RiverFest 2023

RiverFest returns in 2023 to celebrate our water resources, & enjoy recreational opportunities provided by our rivers and streams.


Follow the Blue Blazes:

Start the day with a Buckeye Trail Hike.

Meet at Pontiac Park, at the new trail sign near the boat launch, at 9:00 am. Enjoy a guided hike with Buckeye Trail/North Country Trail Hikers and an ODNR Naturalist. Finish at Pontiac Park approximately 10:00 am in time for RiverFest activities.

For more info on trails, see:

RiverFest Activities 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

  • River Passport Activities with Environmental Groups
    • ACREs LandTrust
    • Nature’s Nursery
    • Wildlife Pelts – Joe Blosser
    • Black Swamp Beekeepers
    • Shade Tree Commission
    • Project Wet – 5 tables (Defiance Elementary and Defiance SWCD)
    • Defiance College Science Club
    • Upper Maumee Watershed Partnership
    • Buckeye Trail Association/North County Trail
    • Friends of Independence Dam State Park
  • Guided Kayak Trips with an ODNR Naturalist
  • Pontoon Boat Rides courtesy of Maumee Watershed Alliance
  • ODNR Native fish species identification
  • Food Trucks & Concessions
    • Linda’s Cocina
    • Jacob’s Meats
    • Simply from Scratch
    • Eric’s Ice Cream

Kayak Raffle

Enter for your chance to win this kayak package at RiverFest!

  • Free to enter drawing
    Sign up at the Gazebo during RiverFest from 10:30 – 1:30
  • Must complete all information on the ticket to enter (name, phone, email)
  • By signing up for this raffle you agree to receive quarterly email updates from Land to Lake (News Drop)
  • Drawing will be held at 2:00 pm
  • Need not be present to win

Kayak will be on display at the DDVB office,
325 Clinton Street, Defiance, until RiverFest.

Raffle Sponsored By:

Other Events at the Confluence:

  • Encampment at the Confluence: Living Historic Reenactors
    • June 24, 9:00 am – June 25, 4:30 pm, Pontiac Park, Defiance
    • Visit the living history encampment with the “Great Lakes Fur Traders” demonstrations and displays all weekend. info > https://fb.me/e/1dBytZPpU
  • Pickle Ball Tournament
    • June 24, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, Kingsbury Park, Defiance
  • Yoga in the Park
    • June 24, 10:00 am, Pontiac Park
    • Open yoga session with Amy Galbraith. Part of the Summer Wellness Passport program by the Defiance County Health Department and Defiance Development and Visitors Bureau.
  • Art in the Park

RiverFest 2023 is presented by these community partners:

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