Chestertown Tea Party Beerfest

   Sunday, May 26, 2024    noon – 4pm

Third Annual Beerfest!  Sunday, May 26, 2024 on the waterfront at Wilmer Park.

The Festival commemorates Chestertown’s historical past. When the citizens of Chestertown learned that the British had closed the port of Boston in retaliation for Bostonians dumping tea into the harbor, they issued “The Chestertown Resolves” which stated that it was illegal to import, sell or consume tea. According to local lore, on May 23rd, 1774, the citizens’ of Chestertown gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, and tossed her cargo of tea into the Chester River.

In addition to witnessing the re-enactment of the “Tea Party” on Saturday, visitors can enjoy more than 100 craft vendors, local food, children’s activities, historical walking tours and a wide array of musical entertainment.

On Sunday, the festivity continues at Wilmer Park beginning at noon, with live music, food trucks, craft vendors,  plenty of fun for families- a Punch & Judy show, instrument making and face painting –  along with live music and great local beers. Don’t miss the infamous raft race at 2:30!

Beerfest tickets are non-refundable. The event happens rain or shine.


 Live Music with the Dan Haas Band

Contemporary pop – a smorgasboard of delectable melodies and expressive vocals served up with plenty of smarts and soul. 

Dan learned to play “House of the Rising Son” at age 15 and never looked back. He has performed throughout the Mid Atlantic as a soloist or with his two bands.

His music goal is simple: Have Fun and Spread Joy.







When is the 2024 event?
Sunday, May 26th from 12 pm – 4 pm.

When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale March 1st. Tickets can be purchased online and at the door at a premium.

What comes with a ticket?
Entry, a souvenir event cup, beer tastings, live entertainment, food trucks, and more.

Is food included in the ticket price?
No, food is purchased separately from the food trucks.

Where is the event?
Wilmer Park, Historic Downtown Chestertown.

Do I need to bring my I.D.?
Yes, please have your government-issued I.D. out and ready to be checked at the entrance.

If it rains, can I get a refund?
The Chestertown Tea Party and Chestertown Tea Party Beer Festival will be held rain or shine. No refunds will be given.

I bought tickets, but I can’t make the date. What should I do?
You can resell or give them to anyone who is 21 and up, just make sure they email

Should I buy my ticket now or wait until the last minute and panic because I can’t find one?
We say buy your ticket now. We will sell out. Don’t get left out, end up sitting at home by yourself and be all sad, that’s no fun.

Do I have to be 21 to participate?
Only if you want to drink wine and beer!

Do I need to bring my ID?
Yes. Please bring your valid ID. You will need it to pick up your tickets and to enter. 

Can I bring my underage kids?
Yes, yes and more yes! They can’t drink alcoholic beverages but we will sell gummy bears and juice for the little ones! 

Can I bring my dog, cat, snake, parrot, hamster, etc.?
It’s best that you leave the pets at home on this day. The streets are crowded, many venues don’t allow animals and let’s be honest, nobody likes the “bring my exotic pet to a festival”  guy.

What if all my friends like beer but I just want to drink wine or water or juice?
No problem. We won’t make you drink beer. Wine and juice will be available to purchase. 

Does our designated driver need to buy a ticket?
Nope! We fully support designated drivers. To receive a designated driver wristband please visit the tent or email