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River Fest is Skowhegan's annual multi-day celebration of recreation and life on the Kennebec.

River Fest returns August 3 with new and oldie-but-goodies activities for the whole family! Celebrate Skowhegan's history and future by checking out this year's schedule of events! Run of River will include a whitewater park with three wave features; terraced seating; a four-season, non-motorized trail system; a riverfront promenade; and pristine fishing waters with improved fish habitat.

When: River Fest 2021 is scheduled for August 3-8.

Designed to showcase the potential of the Kennebec River Gorge as the future home of Run of River, River Fest is Skowhegan's annual multi-day celebration of recreation and life on the Kennebec.

2021 River Fest Schedule

Where: Various location in downtown Skowhegan, Maine

2021 RIVER FEST SCHEDULE

The Municipal Parking Lot is located between High and Commercial streets.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Fly Fishing Clinic w/ Fins & Furs Adventures
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake George Regional Park (East)
More details for this Skowhegan Outdoors activity coming soon!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

National Night Out
5-8 p.m., Coburn Park
Join Skowhegan’s Police Department and other community organizations for an evening of fun in Coburn Park.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Outdoor Yoga
8:30-9:30 a.m., Lake George Regional Park (East)
More details for this Skowhegan Outdoors activity coming soon!

Discover Standup Paddle Boarding
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Lake George Regional Park (East)
More details for this Skowhegan Outdoors activity coming soon!

Drinking Alone 
2 p.m., Lakewood Theater
One might argue there’s dysfunction in every family. Then there’s the Todd family — a father who abandoned his alcoholic wife, a son who became a lonely workaholic and a daughter whose career thrived, but marriage failed, and you’ve got a recipe for conflict when they unite. But add to the mix the ‘other’ woman and an escort hired to pose as the son’s fiancé and the laughs and drama come fast and furious. Purchase tickets.

Lions Club Chicken Barbecue Dinner (Curbside Pickup) 
5 p.m., Municipal Parking Lot
Preorder your dinner! The Lions Club’s popular barbecue meal is back—for curbside pickup—and includes one half barbecued chicken, coleslaw, chips, a roll and butter, bottled water, and a whoopie pie. Ticket price $10.

River-Themed Trivia with Mary
6 p.m. Start, Bloomfield’s Tavern
Test your trivia skills at Bloomfield’s (40 Water St.).

Drinking Alone 
7 p.m., Lakewood Theater
One might argue there’s dysfunction in every family. Then there’s the Todd family — a father who abandoned his alcoholic wife, a son who became a lonely workaholic and a daughter whose career thrived, but marriage failed, and you’ve got a recipe for conflict when they unite. But add to the mix the ‘other’ woman and an escort hired to pose as the son’s fiancé and the laughs and drama come fast and furious. Purchase tickets.

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Moonlight Madness
5:30-9 p.m., Water and Commercial streets
Hosted by the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce, this popular event includes kids’ activities provided by Skowhegan Parks & Rec, live music, numerous vendors, and the famous bed races (see below). Vendors can register for Moonlight Madness here.

Thirsty Thursday Trivia
6:15 p.m., Bigelow Brewing
Test your knowledge with Tyler!

Bed Races
7 p.m., Water Street
Hosted by Skowhegan Parks & Rec, teams of five compete head to head in this madcap event by pushing beds on caster wheels down Water Street. See Parks & Rec for a registration form or register at Moonlight Madness until 6:30 p.m. For ages 14 and up.

Drinking Alone
8 p.m., Lakewood Theater
One might argue there’s dysfunction in every family. Then there’s the Todd family — a father who abandoned his alcoholic wife, a son who became a lonely workaholic and a daughter whose career thrived, but marriage failed, and you’ve got a recipe for conflict when they unite. But add to the mix the ‘other’ woman and an escort hired to pose as the son’s fiancé and the laughs and drama come fast and furious. Purchase tickets.

Friday, August 6, 2021

Skowhegan Rotary Club Lobster Bake (Curbside Pickup) 
11 a.m.-8 p.m., Municipal Parking Lot
Join the Rotary Club for the annual lobster bake! Pre-order, pre-pay, and pre-schedule your pick-up time! Must complete your purchase by July 30th. $17/single lobster meal or $27/double lobster meal. Each dinner includes corn on the cob, roll, butter, and a Bankery cookie. When you purchase your meals online, you will select the 1-hour time block to pick up your lobsters curbsideGet tickets here.

Drivers and Duffers Golf Classic
1 p.m., Lakewood Golf Course
This golf classic is put on by the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce. Registration includes one round of 18 holes, one ticket for a lobster dinner, and one player’s portion of a cart.

Where the Wild Things Are Story Walk
2-3 p.m., Philbrick Trail Head (by the water treatment plant)
Join Skowhegan Outdoors, in collaboration with Somerset Public Health, for a Where the Wild Things Are Story Walk along the riverside dirt paths of the Philbrick Trail system. We will strike out at a steady, family-friendly pace over trails that have some roots and rocks as we follow the boards to read all about the adventures of a young boy named Max who also ventures into the forest, and makes some incredible friends along the way. Where the Wild Things Are was written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and published in 1963. It is a beloved classic of children’s literature and the perfect complement to an afternoon stroll in the woods! This program will be suitable for all ages, especially families with young children.

The Shack
5 p.m., Bigelow Brewing
Enjoy music on the hill with local food and a brew!

Drinking Alone
8 p.m., Lakewood Theater
One might argue there’s dysfunction in every family. Then there’s the Todd family — a father who abandoned his alcoholic wife, a son who became a lonely workaholic and a daughter whose career thrived, but marriage failed, and you’ve got a recipe for conflict when they unite. But add to the mix the ‘other’ woman and an escort hired to pose as the son’s fiancé and the laughs and drama come fast and furious. Purchase tickets.

Glow Stick River Run
8:30 p.m., Route 2 rest area east of downtown
Bring some glow sticks and your canoe or kayak for a visually compelling experience! Registration is not required, and you must bring your own glow sticks. Skowhegan Parks & Rec has  some canoes and kayaks available for people to borrow—request ahead of time by calling 207-474-6901.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Somerset Bassmasters Riverfest Team Open
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Cleaver Boat Landing & Kennebec River
A Maine Bass Nation Tournament hosted by the Somerset Bassmasters and Skowhegan’s River Fest Committee. For details, rules, and registration info, click here.

Skowhegan Farmers’ Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Somerset Grist Mill parking lot, Court Street
Area farmers sell vegetables, meat, cheese, breads, and more.

Family Fun Day Activities
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Municipal Parking Lot
Presented by Skowhegan Parks & Rec, activities include rock-wall climbing, river rock painting, a watermelon-eating contest, and more.

Gorge Raft and/or Ducky Rides
9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., Kennebec River Gorge

Moxie Outdoor Adventures sponsors free rides down Skowhegan’s downtown river gorge! Check back for more details.

Rob Burnell Band 
5 p.m., Bigelow Brewing
The Rob Burnell Band is always a crowd pleaser!

Dinner in the Park
5-10 p.m., Coburn Park
Enjoy a delightful outdoor dining experience and a sky lit up with fireworks in beloved Coburn Park. The evening will include a cocktail hour, locally sourced buffet dinner, live auction, live music, and fireworks over the river. Event hosted by Main Street Skowhegan. Proceeds to benefit Skowhegan revitalization projects. Tickets go on sale soon!

Drinking Alone
8 p.m., Lakewood Theater
One might argue there’s dysfunction in every family. Then there’s the Todd family — a father who abandoned his alcoholic wife, a son who became a lonely workaholic and a daughter whose career thrived, but marriage failed, and you’ve got a recipe for conflict when they unite. But add to the mix the ‘other’ woman and an escort hired to pose as the son’s fiancé and the laughs and drama come fast and furious. Purchase tickets.

Fireworks
9 p.m., Great Eddy
Fireworks will light up the night sky. View this spectacular River Fest culmination from downtown, the eddy, or the pedestrian bridge. If there is a downpour or severe weather,  the rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 8. Please check the Skowhegan River Fest Facebook page for updates if there is inclement weather.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Double Entendre 
1 p.m., Bigelow Brewing
Enjoy brunch and live music on the hill.

Set in Stone
5-6:15 p.m., Coburn Park 
Enjoy live music in the park. A Concerts in the Park series event made possible by the Wesserunsett Arts Council, the Coburn Park Commission, and Skowhegan Savings Bank!

Outdoor activities and other fun events to be added soon!

For more information and complete schedule of events, please visit RunofRiver.org/River-Fest

Contact Kristina Cannon at 207-612-2571

Photo credits: Brandie Burrill Photography

 

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