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Events in Riverfest

About Riverfest

In 1987 the River Reach Foundation, then less than one year old, started a festival to celebrate the recognition of a new trail built along the Animas River in Farmington NM. Approximately 500 attended the two-day event. Appropriately called Riverfest, it was created to bring people to see what a fledgling organization, along with the Parks Department and private donations had accomplished.

That first Riverfest was just the beginning of something that has become a signature event that occurs in Farmington every Memorial Day weekend. Riverfest is now over 30 years old and has become an enjoyable family event for all, with crowds up to 20,000 over the 2 and a half days of the free community event.

Riverfest hosts many activities events and amusements along the river trail system at Berg and Animas Parks. It is an all-outdoor event, the perfect way to celebrate the river and enjoy the beautiful weather here in Farmington!

Riverfest features

Live Music at multiple venues, Running of the Dogs: The Wiener Dog Races, Riverfest Duck Race, Car & Truck shows, River Rafting, Beer & Wine Garden, Arts & Crafts Vendors, American Indian Expositions, Riverfest Fine Arts Tent, Plein Aire Paint Out, One Nation Gourd Dance, Riverfest Disc Golf Course, RiverKids area-with Kids arts & craft activities & Amusements, Tractor Rides, Gold Panning, Riverfest 5k/10k, Riverfest Recycled Fashion Show and more! See link to the right or below for this year’s schedule.

Riverfest is truly a community supported event. The River Reach Foundation is so very grateful to everyone that puts in money, time, resources or efforts to make this event happen. We feel that Riverfest is a true testament to the awesome folks who live work and play in Farmington and surrounding communities.

Here’s some insight to how it all works.

Riverfest Operating Committee – The event is organized by River Reach Foundation board members that are take on various tasks, committees or items that take many, many hours of time and sometimes sheer will to accomplish. The River Reach Foundation along with Community Partners make up the Riverfest Operating Committee.

Community Partners – are community groups and city entities that actively contribute to the events festivities. We so appreciate our fabulous community partners listed below, we hope you do to!

Sponsors – are vital to the event. Riverfest is sponsored by community business and individuals that appreciate the value of community events that bring people and visitors to our river areas. Please thank and support businesses that enable Riverfest to happen each year.

Volunteers – The key to our success! During the event many people take time out of their holiday weekend (and before) to help out and do what they can. We thank our awesome volunteers for their time and dedication, please do the same.

Check Out The Neighborhood

Visiting the Farmington area? It’s the perfect place to wander around a bit. Here’s a few ideas:


Trails & Maps

Berg Park Trail Maps


Duck Race
P.O. Box 2056 • Farmington, NM 87499-2056