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Riverfest

Friday May 24 2019

All day Friday, May 24, 2019 - Sunday, May 26, 2019

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

Bring your comfy shoes and come prepared to explore 2+ miles of river walk trails as you visit entertainment tents, vendors and family activities. Riverfest activities include live music along the trails, Wiener Dog Races, Riverfest 10K / 5K run & walk, river raft rides, kid activites, fun vendors, Gourd Dance, Roverfest, beer & wine garden and so much more! Tractor rides are available from Animas Park to Rocky Reach (.5 mi). Park and Ride service available on Saturday and Sunday, see the Transportation section below the schedule. 

2019 Riverfest Schedule 

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday festival hours 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. -  Family Affair Band
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Garrett Young Collective 

Riverfest begins with an evening of music!  Garrett Young Collective and the Bill Woodard Band will perform in the Little Pavilion at River Reach Terrace. Beer & wine, food and shopping vendors will be available.

Saturday May 25, 2019

Saturday festival hours 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

8:00 a.m. - Riverfest Fun Run
This annual fun run features a10K, 5K and 2 mile walk along the Animas River Walk Trails. Both start and finish will be at the Animas Park parking lot area. All entries receive a race t-shirt, and 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 1:00 p.m. May 24th. There will be no race day registration. Call (505) 599-1184, visit the Farmington Recreation Center or Webtrac to register.

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Yoga in the Park 
Start your day right with this guided yoga session, just East of the Little Pavilion.

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. River Rafting
Enjoy Riverfest by rafting the beautiful Animas River! Roll through Class I and II rapids and splash through one wet Class III. This fun rafting trip takes you from the Animas Park Landing to Boyd Park Landing near Miller Street Bridge. Rafts will run every 30 mins. The full trip time with shuttle included lasts approximately 45 minutes. Hosted this year by Durango RiverTrippers. Tickets are $25 per ticket for adults; $20 for youth ages 4 to 11 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations and pre-sales call 970-259-0289. *River trip location and duration may change pending water flows.

10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. River Kids Activity Zone
Enjoy awesome hands on Arts & Crafts, Leisure Games, Bug Barn, watch the crawdads, tadpoles, bugs and other critters! Sponsored by Navajo Transitional Energy Company.

10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fine Arts Tent 
Meet local artisans at the Fine Arts Tent at River Reach Terrace.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Weiner Dog Races
Registration at 9 a.m. Race heats begin at 11 a.m. at the Wiener Dog Race Arena on River Reach Terrace at Berg Park, corner of Scott Avenue and San Juan Boulevard in Farmington, New Mexico. $10 entry fee. There will be trophies, great prizes, and much fun!

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Car & Truck Show
Foutz-Hanon will host a car and truck show at Cottonwood Landing. 

12:45 - 2:45 p.m.- White Mountain Crown Apache Dancers
Dance provided by the White Mountain Crown Apache Dancers at The Little Pavillion at River Reach Terrace.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - 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. Traditional lore and tasty recipes too. Garden is on trail west of Riverside Nature Center. Look for Park Liaison. Stop in the Nature Center for wildlife viewing, information, and a little shopping.

Musical Acts
12:45 - 2:45 p.m. White Mountain Apache Dancers at River Reach Terrace
3:00 - 4:30  p.m. Breezin at River Reach Terrace
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Blackwell Brothers at River Reach Terrace
7:00 -9:00 p.m.  Wild Country at River Reach Terrace

10:00 -11:30 a.m. Sheldon & Friends at River Reach Landing
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. After Midnight  at River Reach Landing
2:00 - 3:30 p.m.  San Juan Jazz Society at River Reach Landing
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. DDAT  at River Reach Landing
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Fenders Two  at River Reach Landing
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Weet Motion at River Reach Landing

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday festival hours 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. River Rafting
This fun rafting trip takes you from the Animas Park Landing to Boyd Park Landing near Miller Street Bridge. Rafts will run every 30 mins. The full trip time with shuttle included lasts approximately 45 minutes. Hosted this year by Durango RiverTrippers. Tickets are $25 per ticket for adults; $20 for youth ages 4 to 11 years old and must be accompanied by an adult. For reservations and pre-sales call 970-259-0289. *River trip location and duration may change pending water flows.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Classic Car Show
Sunday there will be a 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 & rapids. The closest access & parking is located off of San Juan Blvd. to Tucker Ave.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Riverfest Disc Golf
Play Disc Golf at the Animas Parklands Disc Golf Course just next to Rocky Reach Landing. There are four sets of tee pads to meet everyone's skill levels including Professional, Advanced Amateur, Beginner and Novice (new this year!) players. Informal disc golf clinics are available to those new to disc golf.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. River Kids Activity Zone
Enjoy awesome hands on Arts & Crafts, Leisure Games, Bug Barn, watch the crawdads, tadpoles, bugs and other critters! 

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Recycled Fashion Show
Piedra Vista High School National Honor Society is hosting the 4th annual Riverfest Recycled Fashion show at the 33rd Riverfest on Memorial Day Weekend. $100 first prize for high school and middle school categories. 

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. One Nation Gourd Dance
One Nation Gourd Club will host a Gourd Dance to honor all Warriors and Veterans at Veterans Memorial Park. 

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Fine Arts Tent 
Meet local artisans at the Fine Arts Tent at River Reach Terrace.

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Roverfest
Event opens with a 10K, 5K and 1 mile stroll. Registration held at the Red Barn, near the Farmington Regional Animal Shelter prior to start. Fee is $10 or two dogs for $15. Fee includes participation in the race, a bandana and 30 minute obedience training session. Only cash will be accepted. Call Carol for details 770-841-0417. Please make sure your dog has proof of rabies vaccine. Either a tag or the paperwork.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. - 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. Traditional lore and tasty recipes too. Garden is on trail west of Riverside Nature Center. Look for Park Liaison. Stop in the Nature Center for wildlife viewing, information, and a little shopping.

3:00 p.m. Riverfest Duck Race
Watch the numbered plastic ducks race 500 yards down Willett Ditch, Rocky Reach Landing in Animas Park! Enter for your chance to win one of several amazing prizes and help support your local non-profits! $5.00 per entry, tickets are available for purchase at 7 to 11 Stores, online at RiverReachFoundation.com, from some River Reach Foundation & Rio del Sol Kiwanis members and at Information Booths during Riverfest. Need not be present to win. Visit the Riverfest Duck Race event on Facebook for more information. 

Musical Acts
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Pete Guiliani at River Reach Terrace
2:00 -3:30 p.m. PM Funkified at River Reach Terrace
3:45-5:00 p.m. Brant & Kris Leeper Band at River Reach Terrace

11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Shawn Arrington Band at River Reach Landing
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Black Velvet at River Reach Landing
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Rick Hatfield at River Reach Landing

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 overal 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, 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 activites 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

Red Apple Transit
Hop on the Red Apple to get where your going during Riverfest and avaoif the parking hassle! Red Apple Transit will be providing bus rides Saturday May 25, from 10 am-8 pm and rides on Sunday May 26, from 11am-5:00pm. All rides on this loop are free to Riverfest Event Goers. Bus will run every 30 minutes. Stops include: Farmington Museum, Animas Park, River Reach Terrace - Scott Avenue, River Reach Terrace Berg Park, Tucker Ave/ Vet Memorial/ Car Show.

Tractor Rides
Take a tractor tour of the park with a looped route from the Red Barn to Rocky Reach Landing. Don't miss the Antique Power Display at the Red Barn with antique machines, whirly-gigs and more hosted by the Antique Power Association! Hours: Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

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Upcoming Dates:

  • All day Friday, May 24, 2019 - Sunday, May 26, 2019

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