What’s Happening at the Willamette River Festival in 2021?

Times have changed, but there are still a few things that remain certain…
The Willamette River is still flowing, and the Willamette River Festival is back with even more fun planned in 2021!

Please join your community as we connect to the river through a series of interactive virtual activities combined with Covid-safe group experiences throughout the week of August 21-28, 2021. Some of our activities include:

PaddleCross Challenge: Race it or just paddle it for fun – the infamous PaddleCross at the Willamette River Festival is a wonderful experience connecting Eugene and Springfield riverfronts to the quiet backwaters of the Whilamut Natural Area, a wildlife bastion and home to the Kalapuya People of the Willamette Valley.

iNaturalist Great Greenway BioBlitz: Starting Wednesday, August 25 – Saturday, August 28 – become a Citizen Scientist and help log native species throughout the Willamette River corridor!
Ethnobotany Workshop: Join

Stewardship Events: Throughout the week, we’ll be hosting volunteer opportunities water and on land, to help clean the river and improve natural areas.

Film Festival & Webinars: Featuring Oregon Native American filmmakers and storytellers, and Willamette-centric fish facts, native plants, birds and mollusks!

Fun floats, interpretive and self-guided tours: This year, local organizers will be hosting opportunities to learn more about and experience the river by foot, bike or boat. Participants can choose from a variety of recreational experiences, emphasizing safe river recreation, ecology, restoration, stormwater education, cultural history and art.