Festival Highlights

Downrigging features four days of Chesapeake maritime experiences both on and off the water, from tall ship sails, deck tours, concerts, lectures, films, and exhibits to 5k’s and family activitiesHere are just a few of the exciting events you can look forward to at Downrigging 2019.  Check back this spring for additional details.

Tall Ship Tours and Sails

Experience four centuries of sail at Downrigging Weekend, 2019 on a fleet of ships and wooden boats that is expected to include KALMAR NYCKEL, VIRGINIA, LYNX, SULTANA, LADY MARYLAND, SIGSBEE, ELSWORTH, and more. Free tours of the vessels are available during select hours on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and visitors will have four opportunities throughout the weekend to take a public sail on SULTANA or other visiting tall ships.


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Fireworks and Ship Illumination 

Downrigging Weekend’s festivities kickoff with a free annual fireworks display and ship illumination event on Friday evening.  The Tall Ships will also be illuminated on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Fireworks and lights are best enjoyed from Chestertown’s waterfront, but please note that the docks at the Chestertown Marina close at dusk.


Lectures and Presentations

Maritime-focused talks are offered free to the public throughout Downrigging Weekend.   Look this spring for updates on who will be speaking at Downrigging Weekend 2019.





Music has always been a big part of Downrigging Weekend and you can look forward to a major expansion of our offerings for 2019.   Check back in the spring to see a preliminary lineup of musical guests for Downrigging 2019.