Everything you need to know for Riverfest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – This weekend is one of the biggest events in Arkansas: Riverfest! Here is everything you need to know for the event.

Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and North Little Rock. Riverfest is the largest single event in the state of Arkansas with a rich 36-year tradition.

Approximately 250,000 festival-goers attended the 2013 event, with an estimated economic impact of $33 million on the community.

Dates and Times

Friday May 23 - Gates open at 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday May 24 - 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday May 25 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.


Click here for a map of Riverfest: http://www.riverfestarkansas.com/public/userfiles/RVR_2014_map.png

Click here for a street closing map: http://www.riverfestarkansas.com/public/userfiles/PDF/Street_Closing_Map.pdf


There are several options for parking for Riverfest. You can park in the downtown area including the two parking decks and on the streets.

Handicapped Parking

Parking spaces located behind City Hall at 500 W. Markham Street in Little Rock or at the corner of Willow and Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock are reserved for vehicles with valid handicapped permits on a first-come, first-served basis. Handicapped access is available on some shuttles, in all parking decks downtown and curbside throughout the downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Shuttle Service

For just $4 ($3 with a non-perishable food item to benefit the Arkansas Foodbank) round trip, you can ride the Riverfest Shuttle from Riverfest bus stops located in Little Rock on the east side of War Memorial Stadium/AT&T Field at the corner of West Markham and Fair Park (near the Little Rock Zoo) or in North Litte Rock at the parking lot at Lakewood Middle School, 2300 Lakeview Road (behind Target on McCain). The War Memorial shuttle will deliver and pick up at the Main Gateway in Little Rock; the North Little Rock shuttle will deliver and pick up at the Clinton Presidential Center Gateway at 3rd and Kumpuris. There is no charge for the return trip. Most shuttles are wheelchair accessible.


The River Rail Trolley service will be free for Riverfest patrons who wish to ride the trolley back and forth over the river.

Want to know what happens if it rains? Or what you can and cannot bring to Riverfest? Check out the Riverfest FAQ.


You can purchase tickets ahead of Riverfest for the half-price of $20 at any Walgreens in Arkansas. After that, tickets will be sold at the gate for $40. Children 10 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

Look for Sunny Campaign

Riverfest coordinators and THV 11 want to help provide a plan for kids and their families who become separated. At Riverfestevents, there are four Information Tents strategically placed throughout the park. Families are encouraged to visit these booths and discuss "Sunny's Safety Plan" before enjoying the day's activities. They will be introduced to the booth volunteers and "Sunny."

Learn more about the "Sunny" program here: http://on.kthv.com/1gRn6Vm

Live Performances

Click on each stage to get the full line-up of performances

Social Media

You can follow Riverfest on Twitter @ARKRiverfest, and tag your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #RivefestLR. You can also find them on Facebook for more information at https://www.facebook.com/RiverfestArkansas.

THV in Your Town

THV 11 will be live at Riverfest all day Friday! We will be giving you a preview of all the festivities all day long starting on "THV 11 This Morning" through "THV 11 News at 6:00". Stop by and see some of your favorite THV faces including Craig O'Neill, Denise Middleton, and Macy Jenkins just to name a few.


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