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!

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