Chestertown Riverfest (Waterfront Festival)
An annual part of the Fall Family Weekend, RiverFest celebrates Chestertown, Washington College, and (of course) the Chester River! The Center for Environment & Society has teamed up with Chestertown RiverArts and the college’s SANDBOX Initiative for an exciting, action-packed day with activities on the water and land for all ages!
Announcing the 2016 RiverFest Weekend: September 23 - 24, 2016!
The weekend begins on Friday, September 23 with the Illumination of the Sculpture Garden at the Foot of High Street from 5:30 to 8 pm. Followed by a Glow Dance Party complete with Charlie the Peacock. Join us for live music, food and beverages with the illumination taking place at 7:15 pm around sunset. Stick around for a Dance Party until 10 pm.
The day-long festival on Saturday, September 24th, at Wilmer Park will include a large number of water activities, including the 10th annual cardboard boat race, open to students and all members of the community, as well as a Poker Run and Kayak and Canoe Races.
The festival will begin at 11 and run until 5 pm with water and land activities, live music, food, and family fun all day long.
Activities for the family include:
- Seaworthy Small Ships boat building
- Face painting
- Pony Rides (all proceeds benefit the Washington College Equestrian Team)
- Build a Buoy (sponsored by the Chester River Watershed Observatory)
- KidSPOT crafts
- Moonbounce and Ball Pit
- Scales and Tails
- Phillip’s Wharf Environmental Center’s Fishmobile
- and more!
The 10th 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) Please register and pay your $15 on Eventbrite.
Other Water Activities include:
2016 Schedule of Events!
Friday, September 23: 5:30-10:00 pm
RiverFest Illumination Celebration and Dance Party
Sponsored by SANDBOX and Chestertown RiverArts
Live music with food and beverages available
7:15 Sculpture Garden Unveiling.
7:45 Charlie the Peacock illumination and Dance Party
Saturday, September 24: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Races, River Activities and the Sun, Sail and Paddle Expo
9:00 am Paddle Race drop off and registration open (located at Washington College Boathouse)
10:00 am Paddle History Tour (Sponsored by Friend of RiverFest: C.V. Starr Center for the American Experience)
11:00 am Festival Opens
Family Activities – Phillips Wharf Fish Mobile, Scales &Tails, Pony Rides, KidSPOT Crafts and Facepainting
Food & Beverages – Ice Cream, BBQ, Hot Dogs & Hamburgers – other Festival Favorites
Kayak and Canoe Vendors and Displays
Music (11-12 High School Jazz Band, 12-3 Michael Butler Band, 4-5 Steel Band)
12:00 pm Chester River Rowing Club Demonstration
11:00-2:00 pm Kayak Races
11:00-3:00 pm Poker Run, go out on your own
1:30 pm Paddle History Tour (Sponsored by Friend of RiverFest: C.V. Starr Center)
Callinectes tours available ($5 per person): Sign up at the event limited to the first 25 people per cruise
2:40-3:20* (Note: During the Cardboard Boat Race)
2:40 pm Cardboard Boat Captains’ Meeting (located at CES tent)
2:50 pm Cardboard Boat Parade
3:00 pm 10th Annual Cardboard Boat Race sponsored by the Center for Environment & Society
3:30 Awards ceremony for all water activities
4:00-5:00 Steel Revolution: Washington College Steel Pan Ensemble