Fun On the River Returns

Paddle Boats and the Wagonmasters River Tours return again this year. We didn’t find any mention of the Zip line across the river, it must have zipped away.

Get on board the Paddle boats along the Arkansas River from the Cox Kids Corner just South of the Hyatt. Wagonmasters River Tours depart from just south of the Douglas Street Bridge and rides are free with your Riverfest Button.

Ackerman’s Garden is A Place to Party

If you haven’t checked out Ackerman’s Garden, put it on your schedule this year. Open only in the evenings, it’s billed as a dance party, with DJs, food and drinks..

Back Again: Blacktop Nationals

The popular Blacktop Nationals car show is June 9-10, with hundreds of cars on display in Cenury II. Check out this display of classic cars, motorcycles and other vehicles inside the air conditioned comfort of Century II Expo, Convention and Exhibition Halls.

Kid’s Zone will make children happy

This family friendly area is located on the lawn, just south of the Hyatt Regency and includes its own food court area and enough activities to entertain kids for hours. Bring the family and enjoy games, art and science projects, clown, magicians. There are inflatables and carnival and horse ride.

Adult Buttons Still Just $10

Adults buttons, $10, and children buttons, $$, for youth ages 6-12 can be purchased at area Q-tips and Dillons or at any festival entry gate.

Sundown Parade Route

The Sundown Parade will be held on Fri., June 2, beginning at 6 p.m. The parade begins at 3rd and Main, travels south to Douglas then west to Waco and back north to 3rd street.

Opening and Ending Fireworks Displays

On the opening Friday, the Twilight Pops Concert is from 8:30 – 9:30 in Kennedy Plaza. After the concert, stay around for the Textron Opening Night Fireworks at 10 p.m.

On the closing night of festival, the Finale Fireworks are sponsored by Capitol Federal and begin at 10:30 p.m.

VIP Tickets a New Option for Concert Viewing

New this year is special VIP seating and treatment for five of the festival’s headline concert acts. A great value, these VIP tickets are just $25, less than you would pay for a nosebleed ticket at most concerts.

VIP tickets are available for:

•The Flaming Lips, 5:30 p.m., Sat., June 3

• Mavis Staples, 6:30 p.m., Thurs., June 8

• Common, 6:30 p.m., Fri., June 9

• OK Go, 6:30 p.m., Sat., June 10.

VIP ticket holders party behind the Kennedy Plaza Stage before the show, then move around to the front of the stage for the concert. There’s a private bar and VIP porta-pot-access available. Folding chairs will also be available for those who need them, so there’s no need to haul your chair to the venue.

For Common and OK Go, the last two concert nights, the VIP package is labeled: Balcony Party & View. VIP guests view the concert upstairs from the Century II balcony.

VIP space is limited and tickets are going quickly. To purchase yours, go online to

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