Riverfest

Riverfest

Friday May 24 2024

All day

Berg and Animas Parks
Area rivers are celebrated with a festival of music, food, activities and entertainment. This festive celebration takes place along the Animas river trails, from Berg Park to Animas Park in Farmington.

Event Information

Berg and Animas Parks
Farmington, NM
River Reach Foundation
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Event Entry FREE
505-716-4405

2024 Riverfest Schedule

The 2024 Riverfest schedule is currently being developed. As new events are added we update the listings below. 

Friday, May 24, 2024

5:00 - 9:00 pm Riverfest Kickoff - Friday’s events are at River Reach Terrace ONLY.  Enjoy Art and Music in our Beer and Wine Garden at the River Reach Terrace.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Plein Air Painters Sunrise – 12pm
Enjoy works in progress, or view, vote, and purchase at the Fine Arts Tent at River Reach Terrace.  A Silent Auction will also be held.  The winner by popular vote will be announced Saturday at 4 pm at the Little Pavilion.

Riverfest 10k, 5k, 2 Mile Walk 8:00 am
Kick-off Riverfest with the annual fun run and walk! You can register online or call the Farmington Recreation Center at (505) 599-1184 for more information.  

River Rafting - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Visit Desert River Guides to raft the Animas River during Riverfest. Trips will run every hour throughout the event. You can schedule your trip at their booth at Rocky Reach Terrace in Berg Park or at the Put-in at Animas Park. The fee is $20/person ages 5+. They take cash or credit for tickets, all payments are to be made at the time of the trip at the put-in. Children must weigh a minimum of 35 pounds. Call 505-427-7734 or email desertriverguides@gmail.com for more information. Guide gratuities are appreciated.

Live Music - 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Epic Automotive Car Show - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
This year the car show is located at Boyd Park and Miller Bridge and East Pinon Street. The Red Apple Transit will be providing shuttle rides from River Reach Terrace at Scott Blvd and San Juan Blvd to Boyd Park. The show will be featuring clubs: Cliffhangers, Northern New Mexico Street Rodders, The Redline Crew, and enthusiasts from around the country. Lineup begins at 8:00 am.

Disc Golf Tournament - 10:00 am
2-day event, 1 round per day. Disc Golf will be at Civitan Golf Course.‚Äč

Wiener Dog Races - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
These entertaining races take place at The Arena at Berg Park (near the intersection of Scott and San Juan Blvd). Register on Saturday between 9:30 to 10:45 am in front of the race gates. The entry competitor fee is $10/dog. Proceeds benefit River Reach Foundation.

Live Performance - 11:30 am to 12 pm

Live Music - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Live Music - 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Live Music - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Live Music -2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Riverfest Duck Race - 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Purchase your duck tickets online at riverfestnewmexico.com for just $5 each. The first place prize is $2,000, 2nd place prize is $1,000 and 3rd place is $500 cash. Watch the race from Rocky Reach Landing in Animas Park. 

Live Performance 3:30 pm to 4 pm
Yo-Yo Tricks by Luke Renner

Live Music 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 28, 2023 - 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Epic Automotive Car Show - All Day
This year the car show is located at Boyd Park and Miller Bridge and East Pinon Street. The Red Apple Transit will be providing shuttle rides from River Reach Terrace at Scott Blvd and San Juan Blvd to Boyd Park. The show will be featuring clubs: Cliffhangers, Northern New Mexico Street Rodders, The Redline Crew, and enthusiasts from around the country. Lineup begins at 8:00 am.

Roverfest at Riverfest - 9:00 am
Take on the Roverfest 5K, 2 Mile, 1 Mile Walk, or just Run or Ramble for fun. Entry is $10 cash per dog. Doggie Fashion Show to follow. All proceeds go to San Juan Animal League.

River Rafting - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Visit Desert River Guides to raft the Animas River during Riverfest. Trips will run every hour throughout the event. You can schedule your trip at their booth at Rocky Reach Terrace in Berg Park or at the Put-in at Animas Park. The fee is $20/person ages 5+. They take cash or credit for tickets, all payments are to be made at the time of the trip at the put-in. Children must weigh a minimum of 35 pounds. Call 505-427-7734 or email desertriverguides@gmail.com for more information. Guide gratuities are appreciated.

Disc Golf Tournament - 10:00 am
2-day event, 1 round per day. Disc Golf will be at Civitan Golf Course.

Recycled Fashion Show - 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Come participate in or watch a fashion show that celebrates creative fashion while promoting waste reduction and sustainability at Riverfest Recycled Fashion Show! The show will take place at Cottonwood Landing, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded for 1st & 2nd place in youth, teen, and adult categories. Contact farmingtonrecycledshow@gmail.com with questions.

River Raft Parade  - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
For the love of the Animas! The Riverfest Raft Parade and costume contest for rafters, kayakers, and other river users.  The launch is at 11:00a.m. Sunday at Animas Park near the Animal Shelter and goes to the Miller Street take-out.  Private rafters, teams from local businesses and organizations, kayakers, canoers and anyone who wants to float the river can compete for the most outrageous costumes while highlighting the fun that the river provides. Winners of the costume contest will be announced at the little Pavilion at River Reach Terrace at 3:00pm. If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring a raft and getting a team on the water contact Desert River Guides. 6 rafts available with guide for $100 per team, bring your costumes and a banner or sign and have fun on the water. Private boaters please do not block the turn around at the put in or access to the take out ramp. parking at the take out is limited. For questions about the parade please contact the sponsor/organizer Desert River Guides for more information.

Live Music & Performances - 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

One Nation Gourd Dance - Noon to 5:00 pm
One Nation Gourd Dance Club will host a Gourd Dance to honor all Warriors and Veterans at the Farmington Indian Center, from noon to 5:00 pm. 

Riverfest Duck Race - 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Purchase your duck tickets online at riverfestnewmexico.com for just $5 each & at 7211 Stores. The first place prize is $2,000, 2nd place prize is $1,000 and 3rd place is $500 cash.

Helpful Info

  • Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Entertainment and booths are set up along the river trails, over one mile from end to end. Expect to walk at least 2.5 to 3 miles to explore most of the event.
  • See the River Walk Trail Map for a look at the overall area and to locate performance venues.

Free Shuttle Service
The Riverfest Express, provided by Red Apple Transit, is free to all Riverfest guests on both Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle service runs every 30 minutes, and begins at the Farmington Museum with stops at:

  • Tucker Street (All Veterans Memorial Park)
  • River Reach Terrace (Berg Park)
  • River Reach Terrace (Scott Ave)
  • Animas Park (Animal Shelter)
  • Boyd Park

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