April 21-23, 2017
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The Brush Creek Extreme Slalom & Downriver Race are Friday; complete with waterfalls, slides, a great granite amphitheater for spectator viewing.
The Kern River Festival Wild & Scenic Triathlon is on Saturday. The Triathlon course has been updated to include trail run and mountain bike legs, and the whitewater leg from the SCE power house to Kernville. Also on Saturday are the Hyside 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.
Also on Saturday at Riverside Park is the Festival Silent Auction, with a wonderful dinner provided by Sierra Gateway Market, and live music Saturday evening.
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 Hyside Mini-Me Races. 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 is offering online registration again this year. Sign your ACA waiver online too. Avoid all the paperwork, do it all online this year! Click here to register!
Equipment Demos Saturday & Sunday in Riverside Park
Raffle TWO Grand Prizes for the raffle this year: A Jackson Kayak Whitewater Boat of your choice (not Duo). Cost: $2.00 per ticket, 25 tickets for $40.00, and a Hyside Mini-Me: retail value $2250.00 Cost $5.00 per ticket or 12 tickets for $50.00. The drawing for the Raffle will be on Sunday following the slalom race.