The Riverfest

RiverFest is a two-day event occurring along the Androscoggin River in Auburn and Lewiston. 

Featuring a kickball tournament, Regatta, food trucks, an artisan fair, beer garden and two nights of live, local music, this festival is free and open to the public. You can find all the details here, and separate registration is required for the Kickball Tournament and RiverFest Regatta. 

This event is in partnership with WIGY 105.5, and live remote broadcasts will occur throughout the festival.

Schedule of Activities

Friday, June 17th

(all activities in Simard-Payne Park)

9 AM – 3 PM  Uplift LA Kickball Tournament
10 AM – 2 PM  Trek Across Maine Welcome + Spectating
12 PM – 6 PM  Food Truck
12 PM – 5 PM  RiverFest Regatta Practice Rows

2 PM – 10 PM  Roopers Beverage Beer Garden
4 PM – Dusk  Canoe Rentals

5 PM – 10 PM  Live Music
5 PM – 8 PM  Paddle After Hours

Saturday, June 18th

8 AM – 2 PM  RiverFest Regatta Start Line, Simard-Payne
10 AM – 6 PM  Artisan Craft Fair, Auburn Festival Plaza
10 AM – 3 PM  Art in the Park, Auburn Bonney Park

11 AM – end  RiverFest Regatta viewing @ Gritty’s

11 AM – 7 PM  Food Trucks, Simard-Payne
2 PM – 10 PM  Roopers Beverage Beer Garden
3 PM – Dusk  Canoe Rentals
5 PM – 10 PM  Live Music, Simard-Payne Stage

Uplift LA Kickball Tournament

Hosted by the region’s rising professionals, the tournament features two fields of play throughout Friday. Teams of 10-12 will compete for a $100 team prize and bragging rights, and celebrate with an awards ceremony and social hour at 5PM.
Register Here

RiverFest Regatta 2.0

A full day regatta that is supported by local rowing clubs, and draws nationally within the rowing community. This event’s safety, registration, and execution is managed by Lewiston Rowing. Friday afternoon offers early registration packet pick up, boat drop-off and storage, and practice rows on the race course. Races begin at 8 AM Saturday and run throughout the day.

Register Here

Boat Rentals

Webb & Sons Paddling Rentals will be offering canoes and more for rent by the half hour and hour, launching from the Lewiston dock in Simard Payne when the race course is quiet. Life Vests and equipment are included, and this is a great way to see the cities’ skyline and canals.

Paddle After Hours

This will be a sunset paddle from 5 PM-Dusk Friday evening is hosted with Androscoggin Land Trust. Bring your own vessel or rent a canoe or kayak on site. The organized paddle tours of the Androscoggin river and shore lines are great for residents and visitors alike.

Live, Local Music

On the stage in Simard-Payne, two nights of local music will feature singer songwriters, small bands, and build to a rocking headliner.

Beer Garden

The Roopers Beverage Beer Garden will open by 2:00 PM both Friday and Saturday, at the foot of the main stage and overlooking the river. The garden is large enough to offer casual seating, lawn games, and various pop-up shade tents. The garden is 21+, with beer, wine, and cold drinks available.

Food Trucks

Licensed, local food trucks will be serving up food options on Saturday, accepting cash and credit onsite.

Art in the Park

Join us between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM for a celebration of art in the heart of Auburn. The 3rd annual Art in the Park is an extraordinary event located in Bonney Park (284 Main Street), and will feature fine art vendors from across the region.  

Downtown Handmade Vintage Artisan Craft Fair

An Artisan craft fair featuring more than a dozen vendors will be in Festival Plaza in Auburn. With metal, leather, print, paper and fiber artists on hand, you will find both ideal gifts and your new favorite item.

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