See & Do


Located in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, Oaklawn has been one of the premiere Thoroughbred racetracks in the country since 1904, best known as home of the $1 million Arkansas Derby. Today, Oaklawn also offers a full house of fun and excitement day and night, all year long. The gaming facility features Blackjack with real cards, Roulette, the newest and most popular games and the award-winning Silks Bar & Grill. Oaklawn is excited to be Riverfest's presenting sponsor! Be sure to stop by our tent to receive some awesome giveaways. Plus, make sure to join us Saturday for the Oaklawn Gaming National Baggo Championship near the Clinton Presidential Center.


Don’t miss the Fireworks Show on Sunday night, June 4th, to conclude the 40th anniversary celebration. Music will be simulcast throughout Riverfront Park and broadcast on The Point 94.1. Thank you to First Security Bank for presenting Arkansas’ largest fireworks display. You don’t want to miss this spectacular show!


Visit Verizon onsite for unlimited fun including a chance for an upgraded Riverfest experience, selfie station, swag and other prizes. As the exclusive wireless provider of Riverfest, Verizon's booth also will feature charging stations for all attendees' devices, regardless of their carrier.


RIDES, RIDES, and more RIDES! Join us at the East end of the park at Riverfest in 2017 for a midway like you've never seen before. Joining us from Louisiana, Lowery Carnival will have a variety of fair rides and games to choose from! So be sure and come down to get the best view of the festival from atop the ferris wheel!



The Clinton Presidential Center's next temporary exhibition, Xtreme BUGS, opened in April 2017. Xtreme BUGS will bring you up close and personal with larger-than-life animatronic bugs – including a honey bee, a praying mantis, ants, and many more. You will be transported into a vivid, dynamic, and awe-inspiring new environment, where you can see the fascinating physical characteristics of bugs and the science behind their mind-boggling behaviors. By exploring why bugs look and behave as they do, you can gain a new perspective on the tiny creatures we often consider pests. The exhibit is on display April 22- July 23, 2017.

The Clinton Presidential Center is offering $2.00 off regular admission when you show your Riverfest admission wristband.


While you’re enjoying the Riverfest festivities, make sure to stop by the Sweet Baby Ray’s display! We will be giving away full bottles of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce in a variety of flavors along with coupons good for any Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce at your local retailers. You will also have the opportunity to get a custom photo taken that includes a one-of-a-kind photo overlay. So, make sure to find us and stop by to say hello!

Patrón Cocktail Lounge

Patrón Spirits will peddle (literally) its dynamic Mobile Cocktail Lab into Riverfest where a team of Patrón bartenders, including local Arkansas -based talent, will play the role of “cocktail sommeliers” throughout the weekend. Rather than focusing on a set menu, the bartenders will use tablets to walk guests through the Patrón Cocktail Lab interface - a resource on - that expertly asks questions about personalized flavor preferences and offers the best cocktail to try as a result. Over the course of the weekend, they’ll demonstrate the versatility of Patrón as they craft hundreds of bespoke cocktails that match the palates of festival goers.

Bridgestone Experience

Visit the Bridgestone Experience for fun and memorable activities. Get your name on our racing simulator leaderboard, hop in front of our green screen with your friends and family for a shareable cinemagraph, test your tire knowledge with our trivia game, and participate in our Bridgestone Road Trip Tracker, which provides consumers with a map of their life’s travels to share with friends.

The Dunkirk Prologue Experience

When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came for them. Warner Bros. Pictures will take audiences on a stunning journey into the action of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Dunkirk” with an immersive presentation of the film’s acclaimed prologue. In advance of the film’s July 21st theatrical release, The Dunkirk Prologue Experience will give moviegoers a special preview of the epic action thriller.

The tour will be open Sunday, June 4th from 12-9pm.
Free admission to experience the immersive mobile cinema experience!


Whether you fancy a beverage off the vine or from the grain, our craft beer and wine lounge is the place for you! You can find two Barrel & Brew locations throughout festival grounds conveniently located inside the Amphitheater or at the Clinton Presidential Center. Featured in each lounge will be an array of boutique wines as well as a variety of craft beer! Drop in for a brew, or stay a while and have a few. 


The Delta Dental Smile Cam is back with two ways for you to capture your favorite festival moments. Use the Riverfest/Delta Dental Smile Cam filter on Snapchat and share on social media using the hashtags #SmileByAR & #Riverfest40. Or stop by the Delta Dental of Arkansas tent on Saturday, June 3rd from 2-4pm and take a free picture in our smile booth.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @DeltaDentalAR and be sure to show off your best smile on Riverfest weekend! 


RockWithArvest is your chance to win $50.00 in Riverbucks! Participating is easy- just stop by the Arvest booth and play a quick game of arcade-style basketball. You can even bring a friend and challenge them! Whoever has the top spot on the leaderboard will win $50.00 in Riverbucks! Winners will be chosen at 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 on Saturday and Sunday. You have multiple chances to win! You can follow along and check the leaderboard by following the #RockwithArvest hashtag on Facebook. We can’t wait to rock with you at Riverfest this year!


Cruise right up to the Riverfest entrance on your bike. Drop it off at Bobby’s Bike Hike on your way in. They valet park it for free, and you walk inside with a ticket. Hand them the ticket back when you want to leave, and they'll retrieve your bike. It's simple, convenient, encourages exercise and should be at every festival in town.


Working to reduce and eventually eliminate illness and deaths due to HIV, AIDS, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections(STIs), and to assure that an up-to-date continuum of care services is available to all HIV-infected persons living in Arkansas. The mission of the STI/HIV/Hepatitis C/TB Section of the Arkansas Department Health, in collaboration with community partners, is to prevent, treat and provide access to quality care, control and monitor the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections to protect the health of the public and all Arkansans.  Our vision is to: Improve the public’s understanding of HIV and all Sexually Transmitted Infections, eradicate stigma, discrimination and health disparities surrounding HIV and all Sexually Transmitted Infections, Strengthen systems of STI treatment and HIV care, advocate for public policy to alleviate the human and economic costs of HIV and all Sexually Transmitted Infections. For more information on STI/HIV/Hepatitis C/TB  resources and services, please visit our website , or call 501-661-2408.


Stop by and visit with your friends at Ford for a chance SPIN AND WIN! The Ford exhibit will be fully loaded with 6 iPads to register to win, and a big screen “wheel”. Spin the wheel like you would in a casino and you’ll get the chance to win one of many prizes! Want to hear the best part? No one walks away without WINNING!


Hardees returns to Riverfest 2017 in style! Stop by the Hardee’s booth to pick up coupons, win prizes, learn about our fantastic new products and meet the Hardee’s Happy Star. We’ll see you there!


The Go Army Experience, a 5,000 square foot interactive display area, showcases the options & opportunities offered by the U.S. Army. From simulators & demonstrations to hands-on experiences & physical competitions, the Go Army Experience connects visitors with the extraordinary Soldiers & leading-edge technology that makes the U.S. Army one of the most elite oranizations in the world, helping the Army share its story with the American public in a personal & experiential way.


Megalight, Inc. will be representing local utility Entergy Arkansas at Riverfest 2017. In order to raise awareness for their energy efficient lighting program, Megalight will be distributing FREE Energy Star lighting products to all qualified attendees with an option to also purchase LED packages at a discount provided by Entergy. Please join us in helping promote energy conservation throughout Entergy Arkansas service area while we all enjoy the community festival.

Johnsonville Big Taste Grill

The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill will be selling brats to benefit Riverfest, Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. We will also be distributing coupons, giving away Johnsonville branded merchandise and promoting The Johnsonville Big Taste Grill is always helping raise money for charities. Since 1995, we have helped raise over $4 million for charities across the United States. Our exhibit will be located at the Clinton Library area of Riverfest.


Be sure and stop by the Bath Fitters display to learn about all of the latest innovations in bath remodeling. Located in front of the River Market Pavilions.


“Come visit us at the Marine Corps exhibit to test your strength on the pull up bar or your skills with a rifle in our Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Trainer, plus many other activities. High scores will receive a special prize. Do you have what it takes to win?”


The Nature Center offers an overview of wildlife conservation by showcasing the mission of the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission. Highlights of the center include a 9,000 gallon aquarium of native fish, watchable wildlife viewing area, nature exhibits, gift shop & an antique fishing tackle display. The center is the place to come for information about the natural divisions of Arkansas. Admission is free during Riverfest and special hours are Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Mobile Video Game Station

Mobile Video Gaming Station will entertain all ages with their amazing video game truck. Twenty people can play at the same time inside the amazing video game truck, and 8 more can play outside on two huge exterior HDTV’s! We can fit the whole crowd…stadium-style seating allows up to 20 guests inside! We have the greatest games from XBox 360, XBox One, Wii and Wii U, and Playstation 4! For more information please visit or


Tag A Child Sponsored In Part By Thv-11

For over 15 years, THV11 and Riverfest have worked together to help keep kids safe with Look For Sunny stickers. This year, we’re adding a child ID band provided by the Morgan Nick Foundation. Pick them up at Riverfest Information Booths and enjoy the festival.


Southern BMX Stunt Riders

The Southern BMX Stunt riders will blow your mind with their fearless antics all set to a radio friendly soundtrack. Be sure to catch them in one of their exciting performances at Riverfest.

Performance Times:

June 3rd & June 4th

2:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m.


Super Retriever Series "Rock The Dock"

The Super Retriever Series Super Dock, presented by Riverfest is once again making a SPLASH for the entire family. The SRS consists of many events, Super Fly and Super V are 2 of the favorites. It is comparable to track and field, only for dogs! Super Fly is the distance or long jump into the pool and Super V (Vertical) is the high jump competition also into a pool. Super Fly and Super V competitions are fun to watch as dogs test their skills on the dock. This year we are introducing Mini Fly for all our smaller dogs! If your dog likes to swim and retrieve be sure to bring him down and give it a try. All Amateur are welcome to enter our Amateur Super Fly Event. For more information on this great event, please visit and Super Retriever Series on facebook.

Saturday, June 3rd

1:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 4th

1:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m.

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