Riverfest: Everything You Need to Know About the State's Biggest Music and Arts Fest

by Lauren James  on Thursday, May. 22, 2014 8:00 am  

Fireworks on the Arkansas River in Riverfront Park above First Security Amphitheater. (Photo by Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau)

Are you ready? Riverfest, the state’s largest music and arts festival, is happening this weekend (May 23-25) along the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock. 

Here is a rundown of everything you need to know about the super-fun fest!


The 37th annual event will feature musical acts CeeLo Green, Jamey Johnson, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, The Fray, Lee Brice, Chicago, Three Days Grace, Hank Williams Jr., Salt-n-Pepa and more.

The full lineup can be found here.

The Stickyz Music Stage will house local and regional musical acts in a clublike setting. Other music will include classic rock, rap, country, modern rock, soul, and reggae. A complete lineup of musical acts (including times and locations) is available by clicking here.


For the families, check out the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette FamilyZone area with free entertainment on the grounds of the Clinton Presidential Center and Heifer International. Activities and entertainment includes the Family Stage, the Super Retriever Crown Championship Series, the Weenie Dog Derby, the K-9 Friz-B-Crew, Ruff on the River Pooch Parade, the Rock ‘N Ride Poker Run, the Rock ‘N Stroll Fun Run 5K, Arkansas Renewable Energy, International Village activities, a baggo tournament and much more. The Family Zone will be open from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. on Saturday (May 24) and 1-7 p.m. on Sunday (May 25).

The First Security Bank Fireworks Show will be held at 9 p.m. Sunday (May 25) prior to headline acts. Music will be simulcast throughout Riverfront Park and broadcast on The Point 94.1.

Other Riverfest attractions:

  • The Arkansas Arts Center Artmobile will feature the exhibition "Weird and Wonderful," a selection of unique works of original art from the Arkansas Arts Center Collection that includes drawings, paintings, prints and craft.
  • The Rock-N-Ride Poker Run, which will benefit the Wounded Warriors Organization
  • The Rock-N-Stroll 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m. Saturday (May 24)
  • Ruff on the River Pooch Parade for costumed canines at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of River Market Avenue and President Clinton Avenue. Register your pooch here.
  • Shop for cool arts and crafts at the variety of vendors lined up around the Riverfest site!
  • The Yarnell's KidZone Stage will boast a variety of family-friendly acts, including The Kazoobie Kazoo Show with Rick Hubbard, ventriloquist Wayne Francis and Jamiah on Fire & the Red Machine. Arkansas favorite Trout Fishing in America will take the stage a few times throughout the weekend. Get more info here!

Check out all of the cool atrractions here.




Please read our comments policy before commenting.