Mathews Market Days
Every year, thousands of visitors come to Mathews on the Friday and Saturday after Labor Day in September for the annual Mathews Market Days Festival. This annual festival has been around for over 45 years, celebrating the local artisans, and cultural hub of the local Community. This is a fun family event that is worth a booking a weekend excursion for the whole family!
This annual festival overtakes the Historic Downtown Court House and downtown, Mathews Main Street. Along Court Street you will find local food vendors, frozen lemonade, funnel cakes, ice cream, live music and performances.
Along the entire old court house square, you will find nearly 100 art and craft vendors selling locally made, Chesapeake Bay inspired items, decor, jewelry, soaps and lotions, goodies for pets, wooden crafts, apparel, gift items and more.
Around Main Street, your favorite shops will be opening their doors with more items for vintage, and boutique treasure shopping. Plenty of dining options are available within walking distance or a short drive away. The Bay School of the Arts and galleries will feature an art market, and Mathews Visitor Center will be open for extended hours. Keep walking along Main Street to find additional vendors such as local honey and candles, information booths, and delicious baked goods!
Don’t miss exciting events such as the pet parade, and opening ceremonies, or Saturday Street Dance. For a full line of events and information about the Market Days, visit mathewsmarketdays.org
Places to Stay
Make it a full weekend at this family-friendly event and stay in Mathews County. See a full listing of our unique lodging options.
This is a very popular weekend where visitors plan their trip in advance, so if you can’t find any local options available, check out the hotels in Gloucester County here, only 25 minutes away from the event!
Mathews Market Days Poster
Each year, Mathews Market Days Committee has a poster winning contest among local artists to depict their best image of the County. 2019’s artist, P. Buckley Moss, was invited to compose the 45th Annual Festival Poster to companion her 35th Annual Poster. The theme, “Seasons of Mathews.”
The Poster Unveiling and signing with P. Buckley Moss will take place Saturday, August 17th from 11am to 2pm at Bay School Community Arts Center.
Posters will be on sale at the Poster Unveiling, at Mathews Market Days, and at the Mathews Visitor Center after the event.