Washington Signature
[ Search and Navigation ]   [ View Full Site ]

Center for


Environment & Society

Chestertown Riverfest (Waterfront Festival)

An annual part of the Fall Family Weekend, the Waterfront Festival celebrates Chestertown, Washington College, and (of course) the Chester River! This year the Center for Environment & Society has teamed up with Chestertown RiverArts to create a much larger and new annual event, The Chestertown RiverFest.

Announcing the 1st annual Chestertown Riverfest: September 26, 2015!

This afternoon festival at Wilmer Park will include a large number of water activities, including the 9th annual cardboard boat regatta, open to students and all members of the community, as well as a Poker Run and Kayak and Canoe Races. The festival will end with a Parade of Lights led by RiverArts’ KidSPOT kids, who will process to the area where the illumination of a floating solar sculpture is staged.  

In the Poker Run, participants will paddle to 5 buoys to collect sealed envelops and return to shore to see who drew the winning hand and wins the cash prize. For more information and to register for the poker run, please click here

The Cardboard boat race has up to $650 worth of prizes and is always entertaining to be a part of and watch from the sidelines. Participants create homemade cardboard crafts ranging from nautical to whimsical and from seaworthy to waterlogged to compete. For questions please e-mail Jamie Frees (jfrees2@washcoll.edu) Please register and pay your $10 registration fee on RiverArts’ webpage.

Later in the afternoon there will be a number of kayak and canoe races based on the size of your vessel whether it is over 12 ft., under 12 ft., or a tandem. For more information and to register for one of the three Paddle Races, please click here.


For more information on the event please see RiverArts’ RiverFest page here.

 Tentative 2015 Schedule of Events:

Festival runs from 12 p.m. to dusk.

12 p.m. Festival starts

1:30 p.m.  RiverArts Poker Run

2:45 p.m. Captains meeting for the Cardboard Boat Race

3:00 p.m. 9th annual Cardboard Boat Race

3:15 p.m. Judging and awards ceremony

4:00 p.m. RiverArts Kayak/Canoe Races

5:30 p.m. Everyone out of the water for the night and awards ceremony for Kayak/Canoe Races

6:00 p.m. Packet Boat Cruise

7:00 p.m. Parade of Lights (Wilmer Park to High Street) an lighting of Solar Sculpture

From Noon to 5:00 p.m. - Ongoing Vendors and activities include:

Sun Sail and Paddle Expo, Artists in the Park, Tours of Chestertown, family activities, and good food and drinks! Callinectes tours, Philips Wharf Fishmobile, free sailing and kayaking, and booths set up by environmental groups and educators.

Callinectes tours available ($5 per person): Sign up at the event 

12:00-12:30
12:50-1:20
1:40-2:10
2:30-3:20* (Note: During the Cardboard Boat Race)
3:40-4:10