3 - June 11, 2016
button give access to all facilities and events
charges for activities such as the Arkansas River Zipline
2011 Wichita River Festival sign
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
New for 2016, the Blacktop
Nationals will be during the final weekend of Wichita River Festival.
Formerly in August, the three day car show includes classic & new car
displays, competitions and hands-on demonstrations,
River Fest was born
on May 27, 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"
Some of the street displays at the 2015 Blacktop Nationals
Zipline across the Arkansas River next to the Douglas Avenue Bridge
This carnival was in 2011 - the 2013 carnival rides and inflatables
will be free with a RiverFest button
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 in only one of several food venues at River Fest
Chan's chicken on a stick ($7) - this was the best of several dishes
The Substitutes performing on the floating stage at A. Price
Woodard Park on Saturday, June 4, 2011
Bicycle X-Change RiverFest Crit Race in 2011
Free entertainment at Ruben's Mexican Grill Blockfest
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