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Rivanna RiverFest

Local community groups are working together to host a day down at the Rivanna River through the Fix a Leak Family 5K, Rivanna River Race, a celebration at Rivanna River Company, and lots more!

  • Date: 05/11/2019 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 First Annual Spring Rivanna RiverFest is May 11th!

Registration for Fix a Leak Family 5K and Rivanna River Race are open now!

The City of Charlottesville (City), Albemarle County (County), Rivanna Conservation Alliance (RCA), Rivanna River Company (RRC), Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA), Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority (RWSA), and Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center (LCEC) will all join to host the first annual spring Rivanna RiverFest on Saturday May 11th. This will be a family-friendly event down at the Rivanna River with lots of activities happening throughout the day.

Events will start at 10:00 am with the Fix a Leak Family 5K starting at the City’s Riverview Park and the Rivanna River Race starting at the Route 29 Bridge at Rio Mills Road. Both will finish at Darden Towe Park’s Boat Launch, where there will be lots of community groups and entertainment to enjoy down by the river until 1:00 pm. Registration for both events are open now and will guarantee you a Rivanna RiverFest event t-shirt with your registration. Registration for Fix a Leak Family 5K is $20 for adults and $15 for youth (age 16 or under). This is a family-friendly race along the Rivanna River where you are once again asked to help stop the running toilet! The Rivanna River Race’s registration is $30 for one person, $40 for a 2-person boat, and $5 for kids 12 and under. Racers will paddle 6.2 miles down the Rivanna River to Darden Towe Park. All registration prices will go up on April 26th and you will not be guaranteed a t-shirt after this date, so register now! Please note that parking is only available at Darden Towe Park. Transportation will be provided to 5K and River Race participants to their respective starting locations from Darden Towe Park. Spectators and anyone interested in attending Darden Tow Park based Rivanna RiverFest events should plan on parking at Darden Tow Park.

In addition, Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center will be hosting a special event to showcase the Rivanna River, called Underwater Photography, at Darden Towe Park. During the afternoon, you can make your way (including by boat) to Rivanna River Company for the Rivanna RiverFest Celebration where there will be music, food, and fun for the whole family from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.


More information about the Rivanna RiverFest and full scheduled events can be found here:

You can register now for the Fix a Leak Family 5K here:

You can register now for the Rivanna River Race here:

Help us make Rivanna RiverFest happen and VOLUNTEER! You can get a FREE T-SHIRT, SIGN UP HERE:

For more information about how to save water and the Charlottesville Water Conservation Program: Click Here

FAL RiverFest 2019 April Billing Insert

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