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Riverfest

Friday May 24 2019

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

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. This event is featured in the Jolt Your Summer Challenge.

Event Information

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

The 2019 schedule of events will be added as soon as it is available. 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! Bring your comfy shoes and come prepared to explore 2+ miles of river walk trails as you visit entertainment tents, vendors and family activities. Tractor rides are available from Animas Park to Rocky Reach (.5 mi). Park and Ride service is also available,  see the Transportation section below the 2018 Riverfest schedule. River Walk Trail Map

2018 Riverfest Schedule and Activities

2018 Riverfest events, activities and performances will be added to this schedule as details become available. 

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Riverfest Kickoff & VIP Party
Jump start Riverfest with an evening of live music at Berg Park West.  Music by Rob Webster and Chris Shutters Band (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) in the Little Pavilion (Blues/Rock/Alternative). Beer & wine, food and shopping vendors will be available. Parking at San Juan Blvd. and Scott Avenue. 

Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Live music all day at Rocky Reach Landing, the Little Pavillion and River Reach Terrace 

6:00 - 11:00 a.m. Painting
Plein Air Painters, and other artisans, will setup throughout the parks and river trails for open painting. Bring your supplies and join in the fun then show your work 12:30-3:30 p.m. near Little Pavilion/Gazebo for a chance to win. There will be adult and child categories.

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. Register online in advance ($20 run and $12 walk). Parking off Browning Parkway, near the Animal Shelter. Register before May 25, 2018. Call (505) 599-1184 for details.

8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Disc Golf Tournament
River Reach Foundation and San Juan College will host this non-sanctioned Disc Golf Tournament at the Animas Parklands Disc Golf Course next to Rocky Reach Landing. Cash prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. All proceeds benefit the River Reach Foundation and Trails Projects. Registration open 8:00am – 9:30am at the Information Booths or Animas Parklands Disc Golf Course (look for the blue tent). Players meeting in Disc Golf Field at 9:30am. Youth division will be ages 6 and under, ages 7-10 and ages 11-14 . Entry is $10 Youth and Beginner, $15 Intermediate, $25 Advanced and $35 Pro. Register in advance at RiverReachFoundation.com

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 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 starting 10am. Meet your guides at the put-in at the very east end of Animas Park off of Browning Parkway. Tickets are available for purchase at the put-in during Riverfest and prior to the event. It is suggested that you reserve your ticket in advance to ensure you secure your prefered time. After the ride, a shuttle back to Animas Park Landing is provided. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 kids. For advanced tickets call Mild to Wild Rafting at (970) 247-4789 or 1-800-567-6745.

10:00a.m. -  6:00p.m. Tractor Rides
Take a tractor tour of the park with two looped routes brought to you by the Four Corners Tractor Club. One loop will run from Animas Park to Rock Reach Landing. Another route will run from Rocky Reach Landing to the Base of the (lower stream) Berg Bridge. Stop by the Red Barn at the Animas Park for gold panning and other old fashioned fun hosted by the Antique Power Association. 

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Water Gun Alley
 Lou Go's will host a"Water Gun Alley" in Berg Park, near the water pad at San Juan Blvd. and Scott. Think Paint Ball but with Water Guns! They will have camouflage covered bunkers set up with refill spots thru-out the play area. Games will start on the hour for all ages & on the half hour for ages 2-12. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a group of 5 ( 20 minute game time) This Fundraiser will benefit FREE DWI-PREVENTION WEEKENDS in San Juan County. 

10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Beer & Wine Garden
A Beer Garden will be available at River Reach Terrace.

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Yoga Flow Class
Start the festival with a morning yoga class! This all-level class will be instructed by Defined Fitness. Class will take place near the Riverside Nature Center. Closest parking near Animas Park off of Browning Parkway. Cost is $10 per person (cash only day of). Online pre-registration available at www.riverreachfoundation.com

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The Weiner Dog Races
The Annual Weiner Dog Races have become a beloved event at Riverfest - come once you will see why!  Event held at River Reach Terrace, next to the Little Pavilion/Gazebo. Best access is from the intersection of Scott and San Juan Blvd. Registration is before the race from 9:30am to 10:45am in front of the race gates; $7 per dog. Please make sure your dog has proof of rabies vaccine. Either a tag or the paperwork.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Black Velvet
Black Velvet will play at the Little Pavilion, River Reach Terrace (rock, blues and jazz).

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Fools Gold
Fools Gold will play River Reach Terrace

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Delbert Anderson Trio
Delbert Anderson Trio play their jazz and funk infused melodies at the Little Pavilion in the River Reach Terrace.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Xeriscape Garden Tours
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.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Breezin'
Breezin' will perform at the Little Pavillion (country, classic rock, blues).

3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Fenders 2
Fenders 2 will perform at Rocky Reach Landing.

5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Shawn Arrington
Shawn Arrington to perform at Rocky Reach Landing

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Chris Shutters
Chris Shutters will perform at the Little Pavillion (blues-laced rock and roll)

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sheldon and Friends
Sheldon and Friends perfrom at the Rocky Reach Landing.

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018 - 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Live music all day at Rocky Reach Landing, the Little Pavillion and River Reach Terrace 

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Beer & Wine Garden
A Beer Garden will be available at River Reach Terrace.

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Classic Car Show
Classic Car Show hosted by the Four Corners Old Car Club. The car show will take place at Cottonwood Landing, across the river from Rocky Reach Landing. The closest access is from the intersection of San Juan Blvd. and Tucker Ave.

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 starting 10am. Meet your guides at the put-in at the very east end of Animas Park off of Browning Parkway. Tickets are available for purchase at the put-in during Riverfest and prior to the event. It is suggested that you reserve your ticket in advance to ensure you secure your prefered time. After the ride, a shuttle back to Animas Park Landing is provided. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 kids. For advanced tickets call Mild to Wild Rafting at (970) 247-4789 or 1-800-567-6745.

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Disc Golf 
Play Disc Golf at the Animas Parklands Disc Golf Course just next to Rocky Reach Landing. There will be 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.

10:00a.m. -  5:00p.m. Tractor Rides
Take a tractor tour of the park with two looped routes brought to you by the Four Corners Tractor Club. One loop will run from Animas Park to Rock Reach Landing. Another route will run from Rocky Reach Landing to the Base of the (lower stream) Berg Bridge. Stop by the Red Barn at the Animas Park for gold panning and other old fashioned fun hosted by the Antique Power Association. 

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Water Gun Alley
 Lou Go's will host a"Water Gun Alley" in Berg Park, near the water pad at San Juan Blvd. and Scott. Think Paint Ball but with Water Guns! They will have camouflage covered bunkers set up with refill spots thru-out the play area. Games will start on the hour for all ages & on the half hour for ages 2-12. Cost is $5 per person or $20 for a group of 5 ( 20 minute game time) This Fundraiser will benefit FREE DWI-PREVENTION WEEKENDS in San Juan County. 

10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Yoga Flow
This all-level class will be instructed by Erin Benson . Class will take place near the Riverside Nature Center (Animas Park off of Browning Parkway). Cost $10 per person (Cash only on day of). Class description: Let's explore the fundamental principles of Yoga. We will move through simple but effective sequences with breath and movement coordination, guided imagery, and alignment awareness. Online pre-registration available at www.riverreachfoundation.com

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Recycled Fashion Show
Come to the Little Pavilion at the River Reach Terrace to show off your recycled fashions, or just watch the show. Prizes will be awarded for First, Second, and Third Place in Adult, Middle and High School Categories! Hosted by Piedra Vista National Honors Society and sponsored by Waste Management and Clean & Beautiful Farmington. To enter register for the show at 10:30 a.m. at the Tent next to the Little Pavilion Gazebo (Scott and San Juan Blvd.) Recycled Fashion Show Table, or E-mail farmingtonrecycledshow@gmail.com for more details

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gourd Dance
One Nation Gourd Club will be hosting a Gourd Dance to honor all Warriors and Veterans. Dance will take place at the Veterans Memorial Park (South Tucker Ave. off of San Juan Boulevard). MC will be Don Tolino / Dine'. Lead Gourd Dancer will be Leonard Tafoya / Santa Clara of the Tewa Tribe. Lead Singer will be Erny Zah, Dine' / Jicarilla Apache. All Gourd Dancers, Shawl Dancers, & families are welcome. Gourd Dance 12noon to 5pm, Memorial Flag Refolding at 4pm. Bring chairs & shade and enjoy! 

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Roverfest
Walk, run, or ramble with Poochie fun & goodies -no rules just fun! Watering stations available along the designated trails, and every dog gets a bandana! Registration will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Red Barn in Animas Park (entrance off Browning Parkway). Fee is $10 per dog, cash or check only. Please make sure your dog has proof of rabies vaccine. Either a tag or the paperwork.

12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Jokers Wild
Jokers Wild performing at the Little Pavilion (Latina music).

12:00 - 1:30 p.m. San Juan College Jazz Band
San Juan College Jazz Band playing at the Rock Reach Landing

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Breezin'
Breezin' performing at the Little Pavillion (country, to classic rock, to the blues).

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Luna Keyeh
Luna Keyeh performing at Rocky Reach Landing

1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Dead Side
Music at the Little Pavillion by Dead Side

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Fools Gold
Fools Gold performing at River Reach Terrace.

3:00 p.m. Riverfest Duck Race
Watch the plastic duckies race down Willetts Ditch near Rocky Reach Landing, bring your ticket-or purchase one at the Info Booths ($5 per ticket). Need not be present to win. First Prize: $2,000.00, Second Prize: $1,000, Third Prize: $500.00. Cash, and more fabulous prizes to subsequent winners! This event is brought to you by the River Reach Foundation and the Rio Del Sol Kiwanis. These local nonprofits are dedicated to improving the community through needs based and qualty of life projects. Proceeds from the Duck Race will benefit The River Reach Foundation's Riverine Area Development Projects and the Rio del Sol Kiwanis Club's Clothes for Children Project. Visit Riverfest Duck Race online for more information

3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Breezin'
Breezin' performs country,classic rock and the blues at Rocky Reach Landing. 

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.  After Midnight
After Midnight performing at the Little Pavillion 

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. And Beyond
Live music at the Little Pavilion with And Beyond (funk and blues).

5:00 - 6:00 p.m. Red Shadow Band
Country music by the Red Shadow Band at the Little Pavilion 

 

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 the full event.
  • 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. Call Mild to Wild Rafting at (970) 247-4789 or visit mild2wildrafting.com to reserve a ride.

Riverfest Parking and Trail Access

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 Animal Shelter, in Farmington.  There is no public parking within the park. Please look for and obey posted signage. Vehicles within park without valid parking pass may be towed. Utilizing Red Apple Transit and/or carpooling highly recommended due to limited parking.

Transportation

Park-N-Ride
Red Apple Transit will provide the Riverfest Express transport on Saturday (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) from the Farmington Museum (3041 E. Main Street). Buses run every 30 minutes. Stops will be the Farmington Museum, Animas Park, River Reach Terrace, Scott Avenue, River Reach Terrace - Berg Park, Veterans Memorial Park. Cost: VIP ticket holders ride for free, $1 for adults, 50 cents  ages 11-17 and 65 and older, free ages 10 and under. 

Jolt Your Summer Challenge

This is a Jolt Your Summer Challenge event, learn more at farmingtonnm.org/events/jolt-your-summer-challenge.  Look for the Jolt Your Journey tent for free kids activites, to collect your stamp and or get your game card. 

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Upcoming Dates:

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

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