The Wyoming Valley Riverfest is held every summer in June. This year – 2014 – it runs from Friday, June 20th through Sunday, June 22nd. If you’re tired of being cooped up indoors or have children who want to get out of the house and do something, then the Wyoming Valley Riverfest may be just what you’ve been hoping for. There will be outdoor activities for kids, musical performances, nature walks, and several trips down the river in a canoe or kayak, among other things.
The Wyoming Valley Riverfest starts at 6pm on Friday, June 20th and runs through 3pm on Sunday, June 22nd. It takes place at two of the three Wilkes-Barre River Front Parks – more specifically, Nesbitt Park and River Commons.
Friday – June 20, 2014
Riverfest’s opening ceremony takes place on Friday night at 6pm, and will last until around 9pm. The opening ceremony takes place at River Commons, in the Millennium Circle Portal. It features a live band – a Pete Seeger tribute band – along with Don Shapelle & the Pickups and George Wesley. Other activities include fishing, painting a community mural, and games and arts and crafts for children. There will be numerous types of food vendors to choose from. Of course, you could always kick off Riverfest a little earlier – the first river trip, which involves going from West Pittston to Wilkes-Barre, starts at 4pm.
Saturday – June 21, 2014
The Wyoming Valley River Tours are just one of the many things to do at Riverfest on Saturday. If you have your own canoe or kayak, it must be registered prior to the beginning of the event, which starts at 7:30 am in Nesbitt Park. The registration fee includes a shuttle service, a commemorative t-shirt and more. However, if you don’t have your own boat, you can rent one from Endless Mountain Outfitters or Susquehanna Kayak and Canoe Rentals, both of whom are coordinating the river trip.
If going into the water doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, you can always stay on land and take part in the many things going on in Nesbitt Park. There will be an art exhibit, guided nature hikes, a mountain bike tour and several live musical performances. For the kids, there are art and nature programs, a tree climb, a live mammal program, a bounce house and much more.
Sunday – June 22, 2014
The last day of the Wyoming Valley Riverfest kicks off at 10am with Dragon Boat Races. The races last all afternoon, ending at 3pm. There is another river trip going on that day as well, starting in Wilkes-Barre and ending at Hemlock Creek. After the last Dragon Boat Race and the final kayaker (or canoe-er) is done, Riverfest is over – until next year!
The Wyoming Valley Riverfest is a yearly outdoor celebration that takes place on banks of the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre. It features trips down the river to various destinations, and a number of fun outdoor activities. The entire point of Riverfest is to get outside and enjoy nature. So, what are you waiting for?