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    You don’t want to miss Riverfest 2016 in Wichita! Kansas’ largest and longest-running festival, Riverfest, attracts more than 300,000 people each year. With nine days of live bands, contests, entertainment, kids activities and eating contests for just $10 for adults and $3 for children, it’s easy to see why. Riverfest 2016 will have 113 events and 30 of them are new!

    Last year, more than 1,700 people ziplined across the Arkansas River and this year- with 28 ways to play on water and land- you can be competitive or just have fun. Joining favorites like Dodgeball, 8th Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest, Kansas Health Foundation River Run and Cardboard Regatta are Pedal Parade, Pink Firetruck Pull, Recycled Raft Race, Beard & Mustache Contest and Human Bowling, among many others!

    See a World Record Attempt as a UTV (utility terrain vehicle) will attempt to break the record for longest UTV jump. The driver will have to leap an astonishing 202 feet! Be a part of the Habitat for Humanity Build and watch a complete home be built on-site in just nine days. If music is more your style, don’t miss The Roots, this year’s closing night headliner. The Roots is the house band for The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, with three Grammy Awards and three NAACP Image Awards to its credit. Country fans are in for twice the fun this year as the Coleman Country Concert features not one, but two popular headliners: Brothers Osborne and A Thousand Horses.

    Riverfest is a can't-miss event in Wichita, and for only the entry fee of a $10 a button. Riverfest is one of the most affordable, family friendly activities in the Midwest.

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    2016 Wichita Riverfest Highlights

    Cultural Events

    • June 3: Wichita Symphony: Twilight Pops Concert
    • June 4-5: Riverfest Marketplace
    • June 6-9: Farmers Market
    • June 7-8: Wichita Children's Theatre: The Three Little Pigs
    • June 9-11: BlackTop Nationals


    • June 4 & 11: Softball Tournament
    • June 4-7: ReStore Upcycle Challenge
    • June 4: River Run
    • June 5: Sandcastle Competition
    • June 5: Cardboard Regatta
    • June 8: Paddleboat Races
    • June 11: Beard & Mustache Contest
    • June 11: Kickball Tournament


    • June 3: Admiral's Breakfast
    • June 3-11: More than 30 Food Court Vendors Open Daily
    • June 4: Admiral's Pancake Feed
    • June 5: Wing-Eating Contest
    • June 8: Highland Dairy Ice Cream Social
    • June 9:  Goodwill Cajun Food Fest
    • June 11: Funnel Cake Eating Contest

    Family Fun

    • June 3: Sundown Parade
    • June 3: Opening Night Fireworks
    • June 3-5: Hot Air Balloons
    • June 4-5: Wings of the Wind Kite Festival
    • June 4, 5, 8 & 11: Hope in the Valley Horse Rides
    • June 5: Butterfly Festival
    • June 11: Fireworks Finale

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