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May 25-27, 2018 | Memorial Day Weekend

Schedule of Events

2018 Schedule Coming Soon!


Schedule of Main Events

Saturday, May 26, 2018 8:00 am Classic Distance Run 10:00am Colonial Parade 2:00pm Colonial Reenactment   Sunday, May 27, 2018 Noon- 4pm Beer and Wine Tasting event 2:30pm Raft Race Throughout the weekend enjoy walking tours of the Historic District, 100+ craft vendors, live performances, children’s activities and local food. Some of our featured performers: For Children: Colonial Reenactors:

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Children's footrace at Washington College track the Friday evening before the festival Benefits H.H. Garnet Elementary School. CLICK TO REGISTER


Chestertown Tea Party Half Marathon and 5K Distance Classic/Run takes place early on the Saturday morning of the festival. Benefits Radcliffe Creek School. CLICK TO REGISTER


Takes place at 10am the Saturday morning of the festival. Colonial militia, marching bands, costume-garbed children and a variety of other participants in the festival's parade. CLICK TO REGISTER


Annually, at 2:30 PM on Sunday of Chestertown’s Tea Party Festival, the Raft Race attracts hundreds of spectators to an unusual event- a race of rafts made of non-nautical materials on the Chester River. CLICK TO REGISTER

For Vendors



Non-Profit Booths are informational in nature. If your organization also wants to sell items, you will need a different registration form. Please contact CLICK TO APPLY


Non-Profit organizations are invited to apply for a space in our food vendor area. Please contact for more information. CLICK TO APPLY


All work must be original and that of the exhibitor. Manufactured kits or “buy and sell crafts” are prohibited. Weapons (toy or otherwise) such as, but not limited to, pop guns, rubber band guns, swords, bows and arrows are prohibited from sale at the Festival. Merchants will be asked to remove prohibited items. CLICK TO APPLY


You must be an approved Chestertown Farmers’ Market or Artisans’ Market vendor by the Town of Chestertown. CLICK TO APPLY

Friends & Sponsors

The Chestertown Tea Party Festival is always looking for more sponsors! Click here to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities.

Platinum Sponsors

Dixon Valve

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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Law Offices of
Stephen Z. Meehan

Bronze Sponsors

General Sponsors






Sultana Education Foundation

Echo Hill Outdoor School
Kent Amateur Radio Society

Kent & Queen Anne's Rescue Squad

Young Professionals of Kent County

Historical Society of Kent County


Radcliffe Creek School
Classic Distance Run

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Revolutionary Theatre

The Humane Society of Kent County
Chestertown Fire Hall

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Community Partners

Atlantic Tractor

Chestertown Police Department - 410-778-1800

Chestertown Volunteer Fire Company

County of Kent, MD

Dick Goodall and KRM

Louis Grasmick

Humane Society of Kent County

George Lehmer

Kent & Queen Anne's Rescue Squad

Kent County Detention Center

Kent County Historical Society

Kent County News

Kent County Office of Tourism

Kent County Public Library

Kent County Sheriff’s Department

Maryland Office of Tourism

Maryland State Police

Moo Productions

RiverArts: KidSPOT

Tidewater Trader

Town of Chestertown

Genie Wootton


  • Chestertown RiverArts
  • Church Hill Theatre
  • CASA of Queen Anne’s & Kent
  • Democratic Club of Kent County
  • The Gunston School
  • KC Chamber of Commerce
  • KC Community Marching Band
  • Historic Society of Kent County
  • Kent County Public Schools
  • Mt Harmon Colonial Estate
  • Master Gardeners of Kent & QA’s
  • National Music Festival
  • Olde Kent Quilters Guild
  • Republican Club of Kent County
  • US Coast Guard Auxiliary

  • Bethel A.M.E Church
  • Boy Scout Troop 130
  • Centreville Church of God
  • Chestertown Elks
  • Chestertown Optimist Club
  • Christ U.M. Church
  • Eastern Shore Alano Club
  • Historical Society of Kent County
  • Janes United Methodist Church
  • Jaycees of Cecil County
  • KCHS Music Boosters
  • Kent County Community Marching Band
  • Kent County Young Farmers
  • Kent Ruritan
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Mt. Olive AME Church
  • New Christian Chapel of Love U.M. Church
  • Order of the Eastern Star
  • Rotary Club of Chestertown
  • Thomas H. Kiah #101 Masonic Lodge
  • Union U.M. Church
  • Unitarian Universalists of Chester River


  • Alano Club of Kent County
  • Centerville Church of God
  • Jaycees of Cecil County
  • KC Community Marching Band
  • Mt. Pisgah UM Church



Press & Photo Gallery

Celebrate Chestertown’s Colonial Heritage It’s not your typical street fair! Now in its 39th consecutive year, the Tea Party Festival in Chestertown, MD offers an engaging glimpse into its colonial past in addition to entertainment, children’s activities, crafts, wine and beer tastings, and more. Follow the re-enactment of Colonists and Tories as they march to the Chester River and board Chestertown’s 18th century tall ship, Sultana, to dispatch its cargo of tea overboard. Afterwards, you can take a public sail on the Sultana itself. Walking tours of the historic district, demonstrations of colonial crafts, revolutionary theater by local playwrights and the popular “Tory Toss” into the river all make for a fun and educational weekend. The festivities start on Friday evening with a Street Party in front of the Garfield Center for the Arts. Enjoy BBQ, music and children’s activities. Throughout the weekend, the Festival offers a broad range of music and performances. From accapella gospel groups to bluegrass, from strolling musicians, playing colonial music on authentic instruments, to local music groups, there is something for everyone. Several groups perform 18th century dances and the audience is more than welcome to join. The weekend would not be complete without theatrical performances at the Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre. Enjoy two “Revolutionary Theatre” performances written by local playwrights. The Festival provides many activities for those who are traveling with children. We start the day with a festive colonial parade. This year we are delighted that the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will be joining us. Afterwards, enjoy story times and Punch and Judy Shows on the lawn of Chestertown’s historic court house. This is also the site where the colonial re-enactors and regiments have set up camp. If you would like to see more of our historic downtown, a treasure hunt will take you and your family past many of our most valued buildings. In addition, the Festival offers docent-led walking tours of the historic district. You can admire Chestertown from the river by taking a public sail on the 18th century tall ship, the Sultana (for reservations please visit festival would not be complete without a large craft fair and plenty of local food. The festival concludes on Sunday afternoon with a wine and beer tasting event, the popular Raft Race in which teams compete to keep their home-made raft afloat for as long as possible and of course, more entertainment, crafts and food. For more information about the Chestertown Tea Party Festival including a schedule of events, please go to website: For information about staying in Kent County for the weekend go to


2018 recipient to be announced! The Edna Ross Award is given annually to a local business person for outstanding service to the community. The award was created by Chestertown Tea Party Festival organizers in 2011 to honor Ross and all she had done for Chestertown. PAST RECIPIENTS


2018 recipient to be announced! The Parade Grand Marshal rides in the parade and greets festival goers! PAST RECIPIENTS


The Live Playwrights’ Society, in association with the Chestertown Tea Party Programming Committee, is pleased to announce a call for scripts to be considered for inclusion in future Chestertown Tea Party Festivals! CLICK FOR MORE INFO

Contact Us

Mailing address: Chestertown Tea Party Festival, P.O. Box 526, Chestertown, Maryland 21620
Executive Committee:
  • Sabine Harvey –  President
  • Lamonte Cooke –  Vice President
  • Susan McRae – Treasurer
  • Stephen Lozar – Secretary

Organizing Committee:
  • Bonnie Clark
  • Butch Clark – Operations
  • John Dolgos – Operations
  • Joe Holt - Artisans
  • Linda Kuiper - Artisans
  • Kate Livie – Walking Tours, Raft Race
  • Mary Simmons - Parade
  • Hope Thomas - Food Vendors
  • Steve Atkinson - Social Media Marketing, Photography
  • Aundra Anderson - Street Party
  • Andy Goddard – Programming
  • Juanita Weiczoreck – Programming, Colonial Village
  • Patsy Whiteley – Information Booth
  • Jane Nevins - Costumes
Please use email to reach the festival committee for any specific questions.
What we do: Throughout the year, the festival organizers meet a variety of challenges. Some are particular to the Tea Party and many are shared by all non-profit organizations. Among those shared challenges is the need to provide financial stability while accomplishing the group's mission. Over the years, through good times and bad, the organization has maintained an average of just enough money to seed the following year's event. We are happy, therefore, when fellow non-profit organizations also benefit from the festival because we have firsthand understanding of the concern for fundraising. About twenty groups make money by selling food to festival-goers. Together, these groups annually make more than $75,000 in funds that are transformed into community services. Consequently, we take pride from the fact that we indirectly contribute to the quality of life we experience in this wonderful place. Facilitating fundraising, however, is only one facet of the festival. Our mission is to provide a greater understanding of the area's history, which strengthens our local sense of identity and offers a meaningful perspective on our unique past. Throughout the years, thousands of schoolchildren have been inspired to investigate the nation's roots because of the reenactment of the Chestertown Tea Party. Our job is heritage education. We understand that with an ongoing infusion of energy and creativity, there is vast potential. We are excited by the possibilities and welcome your help as well as insight. Producing the festival requires a sacrifice from many, whether money, time, or convenience. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given throughout the years and who continue to offer their support in innumerable ways.


We need you, yes YOU!

To volunteer at this year’s Tea Party Festival, please look at the list of available positions on our page and even if you can only spare an hour, we greatly appreciate it. If you scroll down and click on the date of the Tea Party Weekend, you will see the list of duties for each day. The Budweiser Clydesdales will be here this year which will bring in an even larger crowd and we can really use your help. Thank you for considering this! CLICK FOR VOLUNTEER SIGN UP