Celebrating all the things we love about living in the Chippewa Valley!


See everyone next year!

Photo by Katie Forsha

Photo by Katie Forsha



River Prairie Festival is a community event that celebrates everything we love about living in the Chippewa Valley. River Prairie Festival also serves as the kickoff to the 2019 season of programming in River Prairie Park! River Prairie Festival will take place on Mother's Day weekend, attracting visitors to River Prairie with events the whole family can enjoy.

2019 Sponsors

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2019 Partners

2019 Festival Summary

2019 River Prairie Festival Photography Contest

Click here to view the contest form and details>>

Children’s Entertainment

Entertainment by Duke Otherwise! Enjoy this fun performance the whole family will enjoy! "Duke Otherwise is a playful Wordsmith. A spirited performer. A skilled Guitarist and captivating Tap-Dancer. Using his distinct Baritone, he sings his Hilarious and Imaginative songs that all ages will delight in together."

Mother’s Day Makers’ Market

Explore our art market and think of your mother when doing so. If you’re looking for something nice for mom, you’ll find it here!

The art market is curated by Tangled up in Hue / Blue Boxer Arts

Exercise Classes

Enjoy a yoga or fitness class facilitated by Altoona Parks and Recreation program instructors!

Educational Sessions

Learn more about bike maintenance, foraging, birding, and gardening by attending these fun and interactive sessions taught by local experts!

Kubb and Cribbage Tournaments

Sign-up today to compete in the Kubb and Cribbage tournaments. Click here to sign-up! Click the River Prairie Fest tab on the left-hand side of the page.

The River Prairie Fest Kubb Tournament will take place on the Great Lawn in River Prairie Park and is open to teams of two to six players, ages eight and up. Initial play will be group play where 2 out of 3 games will be played. After group play, the top team in each bracket will advance to the playoffs. There is a 16 team limit so please register early!

The River Prairie Fest Cribbage Tournament will take place in the tent in River Prairie Park and is open to participants ages fourteen and up. There is a 64 participant limit so please register early!

Rubber Ducky Race

Who’s rubber ducky will be the fastest of them all. Purchase your ducky on the day of the festival and follow it to the finish! You can purchase them for $1 at Altoona City Hall or the Altoona Parks and Recreation Office!

Entertainment - Music and Dance

Birding Walk

The group will meet at the River Prairie Center: one walk, lasting 60 minutes from 6AM until 7AM 

Valleycat 13 Bike Scavenger Hunt

The Valleycat is BACK for the 13th year! This annual bicycle-based urban adventure is the biggest, longest running alleycat style race in Western Wisconsin. This year, we’re raising proceeds to benefit Bike Chippewa Valley, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing cycling infrastructure and community within the Chippewa Valley.

The race is a city-wide scavenger hunt with no predetermined routes or order of completion. It’s up to you to find all the checkpoints, complete challenges at each stop, and get back to the finish with a completed manifest. Everyone who enters gets a prize but top finishers in each category receive a custom-made trophy from local artisans.

Sign-up today to compete in the Valleycat 13. Click here to sign-up! Click the River Prairie Fest tab on the left-hand side of the page. If you have any questions feel free to call Altoona Parks and Recreation at 715-839-5188!

Visit Eau Claire Airstream Activation

Bring your four-legged best friend down to the park to enjoy a pet-centric activation of the Visit Eau Claire Airstream. There will be a photo booth and other fun pet-related activities.

Rock Painting

Hide previously painted rocks from the #AltoonaRocks! community rock painting parties, paint a rock of your own and learn more about how you can participate in the #AltoonaRocks initiative.

Mother’s Day Potting and Planting

At this interactive booth, kids will be able to color a flower pot, plant a flower and then give it to mom as a great Mother's Day gift! While supplies last! 

“River Prairie Sings” Vocal Competition

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A youth vocal competition seeking to encourage young artists to pursue their passion in the vocal arts. Presented by the Luginbill Children’s Foundation and the City of Altoona. 

Age Groups:

12 and under


Tryout Dates (just show up!):

Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2 - 5PM at the River Prairie Center

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 6 - 8PM at the River Prairie Center



Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the River Prairie Festival


Prizes (each age group):

1st – 2 hours of studio time and 1 hour of production at Sprinter Studios

2nd - $100 cash prize

3rd - $50 gift card