RiverFest 2016

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Presented by Chestertown RiverArts & Washington College Center for Environment and Society and SANDBOX


Art & Adventure!

Bring your family and friends to the fun-filled festivities of RiverFest 2016. It will be an exciting, fun-filled weekend along the waterfront of the scenic Chester River and the popular Arts & Entertainment district of historic Chestertown.

Light up the Night!

At sunset on September 23, the Chester River will come to life with illuminated sculptures. New sculptures each year, curated by SANDBOX, Washington College’s initiative for creative collaboration between art and science with a focus on the natural environment, will be situated along the waterfront. Visitors can enjoy beer & wine, food and live entertainment at the Chestertown RiverArts illumination ceremony and party, followed by a dance party with “Charlie the Peacock.”

Artists- Click here for sculpture information

(Pictured  is the 2015 floating sculpture, Sankalpa, by Vicco Von Voss.)

Adventure, Activities and Tasty Treats

Fun adventures on the water and along the shore of the scenic Chester River.

Kayak and Canoe Sprints – Separate heats for different boat types and lengths, and agePaddlers salute 21 groups. With outrageous trophies for the winners.   More Information

Paddlers Poker Run – Pick up a sealed envelope containing a playing card at each of five floating kiosks. Cash prizes for winning hands.   More InformationDrake_3


Historical Kayak Tours
Get a guided tour of Chestertown via water! This 90 minute tour traces the dynamic changes that have shaped the Chester River shoreline. More Information

Chester River Rowing Club Demo
Watch the local rowing club in action at noon.

Cardboard Boat Race – Washington College’s 10th annual race is an exciting and precarious crowd pleaser for spectators and racers alike.   More Information

Paddle Craft Expo – See what’s new in paddle-powered watercrafts, from kayaks and canoes to stand-up paddle boards, plus all the latest gear .

Art Show & FamilyActivities
Enjoy engaging arts & crafts by area artists and lots of fun and creative activities for children. Plus a variety of food and drinks.

Friday, Foot of High Street                                               lani-3-dsc_0382-682x1024
5:30 Live Music with The Illuminators
food & beverages available for purchase
7:15  Illumination Ceremony & Sculpture Award
7:45  Lighting of the Sculptures
8 – 10 Dance Party with Charlie the Peacock
9- 10  Hip Hop Performer Yvngswag

Saturday, Wilmer Park
9 am  Kayak & Canoe Drop Off
10       Paddle History Tour
11        Festival Opens
11 – 12 Kent County High School Jazz Band
11 – 3   Poker Run (no set time)
11:15  Paddle Races Begin
Noon  Chester River Rowing Club Demo
Noon – 3 Michael Butler Band
1:30  Paddle History Tour

Plein Air Painter
Plein Air Painter

2:50 Cardboard Boat Parade
3:00  Cardboard Boat Race
3:30   Awards Ceremony for All Races
4 – 5    Steel Band
5 pm Festival in the Park Ends

Saturday – Foot Of High Street
7 – 10 pm   Peacock Glow Party with DJ Smallwood
Ice Cream Cart
Beer & Wine

RiverFest driving map 2016

RiverFest Activities & Paddle Course 2016

Sponsored in part by Chesapeake Bank & Trust