Yorkville River Fest

   Yorkville River Fest        
Friday, July 15 & Saturday, July 16
Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)
Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department for a weekend filled with food, live country music, family activities and more! Yorkville River Fest is a family-friendly festival providing fun all weekend long!  See below for a complete list of events.

Premiere Sponsor:

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FRIDAY, JULY 15 (6-10pm)

LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC (7-10pm)

Gone Country (7-10pm)

SATURDAY, JULY 16 (Noon-10pm)

Join us for a day filled with family activities, delicious food and LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC!

LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC (Noon-10pm)

Grab your boots and get ready to sing along to all of your favorite country hits as we have an amazing lineup of country music throughout the day including:

Yankee Cowboy (Noon-2pm)
In The Stix (3-6pm)
Whiskey Romance (7-10pm)

Music Sponsor:

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES (Noon-5pm)

The day will be filled with fun for the entire family with piñatas every 90 minutes (12:30pm, 2pm, 3:30pm & 5pm)!  Plus, kids discover their Family Madrigal Gift, voyage the "seas" like Moana and enjoy meet and greets with Moana and Maribel (Encanto)!  

CHARACTER MEET & GREETS (1-4pm)

Get ready to meet Moana and Maribel (Encanto) from 1-4pm on Saturday, July 16!  

VALLEY CHIMNEY SWEEP CRAFT BEER TASTING (2-6pm)

Get ready to try some of the best brews around on Saturday, July 16 from 2-6pm!  For $15/person or $25/couple, participants will taste a variety of six local craft beers with a souvenir glass and walk away with a 14oz glass of your favorite!  Participants must be 21 years or older and able to provide a valid form of ID.  Registration is accepted the day-of with cash only.

Beer List Includes:

  • Noon Whistle Squishy Gummy (NE Hazy IPA)
  • Short Fuse Very Bad Kids (Sour Ale)
  • Boulevard Brewing Rye on Rye (Ale)
  • Sierra Nevada Sunny Little Thing (Wheat)
  • Tangled Roots Trans Pacific Express (IPA)
  • 2 Fools Strawberry Lemonade (Cider)

Sponsored by:

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CARDBOARD BOAT RACES (5:30pm)

Gather the cardboard, make your design and pick a Captain for this splashtastic event!  Come on down to Yorkville River Fest at Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) and find out what is takes to stay afloat!  Prizes will be awarded to the fastest boat and the boat voted Best In Show!

Registration is accepted the day-of (Saturday, July 16) starting at 3:30pm and is $10/boat to participate.  Race begins at 5:30pm with voting for Best In Show starting at 4:00pm!  Life vests, helmets and paddles will be supplied.  Families and kids (10+) are welcome and encouraged to participate!  For more information or questions, contact Stephanie Roskpf.

All boats must arrive to the park fully assembled and ready to race.  Please note, the following materials are allowed and not allowed for the construction of your boat:

Approved Construction Materials
Unapproved Construction Materials
Corrugated Cardboard
(Appliance or Grocery Stores)
Wood
Styrofoam
Cardboard Blocks
(Furniture Stores)
Metal
Fiberglass
Cardboard Tubes
(Carpet/Linoleum Stores)
Sheathing
Coated Sona-Tubes
Duct & Masking Tape
Silicon, Wax & Tar
Caulking Compounds
Latex Paint Materials
Staples, Clamps & Screws



EVENT PARKING

Parking downtown Yorkville is free and available at any of the lots marked on the map. Follow this link or click on the image to view the map for River Fest Event Parking.

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DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE FOOD!

All of your local favorites including Rosati's, Pepe's, Trinity Church, and the Knights of Columbus will be in attendance ready to fill your stomach with delicious foods!

For more information about this event contact the Recreation Department.


BECOME A SPONSOR

The Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department is excited to offer you a great marketing opportunity during River Fest. We would like to invite you to be a part of this long-standing Yorkville Festival and become a sponsor! For more information please download the sponsorship form. Please contact Shay Remus by email at sremus@yorkville.il.us or by phone at 630-553-4357 with any questions.