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Rafting and the Royal Gorge Region go hand in hand. With sections of the Arkansas differing so greatly in rapids, there are trips for everyone! Families and beginners will love the Big Horn Sheep Canyon area, and those looking for more of an adventure can raft the class IV and V rapids of the Royal Gorge.


Whitewater Fest is Boats, Bands, & Beer time in Canon City! The festival is held annually at Centennial Park and offers over 21 events on and off land. The contests are designed to encourage everyone to get in the water, no matter the skill level. All proceeds go back to the Whitewater Park, river restoration, and charitable causes. The 2017 Whitewater Festival is June 23-24 in Canon City.

Here is some need to know information for this event:
–There is a $5 entrance fee for anyone 13 or older, kids 12 and under are free
–There is no entrance fee for the participants (excluding Inner Tube Races)
–No dogs are allowed in the festival area, with the exception of the Weenie Dog Race participants
–In order to consume alcoholic beverages you must be 21 or older and have identification
–No outside food or alcohol is allowed in the festival
–All bags are subject to search
–No firearms are allowed in the festival area

 

2017 Schedule of Events

Friday June 23, 2017

1:00 pm           Check in and registration for Events @ Registration Tent
3:00 pm           Festival opens at Centennial Park (Beer Garden/Food & Merchandise/Vendors/Fun Zone)
3:00 pm           Demonstrations and exhibitions in Cañon City White
4:00 pm           Outpost Harley Davidson River Board Freestyle @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
4:30 pm           Cripple Creek Victor Gold Mine Inner Tube Races begin
5:30 pm           Holcim Expression Session @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
5:30 pm           Bank of the San Juans Community Raft Race Guide Auction at Main Stage
5:30 pm           “Something Underground” performs on the River Stage
6:13 pm           Keller Williams Performance Realty Kayak Downriver Race begins in Parkdale @ AAE Beach
6:15 pm           White Water Bar & Grill Pro Raft Race begins in Parkdale @ AAE Beach
6:30 pm           Bank of the San Juans Community Raft Race begins at Pink House
7:00 pm           Hyside Water Inflatables R-2 Rafting Challenge @ Whitewater Park
8:15 pm           Awards for Events on Centennial Park Stage
8:30 pm           “Tent Show Kings” performs on the Main Stage
11:15 pm         Festival closes for the night

 

Saturday June 24, 2017

7:30 am           Morning Yoga at Veteran’s Park (Free Event)
9:00 am           Registration Tent open for All Events
10:00 am         Festival opens at Centennial Park (Beer Garden/Food & Merchandise Vendors/Fun Zone)
10:00 am         Colorado Whitewater Kayak Boater X @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
10:00 am         Yoga in the Park with River Lotus Yoga on the Main Stage in Centennial Park (Free Event)
11:00 am         Cripple Creek Victor Gold Mine Inner Tube Races begin
11:00 am         Pizza Madness Whitewater Adventure Race begins @ Centennial Park
12:00 pm         “John Weeks Band” performs on the Main Stage
12:00 pm         Underwater Connections SUP Cross @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
12:30 pm         Royal Gorge Bridge & Park Youth Adventure Race begins @ Centennial Park
1:00 pm           Sunflower Bank R-2 Head to Head Raft Races
1:30 pm           ROTC Whitewater Adventure Race Team Challenge begins @ Centennial Park
2:00 pm           Black Hills Energy Duckie Dash begins @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
3:00 pm           “Adam Ashley” performs on the River Stage
3:30 pm           Hot Diggity Weenie Dog Races begin at Main Stage area
3:30 pm           Echo Canyon River Expeditions R-2 Raft Cross @ Centennial Park Boat Ramp
5:15 pm           “DJ Diablo” performs on the River Stage
5:15 pm           High Country Bank ByOB Race Begins @ Green Gate on Riverside Drive
6:00 pm           “John Saunders Band” performs on the Main Stage
6:15 pm           Raft Masters Raft Rodeo @ Cañon City Whitewater Park
8:00 pm           Live Auction on Main Stage
8:35 pm           Event Awards on Main Stage
8:45 pm           “Paramount” performs on the Main Stage
11:15 pm         Festival closes at Centennial Park

 

***Schedule is subject to change***

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