Cost: Harvest Foods is selling 50,000 3-day passes for $7.50 up to the start of the festival. Admission at the gate is $15; a pass is good for up to three days. Children 6 and under are admitted free.
Hours: Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, close at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and after the fireworks display on Sunday night (which begins at 9:30 p.m.). All River Market district clubs except for the Underground Pub will be outside the festival perimeter.
RiverMoney: All food and beverages must be purchased with RiverMoney, sold from kiosks situated throughout the festival area.
Parking/transportation: The best way to get to Riverfest is to park at one of two lots — 22nd and Main Street in North Little Rock or War Memorial Stadium on Markham Street in Little Rock — and take a CATA shuttle bus. Traffic is sure to be congested around the River Market and the North Shore Riverwalk. The River Rail trolley system will also run in Little Rock and North Little Rock, including the line across the Main Street Bridge. You will not be required to have a Riverfest badge to ride the trolley. Riverfest will also run its tractor-pulled shuttles on the Main Street Bridge within the perimeter of the site until 8:30 p.m. Sunday, when the bridge will close to prepare for the fireworks display.
Wheelchair accessible parking is behind City Hall (500 W. Markham) and the paid lot at President Clinton Avenue and Commerce Street in Little Rock and the corner of Willow and Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock.
Food: Fifty vendors include Flossie’s Funnel Cakes; Chuck’s Bar-B-Que from Memphis; Scooter’s Bar-B-Que from South Arkansas; Yarnell’s; Papa John’s Pizza; The Arkansas Philippine Association; crawfish from Riverside Catering in Louisiana; San Francisco Lemonade, the “official” lemonade of Riverfest; and international cuisine, from Greek to Mexican.
Merchandise: T-shirt tents will be located inside the main gateway in Little Rock and the Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock. Cash will be accepted at the merchandise tents.
Visual arts: The arts area of Riverfest will be set up under the west pavilion in the River Market, with the exception of two caricature artists in nearby areas. The media and artists exhibiting are:
Pottery — Brunson’s Pottery, Pottery by Ray, Lori Bardwell Pottery, Morrisette Pottery, Main Street Pottery/Janet Donnangelo, Pottery by Zina Starr.
Painting and drawing — Classic Canvas/Dina Hurst, Boots Barnett and Bob Snider, Bill Wells Watercolor, William Heffington.
Photography — Art by Troia/Robert Troia.
Woodwork — Winter Creek Woodworks/Leon Huffman, Little Rock Wood Crafters, John Wright.
Metal — Garden Diva/Lisa Regan.
Jewelry — Ryan Frear Creations, Jack Lewis Studios, Stone Temple/Jeff Zoellner, Cast Creations/Steve Cast, Open Arms Studio/Joella Peck, Goldenrod/Pat Bergman, Scott Isslieb Jewelry, Indigo Workshop, Tejas Trade/Mileta D. Kirkman, Zeke and Marty Zewick, Palm Street Studio/Jules West.
Glass — The Glass Rainbow/Richard Rhoden, Sandtrap/Bill Roses, Natural Accents Stained Glass/Miki Oliver.
Other — Broder Candle Co./Mel Broder, Canyon Lake Soap/Mary Browning, Ivone’s Itty Beadies/Ivone Workman, Jeff Gwatney, Natural Art/Tony and Judy Ridle, Tom Gusewell Caricature Art (Zone B), Jim Tindall Caricature Art (Zone C).
• Riverfest buttons will be accepted for admittance to the Peabody Hotel’s RiverTop Party on Friday night from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Deep Shag will be performing. Without a button, admission is $5. Ages 21 and up only.
• Bedford Camera will have a booth where aspiring photographers can enter the Photo Scavenger Hunt and win prizes, including cameras.
• The Arkansas Jazz Heritage Foundation will provide Arkansas jazz artists as entertainment in the Specialty Beverage Garden just west of the amphitheater. The tent will sell more than 12 specialty beers, wine and wine coolers. Specialty beer will also be sold at the North Shore Riverwalk.
• The Budweiser True Music Roadhouse will be on site in North Little Rock with a multi-level interactive music experience. Record your own CD in a soundproof studio, play instruments and sing to existing tracks, watch live concert feeds or music videos.
• The Hard Rock Cafe Rock Across America Mobile Tour will set up on the Little Rock side, with rock star artifacts, guitars, music and more — a traveling museum of rock ’n’ roll.
• A new Riverfest feature is the International Village, to be set up on the North Little Rock side by the Main Street Bridge in Faucette Park. Tour the world from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sat. and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday with dancing, music and more.
• Bush’s Beans/Radio Disney Kidzone times will be 5p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
• Teen-agers are welcome to the “Total Riverfest Live” area just east of the amphitheater and behind the Museum Center. Among the highlights are X-Treme Racing and a rock climbing wall.
• First Tee of Arkansas will have a booth offering one-year memberships to kids and rounds of golf and driving range passes, as well as featuring a portable putting green.
• St. Vincent Health System will have three first-aid stations, one at the west end of the Little Rock side, one just west of the amphitheater, and one on Riverfront Drive in North Little Rock.
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