WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita Riverfest announces that they cancel this year’s festival scheduled for May 29 to June 6 due to coronavirus.
The decision came after communication with the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County officials.
“We are seeing major festivals across the country and around the world making the difficult but compassionate decision to cancel, in order to protect at-risk citizens from COVID-19,” said Ty Tabing, president/CEO of Wichita Festivals, Inc. “There is no question that this is the right thing to do, but there are a lot of tough emotions attached … for our dedicated volunteers, our staff and of course, for Riverfest fans, some of whom won’t be spending the first week of summer at Riverfest for the first time in decades.”
It is the first time in the history of Kansas’ largest community event that Riverfest has not taken place as scheduled. The festival represents an annual impact of $30 million on the Wichita economy.
The organization instead is planning a four-day, fall-themed community event in downtown, a dynamic final celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of both Wichita and Sedgwick County.
The event is scheduled for Nov. 5-8 with St. Francis street at the heart of the festival.
The Fidelity Bank River Run and Wichita Eagle Medallion Hunt will take place during the fall event.
Wichita Festivals, Inc. is planning Virtual Riverfest 2020, featuring some nods to your favorite classic events, live fun and entertainment, and chances to share your Riverfest memories, all via Wichita Riverfest’s social media channels.
More details about Virtual Riverfest 2020 will be available at WichitaRiverfest.com May 1.