On Saturday, August 16, 2014, Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. organized the second annual Downtown Riverfest. Event organizers estimate attendance of about 15,000 people, surpassing the inaugural event’s attendance of nearly 10,000 in 2013.
Downtown Riverfest aimed to bring people downtown to discover and enjoy the newly redeveloped downtown riverfront, embracing the beauty of the Big Sioux. The event featured live music, live art, kids' activities, an interactive water fountain, fireworks and food, beverage & retail vendors at the expanded venue on the downtown river greenway.
“We’re thrilled with the continued success of this new event,” said DTSF Communications Manager Brienne Maner. “Showcasing local and regional talent in a unique setting seems to resonate with festival goers, and we were happy that so many different cross-sections of the community were in attendance to celebrate with us.” In addition to offering a venue for local and regional artists to show their talents, Downtown Riverfest brings the community together to enjoy and celebrate the assets of our city.
This event would not be possible without the help of nearly 100 volunteers. Sioux Falls Up & Coming stepped up and filled an entire tent of volunteers. Groups like this are vital to the success of Downtown Riverfest.
Plans for the third annual Downtown Riverfest are in the works for Saturday, August 15, 2015. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in volunteering.