The Willamette River Festival is committed to honoring indigenous peoples past, present and future, and acknowledges we operate on Kalapuya Ilihi, the ancestral homeland of the Kalapuya people. Please see full acknowledgment.

Sunday – Aug. 27th
Alton Baker Park, Eugene OR

River tours, paddling demos, stewardship and education activities, music, art and fun floats throughout the day!

10AM | Paddle Parade with Samba Ja! Come watch Eugene’s only watercraft parade on the Willamette River float from Alton Baker boat ramp to VRC starting at the Willamette River Festival mainstage and marching up to the perfect perch on the Defazio Bridge! FREE to enter your boat – crowdpleaser prizes! Reach out on our Contact Page for more information!

11AM – 5PM | Willamette River Festival Mainstage & Activities OPEN! FREE admission! Learn why the Willamette River is so important to Oregon and how you can help conserve and keep our water supply and river, cleaner. Mainstage will open with a very special traditional Kalapuya blessing, song and drumming followed by a variety of amazing performances and music, including Slow Ponies, Eugene Cuban Salsa, Bootleg Rose and SiMPLE! Paddle an SUP, kayak or canoe! Find out how you can plan for your next trip down the Willamette Water Trail, learn about river safety and meet your local watershed restoration stewardship organizations.

11AM, 1PM, 3PM | City of Eugene Rafting Tours – $15 pp – Plan ahead and reserve a seat through Eugene Recreation, or arrive early to grab an open seat at the Festival! CASH ONLY.

11AM, 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM | UO Outdoor Program Self-guided Inflateable Kayak Canoe Canal Tours – $5 pp – Reserve on site! CASH ONLY>

1PM | Willamette PaddleCross Challenge – $25 per adult, FREE for youth! Registration opens July 15th – check back soon!

3:30PM | BEST IN SHOW AWARDS for Paddle Parade and PaddleCross Challenge top finishers!


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