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New Events To Check Out At Riverfest This Year

It's so hard to be that Riverfest kicks off 15 days from now.  The largest party of the summer in Kansas, the 47th Wichita Riverfest, is set to kick off June 1 in downtown Wichita, and consists of nine days of fun and excitement along the Arkansas River.

Visitors can expect all the beloved Riverfest traditions like the cardboard regatta, Jet Ski races, food court and Kid’s Corner, but there are also many new activities this year:

Squonk Opera

Began more than 20 years ago in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Show brings human-powered stages celebrating bicycles and sustainable energy with a side of chamber rock music

Six musicians play on giant moving stages powered by six cyclists beneath them


The Last Carnival

Circus school out of Lawrence, Kansas

Performers put on a show including acrobats, aerialists and contortionists; help others learn how to juggle or spin plates

Includes opportunity for crowd to take a picture on a giant trapeze several feet off the ground


XPogo Stunt Team

Extreme pogo sport team puts on an exhilarating show

Currently the team holds 13 Guinness World Records

Have done more than 10,000 live performances in 23 countries


Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show 

Professionals put on a show involving log rolling, wood chopping, sawing and axe-throwing

World champion lumberjacks perform daily during Wichita Riverfest


Wichita eSports

College teams and general population teams are invited to compete for prizes in the first Wichita eSports competition at Wichita Riverfest

Free game play and virtual reality games available


Fest Quest

Download the 2018 Wichita Riverfest app on your smartphone to scan QR codes at various festival locations

Anyone who finds all 18 QR codes is entered into a drawing to win $1,000 from Meritrust Credit Union


Dinosaur Day

Celebrate the new Field Station: Dinosaurs with a Dino Dig at Wichita Riverfest

Kids will get to dig for fossils and dinosaur bones.


22ndAnnual Spring KidFest

KidFest is moving to Riverfest this year, offering video game zones, inflatables and other activities for kids

Parents and children get in free with a Riverfest button.  There will also be appearances by Marvel superheroes like Thor and Black Panther

For more information on what’s going on during the 2018 Wichita Riverfest, go to the Visit Wichita website.

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