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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.  

The festival will begin with 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 RiverArts Paddle Races, please click here.

The 9th annual 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’ website, here.

In the RiverArts 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

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


Tentative 2015 Schedule of Events:

Sun, Sail & Paddle Expo:

12:00-5:30 Expo Events Open to the Public

Environmental Displays

Artist Vendors

Family Activities – Phillips Wharf Fish Mobile, Pony Rides, & KidSPOT

Food & Beverages – Ice Cream, BBQ, Festival Favorites

Kayak and Canoe Vendors and Displays

& More!

Races and River Activities

12:00       Kayak Races – Washington College Boat House (adjacent to Wilmer Park)

12 – 4       Poker Run participants may take to the water

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

2:40-3:20* (Note: During the Cardboard Boat Race)

2:45         Cardboard Boat Captains’ Meeting

3:00         9th Annual Cardboard Boat Race sponsored by the Center for Environment                     and Society

3:15         Judging and awards ceremony

4:30         Poker Run participants reveal their hands to find the winner!

5:30         RiverFest Paddle Races Awards Ceremony

6:00        All paddlers must be off the water. RiverFest sanctioned kayak, canoe and boating activities closed.


RiverFest Sculpture Festivities

6:00         Parade of Lights and Show – From Wilmer Park to High Street Landing

6:00         High Street Reception Begins

                     Wine Bar
                     Food by JR’s
                     View “Future of the Waterfront” Display

6:00        RiverFest Packet Cruise – Tickets required 

7:00         Sculpture Lighting Ceremony