02 Jun A Parade, Hot Air Balloons, and Fireworks…that’s just the first day of Riverfest!
Happy Riverfest Day! Today is the kickoff to nine days of #RiverMadness. If this is your first year attending or first time re-attending after several years here’s the “Top 10 Things to know about Riverfest 2017.”
The Button – The Riverfest button costs $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and FREE (no button required) for children under 6. “Your Riverfest button is your admission ticket to nine days of fun. Nearly all events are FREE with your button, but only if you’re wearing it.” Purchase buttons in person at: Wichita Area QuikTrip and Dillons locations, at festival gates , Intrust Bank Arena, etc.
The Food – Food is NOT free with your button. You buy tickets and use them to buy food and drinks throughout the festival. 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 to kick off the parade and opening night activities. Great Plains Television Network will be broadcasting the parade *live* on their Facebook page @KGPT26TV.
The Map – The official Riverfest map shows the parade route, event locations, where to park, and more.
The Fireworks – Riverfest has fireworks on opening night and closing night, June 2 & 10. Both are downtown along the Arkansas River from Lewis to 1st St. Fireworks are choreographed to music simulcast on 103.7 KEYN Wichita. June 2 fireworks begin at 10PM and June 10 fireworks begin at 10:30PM.
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.
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. *NEW! * Spotify created a Wichita Riverfest 2017 Playlist. You can preview the artists coming to town, listen to their tunes and decide which concerts you want to attend.
The History - Regardless of what it’s been called over the years, 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 2017 begins at 11AM on Friday June 2, 2017 and ends at 11PM on Saturday June 10, 2017. Riverfest runs from 11AM to 11PM daily.
Find more information www.wichitariverfest.com