Brush Creek Downriver Slalom Standup Paddle Board Brush Creek Extreme Slalom Downriver

51st Kern River Whitewater Festival, located in Riverside Park in Kernville, California. Host: Kern Valley River Council, a California Non-Profit Organization.

April 21-23, 2017

Updates for 2017 are pending. Be sure to reload pages to see recently updated info. Some browsers & settings may result in cached (old) information being displayed.


The Kern River Festival Wild & Scenic Triathlon is on Saturday. The Triathlon course has been updated to include mountain bike and trail run legs, and the whitewater leg has been extended! Also on Saturday are the Mini-me Head-to-Head Raft Races.

Taking advantage of Riverside Park's new sidewalks is a Children's Sidewalk Art Contest Saturday afternoon.  Free to all children under 18 years and chalk is provided.

Back this year Saturday afternoon is the wildly popular Hooligan Build Your Own Boat & Crazy Craft Parade. The parade is as much fun to watch as it is to participate! We invite folks to build your own Hooligan boat out of non-boat materials OR costume themselves and their rafts, kayaks, IKs or SUPs or Tube!

The Brush Creek Extreme Slalom & Downriver Races have been CANCELLED.

Sunday will start with a Downriver SUP/Kayak Race, followed by the TJ Slalom Citizen Slalom & SUP Race.

Base camp for all events is Riverside Park in downtown Kernville. There is sure to be plenty to keep you entertained as you hang-out on the banks of the mighty Kern. All events have easy access for boaters and spectators and are free to view.

Please see the Kern River Festival Map for more information.


Kern River Brewing Company Beer Garden & Wine Bar, a delicious BBQ Dinner, and awards Saturday immediately following the Hooligan Race. The Festival Silent Auction will be on Saturday, and Raffle on Sunday.

Everyone is invited to come to the Festival and be a part of this long-running whitewater tradition! There is no charge to view any of the events. Sponsor and vendor booths will be setup in Riverside Park throughout the event. Come check out all the latest boats, paddling and outdoor gear!


Online Registration! The Kern River Festival will offer online registration again this year; details to follow. Sign your ACA waiver online too. Avoid all the paperwork, do it all online this year!

Equipment Demos Saturday & Sunday in Riverside Park

Raffle Grand Prize is a Jackson Kayak Whitewater Boat of your choice (not Duo). Cost: $1.00 per ticket, 25 tickets for $20.00.

Site Design: Kerry Martyr Design, Site Development: Crooked Tail Productions