Yorkville River Fest

Yorkville River Fest        

Friday, July 14 & Saturday, July 15
Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville)


Join the Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department and the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce for a weekend filled with food, live country music, family activities, the Whitewater Festival, and more!  Formally known as River Night/Ribs on the River, Yorkville River Fest is the same great festival providing family-friendly fun all weekend long!

Friday, July 14 (5-10pm)


Families will enjoy bounce houses, human foosball, cardboard boat flotilla, homebrew tasting, and live entertainment by Hillbilly Rockstarz (7-10pm).  

3rd Annual Cardboard Canoe Race (5-7pm)


Get your supplies ready to race the rapids in your own cardboard canoe!  Two competitions are offered - Build Off-Site or Build On-Site.  For more information download the Cardboard Boat Flotilla Registration Information!

Homebrew Tasting (5-10pm)


The Homebrew Tasting is back again this year featuring 2425 Brewing Co. and Reveter Brewing!  For $10 a person, you will receive a tasting glass, try all four homebrews, and a 14oz glass of beer from the beer tent!  

 FEATURED BEERS
  • Witchy Woman (California Common):  A light beer with toasty and caramel flavors
  • Black Rabbit (Black IPA):  A dry, hop-forward beer similar to an IPA, but dark in color with no roasted or burnt flavor.
  • United City Ale (American Ale):  A full-flavored American Ale with full malt and hoppy flavors.  Finished dry, but clean.
  • America Pale Wheat Ale:  An ale beer brewed with wheat and a refreshing citrus finish.

Family Activities


APPLE SHOTS (5-8pm)
Take your best shot with a giant slingshot to place apples inside a canoe floating on the river!  For every apple placed in the canoe gets entered into a drawing for a cash prize!

HUMAN FOOSBALL GAME (5-9pm)
Work as a team connected to poles to score against the other team!

FAMILY AREA (5-8pm)
Art Projects Presented by Fox River Academy of Music & Art
Septran Touch-A-Bus
Face Painting
Bounce Houses

Saturday, July 15 (Noon-10pm)


Join us for a day filled with family activities, delicious food, the Whitewater Festival, Whiskey Acres Tasting, and LIVE COUNTRY MUSIC!

County Band Line-Up


  • County Line Brothers (Noon-2pm)
  • Whiskeyfist (3-6pm)
  • Whiskey Romance (7-10pm)

Illinois Whitewater Festival (10-6pm)

Bring your boat, paddling skills, family and friends for a fun day on the Fox River as you test your kayaking or canoeing skills at the 4th Annual Illinois Whitewater Festival on Saturday, July 15 from 9:00am-5:00pm on the Marge Cline Whitewater Course (301 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville IL).  This event will feature two competitions including the Slalom Whitewater Competition which is part of the Buttercup Slalom Series and a Boater Cross event sponsored by World Kayak! 

The Slalom Whitewater Competition begins at 10:00am and concludes at 5:00pm.  A participant meeting will be held at 9:45am for all slalom racers.  Registration is required and can be completed at http://cwa.wildapricot.org/ or day-of registration will be accepted from 9:00-10:00pm.  Registration is $15.  The Boater Cross event, sponsored by World Kayak, will begin at 5:30pm.  Day-of registration will be accepted and is free to participate!   Although these events are competitive in nature, all competitors and skills levels are welcome, as we stress fun and safety while enjoying the recreational opportunities on the Fox River! 

Families and competitors are also invited to enjoy the Yorkville River Fest hosted by the United City of Yorkville and the Yorkville Area Chamber of Commerce at River Front Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville) on Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15!  This festival will feature food, live country music, family activities, and more! 

For more information on the 4th Annual Illinois Whitewater Festival contact Andy Cocallas at 847-830-4877 or
acocallas@sbcglobal.net.  


Whiskey Acres Tasting (3-6pm)


Whiskey Acres Distilling Company will be hosting a tasting during the Yorkville River Fest!  Four 30 minute sessions will be offered at 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm, and 5:15pm.  For $10/person, participants will enjoy three 1/4 oz tastes of Whiskey Acres bourbon, rye, and vodka as well as one craft cocktail while learning about the history of whiskey production and Whiskey Acre's estate distillery.

Sessions are limited to 30 people, so preregistration is encouraged and can be completed online at www.yorkvilleparksandrecreation.com.  Registration will be taken the day of the event as space allows.  

whiskey acres

Family Activities


APPLE SHOTS (5-8pm)
Take your best shot with a giant slingshot to place apples inside a canoe floating on the river!  For every apple placed in the canoe gets entered into a drawing for a cash prize!

HUMAN FOOSBALL GAME (Noon-9pm)
Work as a team connected to poles to score against the other team!

FAMILY AREA 
Art Projects Presented by Fox River Academy of Music & Art (Noon-8pm)
Septran Touch-A-Bus (Noon-8pm)
Face Painting (2-5pm)
Bounce Houses (1-6pm)


Don't Forget About The Food!


The smell of BBQ Ribs will fill the park all weekend long as the Knights of Columbus provide their award winning ribs!  For $12 a dinner, you will receiver a half slab of ribs, corn, and cole slaw.  If you're not a fan of ribs, additional local food vendors including Pepe's, Trinity Church, and Rosati's will also be in attendance selling their fan favorites!

Join The Fun


Join the weekend of fun while gaining valuable exposure online and to the community!  For more information contact Shay at 630-553-4357. 



Premier River Fest Sponsor
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Beer Tent Sponsor

BRENART

Taste of Yorkville Sponsor

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Family Area Sponsor

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Showcase Sponsor

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Show Case Sponsor

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York Towne Dental Logo

Wristband Sponsor

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Napkin Sponsor

First National Bank

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Napkin Sponsor & Media Sponsor

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Cardboard Canoe Race Sponsor

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Cardboard Canoe Race Sponsor

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Cardboard Canoe Race Sponsors

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Napkin Sponsor

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Apple Shots Game Sponsor

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Friends of the River Fest

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