C&O Canal 50th Anniversary Events

More events will be added as they are confirmed.


Explore the C&O Canal Libations Trail

Williamsport Main Street: Food Truck Fridays


May 6 – June 1: C&O Canal Photography Competition and Exhibit
Washington County Arts Council, Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, C&O Canal Trust
This photography exhibit will showcase photographs taken of the C&O Canal. The call for photographers can be found here; entries are being accepted until March 26, 2021.


August 13: Culture and Cocktails: Spotlight on the C&O Canal
Washington County Historical Society, Hagerstown, MD
Enjoy a drink and have a think! At Culture & Cocktails, we tackle a historical topic with the help of a little liquid fortitude. On Friday, August 13th at 6:00 p.m., Mary Rubin will present an exploration into the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal! Also called the “Grand Old Ditch,” the 184 mile C&O Canal operated from 1831 until 1924. After the event, Mary will be on hand to sign copies of her book, Images of America: The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal (Maryland). The featured cocktail will be “Dusk on the Wharf”! A smooth, fresh concoction, this cocktail is a new take on the classic dark and stormy.

August 28: 45th Annual C&O Canal Days
Main Street Williamsport
Details will be released at a later date.

August 30 – September 2: World Canal Conference
C&O Canal Association and Visit Hagerstown, Hagerstown, MD
Join us in Hagerstown, Maryland August 30-September 2 as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park with canal enthusiasts from around the world.


September 11-12: Heritage Days Festival
Cumberland, MD
Heritage Days has something for everyone: History, arts and crafts, festival food, music, children’s activities, tours, and more!

September 12: Picnic in the Park
Carderock Pavilion, Potomac, MD
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the C&O Canal National Historical Park (NHP). Join us to celebrate the Park’s historical, natural, and cultural heritage and recreational opportunities, and help raise funds to preserve it for future generations at our Picnic in the Park event.

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