Top 10 Things To Know About The Wichita Riverfest 2018

Top 10 Things To Know About The Wichita Riverfest 2018

Happy Riverfest Day! “Come One – Come All” to nine days of Riverfest fun! If this is your first year attending or first time re-attending after several years here are the “Top 10 Things to know about Riverfest 2018.”


The Button – Riverfest buttons get you all 9 days of fun including 26 concerts and over 100 activities and events! (We counted using our handy Riverfest booklet that comes with the buttons). Button Prices: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and FREE (no button required) for children under 6. You can purchase buttons in person at: Wichita Area QuikTrip and Dillons locations, and at festival gates.


The Food – We're looking forward to 9 days of FUNnel cakes, turkey legs, dippin dots and more! Tickets must be used to purchase food, 1 ticket = $1. Pro Tip: Tickets must be bought with cash. There's an ATM by the ticket booths but we'd recommend planning ahead. The link below takes you to the entire menu for Riverfest and the cost of each item. You CAN visit the food court any weekday from 11AM – 2PM without a button if you just want to visit for lunch. Here’s a look at the Food Court offerings at this year’s Riverfest.


The Parade - Your Riverfest button gets you a spot along the Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade route. Hot air balloons will lift off at 6:30PM (weather permitting) to kick off the parade and opening night activities. The night concludes with fireworks over the river following the Twilight Pops Concert.


The Map – The official Riverfest map shows the parade route, event locations, where to park, and more.


Free Water – It's going to be hot so bring your water bottles! Organizers listened to feedback and are now allowing festival goers to bring in unopened plastic water bottles or empty reusable water bottles. Water bottles may be filled up FOR FREE at Riverfest's new ``Water Monsters!`` Water monsters, are cold water refill stations located on Douglas and on Waterman. The Water Monsters will be marked by blue flags flying 12 feet in the air making it easy for Riverfesters to stay hydrated.


The App – Be sure to download the FREE App and start planning now. There's so many activities happening daily you'll miss something if you do the, ``let's just go walk around Riverfest`` method. Also, if you need to charge your phone there’s a charging station located near the Century II Food Court.

Official Apps: IPhone / Android


The Concerts –ALL CONCERTS ARE FREE WITH YOUR BUTTON. However, you CAN buy a VIP upgrade ticket for $25 each. VIP upgrades include special-access viewing, private cash bar and restrooms. Want to preview the artists coming to town? We created a Wichita Riverfest Playlist so you can preview the artists, listen to their tunes and decide which concerts you want to attend.


The History - Riverfest has always been about bringing people together. From the beginning, as part of the City’s Centennial celebration in 1970, the goal was to bring the entire community together, to build community pride and focus on Wichita’s beautiful natural resource, the Arkansas River.


The Wagonmasters River Tour – Enjoy the Arkansas River, Riverfest’s namesake from the Wagonmasters River Tour boat. FREE rides are available daily with your Riverfest button. Cruises depart under the Douglas Street bridge.


The Days and Hours – Riverfest 2018 begins at 11AM on Friday June 1, 2018 and ends at 11PM on Saturday June 9, 2018. Riverfest runs from 11AM to 11PM daily.

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