage will return to the area near the LaQuinta Hotel where there is a broad space near the Riverwalk.

“It’s the Salisbury Festival reimagined,” said Jamie Heater, the city’s Arts & Entertainment District Executive Director. “It has a new name, new look, new logo — but we hope the event will feel very much like the Salisbury Festival did during its prime, along the river.”

The original festival was a creation of the Wicomico Arts Council, and was once known as the Dogwood Festival. The Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce assumed the event and managed it for more than three decades.

The Downtown Salisbury Festival will be a collaboration between the Chamber, the city and the Arts & Entertainment District.

“We are so excited to bring the long-running traditional Salisbury Festival back in a big way,” said Mayor Jake Day. “This will be an incredibly fun event for families, and will highlight the best of our arts community. We look forward to seeing you Downtown.”

This June, local art vendors and unique performers will join the many commercial vendors, nonprofit organizations and a multitude of exhibits.

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