2017 Ridgway RiverFest

The 10th Annual Ridgway RiverFest is set for June 24, 2017 – we’re preparing for our biggest year yet in the water and on the banks of the Uncompahgre River at Rollans Park in Ridgway, Colorado. We hope everyone will put this popular outdoor festival “Celebrating our Watershed” on your calendars and plan to join us for a full day of fun, healthy outdoor recreation, while supporting the water quality studies, clean up projects and educational activities of the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership.

The RiverFest has several sponsorship options each with valuable promotional benefits. Now is the time to put RiverFest sponsorship dollars in your budget. You can read sponsor information on this page: 2017 Sponsor Opportunities

To sign up for sponsorship, go to: 10th RiverFest Sponsors

Nonprofit Organizer

To find out more about the RiverFest organizer, Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, visit www.uncompahgrewatershed.org.

Check out what happened at the 9th annual Ridgway RiverFest below.

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, the community and visitors came together  to enjoy a full line-up of riverside and in-stream activities and entertainment. The highlights of the 2016 RiverFest were:


all-age river races including the ever-popular “Junk of the Unc” race on hand-made crafts and our new favorite stand up paddleboard category, plus a return of the hard shell boats and inflatable boat categories ••• check out race results at in our 2016 News pages

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free morning yoga outside

live music by local favorite, blues guitarist and vocalist Kipori “Baby Wolf” Woods


a cultural presentation by Ute historian Roland McCook – the great, great grandson of chief Ouray and Chipeta

a tribute to Ridgway philanthropist Gerry Weaver

Yogini stilt fix

entertainers for the young crowd including interactive stage shows

an expanded watershed education area – kids (0-18) get a free popsicle for completing a scorecard

face painting by the Voyager Youth Program

Plus, a silent auction with great deals on river recreation and apparel plus outdoor adventures with local guides, books about the local area, and a variety of keepsakes and gifts

And, locally brewed beers from Colorado Boy and Two Rascals breweries as well as energetically crafted margaritas by “Glenda the Blenda’” cocktail-blending bicycle,  and a fine selection of festival food from southwest Colorado’s beloved food trucks.