Local residents and out-of-town visitors gather each June in shaded, historic Oakdale Park, near the banks of the river, to enjoy the unique celebration known to many as "the Festival."
Now in its 38th year, the River Festival spans three-and-a-half days in early June. The Festival is best known nationally for its excellent art and cultural programming, its relaxed, family-friend atmosphere, and the natural way in which many vibrant art installations and other key elements mingle, to challenge visitors in surprising and delightful ways.
Featuring a rainbow of artistic offerings for the senses, the River Festival offers a veritable symphony of fine art and crafts, children's activities, Festival food, and more. Four stages of top-notch musical and roving entertainment
round out the menu for the event that officially kicks off the summer season for thousands of residents and out-of-town guests. The Festival is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday, June 12-15, 2014.
The River Festival begins on Thursday evening with the Festival Jam concert on June 12, at 6 p.m. Festival gates open that night, so come early to stake out your spot and enjoy supper on the grounds from more than 30 outstanding Festival food vendors. That's just the beginning, as the Festival evolves over the weekend with special events including a fun run, Big Band Dance, children's art activities, artisan craft demonstrations and more, highlighted by time to browse each fine art and craft booth and enjoy entertainment on the hour on the four Festival stages.
Admission to the Smoky Hill River Festival is by Festival Button
only, which are $10 in advance or $15 at the Gate. Gates of the River Festival open at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for patrons to enter, with activities running from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the Festival's final day. So, grab your lawn chair, blanket, and cooler and plan to join your friends and loved ones for a time of relaxation and discovery at the Smoky Hill River Festival.