Downtown Riverfest

Date(s): Saturday, August 17, 2013

Time: 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Location: Downtown Riverfront from 6th Street to south of 8th Street

Phone: 605-338-4009



Enjoy live music, art, kids' activities, food, beverage & retail vendors and more at this new Sioux Falls festival that embraces the beauty of the Big Sioux.

Unique lighting design is a key element to the evening, as LED illumination will be prominent along the riverfront, and a fireworks display presented by Xcel Energy will close out the evening.

CLICK HERE to download a Riverfest map and event guide!

The evening's talent line-up is also a celebration of talented local and regional musicians. Minneapolis native Cole Allen, South Dakota Rock & Roll Hall of Fame great Jim Groth, and Sioux Falls up and coming rock and rollers, Peace By Revenge, are set to perform on the Riverfront Amphitheatre stage in front of Cherapa Place.

5:30 - 6:45: Jim Groth
7:15 - 9:00: Cole Allen
9:15 - 10:50: Peace by Revenge featuring Jim Groth
10:50 - 11:00: Fireworks presented by Xcel Energy

Click here to learn more about the bands.

The Phase II portion of the riverfront revitalization project will feature a second location showcasing local acoustic musicians Condor from 5:00-8:00.

Live Art Demonstrations:

  • Artists of 8th & RR Center: A co-op of artists who all keep studio space in the 8th & RR Center. They work in a variety of media and often collaborate for life-drawing sessions and community outreach.
  • Glenn Krupka: An independent portrait artist who is a member of the Eastbank Co-op Gallery.  Glenn is known for setting up a 'studio on the go' to draw people and public scenes on the spot.  He works primarily in charcoal and pastels; he creates beautiful work in uncontrolled environments where he can be surprised by spontaneous poses, gestures and changes in light.
  • Justin Dearduff: Local art student Justin Dearduff has created an installation piece called "Wasteland" which will be on display underneath the pedestrian bridge, just South of Cherapa Place. His artist statement:

    Growing up in eastern South Dakota and spending most of my life here I am moved by the majestic beauty of the local geological formations.  I think most of us on this side of the state take for granted the local beauty. I am giving you a look into my version of the local rock formations.  Having just traveled to the Black Hills, I do see some influence there. I also gained inspiration from the towering granite spires and peaks in the Needles area and from Lake Pactola as well. This project has made me take a closer look at our local parks and geological formations.
  • Washington Pavilion: To add to the family-friendly nature of the event, the Pavilion will feature free kids' crafts from 5-8pm: watercolor mandalas, beading fun, easel painting plus $1-3 face painting.

Book your hotel room now at the Country Inn, located directly adjacent to the Downtown Riverfront!

Event Parking/Transportation:

Walk, run, bike, canoe or kayak to this event located on the city of Sioux Falls bike trail at the Downtown River Greenway!

Find a map of downtown city parking here.  The downtown trolley will be running until 9:00pm and stopping at the 8th Street bridge for an extra drop-off/pick-up location, so parking in the 1st Avenue Ramp is encouraged.  Other lots available for event parking include:

This event is made possible by several generous sponsors:

Artisia Fine Art
CF Promo
Click Rain
First PREMIER Bank/PREMIER Bankcard
Icon Lounge
Pride Neon
Raven Industries
Sanford Health




Persons requiring special accomodation for participation in Downtown Riverfest should call 605-338-4009 during regular business hours at least 48 hour prior to the event.  Special needs will be accommodated whenever reasonably possible.

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