TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Second Annual RiverFest kicked off Saturday offering family-friendly fun while highlighting Tampa’s cultural institutions, local music and restaurants.
There are events and activities throughout the weekend at all five parks lining the Tampa Riverwalk, which runs from historic Tampa Heights through downtown Tampa to the Channel District. A few of the new events this year include the Pan Am International Dragon Boat Races, Gasparilla SUP Invasion (paddle board race) and live chalk art demonstrations. On Saturday night, the first ever ‘Balloon Glow’ featuring a display of illuminated of hot air balloons took place at Curtis Hixon Park.
Attendees can even travel by water to access different parts of the Riverwalk this year. RiverFest has partnered with the Pirate Water Taxi to offer free service all weekend to participants who have a Fest Band which is purchased w/ food and beverage. Maps will be provided to show boarding locations of the water taxi.
The event serves as a fundraising program for Friends of the Riverwalk, a local nonprofit that works to improve and enhance the Tampa Riverwalk in a variety of ways, including events, programming and activation.
The events and entertainment are free and open to the public. Vendor items will be available for purchase. RiverFest continues Sunday. Check the list of events below to see what’s happening.
LIST OF EVENTS:
Water Works Park, Historic Tampa Heights
Saturday & Sunday – Live music, Shakespeare in the Park and Tampa Gym and Dance on the Riverwalk (11 a.m. -5 p.m.)
Straz Center, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – Enjoy interactive performances all weekend long.
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday – Walk-for-Wishes (8 a.m.)
Saturday – Hillsborough County School talent (12pm -3pm)
Saturday – 3rd Annual Mayor’s Mac & Cheese Throwdown (4 p.m. -7:30 p.m.)
Saturday – RiverFest Concert featuring live performances from local and regional bands
Saturday – Balloon Glow (8:30-9:30pm)
Sunday – Riverwalk Brunch Festival & Music (11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Sunday – Yoga in the Park (6pm)
Kennedy Plaza, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – Roaming musicians, artist and food vendors
MacDill Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday – SPCA Florida – adoptions, vendors and healthy pet activities
Saturday – Hillsborough County School System Stage featuring artists
Saturday / Sunday – The Plank “pop-up bar” returns, plus roaming food vendors and live art (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
USF Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday / Sunday – Join Busch Gardens at RiverFest with live animal displays plus live chalk artist illustrations (11 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Tampa Convention Center & Sail Pavilion, Downtown Tampa
Saturday /Sunday – Pirate Water Taxi, Eboats, Tampa Water Bikes, Paddle board, kayak and more!
Cotanchobee Park, Downtown Tampa
Saturday – Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races & Asia Fest (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Sunday – Gasparilla SUP Invasion
The Florida Aquarium, Channel District
Saturday/ Sunday – Enjoy a day with family & friends at the Aquarium (9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.)