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

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Schedule of Activities

Friday, July 14th

(all activities in Simard-Payne Park)

9 AM – 3 PM  Uplift LA Kickball Tournament

10 AM – 5 PM  Franco Center Open House

11 AM – 7 PM  Food Truck Festival

11 AM – 6 PM  Shop Local Market

11 AM – 8 PM  Beer Garden

11 AM – Dusk  Canoe Rentals

Noon – 6 PM Regatta Competitor Registration & Parking

4 PM – 9 PM  Live Music

Saturday, July 15th

8 AM – 12 PM  RiverFest Regatta Races, Simard-Payne

10 AM – 5 PM  Franco Center Open House

12 PM – 3 PM  Waterfront Activities

8 AM – 3 PM  Shop Local Market

11 AM – 3 PM  Food Trucks, Simard-Payne

11 AM – 3 PM  Beer Garden

12 PM – Dusk  Canoe Rentals

1 PM – 2 PM  Community Floatilla

Uplift LA Kickball Tournament

Hosted by the region’s rising professionals, the two game round robin with playoffs features two fields of play throughout Friday. Teams of 10-12 will compete for a $100 team prize and bragging rights, and celebrate the winners and participants in the beer garden for a social hour.
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RiverFest Regatta


A 1500-meter stake race featuring rowers from across Maine and New England. This event’s safety, registration, and execution is managed by Lewiston Rowing. Friday afternoon offers early registration packet pick up and practice rows on the race course. Races begin at 8 AM Saturday and run throughout the morning.

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Boat Rentals

Webb & Sons Paddling Rentals will be offering canoes and kayaks for rent by the half hour and hour, launching from the Lewiston dock in Simard Payne all day Friday, and noon until dusk Saturday.  Life Vests and equipment are included, and this is a great way to see the cities’ skyline and canals.

Paddle After Hours with ALT

Enjoy the Auburn Lewiston skyline at sunset, with an easy launch from the boat dock. Bring your own vessel or rent a canoe or kayak on site. The Androscoggin river and shore lines are great for residents and visitors alike. Group launch at 5:30 with Androscoggin Land Trust!

Family Activities with the YMCA

Bring the kids and join the fun with the YMCA 9-3 on Saturday! The YMCA’s team will be on hand with bounce houses, face painting, games, and kids activities. With a special focus on water safety, you can bring your own lifejacket or try on different styles to learn about safe fits for your family; and learn about how to tell if water is safe to play around.

Live, Local Music

On the stage in Simard-Payne’s Amphitheater, Friday, overlooking the river. Live music from 4-9:00 PM, with our headliner taking the stage at 8 PM. 

This year’s music lineup:



Fake Feelings

Simple City

Mahogany Walton – Maine’s Got Talent 2023 Winner

Beer Garden

The Beer Garden will open at 11:00 AM both Friday and Saturday, overlooking the amphitheater and river. The garden is large enough to offer casual seating, lawn games, a cornhole tournament, all under a large tent. The garden is 21+, with beer, wine, and cold drinks available.

Food Trucks

Licensed, local food trucks will be serving up food options for Friday lunch and dinner and Saturday lunch, all  accepting cash and credit onsite.

Shop Local Market

Dozens of local small businesses, artisans and crafters will share their products and hand made items for sale. With on-the-spot caricatures by The Art of J, hand sewn totes and bags, and books and gifts by Quiet City Books, there is sure to be something for everyone.  Check #RiverFest on Instagram and Facebook for featured sellers and items!

Great Falls Flotilla

A party on the river, with room for all! The Great Falls Flotilla, a free + family friendly event, is a paddle from the Simard-Payne dock to the falls and back. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be awarded! Grab your friends, your family, your scout troop, or your co-workers and plan ahead! All types of vessels are welcome – canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and more.

Prizes will be awarded for best decorated, best group theme, most vessels rafted together, and more!

All boaters should pre-register to sign the safety waiver and receive updates on river and weather conditions. Register before July 12 and be entered to win a picnic prize pack! The Great Falls Flotilla will have an easy to access boat drop off location at Simard-Payne dock, and safety boats will be on the water for the duration of all water events.


Franco Center Open House

The Franco Center will host a two-day Open House with activities for everyone to enjoy! There will be music, dancing, eating, heritage tours, local artist work on display, and other fun stuff! Free admission.

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