2019 Wichita Riverfest

Daily Event Schedules

Wichita Riverfest is a nine-day event jam-packed with all-day, family-friendly activities, including the popular River Run and Sundown Parade. You won't want to miss these notable events!

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Daily Fun

Helicopter Rides

McLean Boulevard & Douglas Avenue
Sat.-Sun. - 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. | Mon.-Fri. - 5-8:30 p.m.
See Wichita from above with breath-taking views in a helicopter! Rides are $40 per person with your Riverfest button.

The Last Carnival

Ackerman's Backyard
Daily 7-8 p.m. starting June 1
This circus troupe from Lawrence, KS will amaze and delight you with amazing feats of strength, agility and skill. Look for the Circus Ruckus Prop Wagon each weekend and learn skills to amaze your friends.

Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show

Ackerman's Backyard
Daily 12-12:45 p.m. | June 1-2, June 7-8 - 3-3:45 p.m.
Catch this action-packed show featuring log rolling, wood chopping, sawing, axe-throwing and climbing - all with world champion lumberjacks!

Phlox Kansas

Ackerman's Backyard
Daily 9-9:45 p.m.
Be captivated by the beauty of these amazing fire performers. From hypnotic fire dancers to edge-of-your-seat fire eaters, you'll be sure to enjoy these nightly performances. All ages are welcome, but keep an eye on the youngsters.

Ottaway Carnival

216 S. Broadway
Hours vary, open until at least 10 p.m. daily
Due to the construction of Wichita's new baseball stadium, the Ottaway Carnival has moved. You will find all the fun you've experienced in the past in a new location, and showcasing a new family fun ride. Unlimited free admission with a Riverfest button, but food court tickets are not accepted.


Ackerman's Backyard
Mon.-Fri. 5-8 p.m. (no public tours Wednesday) | June 1-2 Noon-8 p.m. | June 8 Noon-5:30 p.m.
Cruises depart under the Douglas Street Bridge. These tours are free with your Riverfest button.

May 31

3 p.m. - Project: PopCon
6:30 p.m. - 2019 Safelite Autoglass Sundown Parade
8 p.m. - Wichita Symphony Orchestra presents Twilight Pops Concert 
8:45 p.m. - The Toadies

June 1

7:15 a.m. - 43rd Annual River Run
2 p.m. - Stock Tank Races
8:45 p.m. - La Furia del Bravo
9:30 p.m. - Los Lobos

June 2

11 a.m.-8 p.m. - The Strawberry Swing Riverfest Pop-Up
1-3 p.m. - Riverfest Sandcastle Competition
1-4 p.m. - Riverfest Beard & Mustache Contest
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Cardboard Regatta
7-8 p.m. - Riverfest Wing Eating Contest
8 p.m. - River Blues Renewed with Marquise Knox
9 p.m. - Granger Smith

June 3

11:30 a.m. - Matinee Movie Day
8 p.m. - Heavy Metal Karaoke with Marta McKim
8:45 p.m. - Gospelfest starring Yolanda Adams

June 4

7:15 p.m. - Festival of Broadway featuring Roxy's Downtown, Mosley Street Melodrama and Music Theatre Wichita
9 p.m. - Kansas Army National Guard Rock Band: Hard to Handle

June 5

5:15 p.m. Wet 'N Wild Dance Party with DJ Carbon, XV and Talib Kweli
6-7 p.m. - Riverfest Paddleboat Races
9 p.m. - Jerrod Niemann

June 6

5 p.m. - Goodwill Cajun Food Fest
8 p.m. - Kill Vargas & Friends
9 p.m. - Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

June 7

11:30 a.m. - Matinee Movie
6:30 p.m. - Chroma Paint Party: Nocturnal by Nature
7:45 p.m. - MarchFourth Marching Band
9:30 p.m. - Gogol Bordello

June 8

11 a.m. - Riverfest Kickball Tournament
11 a.m.-6 p.m. - Human Foosball Tournament
2-2:45 p.m. - Riverfest Decorated Bicycle Contest & Parade
3-3:30 p.m. - 10th Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest
7:30 p.m. - Fiesta del Rio with El Morro Y Su Reunion and La Sonora Tropicana
9 p.m. - Spirit AeroSystems Rockin' on the River concert with Sublime with Rome

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