The annual Potomac River Festival is in its 72nd year in Colonial Beach. It's a weekend-long event taking place the second weekend each June with fun for the whole family.
The gentle river breezes and warm sunshine make for a great time as you take in all the fun-filled events, sights and sounds of this wonderful event, sponsored by the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Please see the modified parade route above for both the Firemen's Parade on Friday evening and the Grand Feature Parade on Saturday at noon. This is due to roadwork in the area. The parade normally makes a left turn at Boundary St., but this time it will turn at Wilder.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, June 9, 2023
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Sunday, June 11. 2023
The was a Carnival that usually arrived on the Wednesday before Festival weekend. This event halted since 2020, sadly.
The Potomac River Festival usually kicks off at 7:30pm with the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire/Rescue Parade. Units from all around the region join in. If you've never been, you should know that it's quite a sight, as well as quite an earful! Those engines will have their horns and sirens blaring, and lights flashing. Here's the video from 2015's parade:
Vendors on Town Hill and along the Boardwalk open their booths at 10:00am until 5:00pm. You'll find various vendors with all sorts of wares such as clothing, food, art, jewelry, wood sculptures, yard ornaments, furniture, antiques, sewn items, dolls, candles and other knick-knacks. Here's a tip: Buy it when you see it, because if you come back for it later, you won't be able to find it.
DJ on Town Hill provides music for your listening
pleasure. Heck, you can even get up and dance if you feel like it.
Oftentimes, line dancing will take place and it's a blast!
Grand Feature Parade and entertainment and is so much fun! You'll see some great groups and floats as they make their way through the streets from their beginning point, usually at the High School.
Sometimes live bands on Town Stage provide the music for an enjoyable afternoon and evening concert.
A grand display of Fireworks cap off a great day of festival fun and usually begin at 9:00pm. Get there early as the beach area fills up quick! There's always a good turnout for this event because Colonial Beach always puts on a great fireworks show. I sometimes park near the Truist bank branch and walk a few blocks. It's a good idea to bring chairs or a blanket to set down - especially if you're in the sandy part of the beach area. A flashlight is also helpful.
The vendors usually open their booths at 10:00am and will last until 4:00pm.
Colonial Beach Yacht Club puts on a Boat Parade travels from Monroe Bay up past the Town Pier, to the Riverboat and back. Get your cameras ready for all the beautiful boats as they float by.
2020s event was postponed until 2021
2014's Potomac River Festival took place June 6 - 8
2013's event notes: 62nd Annual Potomac River Festival
June 7 - 9, 2013
Grand Marshal for the Grand Feature Parade: TORREY SMITH
of the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens
parade theme: Hometown Heroes The Miss Colonial Beach pageant was rescheduled to Saturday, June 8th due to a tropical storm.
The Friday night Firemen's Parade was moved to Saturday and was a part of the Grand Feature Parade.