Wichita Riverfest

Wichita, Kansas

June 2 - 10, 2023

$15 button give access to all facilities and events
($5 ages 6-12)
Additional charges for activities

Sundown Parade

Rediscover Riverfest - Wichita, Kansas
Wichita RIver Festival

Wichita River Festival opens with the Sundown Parade and a fireworks display along the Arkansas River which is launched from 3 locations. Past festivals have had a zip line across the Arkansas River, jet ski races, beach volleyball, bicycle tours, helicopter rides, horse rides, a hockey tournament, the "upscale" tent at WaterWalk with restaurant dining and musical acts, and many other musical venues.

Most activities at the River Fest are close to the Arkansas River. There is even a floating stage where the breeze off the water helps cool visitors on the hot June days.

The opening night of the festival (Friday June 2) includes a couple of big events which can be appreciated without purchasing tickets. The Sundown Parade begins at 6:30 PM. The route starts at 3rd & Main, travels down Main to Douglas, west on Douglas to Waco and north on Waco to 3rd. Then at 9:45 PM, the Opening Night Fireworks is along the Arkansas River ;

The final weekend of River Fest is the Riverfest Classic Car Show on June 10. River Festival ends with another fireworks display at 10:30 PM.

River Fest was born in 1972 as the Wichitennial River Festival and Traders Day. Approximately 2,000 buttons were sold at $1 each.

The 2011 Sundown parade lasted nearly an hour an included entries like this conestoga wagon "Windwagon"

Riverfest Classic Car Show - Wichita, Kansas
Some of the street displays at the 2015 Blacktop Nationals - this has been replaced with the Riverfest Classic Car Show

Arkansas RIver zipline - Wichita
Zipline across the Arkansas River next to the Douglas Avenue Bridge

WIchita RiverFest carnival
This carnival was in 2011

Jet ski racers - Wichita, Kansas
Jet ski racers from across the nation race at speeds reaching 80 mph.

Kayaks, canoes and peddle boats are free with a Riverfest button

A. Price Woodard Park food vendors - Wichita, Kansas
A. Price Woodard Park in only one of several food venues at River Fest

Chan's chicken on a stick was the best of several dishes we sampled

floating stage at A. Price Woodard Park - Wichita, Kansas
The Substitutes performing on the floating stage at A. Price Woodard Park on Saturday, June 4, 2011

Wichita RIverFest bicycle race
Bicycle X-Change RiverFest Crit Race in 2011

Wichita RiverFest Entertainment
Free entertainment at Ruben's Mexican Grill Blockfest in 2011

Sundown Parade at Riverfest Things to do in Wichita
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