Eastern Shore Event | Chestertown Tea Party Festival

Posted by Richard Budden on Friday, May 26th, 2023 at 2:25pm

Chestertown Tea Party Festival | Friday-Sunday May 26-28, 2023

The Annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival will be underway this Memorial Weekend, beginning Friday. The Festival commemorates events that took place in 1774. 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. 

On Saturday the main events are the Colonial Parade at 10:00 and at 2:00 the reenactment of the 'Tossing of the Tea Overboard' on the Chester River begins.  On Sunday, the zany Annual Raft Race is at 2:00 where home-made rafts provide plenty of entertainment trying to win the trophy "Tea Cup". 

During the day Saturday, folks will be wandering around in Colonial costumes including the colonial militia reenactors. Puppet shows and other activities are available for children, handmade crafts are for sale with demonstrations on how colonial items were made, great local food and wine village. A Walking Tour of the Historic District is also offered. 

Admission to the Festival is free. For fun facts about the history of the "Tea Party" and schedule of events, use this link:  Chestertown Tea Party Info

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