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THE LARGEST FESTIVAL IN THE STATE: Three Things to Know About Wichita’s Riverfest

Riverfest is the largest and longest continuously running festival in the state and one of the largest outdoor festivals in the nation. If you’re new to Wichita or need a recap, here are three things to know about one of Wichita’s most #RelentlesslyOriginal events.

1. Riverfest supports an artist-in-residence every year. The visiting artist engages with Wichitans throughout the festival with their own art installations and activities. 

riverfest 2018 artist in residence jooyoung choi poses during the sundown parade

2. There is a lot of hype around the concert lineup. Boasting numerous stages, Riverfest features everything from national headliners to local hit bands. All genres are celebrated including classical, R&B, gospel, country and more. See the full list of concerts here.

guitarist singer and performer at riverfest in wichita kansas 2018

3. There are more than 100 events, including dodgeball, hot air balloon rides, river tours, stock tank races and more. Plus, the food court is filled with the aroma of roasted corn, oversized corn dogs and chicken on a stick. Grab a snack or two with a cup of hand-squeezed lemonade and you’re ready to party at Riverfest.

What will you do at Riverfest?

hot air balloons at riverfest in wichita kansas with skyline


Wichita offers the best of both worlds: bold city life and peaceful neighborhood vibes. Enjoy a tree-covered neighborhood during the day and rock out at Public at the Brickyard in the middle of downtown after dark. Uncover downtown’s first-ring neighborhoods Riverside or College Hill for an unexpected mix of historic homes and new developments.

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