August 20 // Downtown Riverfest at Fawick Park // 5-11 p.m.
Downtown Riverfest is back for its ninth year at a new location. Come by foot, bike, canoe, or kayak on August 20 from 5-11 p.m. to join the fun at Fawick Park. Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) marketing manager Tenley Schwartz says the change is to avoid construction.
“It’s a new spot on the same riverside with a similar feel. The event includes the same type of vendors, programming, and music that make Riverfest a beloved community event,” she explained. “One of the biggest benefits is the increased size and space of Fawick’s amphitheater in comparison to the previous Cherapa amphitheater.”
Did You Know?
Did you know? DTSF only has six employees. That means that volunteers play an important role in Riverfest, which is a large-scale event. This includes setup, working the beer tent, or closing out the night with event teardown.
Get more volunteer information for you and/or a group.
This year’s musical acts include Back Alley, Mat D & the Roadside Revival, and Laney Lou & the Bird Dogs. The latter is an energetic Americana band with four-part harmonies, hailing from Bozeman, MT.
“The Bird Dogs share honest stories and immersive tunes that get their audience dancing, singing, and laughing along,” said Schwartz. “Their bluegrass style is infused with pop and rock influences for a truly one-of-a-kind show.”
Schwartz says Riverfest has been a great way to celebrate the end of summer.
“[Mat D & the Roadside Revival is a] South Dakota roots rock brand that brings excellent showmanship and incredible musicality to the stage. You don’t want to miss their gritty, soulful sound.” – Tenley Schwartz
“Riverfest feels like one last hurrah. In late August, students are returning to school and families are wrapping up summer plans,” said Schwartz. “Riverfest is a great reminder that summer’s not over quite yet.”
A portion of Downtown Riverfest’s beer sales proceeds goes towards the DTSF organization to continue Riverfest and other popular DTSF events. A handful of other non-profits will also be present at the event, including Friends of the Big Sioux River and the Big Sioux River Project.
Downtown Riverfest is pet friendly.
“We’re especially excited to have Friends of the Big Sioux and the Big Sioux River Project sharing information on river health,” said Tenley of the non-profits. “It’s only natural to make sure we’re caring for Riverfest’s namesake, the Big Sioux river.”
The free event has a wide range of food trucks and drink vendor options. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair to relax, and picnic tables are also available. For family fun, Schwartz says there is also music and activities at the kids tent. There is also an Undeniably Dairy ice cream scavenger hunt.
“It’s wild! If Riverfest was a child, it’d be in elementary school! It’s grown into a regionally recognized event with headliners traveling to take part.” – Tenley Schwartz
While the location is different, Schwartz says it’s the “same, amazing riverside party.”
“The community shows up and celebrates every year,” she continued, “and we’re excited to welcome everyone back for another great day of music and fun.”