Uptown’s RiverFest Weekend
Friday, May 09, 2014 – Saturday, May 10, 2014
Woodruff Park, Riverwalk and Riverwalk Island
Admission is FREE both days!
Muscogee Moms is excited to be part of Uptown’s RiverFest 2014 event on Saturday, May 10th from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. We’ll be handing out lollypops and bookmarks to all the kids. Plus, we’ll have another great giveaway that you can enter to win. Look for us among the artisan vendors. Stop by our booth and say Hi!
Friday, May 9th Events
Riverfront Splash Pad– Grand Opening
The fun starts Friday at 4 p.m. with the grand opening of the NEW Riverfront Splash Pad. Dress your kids in their swimsuits and bring them to Woodruff Park (10th Street and Bay Ave) to play in this awesome new attraction.
At 7 p.m. the Uptown Concert Series will kick off RiverFest Weekend with music by “The Ultimate Eagles Tribute – On the Border” on the main stage at Woodruff Park.
Saturday, May 10th Events
RiverFest officially begins at 9 a.m. with activities, live music along the river, food from around the state, and much more. The Boy Scouts are taking over Woodruff Park for their annual Boy Scout Expo. Kids of all ages will enjoy geocaching, Tomahawk throwing contests, an outdoor cook-off, archery activities, and live music on the main stage all day.
The Dragon Boat Races will take place in front of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Over 45 teams are competing in this 2nd annual event. Heats will take place at regular intervals all from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe will captain their respective municipal rowing teams when they face off in the inaugural Mayors Cup Dragon Boat Race.
Riverfront Splash Pad
The water at the new Riverfront Splash Pad will operational on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dress your kids in their swimsuits and bring them to Woodruff Park (10th Street and Bay Ave) to play in this awesome new attraction.
Additional river activities
Additional activities taking place upstream at River Walk Island include Stand Up Paddling, Kayak demonstrations, boatercross, and whitewater rafting.
Refreshments & Food Vendors
Food trucks, local eateries, and artisan vendors will be located on the pavement sidewalk in front of CSU at Woodruff Park and on the Dillingham Street Bridge.
Chalk artists and pavement Picassos of all ages will turn the sidewalks along 10th Avenue (between Bay Avenue and 10th Street) into colorful drawings during The Methodist Children’s Home’s Sidewalk Arts Festival. Click here for details on how you can register for your square. The winners will be announced on the main stage at 6:30 p.m.
In 1864, a fleet of Ironclad Gunboats escaped certain capture or destruction by doing something that Ironclads were absolutely not designed to do — run white water rapids! Don’t miss the recreation of this 150-year old feat at 10 a.m. at RiverWalk Island.
Uptown Concert Finale
The festival finale concert will be “Live at the Fillmore” at 8 p.m. on the main stage.
Saturday, May 10th Events
To commemorate One Year on the Chattahoochee, Whitewater Express is offering discounted rafting trips for just $28 per person. Featuring the calmer, family-friendly rapids. Perfect for kids ages 8 and older. Trips are scheduled for 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. To book your trip, click here.
10 Things to Know if You Go:
- Dress for the weather! The forecast calls for scattered thunderstorms and highs in the upper 70s.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes! Activities will stretch from RiverWalk Island to the Coca-Cola Space Science Center.
- Bring extra cash. Admission is free, but you’ll need cash for the food and artisan vendors.
- Pack extra water and snacks for hungry kids.
- Restroom facilities will be available along the Riverwalk, at the Phenix City Amphitheatre, and strategically placed Porta-potties.
- Take hand sanitizer or wipes.
- Don’t forget your hats, sunglasses and sunscreen!
- Think safety!! Woodruff Park and the Riverwalk will be very crowded. If your family gets separated, tell your children to look for one of the “Purple People.”
- Bring folding chairs or a large blanket if you plan to stay for the nightly concerts.
- Pack your children’s swimsuits, towels, and spare clothing so they can visit the new RiverWalk Splash Pad.