Join in the fun! This is your hub to sign up and take part in participatory events. Download forms here and find more info about each event below:
9th Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest: Listen to KQAM and KGSO for your chance to sign up on-air starting May 31. Any remaining open spots will be filled on-site starting at 2:30 p.m.
Canoe Races: Download Form Here
Cardboard Regatta: Download Form Here
Carlos O'Kelly's Salsa Chop-Off: Download Form Here
The Crate Escape: Sign-up onsite
Dodgeball: Download Form Here
Human Foosball: Download Form Here
I Bike ICT Art & Architecture Tours: Sign-up onsite
Paddle Battle Kayak Races: Download Form Here
Riverfest Beard & Mustache Contest: Download Form Here
Riverfest Kickball Tournament: Download Form Here
Riverfest Paddleboat Races: Sign-up onsite
Riverfest Sandcastle Competition: Download Form Here
Riverfest Wing Eating Contest: Sign-up onsite
Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade: Download Form Here
Stock Tank Races: Download Form Here
9th Annual Funnel Cake Eating Contest
3:00 – 3:30 p.m., Sat., June 9
Location: Quantum Credit Union Food Court
Brought to you by: KGSO & KQAM
Participate in the 9th Annual Riverfest Funnel Cake Eating Contest for your chance to earn bragging rights and a prize courtesy of The Big Talker 1480 KQAM and 102.5 FM, and Sports Radio KGSO 1410 and 939. FM. Listen for chances to sign up on-air starting May 31. Any remaining open spots will be filled on-site starting at 2:30 p.m. Contestants will have ten minutes to eat as many funnel cakes as they can! Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
2:00 p.m., Sat., June 9
Location: Ralph Wulz Riverside Tennis Center, 551 Nims St.
One of the original events from the very first festival has returned! Entry is free, but teams must supply their own canoe, paddles and flotation devices.
1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Sun., June 3
Location: Douglas Street Bridge
Brought to you by: The Bull
Build a river-worthy vessel in 90 minutes or less with cardboard, duct tape, pool noodles and a box cutter. No team size limit, but at least one team member (ages 12 or older) must ride in the vessel. Awards will be presented for fastest time, best design and most spectacular sinking. $20 per team.
Carlos O’Kelly’s Salsa Chop-Off
8:30 p.m., Thurs., June 7
Location: RedGuard Stage
Think you’ve got the best salsa in Wichita? Carlos O’Kelly’s would like to find out! Bring those hot and spicy skills to Riverfest and chop your way to Grand Champion!
The Crate Escape: An Escape Room Experience
Mon. – Thurs., 5 to 10 p.m.; Fri., June 1: 5 to 11 p.m.; Fri., June 9: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sat.: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Plaza Tripodal Area
Presented by: The Art of Escape: ICT
Do you have what it takes to escape before time runs out? Free with a Riverfest button.
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sat., June 2
Location: Douglas Ave.
Sponsored by: Midwest Kia
Brought to you by: T-95
Six member co-ed teams participate in double-elimination rounds by age group. $60 per team.
Human Foosball Preliminaries & Finals
11:00 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat., June 9
Location: Ackerman’s Backyard
Sponsored by: Wiesen Roofing
Just like foosball game tables, only participants are the life-size players. This game is just as much fun to watch as it to play! Six-member teams will compete for prizes.
I Bike ICT Art & Architecture Tours
11:00 a.m. – Noon, Sat., June 3 & Sat., June 9
Location: Bike Valet at Ackerman’s Backyard
Brought to you by: KMUW
This tour will highlight and celebrate the art and architecture of downtown Wichita. Ride will include frequent stops. Helmets are encouraged.
Paddle Battle Kayak Races
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sat., June 9
Location: Douglas Street Bridge
Brought to you by: Sports Radio KGSO 1410 AM & 93.9 FM
It’s a race to the finish line! Vie for a chance to win cash and prizes. Entry fee $5.
Riverfest Beard & Mustache Contest
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sun., June 3
Location: RedGuard Stage
Presented by: Wichita Beard & Mustache Club
Facial hair enthusiasts will face off in this 3rd Annual Riverfest event. Women and kids, don’t think you are left out! There are creative categories that allow you to create fine, fake facial hair.
Riverfest Kickball Tournament
11:00 a.m., Sat., June 9
Location: Westside Athletic Field, 571 N. McLean Blvd.
Presented by: Wichita Kickball League
Teams and spectators alike are sure to have fun in this fast-paced, high-energy game. Teams of 15 players will compete in this 3rd Annual Riverfest Kickball Tournament. $150 fee per team.
Riverfest Paddleboat Races
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wed., June 6
Location: Cox Kids Corner
Rev up your pedal power for some friendly competition during the Paddleboat Races as 2-person teams compete for prizes and glory!
Riverfest Sandcastle Competition
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Sun., June 3
Location: Main Street
Teams will have two hours to build a sandcastle that reflects, resembles or looks something like a building, structure or iconic thing located in Wichita.
Riverfest Wing Eating Contest
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sun., June 3
Location: Quantum Credit Union Food Court Stage
Enter the wing-eating contest for a chance to win great prizes – including cash! Open to the first 12 qualified participants who sign-up.
Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Fri., June 1
Location: Downtown Wichita
Brought to you by: The Buzz, KEYN, KFH, KNSS, Power 93.5 & KSN
Parade entrants inspired by this year’s theme, “Come One – Come All” (and the lure of cash prizes) strut their creative stuff with floats, bands, flags, performers and all your favorite parade traditions.
Stock Tank Races
2:00 p.m., Sat., June 2
Location: Arkansas River at Douglas Street Bridge
Sponsored by: KWLS
This event is one you won’t want to miss as teams race the Arkansas River in stock tanks! Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers as well as Best Decorated tank and costumes.