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The mission of the event is to reconnect with and celebrate our river.

The Willamette River Festival is combining with Movie in the Park! The festival is a free, non-profit event on Sunday, July 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. at Cathedral Park. The mission is to celebrate our connection to the lower river, offer cleanup information and promote stewardship.

The movie showing at dusk is Upriver, a locally made documentary about the Willamette. The river itself will serve as a scenic backdrop to the film.

The festival features live music: Shanghaied on the Willamette, Normal Sylvester & Band featuring LaRhonda Steele, and Son de Cuba.

There will be free kayak tours, food vendors, 50 Licks ice cream, an environmental fair, a walking tour of the future Willamette Greenway Trail, raffles, bike registration, and a host of children’s activities including a salmon obstacle course.

Biking to the event is encouraged and bike racks will be provided. The St. Johns Neighborhood Association will host a booth to photograph and register bike serial numbers as an aid in prevention of bicycle theft.

  • 1:00 p.m. — Welcome & Introduction, MC Erin Yanke of KBOO
  • 1:30 p.m. — Shanghaied on the Willamette (folk & Americana)
  • 2:30 p.m. — Land-Based Synchronized Swimmers
  • 3:00 p.m. — Norman Sylvester Band featuring LaRhonda Steele (blues & rock ‘n roll)
  • 4:00 p.m. — Afro Kidworks dancers & raffle drawing
  • 4:30 p.m. — Norman Sylvester Band featuring LaRhonda Steel (rock ‘n roll & blues)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Aspire dancers & final raffle drawing
  • 6:30 p.m. — Son de Cuba (Timba, son, merengue, cumbia, Latin jazz)
  • At dusk — Movie in the Park: Upriver: an Oregon Experiment, a locally made documentary about the Willamette River

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