Sadly, it’s true — IPFW RiverFest is no more.

RiverFest enjoyed a great 4-year run, and we enjoyed welcoming all of you on campus each summer. We’ll all remember the sights, smells, and sounds — the laughter of FamilyFest, the crazy times of the Cardboard Regatta, the beauty of ArtFest, and the yummy deliciousness of FoodFest. Ah… good times all the way around!

Although RiverFest is gone, IPFW’s commitment to you — to our community — is still as strong as ever. The popular Omnibus Lecture Series and University Community Conversation (UC2) both continue again this year, as will Tapestry: A Day for You. You’ll see us throughout the community thanks to Sculpture with Purpose(TM), the flagship event of our 50th Celebration. The sculptures this brings to the city will enrich and enhance Fort Wayne for many years to come.

Thanks for being part of our “party on the river.” It was great having you here!

Results of the mud run and river walk runIt’s the post you’ve all bee waiting for! Here are results from Saturday’s 5K Mud Run and 4K River Walk/Run.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!!

Click to take the IPFW RiverFest survey

Click for the survey

A lot of things changed this year — the location, the mixture of activities, and more. Now it’s time for you to tell us how we did.

Take our one minute (really!) survey to let us know what you liked, what we can improve, and what you’d like to see for next year.

The city and its rivers are the soul of IPFW RiverFest, but you — our attendees and volunteers — are the heart.

Thank you for sharing your time and laughter and memories with us today. Please share your thoughts, too.

Here’s to next year’s party on the river!

Here’s a quick look at the schedules for this year’s IPFW RiverFest!!

Pick up a FREE detailed schedule of all events, complete with a map to the day’s activities, at any of the information booths at IPFW RiverFest!


  • 7:30 a.m. check-in for all runs – Rhinehart Music Building
  • 8:30 a.m. Mud Run (Sponsored by Max Fitness)
  • 8:45 a.m. 400M Kids Run (Sponsored by Fort4Fitness)
  • 9:00 a.m. 4K River Walk/Run (Sponsored Tower Bank)
  • 9:30 a.m. Yoga and Zumba instruction – Venderly Bridge (free, no pre-reg)


  • 10:00 a.m. Opening ceremonies – Venderly Bridge
  • 10:30 a.m. Cardboard Regatta (Sponsored by Kelly Box & Packing, ROCK 104) – Venderly Bridge
  • afternoon Land and Water Hovercraft demonstrations – Venderly Bridge

For the kids…

  • FamilyFest – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (activities for kids under 8 years old)
  • Fun in Motion – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (bounce houses, slides, etc.)
  • IPFW Community Arts Academy – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (theater and art activities)

For everybody…

  • ArtFest – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (over 30 artists with work for purchase)
  • Farm to Fork – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.(Farmer’s Market, petting zoo, machinery and more)
  • FoodFest – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. (goodies available for purchase from move than 20 vendors)
  • MusicFest – 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (nine bands entertain you for free!)
  • WaterFest – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (free rides and activities on the river)
  • FireFest – 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (fireworks start at 9:45 p.m.)

Spread the word

Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbors about IPFW RiverFest by printing and sharing this year’s posters. Every little bit helps! Riverfest_2013_Sm

You can download the posters by right-clicking on the links below, then selecting “download file,” “save link as,” or whatever your web browser calls that feature.

Planning to float a cardboard boat or run, walk, and squish your way through this year’s RiverFest running events? You can register NOW for all of them on our handy new online registration page!

The registration page has sign-up options for:

  • Our first-ever Cardboard Regatta
  • Our first-ever 5k River Mud Run
  • Our first-ever 400m Kids River Run
  • Our not-first-ever-but-still-fun-and-back-again-this-year 4k River Walk/Run

Don’t just sit there — register today!

MusicFest preview!

Did the taste of warmer weather whet your appetite for summertime?

If it did, then this peek at the first bands signed for MusicFest at the 2013 IPFW RiverFest will make you want to put on your shorts and start counting down to June!

MusicFest proudly welcomes these bands to the 2013 premier river concert experience:

  • Carmen V
  • Chris Worth and Company
  • Eyes
  • Heady Times
  • Juke Joint Jive
  • Wickersham Brothers
  • new artists from Crush House Entertainment

Mark your calendar now for June 22. It’ll be a musical party on the river at the 2013 IPFW RiverFest!

Chris Worth and Company

Chris Worth and Company



heady times

Heady Times

Juke Joint Jive

Juke Joint Jive

Carmen V

Carmen V

Crush House Logo

Crush House Entertainment

Wickersham Brothers

Wickersham Brothers