River Fest 2014
July 29 - August 3, Downtown Skowhegan
River Fest 2013 is a multi-day event that celebrates recreation and life on the Kennebec River. It's sponsored by Skowhegan Savings, and organized by Main Street Skowhegan, Skowhegan Savings, Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce, Run of River committee. It illustrates the potential of the Kennebec River Gorge as a recreational destination, currently under development by the Run of River Project. See the River Fest Facebook page and the schedule of events for details.


River Fest Core Partners

Leading Event Sponsors

More Event Sponsors


Skowhegan Rotary Club, KennebecValley.org, Heritage House Restaurant, Country Crow Primitives,
Aubuchon Hardware, Old Mill Pub, North Country Rivers, Taconnet Federal Credit Union, Randy’s Auto,
Wright & Mills Attorneys at Law, Hammond Lumber Company, Maine Smoke Shop, Dunkin’ Donuts, Franklin-Somerset Federal Credit Union

Other Supporters
Key Appliance

2014 Tentative Schedule of Events
Check back for updates as they develop or see last year’s event schedule.

Tuesday, July 29

  • Chicken Barbecue under the Big Top presented by Skowhegan Lion’s Club
  • Classic Car Cruise-In at the Big Top
  • Skowhegan Community Band Concert

Wednesday, July 30

  • Farmers’ Market 3:00-6:00
  • Pub Crawl

Thursday, July 31

  • Moonlight Madness downtown presented by the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, including the famous Bed Races
  • Sundowner Canoe Race presented by Southside Tavern at the swinging bridge on the island

Friday, August 1

  • Rotary Lobster Bake under the Big Top presented by the Skowhegan Rotary Club
  • Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce Drivers and Duffers Golf Classic at Lakewood Golf Course

Saturday, August 2: River Fest Saturday

  • Free rafting rides in the gorge all day
  • Main Street Craft Fair under the Big Top 9AM-3PM
  • Move More Kids Day presented by the New Balance Foundation and Greater Somerset Public Health Collaborative at the big top 10AM-2PM
  • Sun-Run 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament presented by the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce at the Big Top
  • Family Events and Games presented by Skowhegan Parks and Recreation
  • Live Music and Beer Garden under the Big Top
  • Skowhegan Farmers’ Market open 9-1
  • Fireworks from the eddy 9PM

Sunday, August 4

  • Ron Paquette 5K Race from Farmers’ Market


Sponsor River Fest 2014
If your business or organization would like to sponsor River Fest in 2014, contact Dugan Murphy at 612-2571 or info(at)mainstreetskowhegan.org for details. We offer three levels of sponsorship with many benefits at each level.


Vendor Information
If you would like to rent vendor space at River Fest 2014, click here to download an application. You may also pick up a vendor application from the Chamber of Commerce office or Main Street Skowhegan office.



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All River Fest events happen in and near downtown Skowhegan, where US Routes 2 and 201 come together. From I-95 North or South, take exit 133 toward Skowhegan/Fairfield and follow US Route 201 north into downtown Skowhegan.

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