Come out to celebrate springtime temperatures, fresh seafood and our wonderful riverfront at Riverfest on the Halifax! It’s a fun-filled three-day event that the whole family can enjoy. With plenty of food, attractions, vendors and waterfront activities, Riverfest is sure to keep your crew smiling all weekend long. Riverfest is the perfect way to get a taste for the food, fun and people that make this such a special place.
WHAT: Riverfest on the Halifax
WHEN: May 4–6
WHERE: Riverside Pavilion, Port Orange
Riverfest kicks off on Friday at 6 p.m. with the Land n’ Sea Feast. Count on fresh and delicious seafood, as well as alternative dishes for landlubbers. Dinner will be catered by Aunt Catfish’s on the River, a long-standing favorite restaurant among locals. Known for traditional Southern seafood fixin’s and legendary sticky buns, Aunt Catfish’s promises to make the feast both fun and filling. Of course, dinner wouldn’t be complete without a little something sweet at its conclusion! Be sure to stick around for the ice cream social, and then dance off your full belly to the music of Steel Daddy. The two-hour event costs $25 per person, and you can easily register on the event’s website.
5k: Get up and at ’em for a fun 5k race to start off your Saturday! Whether you want to walk, run or piggyback your way to the finish line, this race welcomes all. The starting point for the race will be at Riverwalk Park, located at 3431 South Ridgewood Avenue in Port Orange. The race begins at 7:30 a.m., so your daily dose of exercise will be completed long before lunchtime! Bring your friends or vacation crew for a little friendly competition — awards will be given out to the top finishers, aged 9 to 70+. You can pick up your race packet from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the Riverfest tent, or starting at 6 a.m. on race day. Registration to run ends May 3.
Craft Bazaar & Expo: Starting at 10 a.m., you can come check out original artwork, crafts, furniture, clothes and more. There’s always something new and unique to discover, and you may just walk away with a one-of-a-kind souvenir. And, don’t miss the live music and food trucks that will be stationed around the grounds throughout the day.
SUP Race: Don’t miss The Paddle Battle — happening at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This stand-up paddleboard competition offers two options: a 3-mile course or a 6-mile course. The races are open to men and women of all ages; learn more about qualifications and course details here. You can register up until 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, and the prizes for the winners of each race are no joke. The 3-mile race winner will receive an elite carbon adjustable paddle, and the 6-mile winner can claim a major cash prize. Even if you’re just a spectator, this event is sure to be entertaining. Plus, stick around for the live music, food and fun that will follow the race.
The fun continues on Sunday starting at noon, with more Craft Bazaar & Expo, food, and a motorcycle show. Then, at 2 p.m., the Cornhole Contest kicks off! Show off your tossing skills and earn some great top prizes. The cost for a team of two is $50, and you can register here! Afterward, enjoy live music as the festival winds to a close.
From kid zones to beer tents to interactive games, Riverfest promises to be a fun weekend near the water that the whole family will love. The Halifax River brings the Daytona Beach and Port Orange area endless exercise, scenic views and exploration opportunities. Please join us in celebrating this magnificent river and the wonderful people around it.