Wichita Festivals Kick Off 42nd Annual Riverfest

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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Friday, May 31, 2013

Wichita Festivals kicked off the first day of the Wichita Riverfest in Downtown Wichita. The festival lasts until June 8.

"We're trying to build on the traditions...plus building some new traditions in, so, come on down and check out all the activities, old and new," said Mary Beth Jarvis, president and CEO of Wichita Festivals.

The grand opening events include, Sundown Parade at 6:30 p.m., Twilight Pops Concert featuring Chris Mann at 8:30 p.m, and fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

Admission for the nine-day festival is a Riverfest button. Adult buttons are $5. Children buttons are $3 for kids ages 6 to 12. Children 5 years and younger get into the festival for free.

For information about street closures, click here.

For Riverfest updates, click here.

To volunteer, click here.


City of Wichita officials said high flows have left the Arkansas River unsafe for public use due to concerns about debris and high currents.

During the Wichita River Festival, the City of Wichita will display colored flags at the Douglas and Lewis Street bridges to inform festivalgoers about river-water quality and flow based on daily testing.

The City has established three advisory levels based on river flows and testing results.

· A blue flag signifies the river is fine for recreational activities.

· A green flag signifies the river is still suitable for use, but subject to advisory conditions.

· An orange flag signifies the river is not for public use due to an extraordinary event, like high river flows and velocities.

River flows and water quality testing are evaluated daily, which may cause flag colors to change.

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