American River Festival Sept 5-7

whitewater playboater at the American River FestivalThe 27th Annual American River Festival is expanded with shore activities, more fun for families, as well as more activities and competitions for seasoned and beginning paddlers. Come watch and participate in this fun weekend on water and land! Centered in Henningsen-Lotus Park (HLP), in Lotus, CA, land activities include games, food, music, nonprofit and exhibitor booths, and great spectator seats. River games and activities include races for those of all abilities, including a rodeo at First Threat, slalom races at Chili Bar, and raft and Topo Duo kayak races that end at HLP. Kids can participate in up to three fun fests on Saturday and Sunday!

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a free dinner and movie showing at The River Store, 1032 Lotus Road in Lotus, CA 95651. Registration for weekend events is available there ($5-$15 per event, with a package discount), and on Saturday & Sunday mornings at HLP.

Saturday night is the big party at EarthTrek – dinner, live music, auctions, and an awards ceremony. Tickets for the party are $25. Call or visit The River Store at 530-626-3435, or email, for party tickets — and also if you would like to volunteer to help this great event be as fun as it possibly can. The ARF benefits several river-focused nonprofits.

Weekend schedule and prices are available on the festival’s website, Come on down!