Wichita Riverfest

Wichita, Kansas

May 31 - June 8, 2024

$20 button give access to all facilities and events
($10 ages 6-11)
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. The 2024 festival will have concerts. food booths, bars, art show, golf tournament, carnival, and runs & walks (5K, 10K, tots and family). Don't bring pets

Most activities at the Riverfest are close to the Arkansas River. Wagon Master River Tour cruises depart under the Douglas Street Bridge on the north side of Douglas, and east side of the Arkansas River. Rides are free with a Riverfest Button.

The opening night of the festival (Friday May 31) 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 from the Douglas Avenue Bridge on the Arkansas River ;

The final weekend of River Fest is the Riverfest Classic Car Show on June 8. 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 in 2011

Wichita RiverFest carnival

Jet ski racers - Wichita, Kansas
Jet ski racers from across the nation raced at speeds reaching 80 mph in 2011.

Kayaks, canoes and peddle boats

A. Price Woodard Park food vendors - Wichita, Kansas
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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