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Early bird Riverfest buttons on Sale in Wichita

The Riverfest is happening this year in downtown Wichita, and you can now buy your button. Wichita River Festival will by June 2 – 10, 2023 this year. 

Remember the $10 adult Riverfest button? Yeah, just like your gas, milk, and eggs, it’s gone up. The prices for 2023 will be $15. The child’s button will still be $5, though, so that’s good. 

River Fest Button 2023 Wichita

And from NOW – May 6th, 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. You must purchase them at Meineke Care Car Centers in Wichita and Derby. 

Starting May 6, 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.

Riverfest 2023

The Wichita River Festival will be held June 2 – June 10, 2023. It will feature various stage shows, fireworks, fun along the Arkansas River, athletic and other contests, and engaging activities for all ages.

Returning this year are the Safelite AutoGlass Sundown Parade, Fidelity Bank River Run, Spirit AeroSystems Salute to the Military, Textron Aviation Opening Night Fireworks, and the Capitol Federal Fireworks Finale.

Image: Wichita Festivals

Where can you buy Riverfest buttons at the early bird price:

Now – May 6th, you can purchase your button at Meineke Car Care Centers and get the early-bird discount. 

Meineke has centers in Wichita & Derby:

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.

The discount is good through May 6; 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 button price of $15 is reasonable. But it would be best if you still got the discount while you can. 🙂 Use the extra $5 for a gallon of gas to get you downtown.

Wichita Riverfest Fun Facts from their Website: 

  • Riverfest is the largest community event in Kansas.
  • Riverfest creates an economic impact of $25–$30 million annually.
  • The festival features local and national musical entertainment, children’s activities, athletic contests, water activities, performing and visual arts, cultural experiences and everyone’s favorite, festival food.
  • Riverfest’s ticket sales rank it in the top 50 of Pollstar’s Top 100 Outdoor Festival Sites worldwide
  • The event has been named one of the 100 Best Festival Destinations in the United States by travel and leisure organizations.
  • Riverfest has received dozens of industry awards over the years.
  • Wichita Festivals, Inc., (producer of Riverfest) is a member and co-founder of the International Festivals & Events Association.

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