Saskatoon RiverFest

Date - 07-13-17

Time - 09:00 AM

Venue - On the river and throughout the city

Location - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Description -

Saskatoon RiverFest July 13-15, 2017 


The Saskatoon River Rendezvous 150 Festival is an exciting new multi-dimensional event celebrating the South Saskatchewan River, a Canadian Heritage River flowing through the heart of Saskatoon. The three-day festival is an exciting combination of riverside heritage exhibitions, daily paddling activities, and creative interpretations of the river through the arts.


Day One (July 13) will feature our marquee event with arrival of the canoeing teams from the Voyageurs’ Rendezvous 2017 to compete in sprint racing in fur trade-era voyageur canoes along with traditional northern entertainment. On the recreational paddling front there will be youth instruction in canoeing combined with short river tours in a voyageur canoe. There will be a paddle board demo/race following the voyageur race in early afternoon. Throughout the day at River Landing there will be entertainment and a multi-purpose trade show/exhibition including the U of S Art Department’s digital photo booth “We the River” with the imposing Delta River interactive display. River-related visual art exhibitions will be located at various galleries throughout Saskatoon in addition to the screening of Ian Toews river films. Late night River Café with live music caps off the evening at Sir Toby’s Tavern at Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan site.

Day Two (July 14) afternoon will present youth kayaking lessons and short river tours. Throughout the day there will be ongoing visual art exhibitions city-wide as well as storytelling in various locations. In the evening River Landing Amphitheatre comes alive with Music & Dance.  Songs of the River, an intimate concert of ‘river’ music and, as the sun sets, Dancing the River, where indigenous traditional and contemporary dancers come together to interpret the spirit of the river. River Café with live music will again round out the evening under the Shakespeare tents.

Day Three (July 15) will send off a canoeing party to explore the Trails of 1885 along the South Saskatchewan River. This ticketed, fully guided and packaged canoe tour with one-day and overnight wilderness camping options will feature short hikes and interpretive stories at stops en route to Batoche. Contact or call 306-653-5693 to book your tickets. 


Back in town, local story tellers will weave tales of the past in Stories from the River Bank at various locations along the Meewasin Trail. On the water, the Saskatoon Canoe Club will be running their annual marathon Cranberry Punch Canoe Race. Visual art exhibitions are on-going throughout the day and the late evening live music at River Café under the Shakespeare tents will wind up the excitement of the River Rendezvous 150 Festival for 2017!





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