On Friday, March. 7, the Wichita Riverfestival team announced that on June 9, Riverfest will host the first-ever e2e FuturEpreneurship Expo. The team also announced a new headlining concert artist: Randy Newman. Newman, who is known for hits like "You Got A Friend in Me," "Short People", and many more, will give a Riverfest Performance sponsored by the Grumpy Old Men and Leslie Rudd Investment Co./Standard Beverage Corporation.
“Wichita has become a national leader in fostering entrepreneurial spirit and enabling real-world entrepreneurship by students,” said Mary Beth Jarvis, President and CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “Thanks to support from the Greater Wichita Partnership’s Entrepreneurial Task Force and the e2e staff, as well as generous sponsorship by the Grumpy Old Men and Mr. Rudd and Standard Beverage Corp., we get to provide a giant stage – literally – to help recognize the progress being created for our city by these programs and the amazing young people excelling in them.”
Featuring hands-on, interactive activities for youth, the e2e FuturEpreneurship Expo is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. at the Wichita Boathouse. A variety of activities will be offered by representatives of Camp Destination Innovation, DECA, EmpowerHer, the K-8 Do Entrepreneurship initiative, Youth Entrepreneurs and Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge and other programs.
After the Expo, attention will shift to the RedGaurd Stage for Newman's performance.
“I am ecstatic to be able to perpetuate my father’s legacy of the Grumpy Old Men in supporting the Randy Newman Concert,” said Doug Stark, chief operations officer of Grumpy Old Men. “I have wanted to bring Mr. Newman to Wichita for a number of years. So to be able to fold this in as a ‘top shelf’ event for Riverfest, in conjunction with the incredible energy of the e2e organization, is a ‘win-win’ for this community.”
This year's Riverfest features the theme River Madness, submitted with accompanying artwork by local artists Rebekah Lewis and Josh Tripoli. The festival will highlight headlining performances from Flaming Lips, OK Go, Common, Mavis Staples, Locash, Less Than Jake, Foxygen, Jonathan Nelson, Wichita Symphony Orchestra and many more.
Admission to all Riverfest concerts is free with a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $10, and children’s buttons (available while supplies last for kids ages 6-12) are $5. Buttons are available at an early-bird discount price of $7 for adults and $3 for children via preorder at SelectASeat.com, and in person April 10-May 4 at Cox Solutions stores
Wichita's Riverfest, organized by Wichita Festivals, Inc., began as part of the city’s centennial celebration in 1970. Since then, It's evolved into the biggest party in Wichita! In 1972, May 27 was selected as the date to observe both the Wichitennial River Festival and Traders Day. The observance was later expanded into a 10 day Riverfest celebration occurring around the same time each year.
Riverfest has continued to grow year after year, featuring a variety of concerts, parades, car shows, food, competitions, activities, events, snacks, fireworks and much, much more. You'll find entertainment from dawn until dusk at the Wichita Riverfest.