The 50th Riverfest is happening this year in downtown Wichita, and you can now buy your button.
Remember the $10 adult Riverfest button? Yeah, just like your gas and your milk and your eggs, it’s going up in price this year. The new price will be $15. The child’s button will still be $5 though, so that’s good.
And from April 18 to May 5, 2022 you can still get your Riverfest button for the nostalgic price of $10. Wichita Festivals has announced that the early-bird discount for Riverfest buttons is back. Buying your buttons early will save you up to $5 per button.
Starting May 5, full-price buttons ($15 for adults and $5 for children) will be available at area QuikTrip stores. Admission for kids five and younger is free.
Your Riverfest button gets you into ALL concerts and most events FREE for all nine days.
The Wichita River Festival will be held June 3-11, 2022. It will feature diverse stage shows, fireworks, fun along the Arkansas River, athletic and other contests, and engaging activities for all ages.
Besides perennial favorites, the 2022 Riverfest will include new events. This year, attendees can celebrate the 50th Riverfest with the Budweiser Clydesdales, Downtown Get Down, and Rivalry on the River – a school based competition event. Returning to the festival are the Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade, Fidelity Bank River Run, Spirit Aerosystems Salute to Military and the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.
Where can you buy Riverfest buttons at the earlybird price
Beginning April 18, you can purchase your button at Meineke Car Care Centers and get the early-bird discount.
Meineke has centers in Wichita, Derby, and Hutchinson:
Meineke Car Care Centers
- 925 E. Central Ave.
- 2344 S. Seneca St.
- 1810 W. 21st St.
- 3430 N. Woodlawn St.
- 660 N. Webb Rd.
- 1910 N. Nelson Dr.
- 1223 E. 30th Ave.
You can also pick them up at the Wichita Festivals office, 444 E. William, Wichita.
The discount is good through May 5; after that the buttons go up to full price.
For longtime Wichitans who are still getting used to the idea of a $10 Riverfest button, the earlybird pricing is a gentler intro to the new pricing. If you took a visitor, however, and plopped them down at Douglas and Main and told them they could get in on the fun for just $15, they would be amazed.
The Wichita River Festival is Wichita’s biggest party, lasting nine days and centered on the downtown river area. It includes live concerts and other entertainment, fun activities for kids and adults, and festival food.
The new button price of $15 is reasonable. But you still should get the discount while you can. 🙂 Use the extra $5 for a gallon of gas to get you downtown.