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River Fest

July 12 @ 5:00 pm - July 13 @ 10:00 pm

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View a video re-cap of River Fest 2018

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Plan to attend Yorkville’s popular summer festival!

Friday, July 12 & Saturday, July 13

Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)

Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce for a weekend filled with food, live country music, family activities, and more!

>2019 River Fest Sponsor Information

Friday, July 12 (5-10pm)

Cardboard Boat Races

  • Participants are invited to build a boat in advance or on-site (preregistration required). Festival attendees will select Best of Show.
  • Paddles, life vests, helmets, and spotters courtesy of the Yak Shack and Illinois Whitewater Association
    >Cardboard Boat Race Info & Registration

Live Music

  • Back Country Roads (7-10pm)

Distillery Tasting

  • Black Dog Distillery Rum & Vodka Tasting (5:30-8:30pm)
    $10/person; participants will enjoy three 1/4oz tastes as well as one craft cocktail. Registration and payments are made in cash the day of the event at the beer tent. All participants must be 21 years or older and able to provide a valid ID.

Family Activities

  • “Apple Shots” Giant Slingshot (aim your apple into the canoe on the river!)
  • Stage 2 (family area stage): “Dancing Like the Stars” demo; Lip Sync performance by the YACCson Five
  • Free activities & games hosted by sponsors in the Family Area
  • Face Painting by SB Face Painting (5-8pm)
  • Touch-A-Truck with Yorkville Police Department, Septran, Jen’s Limo Service Plus (5-9pm)
  • Kids’ Games hosted by Green Connect (5-9pm): Giant Lite Brite, Tic-Tac-Toe, Paper Boat Races, Giant Jenga, Recycling Activity, more tba
  • Balloon Animals plus Wet & Dry Felting for Kids by Grace Holistic Center for Education

Chamber Night
Friday night is Chamber Night! Visit the member showcase tables and join in on golf games.

Saturday, July 13 (Noon-10pm)

Live Music

  • Memphis Honey (Noon-2pm)
  • Nashville Electric Company (3-6pm)
  • Whiskey Romance (7-10pm)

Craft Beer Tasting

  • Heartland Beverage
    $15/person or $25/couple; participants will taste a variety of six local craft beers with a souvenir glass and walk away with a full 14oz glass of your favorite. Registration and payments are made in cash the day of the event at the Beer Tent. All participants must be 21 years or older and provide a valid ID. More info on City website

Family Activities

  • “Apple Shots” Giant Slingshot (aim your apple into the canoe on the river!)
  • Stage 2 (family area stage): Local group demos/performances (schedule tba)
  • Free Activities & Games hosted by sponsors in the Family Area
  • Face Painting by Freaky Fun Faces (2-7pm)
  • Touch-A-Truck with Yorkville Police Department, Septran (Noon-6pm), Jen’s Limo Service Plus (Noon-9pm)
  • Art Project by Fox River Academy of Music & Art (Noon-5pm)
  • Kids’ Games hosted by Green Connect (Noon-9pm): Giant Lite Brite, Tic-Tac-Toe, Paper Boat Races, Giant Jenga, Recycling Activity, more tba
  • Balloon Animals plus Wet & Dry Felting for Kids by Grace Holistic Center for Education

Adult Bags Tournament
Grab a partner and compete in the bags tournament for your chance to win CASH PRIZES at River Fest! Registration is $40 per team and includes two drink tickets to use during the festival. Registration will be accepted the day-of starting at 12:15pm, with the tournament starting at 1pm. Top three teams will receive cash prizes.

 

Don’t Forget About The Food!

  • Award-Winning Ribs by the Knights of Columbus
  • Pizza by Rosati’s Pizza & Pub
  • Tacos and more by Pepe’s
  • Grilled Sandwiches by Trinity Church United Methodist
  • Ice Cream Treats by Grandma Rosie’s Sweet Treats

Event Parking & Transportation
VIEW MAP Parking is available throughout downtown Yorkville for the festival as indicated in the shaded blue areas on the map. Please remember that parking is not allowed on Mill Street (both sides) or on the West side of Heustis Street.

For your convenience, shuttles are available and provided by Kendall Area Transit on Friday, July 12 from 7:00-10:30pm and Saturday, July 13 from 5:00-11:00pm. If downtown parking is unavailable, festival goers are encouraged to park at the Yorkville Intermediate School (103 E Schoolhouse Rd, Yorkville) and take the shuttle down to River Fest.

SHUTTLE TIMES
Friday, July 12 (7-10:30pm)
Yorkville Intermediate School Pick Up (On the Hour): 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm
Riverfront Park Pick Up (On the Half Hour): 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

Saturday, July 13 (5-10:30pm)
Yorkville Intermediate School Pick Up (On the Hour): 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm
Riverfront Park Pick Up (On the Half Hour): 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm

 

Event Sponsors

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Start:
July 12 @ 5:00 pm
End:
July 13 @ 10:00 pm
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Contributing Photographers: Fontanez PHOTOGRAPHY, Songs of Life Photography