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.
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.
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.
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.
Too bad meineke is closed on Sunday… Trying to get our buttons and can’t because they are closed and Today is the past day of early bird sales… ?
The below info was on your site with theRiverfest info. Went today Feb. 28th as stated below to the 21st street store and they don’t have them.
All DayThursday, February 28, 2019
Weekly on Wednesday
(April 5, 2019 – May 5, 2019)
2019 Riverfest button early-bird discount
Meinecke Car Care Center
I may need to make it clearer then – the early-bird discount is already available online; however, the in-person sales don’t begin until April 5, as it states in the article:
“Beginning April 5, you can purchase your button at Meineke Car Care Centers and get the early-bird discount of $7 for adults and only $3 for children ages 6-12. (No button is required for children 5 and younger.)”
“Or you can pre-order your buttons online right now at the early-bird price and either have them mailed to you or pick them up at will-call. Online fees do add 50 cents to the price of each button, however.”
I’m also not sure why it’s showing the All Day Thursday, February 28 part. That actually wasn’t intentional, so I’m going to have to look into why the calendar is showing it that way! It’s supposed to show up as starting April 5 at the Meineke Car Care Centers, so I think there’s a technical glitch. I apologize for your wasted trip!
Joanna K Pershad says
Are you aware that the City wide garage sales have a date of 2017?
Yes. We’re still updating it for 2018. We have to call all of the little towns in the area to get this year’s dates.
There is a $3.82 service fee to buy online making the button $10.82 which is more than full price.
There was no service fee when I first looked at it, because you pick the buttons up. Maybe it has changed. I will go look at it again. Thanks, Kat.
Ohhh. Yup. You are right! There is no *delivery* fee, but there is a service fee. 🙁 Okay then. I should have known. There are always service fees.
So we’ll be marking our calendars to pick them up in person then! Thanks again, Kat.
mary cole says
If one purchases a riverfest button online, is the bjtton msiled to the purchaser. If not, why would one purchase a button online?
According to the ticket site, the buttons will be waiting for us at the event. (I need to find out where their “will-call” will be.) The reason I would want to purchase a button online is that I can get it now for the earlybird rate, rather than have to go pick one up when they go on sale. It’s just easier for me. But they’ll have them on sale for the earlybird rate at physical locations in Wichita if that’s easier for you. I’ll update the where and when as soon as I find out.