RiverFest 24 ~ Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for June 29, 2024:

RiverFest returns in partnership with the Fort to Port Histories encampment.

RiverFest is held annually at Pontiac Park in Defiance to celebrate our water resources, & enjoy recreational opportunities provided by our rivers and streams.


RiverFest 2023


    to Kaitlyn Wolford, winner of the RiverFest’23 kayak raffle!

    Thank you to our sponsors, City Beverage and F&M Bank.

    RiverFest 2023 presented a variety activities for all ages from hiking & nature to science & history.

    See the 2023 RiverFest Photo Gallery.

    Raffle Sponsored By:

    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: www.buckeyetrail.org | northcountrytrail.org

    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
      • 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
    • ODNR Native fish species identification
    • Food Trucks & Concessions
      • Linda’s Cocina
      • Simply from Scratch
      • Eric’s Ice Cream

    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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