Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers visitors many family-friendly attractions and activities on the water. In addition boating, kayaking, crabbing, and cycling, Kent County hosts several exciting festivals throughout the year. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s happening this spring!
Dogwood Festival of Galena
May 5, 2018
Visit the annual Dogwood Festival in Galena, a picturesque little getaway on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The Dogwood Dart 5K kicks off the festival and is followed by a parade, live music and beer garden, crafts, kids’ activities, including a bounce house, and the Beautiful Baby Contest. Enjoy delicious Eastern Shore treats like crab cakes, soft shell crabs, shrimp & clam strips and other festival favorites! Parking and admission are free!
Chestertown Tea Party Festival
May 25-27, 2018
In May of 1777, in response to British Parliament’s closing the port of Boston, the citizens of Chestertown forbid importing, selling or consuming tea in Chestertown. According to local legend, residents then gathered at the town center, marched down High Street to the brigantine Geddes, which was anchored in the Chester River, and tossed her cargo of tea overboard.
Every May, the town gathers together for the annual Chestertown Tea Party Festival to reenact that historic moment. In addition to the reenactment, there is so much for visitors and locals to revel in! History lovers can enjoy a walking tour of the historic district conducted by trained docents who are residents of Kent County, handcrafted colonial goods, and live demonstrations. Runners can take part in the Classis Distance 10 Mile Run or 5K Run/Walk. Additionally, visitors can enjoy a parade, street party and performances, raft race, crafts, local fare, and a wine and craft beer tasting on Sunday, featuring local wineries and breweries.
All events take place along the Chester River and in the historic district. There is no admission charge.
National Music Festival
June 3-16, 2018
Once again, Washington College will bring world-class mentors and gifted apprentice musicians to Kent County. From violin solos to jazz to masterpieces from well-known composers, the eighth season of the National Music will delight music lovers. All rehearsals are free and open to the public. Some concerts are free, while others require a ticket.