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Everything you need to know about Riverfest

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Riverfest is the place to be on Labor Day weekend. It’s an all-day party for the Queen City to close out the summer and this year will be the 40th anniversary.

When is the fireworks show?

The Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks start at 9:05 p.m. Sunday at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman's Cove. But there are plenty of spots in Northern Kentucky you can see the fireworks from.

What can I do before the fireworks on Sunday? 

12 p.m. — Live broadcast with the KiddChris Show & Shroom

12-8 p.m. — Kiss 107.1 “Just Show Up Show” concert. This year’s performers include Judah & The Lion, Hey Violet, AJR, Skylar Stecker and Spencer Sutherland.

12-8 p.m. — The Kroger Activity Zone will have entertainment all day at Yeatmans Cove Park, including a meet-and-greet with FC Cincinnati players.

3 p.m. — The Rubber Duck Regatta.

Can I reserve a spot?

Blankets can be placed after 6 a.m. on Saturday before the event. The event opens to the public at noon on Sunday. It’s first come, first served basis.

What’s OK to bring? What should I leave at home? (No, you can't bring booze) 

Permitted Items:

-Strollers-Diapers/Diaper Bags

-Purse sized umbrellas

-Sun block, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc.

-Bug spray

-Snacks for small children

-Folding chairs (in designated areas), blankets, etc.





Prohibited Items:

-Alcoholic beverages

-Illegal weapons, explosives of any kind

-Wheeled items: skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, etc.

-Laser Pointers/Laser Pens

-Glass bottles



-Pets (with exception of service dogs)

-Large umbrellas, chairs, etc.

-Drug paraphernalia, illegal substances, etc.

-Vending/ solicitation without WEBN approval

Where can't I park?

Uber and Lyft could be an easier way to get around for a lot of people. But you should expect higher fees due to greater demand for drivers.

The following areas within the Impact Area will be posted as "No Parking Tow Away Zones". Vehicles parked in these areas will be towed starting at 7 a.m.:

Riverside Drive

Garrard Street between East Second Street and Riverside Drive

Kennedy Street between East Second Street and Riverside Drive

Shelby Street

Scott Blvd. north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)

Greenup Street north of East Fourth Street (including parking meters)

East Third Street east of Madison Avenue (including parking meters)

Park Place (including parking meters)

Court Street (including parking meters)

Surface lots along the floodwall on Rivercenter Blvd. between Madison Avenue and Johnson Street and below the Roebling Suspension Bridge

Grass areas in Devou Park

Road Closures 

All streets north of East Fourth Street and east of Madison Avenue to Licking River will be closed to vehicle traffic at 6 p.m. Sunday. 

The Roebling and Clay Wade Bailey Bridges will be shutdown starting at 6 p.m. 

Devou Park, Kenton Hills and The Bluffs will have restricted traffic beginning at 2 p.m. 

What’s up with all the rubber ducks?

The Rubber Duck Regatta is an annual tradition. An estimated 200,000 rubber ducks will be dropped into the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The owner of the duck that travels the fastest wins a 2017 Honda HR-V LX Sedan and potentially another $1 million is their duck is a specially marked “KEMPA Million Dollar Duck.”

The second place winner will snag a $100 gift card to Kroger every week for a year, totalling $5,200. Another five winners will get $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union.

Each duck costs $5

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