Kent County Annual Events
Galena Dogwood Festival
The annual Galena Dogwood Festival is set for Saturday,
May 14, 2016. It will take place throughout Galena from 9am–5pm. Parade at 10am. There will be a Baby Contest, Crafts, Demonstrations, Exhibits and an Amusement Park. Family Oriented Magic, Mime, Story Telling, Song and Dance, Juggling and Monkey Business, 5k and plenty of Eastern Shore Food.
Chestertown Taste of the Town
The 8th annual Taste of the Town (& county) will be Sunday, April 26, 2015. Noon to 3pm. Spend an afternoon sampling signature dishes from Chestertown & Kent County's finest restaurants and caterers. Featured dishes range from nouvelle gourmet to regional classics such as Maryland Crab Soup. Diners will want to come early to view the Paint the Town artwork exhibited in Fountain Park.
Chestertown Tea Party
May 27 - 29, 2016.
Start the weekend Friday night at the Block Party to kick-off the celebration of the Tea Party Festival, the Block Party is sure to be a hoppin’ good time! Come for the food, live music, other entertainment. There will be fun for all ages! Then on Saturday come downtown to commemorate the local merchants' revolt against the British tea tax. Starting with the 5k and 10 mile Distance Run, then a reenactment, parade, concessions, & crafts. On Sunday come out to the Beer, Wine Tasting and Raft Race at noon and enjoy a crazy race of home made rafts while sampling craft beer and local wine. The day would not be complete without music, food and craft vendors.
Chestertown Tea Party Website
National Music Festival
June 5 - 18, 2016
The Festival's 6th season, in Chestertown, Maryland, brings together world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians on the cusp of their professional careers. The two groups rehearse and perform together at Washington College and throughout the Eastern Shore in orchestral, chamber, solo recital, vocal, choral and chamber opera repertoire.
Chestertown's "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
Every other Saturday, beginning June 11, 2016
Free outdoor concerts! Every other Saturday evening beginning June 11, 2016, from 7-8:30 pm Chestertown’s “Music in the Park” concert series presents the best in local & regional music – including big band, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock, and more! Bring a chair and join us. Saturdays - June 11, 15, July 2, 16, 30, Aug 13, 27. Rain location Emmanuel Episcopal Church across from park. Sponsored by Town of Chestertown, Kent County Arts Council, and community contributors like you. Please send donations marked for “Music in the Park” to Town of Chestertown, 118 N Cross St, Chestertown, MD 21620
Fourth of July in Kent County
Many events are planned to make your July 4th holiday celebration a memorable one.
Kent County 4H Fair
July 16 - 18, 2015
4-H Exhibits, live stock auction, music, great food and lots more. Kent AG Center, Tolchester.
Kent County Fair Website
Betterton Appreciation Day
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Join us for a fun-filled day at Betterton Beach! Parade starts down Main St. at 10:30am followed by rides, crafts, food and vendors at the beach. Free Admission. Parking and Rides Avaliable.
Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend
Friday - Sunday, August 12 - 14, 2016
Avast me hearties! Buccaneers and landlubbers of all ages -- come by land or come by sea for a town-wide waterfront theme party that you won't forget! Sea shanty sing-a-long, decorated dinghy flotilla and race, beach party, pirate's ball, treasure hunts, costume contests, live entertainment, merchants, mayhem on Main Street and much more for the whole family! Costumes and acts of piracy encouraged!
Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend Website
Taste of the Sassafras
Friday, September 13, 2015
The annual Taste of the Sassafras will be held under the tented pavillion at the Kitty Knight House, overlooking the beautiful Sassafras River. Enjoy food samplings offered by local restaurants and caterers, live music, and local wines and beers. This charitable event is sponsored by the Sassafras River Business Council, with proceeds going to local organizations.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://srbcbiz.com/tasteofthesassafras/
Saturday, September 24 12:00 p.m. - Sunset.
Wilmer Park and foot of High Street
Chestertown RiverArts and Washington College Center for Environment & Society are launching a new event, Chestertown Riverfest, on September 26, 2015
at Wilmer Park and the foot of High Street. The event is open to the whole community and will feature the unveiling of a large, floating, solar-powered sculpture on the river, the 9th annual
cardboard boat regatta, kayak and canoe races, a poker run, as well as live music, food, and kids activities. There will be something for everyone at this event, so bring the whole family! For more information or to register fro paddling events, call RiverArts Chestertown at (410) 778-6300 or visit http://chestertownriverarts.org/events/riverfest/
Harry Potter Festival
October 2nd and 3rd, 2015
Grab your wand, hop on a broom and come for a weekend of magic, on Friday and Saturday October 2nd and 3rd, 2015 at Chestertown Harry Potter Festival. The colonial river town will host the celebration, featuring spectacular activities and events for children and adults – wizards and muggles alike. Proudly, presented by the non-profit Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Festival benefits the Garfield Center for the Arts, a cultural organization that nurtures, celebrates and supports arts and artists through performance and education
Chestertown Historic Walking Tour
Saturday, October 3 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Celebrating our 45th Annual Historic Hour Tour, this year we focus on your favorite 18th century residences as well as inspirational uses of ‘newer’ historic properties. Some of this year’s homes feature period furnishings and grand vistas of the Chester River; others, fantastic designs for today’s living in historic spaces. The houses are open Saturday, October 3rd
from 1pm to 5pm
. Tickets are $25 in advance, and also available the day of for $35. All tickets are available beginning at 11am
at the Bordley History Center, located across from Fountain Park at 301 High Street. To reserve your ticket in advance, or for more information, please call the Kent County Historical Society at (410) 778-3499 or visit http://www.kentcountyhistory.org/house_tour/index.php
Rock Hall's Fall Fest
Saturday, October 10 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Rock Hall's annual homage to the mighty oyster and thank you to the town. Music all day, craft vendors lining the street, and a FREE Kids Kourt. Join us! For more information, please visit http://www.mainstayrockhall.org/fallfest
Thursday, October 29 - Sunday, November 1
Now in its fifteenth year, Sultana’s Downrigging Weekend Tall Ship and Wooden Boat Festival has evolved into one of the largest annual Tall Ship gatherings on the East Coast. Visitors to festival can expect to see a waterfront packed with ships, schooners, and wooden boats; performances by world-class musicians; lectures by nationally recognized authors and filmmakers; plenty of opportunities to go sailing as part of a fleet of “Tall Ships”; and the chance to spend the weekend in Chestertown – one of America’s best preserved historic seaports. Don’t miss it! For more information, please visit
Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour
Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25
Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1
Here's the chance to enter into the working studios of area artists and craftspeople, ask questions, see them at work and get a chance to purchase incredible art at studio prices. The self guided Studio Tour will include studios in Chestertown, Rock Hall, Galena, Betterton, and Church Hill. For more information, please visit http://chestertownriverarts.org/events/studio-tour/
Join us for the Holidays
The spirit of the holidays can be found all over Kent County. Craft shows and fairs, holiday concerts, parades and house tours are just a few of the many events happening this holiday season in Kent County. Join us in celebrating this festive season.
Colonial Chestertown Holiday House Tour
The 29th Annual Holiday House Tour will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This tour of notable private residences and public buildings decorated for the holidays is always a wonderful event. The proceeds of this event are used to help the students of both Kent County Middle School and Henry Highland Garnett Elementary School located in downtown Chestertown.
Chestertown Holiday House Tour Website
New Years Eve in Rock Hall
Rock Hall Crawl Chasin' th' Blues to 2015. Bring in the new year...Eastern Shore (Mardi Gras) style. Parade of crazy hats at 6:00 p.m. on Main Street. Annual Hat Competition-Prizes awarded on Main St. at 7:30 p.m. Street Music throughout the night at several venues. Count down the new year, with the famous “Rockfish Drop” at midnight at the Rock Hall Harbor Bulkhead. For more information, please call Rock Hall Town Office at 410-639-7611.