What’s Happening at the Willamette River Festival?
Saturday, August 24th – Alton Baker Park in Eugene, OR
The Willamette River Festival will open early for Volunteer Check-in followed by Registration. Bicycle and walking tours will kick off activities in the morning, with more booths and other activities opening just before the official opening ceremony begins. Please review the following schedule of programs carefully and check out REGISTRATION links for activities that require a formal reservation or signup process. With the exception of the Plein Air competition and Paddle Race, all featured activities are offered free!
Event Schedule & Registration Links:
|7AM||Festival Set Up Begins – Volunteer Breakfast Opens
Register to volunteer and earn yourself an awesome free commemorative festival UPF tech tee! Sign up for VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION here.
|8AM||Willamette River Plein Air PAINT OUT! – Registration & Competition time until 2PM
Join the Plein Air Painters of Lane County at the Willamette River PAINT OUT! River-centric landscapes to be painted along the Willamette River Greenway in Eugene and Springfield, followed by an awards ceremony at the Willamette River Festival, onstage at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal at 3:30PM. $10 per entry. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|9AM||Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT) Free Bike Corral Opens|
|9AM||Springfield Mill Race Stormwater Restoration & UpStream Art Bicycle Tour
It’s All Connected! Whether you live in Eugene, Springfield, or elsewhere our waterways are connected and we all need clean water. Enjoy a bike tour starting at the Willamette River Festival to see Springfield’s UpStream Art mural project in action and learn about the unique features of the Mill Race, a beautiful clean water restoration project with an excellent multi-use path! REGISTRATION and more details here.
|10AM||Talking Stones Walking Tour
Join the Citizen Planning Committee of the Whilamut Natural Area for a walking tour of the Talking Stones, designed specifically as educational and cultural reference points, while reintroducing the Kalapuya language and connection to the land. Enjoy an interpretive walk of Stones 1-4, and a self-guided tour of Stones to the Whilamut Transportation Crossover Mural by artist Susan Applegate. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|10AM||2019 Willamette River Festival Paddle Race – Registration & Race Check-in 10-11:45AM
Get ready to rumble down your favorite rapids from Springfield to Eugene in Alton Baker Park! Paddlers are encouraged to participate with one of two race course options available: Upriver-Downriver starting at the Alton Baker Canoe Canal, or Just Downriver on the mighty Willamette! Early registration is only $35 per watercraft – no matter how many people are paddling or which race you choose. One free tech tee per entry with additional tees available at earlybird pricing until August 9th. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|9:30-11AM||Vendor & Education Booth Set Up|
|11AM||Kids Obstacle Course, Silent Auction, Performance Stage, Vendor & Education Booths Open
Fun opportunity for kids to race timed obstacle course in pond and earn a free raffle ticket! Silent Auction items will be placed near the Festival Registration tent and include brand new Inflateable Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards! Bid winners will be announced on stage after the race awards presentation. Learn about the new Riverfront Development Project or plan your next Willamette Water Trail adventure with Oregon State Parks rangers! Finally, come visit your favorite river community organizations, local businesses and food vendors at a variety of displays.
|11AM||Eugene Rec Guided Rafting Trips – Registraton Opens – three sessions available at 1PM, 2PM, & 3PM
Join the Eugene Rec River House Outdoor Center for FREE, fun, raft trips on the Willamette River! There are three one-hour float trips available, including a shuttle from Alton Baker Park to the put-in in Springfield. All specialty gear, including PFDs (personal floatation devices) will be provided by Eugene Rec. Pre-registration strongly suggested to guarantee your spot, with limited seating available day of the event. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|11AM||UO Outdoor Program Guided IK Tours – Registration Opens – two sessions available at 1PM & 3PM
Join the University of Oregon Outdoor Program (UOOP) for FREE, fun and exciting inflatable kayak (IK) tours on the Willamette River! There are two one-hour tours available, including a shuttle from Alton Baker Park to the put-in in Springfield. All specialty gear, including PFDs (personal floatation devices) will be provided by UOOP. Pre-registration strongly suggested to guarantee your spot, with limited seating available day of the event. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|11AM-4PM||Nearby Nature Interactive Earth Art Opens
Get creative with Nearby Nature’s Stone and Cones collection! Use natural materials to help design a riverscape and other beautiful Earth Art creations. All ages welcome.
|11AM-4PM||Eugene 404: Found and Transplanted! Interactive Art Public Art Sculpture
Featuring a series of art pieces incorporating items left by humans and collected from the river and its banks, live native plants and materials from nature – Eugene 404 Artists, Lisa Yu and Lee Sparks Pembleton will assist festival attendees in creatively joining items to a larger sculpture and shaping its growth using wire, twine, screws, mosaic, planting, and other accessible methods and materials. Finished art/planters will be installed publicaly at one or more locations along the Willamette in Eugene.
|12PM||Willamette River Festival Traditional Kalapuya Opening Ceremony|
|12:30PM||Paddle Race Safety Talk (Required for all Race Participants – Meet at Performance Staging Area)|
|12:30, 1:30, 2:30PM||Traditional Ethnobotany & Tule Art Workshop
For thousands of years, Natives Americans used cattail sedges and tule rushes for items of everyday use. One of the most innovative uses of cattail and tule plants was making floating decoys to lure waterfowl to roosting areas to be bow-hunted, netted, or snared. Join Stephanie Craig, MA / Traditional Ethnobotanist and Basket Weaver to learn the importance of plants and their traditional uses, and make a traditional tule duck decoy. Limited openings in each session – all ages welcome. REGISTRATION and more details here.
|1, 2, 3PM||Rafting Trip & IK Tour Shuttles Depart Alton Baker Park for Aspen St. put-in|
|1PM||Upriver-Downriver Race Start from Canoe Canal|
|1:15PM||Free Paddlesport Demos & Life Jacket Fittings (Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards) Courtesy of Willamette Riverkeeper, Eugene Rec, and Oregon State Parks|
|1:15 & 2:30PM||Music Starts at the Festival Performance Stage!
The Slow Ponies at 1:15PM – an all-women band from the Silver Screen era!
Moonlight Jubilee at 2:30PM – a Eugene-local band rooted in bluegrass featuring high energy good time music powered by tight harmonies and instrumentation.
|2PM||Just Downriver Race Start from Aspen Street in Springfield (actual race start time may vary slightly)|
|2PM||Plein Air Paintings Judging – People’s Choice Award Voting!|
|3:30PM||Just Downriver Race Shuttle for participants to Aspen Street to pick up vehicles|
|3:45PM||Plein Air Awards Ceremony|
|4PM||Silent Auction Closes – Get those bids in!|
|4PM||Paddle Race Awards Ceremony|
|4:15PM||Silent Auction Winners Announced|
|4:30PM||Closing Remarks and Raffle|