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Your Riverfest 2017 Rundown


Riverfest 2017 is mixing the old with the new to celebrate their 40th-anniversary in Little Rock. From fireworks to foam, food and funk, there is something for everyone to enjoy this year.


Flowing on the River

 The 6th annual Flowing on the River, the festival’s separately ticketed wine and craft beer event, will kick off Riverfest 2017 on Thursday, June 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the River Market Pavilions. Sponsored in part by Natural State Wines & Arkansas Craft Distributors, they, along with other beer & wine distributors, will present an array of boutique wines and provide an offering of outstanding craft beers for your tasting pleasure. Representatives will be available from the vineyards and breweries to discuss and educate attendees on their products. Tickets are available for $30 online or $40 at the event.

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


Picnic at Riverfest

On Friday, June 2, Riverfest is hosting a Picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who come for lunch will receive free admission into the area, a free Silks Slider from Oaklawn Gaming and a free commemorative 40th-anniversary button. Other food vendors will be open, plus the fair rides, and you can exchange your admission ticket early to avoid the long lines later in the day.

For more information, click here.


Riverfest Music Festival

Riverfest 2017, the event’s two-day music festival, will again take place on Friday, June 2 beginning at 6 p.m., and Saturday, June 3 beginning at 1:15 p.m. General admission tickets for the festival (June 2-4) are available online for $40.00 (children 10 & under get in free) or at any Murphy locations near you. The Ultimate Riverfest Experience package is also available for $500 and includes two admission wristbands, access to both stages private viewing areas, access to the Datamax VIP Sponsor pavilion, a Barry Thomas official 40th Anniversary Riverfest Print and unlimited re-entry access all weekend.

This year’s festival will feature some of America’s hottest acts including:

Wiz Khalifa
Justin Moore
Cage The Elephant
Billy Currington
Cold War Kids
Moon Taxi
Morris Day & The Time
Cody Jinks
Jon Bellion
Craig Campbell
The Joy Formidable
Colt Ford
Dylan Scott
Cody Canada & The Departed
Split Lip Rayfield
Tank & The Bangas
The Wildflower Revue
Dazz & Brie
Runaway Planet
Amasa Hines
Here Come the Mummies
Andy Frasco & The U.N.
Big Piph & Tomorrow Maybe
The Hip Abduction
Brother Moses
Vintage Pistol
Jack Ferrara

For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.


40th Anniversary Celebration

Riverfest is throwing it back on Sunday, June 4, for a big 4-0 birthday bash. Headlined by Morris Day & The Time, it will be a day full of family-friendly activities, live entertainment and, of course, the First Security fireworks display. The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. and admission is $5 at the gate (kids 10 and younger get in free). Ticket holders for the two-day music festival will also be admitted free into Sunday’s events. Those who attended Riverfest in the early years will feel a sense of nostalgia with Sunday’s events.


Some of the day’s events include:

  • Carnival rides
  • Riverfest treasure hunt
  • Professional and amateur cake decorating competition
  • Celebrity dunking booth
  • PK Grill Steak Cook-off
  • Crafts and face painting
  • Heifer International petting zoo
  • Performances by local and regional bands
  • An attempt to break a Guinness World Record

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