September 16, 2023

Riverfest is a time for river lovers of all kinds to come together and celebrate! This several decade long tradition was born to celebrate what we all have accomplished together while raising funds to continue that work for the Rappahannock River and our community. So, grab a friend and take a Saturday off by the river with us!

We Are Looking For Riverfest Sponsors!

Support the river and enjoy the crabs!

Riverfest is FOR’s largest fundraiser of the year and is only made possible through the generous support of our business, partners and individual sponsors! Sponsorships range from $10,000 to $300 with a wide variety of benefits such as, marketing opportunities, Riverfest tickets, reserved seating and more!

Interested in Sponsoring Riverfest or learning more? Email Lis Heras at [email protected] for more info.

 2023 Tickets Available July 14

We invite you for an evening of live music, all you can eat crabs and BBQ, open bar, amazing prizes and celebration! Join us at Riverfest for a good party for a great cause, our Rappahannock River. Have any questions? Email Lis Heras at [email protected].org.

Child dangling crab
Child dangling crab
Child dangling crab


What does Riverfest support?

We’ve been hosting Riverfest for 30 years. It is our signature fundraiser and all the money raised directly supports our mission to be a voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Your generous support enables us to be a voice for the river through our advocacy program, reduce pollution through restoration projects, and educate the next generation of river stewards.

What about if there is a low regional crab count?
Rappahannock Riverfest has always provided “All-You-Can-Eat” for this event by crab availability locally and regionally. Should the crab population not increase significantly by the event, a limited amount of crabs and/or alternatives such as fried catfish and oysters will be available instead in addition to the BBQ provided. **
I was given a Riverfest ticket from someone and when I go to receive it, event.gives says 'there's already an account with my email' but I don't have a password. What should I do?
When you go to log in, select ‘Email pin’ to the right of “Forgot password?” You will then be emailed a pin to create a password for the account associated with your email. You can then access your tickets at any time there and are able to bid on silent auction items!
How is FOR making Riverfest a "Green" Event?
This year, FOR is committed to eliminating the single use plastic typically used for Riverfest. Dishes, flatware, cups and more will all be compostable and reusable. Recycling stations will be available throughout. There will be an option to purchase a reusable beverage cup.
I can't find my ticket!

No worries! We will have staff and volunteers able to pull up any missing tickets at the entrance. We will also send out a link to all ticket holders the day of Riverfest so you can easily access it.

Can I bring my pet?

No. We know how much you love your furry, scaley, or feathery friends, but for health and safety of the event, we ask you to not bring your pets.

**ADA certified service animals are the only exception. ** SEE SERVICE DOG DEFINITION HERE

Can I bring my children?
Children are not encouraged to come to the event. if you choose to bring your child, they must have a ticket unless they are under 1 year old.
Who do I contact for help?

Contact Lis Heras at  [email protected] | 540-373-3448 x 152


Where do I park?

The VRE G &H Lot  (FREE) or the Sophia Street Parking Garage ($2 Fee). We will have shuttles running to both locations continuously.


** If you or a member of your party needs to be dropped off at the Riverfest site location due age, mobility, or another accessibility reason, please tell the parking attendant at the top of the city dock hill. They will allow you to drop off that member of your party and 1 guest to assist them. 

** Crabs are provided “All-You-Can-Eat” for this event by crab availability locally and regionally. Should “All-You-Can-Eat” Crabs  not be available for the event, an alternative will be available instead. **

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