Celebrating all the things we love about living in the Chippewa Valley!
SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019
RIVER PRAIRIE PARK, ALTOONA, WI
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 River Prairie Festival Details
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Rain Date: Sunday, May 12, 2019
Location: River Prairie Park, 1445 Front Porch Place, Altoona, WI 54720
Time: 11 a.m. to 5 pm.
Parking: Onsite in River Prairie
For Questions: Contact us at 715-839-6092; email@example.com
2019 River Prairie Festival Photography Contest
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!
Enjoy a yoga or fitness class facilitated by Altoona Parks and Recreation program instructors!
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
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.
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
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.
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
Exercise Classes: 11AM – 1PM
Room: River Prairie Room
o Fitness: 11AM
o Yoga: 12PM
Educational Sessions: 1PM - 5PM
Room: River Prairie Room
1PM – “Foraging Fundamentals” by Jim Schwiebert, Beaver Creek Reserve Naturalist
Join Beaver Creek naturalist Jim Schwiebert for a taste of some wild edibles. We’ll look at a slide presentation of plants to eat throughout the spring and summer, and then sample a few. A list of some plants to try and their use will be provided. “As a naturalist, I have the freedom to explore a lot of topics. Foraging for wild edibles has always intrigued me, and ever since reading "My Side of the Mountain" as a young boy, my dream has been to live off the land." I haven’t quite gotten there yet, but I do enjoy my share of wild foods. Come and join in for a taste from the wild!”
2PM - "Bicycle Basics" presented by Justin Mengal from EC Velo
Bicycle Basics is a basic bicycle maintenance clinic that will help you keep your bike running smoothly. At this session we'll learn basic bicycle anatomy, common issues, excellent cleaning products and easy adjustment techniques so you can keep your bike running smoothly.
3PM – “All of This & Robins Too: Wisconsin's Richness of Birds” presented by Steve Betchkal, President of the Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society
Birds add to the quality of our lives in so many ways: they're colorful, they're fascinating, they eat bugs, and they add music to our world. Wisconsin supports more than 400 species of wild birds, but how well do you know them? Bird expert Steve Betchkal explores some amazing facts about birds -- from migration to anatomy, with a healthy dose of humor and conservation.
4PM – "Enjoying Your Garden Year-Round" presented by Laurel Kieffer
Join Laurel Kieffer, Dream Valley Farm LLC, Strum, to explore ways to enjoy your gardens all year round. Gardening has always been part of Laurel’s life starting as a very young child in her grandfather’s garden. She has practiced intensive companion planting including apartment patio gardening, traditional garden plots, raised beds, terraces, and greenhouse gardens. Her pantries and freezers are filled with canned, frozen, dried and fermented foods. This session will overview ways that everyone who has a passion for it, can be a gardener.
Birding Walk will meet at the River Prairie Center: one walk, lasting 60 minutes from 6AM until 7AM
Front Porch Plaza
Artist Market: 11AM - 5PM
Food Trucks: 11AM - 5PM
Visit Eau Claire Airstream Activation: 11AM – 5PM
Mother’s Day Planting and Potting Tables: 11AM – 5PM
Rock Painting: 11AM - 5PM
Four Seasons Stage
Performance by Duke Otherwise: 11:30AM – 12:30PM
Front Porch Plaza / Tent
Cribbage Tournament: 12 - 3PM
River Prairie Sings Youth Vocal Competition Finals:
1PM - 2PM - 12 and Under Age Group
2:15PM – 3:15PM – 13 to 18 Age Group
3:30PM -3:45PM - Awards
2PM – 2:15PM - Eau Claire Male Chorus
3:45PM – 4:30PM - Chippewa Valley Youth Orchestra
Valleycat 13 Bike Scavenger Hunt
11AM – 12:30PM – Registration
12:45PM – 4:45PM – Ride Commences
5PM – Prizes
5 – 10PM – After Party
Family Games: 11AM - 5PM
Rubber Duck Race: 4:30PM
Kubb Tournament: 11AM – 4PM