With 10 days of dawn-til-dusk fun, including concerts, events, contests and more, there are lots of things to see and do at the Riverfest. To make the most of your experience, check out these Riverfest life hacks.
1. Park for Free
Free parking will be available at Gander Mountain and in the WaterWalk parking garage. Additional free parking will be available after 6 p.m. on weekdays in the lot just east of the Wichita Public Library, as well as the lots, east of the Garvey Center (across Water), at the northwest corner of First and Water, at the southwest corner of Main and Third, and at the northeast corner of Third and Waco.
If you're going to a concert or the food court, skip the garages, there's tons of street parking just north of the concert area. It's free and there's less traffic than on the south side of Century II.
2. Q or Uber... Quber?
The Q-Line trolly is free and runs from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, from 6 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Fridays, and from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Saturdays.
If you're planning to take the Q-Line, you can find a full map of its route here.
Uber is also a great Riverfest option. Share with a group of friends and skip driving all together. The drinking areas are a little larger this year, so plan ahead and be safe!
Mix The Q and Uber and you can get all over downtown with no hassle.
3. Map a Plan
Take a look at the Riverfest map to figure out the best ways to get where you're going, and where exactly that place is. Mark locations and where you park on your phone's map app.
4. Hydrate and Save
Riverfest has a great food court that you can smell for miles. If you want your money to travel as far as the smell of fried foods, save your food court tickets for Pronto Pups and Funnel Cake by bringing a bottle of water or two. You'll save money and you'll have a drink no matter where you are.
5. Porta-Potty Preparedness
If you're planning to enjoy to enjoy the festivities all day long, the time will come when you will have to use a porta-potty. If you have kids in your group or if you just don't trust porta-potties, carrying a bag with a small amount of toilet paper, baby wipes and hand sanitizer isn't a bad idea.
6. Button Bonuses
Several Local attractions offer discounted admission with a Riverfest during the festival, so get even more of your money's worth by visiting the following locations offering discounted admission:
- Botanica, offering $2 off
- Cowtown Museum, offering $2 off
- Exploration Place, offering $5 admission and $2.50 Boeing Dome Theatre tickets
- Kansas Aviation Museum, offering $1 off
- Sedgwick County Zoo, offering $2 off
- Wichita Art Museum, offering $2 off
- Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum, offering 1/2 off on Tuesday through Saturday
You can also enjoy $2 off of a purchase of at least $10 at Knolla's Pizza on dine-in or carry out orders!
7. Free Admission to Local Attractions
In addition to several free concerts at Riverfest, your button will also grant you free admission to the Wichita Wingnuts game on June 5, The Kansas African American Museum and the Toy Train Museum (June 3-11.) In addition, all active millitary personnel will be admitted to Riverfest for free on Tuesday, June 7, in observance of U.S. Armed Forces Day.
8. Submit your Snapshots
If you're like most people, when you're having a great time, one of the first things you do is post a photo on social media.
If you're going to be taking photos at Riverfest anyway, why not enter them in the photo contest for a chance to win some great prizes?
The contest features categories like Best of Show, That Screams Riverfest, Rockin' Performances, New and Renewed Fun, Rollin' on the River, and more! This year, there's even a category for best selfie!
9: There's No Hacking Street Closures
Riverfest occupies a lot of space downtown, and in order to accommodate it, many streets will be closed. If you plan on driving to the festival, be sure to plan your route in advance, accounting for any street closures.
Century II Dr. between Douglas & S. Main will be closed through 11 p.m. on June 13.
Douglas will be closed between Waco and Sycamore on June 11 between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Wichita Street between Lewis and the Hyatt Driveway, Water Street between Waterman and Dewey, and Waterwalk Place/W Lewis between Wichita Street and Water will all be closed through June 14 at 11 p.m.
Douglas between Water and Main and Main between Douglas and English will both be closed from 10 p.m. on June 5 to 3 a.m. on June 6.
From 5 a.m. on June 4 until 12 a.m. on June 6, Douglas will be closed between Water and Main, and Water Will be closed between Douglas and 1st Street.
Main Street will be closed between Douglas & Waterman (leaving English, Tananapantla and William open) from 5 a.m. on June 6 through noon on June 13.
McLean will be closed (southbound only) between Maple & East LDS entrance from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on June 3, from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m.on June 4 and 5, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. on June 6 through June 10, and from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on June 11.
McLean will also be closed between Maple and Douglas from 12 a.m. on June 11 through 12 a.m. on June 13.
McLean will close again, this time between Harry & Meridian/Amidon for the River Run. This closing will be in effect from 2 a.m. until 12 p.m on June 4.
On June 3 and June 10 through 11, the following will be closed:
- Douglas from Water to Sycamore, from noon to 11 p.m.
- 2nd/1st from McLean to Waco, from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
- McLean from 1st to Maple, from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
- N. Civic Center Place at Douglas, from noon to 11 p.m.
- Willis Coroon Dr. at Douglas, from noon to 11 p.m.
- Waco from Douglas to 1st, from 5:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.
- Sycamore from McLean to Douglas, from noon to 11 p.m.
On June 9, the following areas will be closed from 3 p.m. until 12 a.m.:
- Waterman (including the Lewis St. Bridge) between McClean and Hyatt Driveway
- Wichita between Waterman and Dewey
- Water between Waterman and Dewey
- Lewis St. between Wichita and Wat
The following areas will also be closed frequently:
- Douglas between Waco and Water
- N. Civic Center Place at Douglas
- Willis Coroon Dr. at Douglas
These areas will be closed from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. on June 2, from 9 a..m. on June 3 until 1 a.m. on June 6, from June 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. on June 6 though 10, and from 2 p.m. on June 10 until noon on June 13.
The Sundown Parade on June 3 will result in the closure of the following streets from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.:
- Main from Central to 11th
- Elm from Water to Market
- Pine from Wichita to Market
- Wichita from Murdock to Central
- Wichita from Murdock to 8th St. (both ends)
- Water from Murdock to Elm
- 8th from Water to Market
- 9th from Water to Market
- 10th from Water to Market
Additionally, the Sundown Parade will close the following streets from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.:
- Main from Central to English
- 2nd from Market to Waco
- 1st from McLean to Main
- Waco from Douglas to Central
- 3rd from Riverview to Market
- Central from Market to Nims
- Greenway from Central to Waco
- Douglas from McLean to Market
- William from Market to Main
- Murdock form Waco to Market
- Water form Douglas to 3rd