It’s the largest party of the summer set to kick off June 1-9 in downtown Wichita – Wichita Riverfest 2018 is back for its 47th year bringing even more fun and excitement to the core of the city.

Visitors can expect all the beloved Riverfest traditions like the cardboard regatta, Jet Ski races, food court and Kid’s Corner, but there are TONS of new activities sure to please the crowds. Check out the new events gracing the Wichita Riverfest schedule this year:


Squonk Opera

  • Began more than 20 years ago in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,junkyard
  • Show brings human-powered stages celebrating bicycles and sustainable energy with a side of chamber rock music
  • Six musicians play on giant moving stages powered by six cyclists beneath them


The Last Carnival

  • Circus school out of Lawrence, Kansas,is bringing performers to put on a show including acrobats, aerialists and contortionists
  • You yourself can learn how to juggle or spin plates
  • Have your picture taken on a giant trapeze several feet off the ground


XPogo Stunt Team

  • Extreme pogo sport team puts on an exhilarating show
  • Currently the team holds 13 Guinness World Records
  • Have done more than 10,000live performances in 23 countries

Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show 

  • Professionals put on a show involving log rolling, wood chopping, sawing and axe-throwing
  • World champion lumberjacks perform daily during Wichita Riverfest

Wichita eSports

  • College teams and general population teams are invited to compete for prizes in the first Wichita eSports competition at Wichita Riverfest
  • Free game play and virtual reality games available

Fest Quest

  • Download the 2018 Wichita Riverfest app on your smartphone to scan QR codes at various festival locations
  • Anyone who finds all 18 QR codes is entered into a drawing to win $1,000 from Meritrust Credit Union

Dinosaur Day

  • Celebrate the new Field Station: Dinosaurs with a Dino Dig at Wichita Riverfest
  • Kids will get to dig for fossils and dinosaur bones
  • There might even be a “real” dinosaur lurking around during this event

22ndAnnual Spring KidFest

  • KidFest is moving to Riverfest this year,offering video game zones, inflatables and anything you can think of related to children
  • Parents and children get in free with Wichita Riverfest button
  • Appearances by Marvel superheroes like Thor and Black Panther

For more information on what’s going on during the 2018 Wichita Riverfest, visit our one-stop shop for details.