Riverfest

Riverfest

Friday May 27 2022

All day

Berg and Animas Parks
VOTED A JOLT WORTHY EVENT! 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

2022 Riverfest Schedule 

Friday, May  27, 2022

5:00pm- 9:00pm Riverfest Kickoff at River Reach Terrace 
Enjoy art and music in the Beer and Wine Garden at River Reach Terrace. VIP passes can be purchased for $25 at the VIP & Fine Arts Tent near the Little Pavilion.

  • 5:00om  -6:15pm  Majik Ham
  • 6:45pm - 9:00pm  Tim Sullivan 

Saturday May 28, 2022

Sunrise – 11am Plein Air Painters 
Enjoy works in progress, or view, vote, and purchase at the Riverfest Fine Arts Show tent at River Reach Terrace.  Winner by popular vote will be announced Saturday at 4pm at the Little Pavilion.

8:00am Riverfest Fun Run
This annual fun run features a10K, 5K and 2 mile walk along the Animas River Walk Trails. The start and finish will be at  the Animas Park parking lot area. All entries receive a race t-shirt, and there will be age group awards in male and female categories for the 10K and 5K. Parking off Browning Parkway, near the animal shelter. Registration will close at 1:00pm on Friday, May 27th. There will be no race day registration. Call (505) 599-1184 or visit the Farmington Recreation Center or Webtrac to register.

9:00am Fore! Corners Disc Golf  Tournament 
Animas Parklands Tournament Central is Rocky Reach Landing.  Late Registration up until t-time.  Look for the tent in the field, just west of Rocky Reach Landing.  Cash or check for late registration, make checks out to River Reach Foundation.  Sunday is Open Play.

9:00am - 9:45am Yoga Flow Class 
This all-level class will take place under the pear trees, near the Little Pavilion at River Reach Terrace.  $15/person.

10am - 6pm Free Tractor Rides at the Red Barn in Animas Park 
Take a free tractor ride from the Red Barn to Rocky Reach Landing, brought to you by the Four Corners Antique Power Association.

10am - 6pm Rafting
Tickets $25 Adults, $20 kids (ages 4-11)
Enjoy Riverfest by rafting the beautiful Animas River!  Roll through Class I and II rapids, and splash through one wet Class III.  Animas Park put-in to Boyd Park take-out near Miller.  Rafts will run every 30 mins.  Meet your guides at the put-in.  Tickets available for purchase at the put-in and Desert River Guides’ ticket purchase tent at Rocky Reach Landing.  After the ride, a shuttle will take you back to the Animas Park put-in.  An additional shuttle will be looping from Animas Park to the main parking lot at Berg Park, off of San Juan Boulevard.  Purchase in advance by calling Desert River Guides at (505) 427-7734.

10:00am - 7:30Ppm Beer & Wine Gardens at River Reach Terrace and Rocky Reach Landing 

10:00am - 8:00pm River Kids at Rocky Reach Landing 

  • Kids activities
  • Kid-friendly vendors
  • Awesome hands-on arts & crafts
  • Music
  • Leisure games

10:00am - 8:00pm Riverfest Fine Art Show at River Reach Terrace 
Local and regional artists’ work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawings, photography, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, and mixed media.  Hosted by the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council.

11:00am - 12:30pm The Weiner Dog Races at River Reach Terrace 
Races take place at The Arena at Berg Park (near the intersection of Scott and San Juan Blvd)
Register:  Saturday 9:30am to 10:45am in front of race gates.  $7/dog.  Proceeds benefit River Reach Foundation

11:00am - 5:00pm Truck Show at Cottonwood Landing 
Enjoy the Truck Show, sponsored by Toys for Tots.

2:30pm - 4:00pm White Mountain Crown Apache Dancers
The Little Pavilion at River Reach Terrace is provided by the White Mountain Crown Apache Dancers.

3:00pm Farmington Gymnastics Academy at River Reach Terrace 

2:00pm - 3:00pm Herb & Xeriscape Garden Tour
Learn about native and non-native plants which grow with very little water, are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, and have many household uses. Learn traditional lore and tasty recipes, too. Garden is on tje trail west of the Riverside Nature Center. Look for Park Liaison. Stop in at the Nature Center for wildlife viewing, information, and a little shopping.

Musical Acts and Entertainment

River Reach Terrace 

  • 10:00am -11:30am Sandstoners
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm   Breezin
  • 4:30pm - 6:00pm     Jokers Wild
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm     Funkified

Rocky Reach Landing

  • 10:00am - 11:30am   Zia Chicks
  • 11:30am - 12:00pm   Mysto the Magi (Magic Show)
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm    Julie and the Boyz 
  • 2:00pm - 3:30pm      Brant Leeper Band
  • 4:00pm - 5:30pm      Majik Ham
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm      Rico Jones & li' Yat Collective from New York

Sunday, May 29, 2022

9:00am - 1:00pm Roverfest @ the Red Barn in Animas Park
Walk, run, or ramble with poochie fun & goodies – no rules, just fun!  Watering stations are available along the designated trails, and every dog gets a bandana!  Hidden doggie treats and human prizes along the path.  This year we are offering dog (and their human) training along the trail, and 30 minutes of obedience training by Canine Castle.
Register/Ramble:  9am Sunday at the Red Barn at Animas Park.  $10 cash per dog.

11:00am - 4:00pm Free Tractor Rides at the Red Barn in Animas Park 
Take a free tractor ride from the Red Barn to Rocky Reach Landing, brought to you by the Four Corners Antique Power Association.

10:00am - 4:00pm Rafting
Tickets $25 Adults, $20 kids (ages 4-11)
Enjoy Riverfest by rafting the beautiful Animas River!  Roll through Class I and II rapids, and splash through one wet Class III.  Animas Park put-in to Boyd Park take-out near Miller.  Rafts will run every 30 minutes.  Meet your guides at the put-in.  Tickets are available for purchase at the put-in and Desert River Guides’ ticket purchase tent at Rocky Reach Landing.  After the ride, a shuttle will take you back to the Animas Park put-in.  An additional shuttle will be looping from Animas Park to the main parking lot at Berg Park, off of San Juan Boulevard.  Purchase in advance by calling Desert River Guides at (505) 427-7734.

11:00am - 3:00pm Classic Car Show hosted by Four Corners Old Car Club at Cottonwood Landing.
Enjoy the Classic Car Show hosted by the Four Corners Old Car Club. The car show is located at Cottonwood Landing, across the river from Rocky Reach Landing and rapids. The closest access and parking is located off of San Juan Blvd. to Tucker Ave.

10:00am - 5:00pm Riverfest Disc Golf at Animas Park Lands
Free Open Play. Bring your own discs.  

10:00am - 5:00pm River Kids at  Rocky Reach Landing 

  • Kids activities
  • Kid-friendly vendors
  • Awesome hands-on arts & crafts
  • Music
  • Leisure games

10:00am - 6:00pm Riverfest Fine Art Show at River Reach Terrace 
Local and regional artists’ work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawings, photography, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, and mixed media.  Hosted by the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council.

11:00am - 2:00pm Riverfest Raft Parade 
For the love of the Animas! The Riverfest Raft Parade and costume contest is for rafters, kayakers, and other river users.  The launch is at 11:00am 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 turnaround 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.

11:00am - 4:30pm Beer & Wine Gardens at River Reach Terrace 

11:00am  -4:00pm One Nation Gourd Dance at All Veterans Memorial Park 
One Nation Gourd Club will host a Gourd Dance to honor all Warriors and Veterans.  Closest access and parking is South Tucker Ave off of San Juan Boulevard.

11:00am - 11:30am Recycled Fashion Show at The Little Pavilion at River Reach Terrace 
Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, Third Place in both Middle and High School categories.  

10:00am - 5:00pm Fine Arts Tent at River Reach Terrace
Local and regional artists’ work in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, drawings, photography, digital art, jewelry, sculpture, metal art, and mixed media.  Hosted by the Northwest New Mexico Arts Council.

2:00pm - 3:00pm  Herb & Xeriscape Garden Tour
Learn about native and non-native plants which grow with very little water, are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies, and have many household uses. Learn traditional lore and tasty recipes, too. Garden is on the trail west of Riverside Nature Center. Look for Park Liaison. Stop in the Nature Center for wildlife viewing, information, and a little shopping.

3:00pm Riverfest Duck Race
Watch the plastic duckies race down Willetts Ditch, near Rocky Reach Landing.  Entry only $5/ticket.  Sunday sales end at 1:30pm for River Reach Terrace and at 2:45pm for Rocky Reach Landing.  Tickets at info booths or visit https://riverfestnewmexico.com/riverfest-schedule/. Proceeds benefit River Reach Foundation and Kiwanis Rio del Sol.  Need not be present to win.
Prizes:  1st Place $2,000 Cash – 2nd Place $1,000 Cash – 3rd Place $500 Cash

Musical Acts and Entertainment 

River Reach Terrace

  • 11:00am - 12:30pm  DDAT
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm      Black Velvet
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm     Tumblin Dice 


Rocky Reach Terrace

  • 11:00am -12:30pm   Pete Giuliani Band
  • 12:30pm - 1:00pm   Mysto the Magi (Magic Show) 
  • 1:30pm -  2:30pm     Kirk James Band
  • 3:00pm -  3:30pm     Mysto the Magi (Magic Show)
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm      Wild Country 

Helpful Info

  • Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Entertainment and booths are setup 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.
  • Tractor rides are available from Animas Park to Rocky Reach (.5 mi) and Red Apple Transit will offer the Riverfest Express Please see transportation options below the schedule. 
  • Raft trips will depart every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday and feature a 20-minute float down the Animas River. Tickets will be sold at Rocky Reach Landing during Riverfest.

Riverfest activities take place along the riverwalk trails and parks from Animas to Berg Park. Parking and trail access is available from the intersection of Scott Ave. and San Juan Blvd., and just off of Browning Parkway, near the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter.  There is no public parking within the park during the festival. Please look for and obey posted signage. Utilizing Red Apple Transit and/or carpooling is highly recommended.

Transportation

Riverfest Express
Saturday, May 28, 2022 10am – 8pm
The bus runs every 30 minutes.
The Riverfest Express is a Red Apple Transit loop FREE to Riverfest visitors.  Avoid the parking hassle – park at the Farmington Museum and take the shuttle to the event!  Stops include:

  • Farmington Museum
  • Animas Park
  • River Reach Terrace – Scott Ave
  • River Reach Terrace – Berg Park
  • Tucker Ave

Brick Pavers 

Stop by the Information Booth at River Reach Terrace and purchase your engraved, custom memorial, family or business, concrete paver brick at Riverfest and show your support for the river trails!  A perfect way to remember loved ones.  All proceeds from Paver Bricks go to trail development.

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