The Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival is held annually in beautiful Cañon City, Colorado, where the Arkansas River flows, rages, and tumbles out of the world famous Royal Gorge. This is the premier whitewater and river event of the summer. Come join our festival on June 24 & 25, 2016! The festival is held annually at Centennial Park, located along the beautiful banks of the Arkansas River. There will be 20-events during the festival and anyone can compete. Whitewater Events We will offer everything from down river races through the world famous Royal Gorge, to freestyle events in the Cañon City Whitewater Park, or sprint and Boater X races. Whether you prefer rafts, kayaks, SUP's, or river boards there is an event for everyone to enjoy. Back for the 16th year is the Build Your Own Boat Race (ByOB Race) and there is the very popular Community Raft Race. You don't have to be an expert to participate in most events, in fact you only need to be able sit in a tube for the River Tube Races. Anyone can get in the river and have fun.
Adventure Events: This will be the fourth year we have offered the Adventure Events series. These are events anyone can participate in and you don't have to have any skills necessarily, you just need to be a little adventurous. There is the Pixie Bike Race, a run/obstacle course known as WAR for both kids and adults, an inflatable kayak race, or fly casting competition. Do you have an adventurous side?
Live music in 2016 will be held on two temporary stages in Centennial Park, one by the river and the other in the southeast corner of the park! You can get a complete band line-up in the Music section of our website. We will also have a Fun Zone for the Kids, Kayak Roll Lessons, SUP Demo's, and plenty of food and merchandise vendors. Join us for the Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival on June 24th and 25th.