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Join us every year in June over Father's Day weekend, during the Arkansas River runoff. FIBARK's Whitewater Festival features whitewater boat races and paddlers from around the world who come to compete. 

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running events

Compete in all three of the FIBArk running races and contend for the Triple Crown title!  The legendary and beloved Tenderfoot Hill Climb will kick off the festival Thursday night. Participate in the FIBArk road races Saturday morning and have all day to enjoy other FIBArk events! The 5K and 10K are on county roads, starting and finishing on the mesa near the County Courthouse.  Join Salida Recreation on the last day of FIBArk for the 10K trail run.


    Stay Safe out there! But if you do need First Aid or Police, they will be roaming throughout the festival grounds. All security guards (located throughout the festival grounds and at entrances and exits) will be on radio and can contact EMS or Police for you. If you have a serious medical emergency call 911.
    Hopefully you keep all of your belongings during the weekend! But if you find you have lost something, the Lost and Found is located at the Entry Info Booth. Hours may be limited but rest assured....we won’t give your stuff away!
    Looking for more details on the festival venue and schedule, the shortest route to a tasty beverage, or some extra sunscreen? Come visit us at the Entry Information Booth.
  • 2024 CONCERTS
    Tickets may be purchased on the website and the entry of the event.
    FRIDAY & SATURDAY CONCERTS: $5 Pre-Sale Tixs available or $10 per person at the door. THURSDAY & SUNDAY: FREE ENTRY. No ticket purchase necessary on those days. FREE ENRY for 18 and under, and 65 and older. IDs will be required to receive free admission for 18 yo and under as well as 65 yo and over.
    Tickets purchased online will be exchanged for a wristband the day of the event. The purchase of a ticket grants you access to Riverside Park on either Friday, June 16 or Saturday, June 17, 2023 to see the full music lineup. Once guests have wristbands on, they will be able to leave and re-enter the event throughout the day.
    No outside alcohol will be allowed within the Riverside Park. IDs will be required to receive a 21 and up wristband for the purchase of alcohol.
    The 2023 FIBArk Whitewater Festival will open registration in Spring 2023. Registration will be available online and on-site at the FIBArk Boathouse. Online registration will close at 6PM on the night before your event.
    ACA waiver: FIBArk waiver:
    Cash prizes vary per event. See event pages for more details.
    We will post event results as fast as we possibly can during event days. You can keep an eye on the RESULTS page for any new or archived results.
    We do not allow refund or exchanges of any kind. Each participant acknowledges and agrees to the no refunds, exchanges, or transfers at the time of registration. Please consult our Terms & Conditions each participant signs/e-signs prior to registration completion for more information.
    Eligibility will depend on the competition. In some events, we allow Jr/Cadets, Intermediate, and expert levels. We even allow dogs to compete in some events!
    Camping on the north side of the river (across the F Street bridge) may jeopardize FIBArks future. This land is owned by the railroad and each year we have to ask for permission to cross it for our running and Hooligan races. Please don’t camp there. There are plenty of other camping resources nearby:
    Parking in downtown Salida is free. There is a large lot for day parking located at the bottom of F Street, on the NE side of the river and a smaller lot in front of the AHRA building on Sackett and G Street. Please note, the AHRA parking lot facing Sackett Street is reserved for employees only. The parking lot facing G street is public. (This lot will have spaces reserved for handicapped parking). There is no overnight parking allowed in either of these lots. There is no overnight parking allowed in either of these lots. Parking along the streets downtown is allowed unless otherwise noted. Please respect residents, driveways, and alleyways when parking streetside. Parking within Sackett Street to 3rd between G and E Streets is limited to 2 hours at a time from 9am and 5pm. Map of Downtown Parking
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