Fun for the whole family
Hungry? You won't be after the American Legion's charity breakfast on Sunday, August 5th 2018 from 7:30 A.M. to Noon. Eggs, Hashbrowns, Pancakes, Biscuits & Gravy, Sausage, Coffee, and Juice. With your support they aim to send 7 veterans to D.C.
Motorcycle Stunt Show
Watch as a team of the best stuntriders America has to offer hit the streets. They will blow your mind as they push their bikes and their skills to the limit. This free show will amaze young and old. Multiple shows daily Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Kachunga and the Alligator
Up to 3 FREE shows daily. Check the 2019 RiverFest schedule for showtimes!
With over 30 different menu items to choose from, our food vendors won't let you go hungry. Whether its a Rack of Ribs, a Pho-rito, Chicken Tacos, Wings, Lemonade Shake-ups, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, or Funnel Cakes, you are sure to find your favorite meal or snack at RiverFest.
Once again Connor Family Amusements will be bringing the fun and excitement to Fort Madison, Iowa. With more new rides this season, it's sure to be a great time.
This year you and your family won't want to miss a minute of the action on one of RiverFest's three stages. With more than 18 National, Regional and Local Acts you are sure to have the time of your life!
3 Stages - 18+ Bands
Fun on the Mississippi
Canoe / Kayak Float & Dragon Boat Races!
Our annual Canoe / Kayak float takes place on Sunday, August 5th at RiverFest in Fort Madison Iowa. But we will be out at area waterways promoting paddlesports all summer long. We put our boats in the water in front of the Fort at 9:00 AM and paddle to the Lee County Conservation Area at Heron Bend. Show up early and expect the float to take between 2 to 3 hours. All participants will need to fill out a waiver and children under 18 will need their parents written permission.
DRAGON BOAT RACES
Returning at last, Dragon Boat Races! This exciting race is sure to give you and your team the thrill you're seeking! Dragon Boat Races will be held on Saturday, August 4th at RiverFest on the River. Teams of 20 will race against each other down the good ol' Mississippi River! Sign your team up today!
Sure, we like to have a good time on the water. But we do it with safety in mind. There are designated safety boats in the water as well as support from DNR and the U.S. Coast Guard. We also ensure all participants must wear a personal flotation device or PFD. If you have always wanted to learn to paddle or just want to have fun on the water with other paddlers, then the RiverFest Canoe / Kayak float is for you. Best of all its FREE, unless of course you need to rent a boat.
competition and fun
What is Bags? It has been called many things, Corn Toss, Bean Bag, Cornhole, Bean Toss, Soft Horseshoes, Indiana Horseshoes, and Bags. Bags is similar to horseshoes except you use wooden boxes called a platform and corn bags instead of horseshoes and metal stakes. Contestants take turns pitching their corn bags at the bags platform until a contestant reaches the score of 21 points. A corn bag in the hole scores 3 points, while one on the platform scores 1 point. You can register your team via the RiverFest Shop link above.
KanJam, originally was called "Garbage Can Frisbee". The game was started by two friends messing around throwing a disc into a can. The object of the game is to score points by throwing and deflecting the flying disc and hitting or entering the goal. The game ends when a team scores exactly 21 points or "chogs" the disc for an instant win. Players must get exactly 21. If a throw takes a team's score over 21 points, the points for that throw are subtracted from their score instead of being added. In the event of a tie (both teams have 21 points at the end of a round), additional rounds are played until one team has more points than the other at the end of a round.
Do you enjoy the sun on your back, sand between your toes, and the excitement of diving to save the play? Sign up for the RiverFest Coed Sand Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, August 5th 2017. Teams consist of 6 players with an even mix of male and female players. Register your team now from the RiverFest shop link above.
Pickleball was created with one thing in mind: fun. It was designed to be easy to learn and play whether you’re five, eighty-five or somewhere in between. Pickleball is traditionally played on a badminton-sized court with special Pickleball paddles, made of wood or high-tech aerospace materials. The ball used is similar to a wiffle ball, but slightly smaller. The lower net and wiffle ball allow the game to be accessible to people of all ages and abilities, while still allowing more competitive players to test their mettle. RiverFest is offering free open play with instruction and all equipment provided throughout the entire weekend.
Join us in the morning on Saturday, August 5th for the first annual RiverFest 5K Run/Walk sponsored by Scotts Miracle Grow and Hy-Vee food stores. This will be a chip-timed 5K on a beautiful course along the Mississippi River in Scenic Fort Madison, Iowa. Each participant will receive a t-shirt, race bib with timer chip, and other goodies. Refreshments will be provided to all registered participants. Please visit the RiverFest store tab to register. Stick around after the race for the RiverFest games and the Canoe/Kayak float.