Discover the Lost Eastern Branch. Tour the Eastern Branch by boat.
Learn about the transformation of the Eastern Branch over time, as well as the modern day health
scores for the branch. Find your role in restoration of the Eastern Branch.
Harness the power of the wind on sailboat rides compliments of Sail Nauticus.
Fly Your River Star Home Flag
New and Returning River Star Homes
- WIN an AWESOME recycled bike! New and returning River Star Homes
are eligible for a recycled bike hand-built by Hund’s ReCycle Factory in Norfolk
when you commit or recommit to the 7 steps.
NEW: Plan a living shoreline or back yard habitat! Funds available,
see if you qualify. Native plants for sale. Lawn Care Makeovers! See if you’ve
got what it takes to to be a Champion River Star Home.
Spy a Crab and other river inhabitants in the Living River Science Dome aquariums. See what’s living in a drop of river water under a microscope!
And see how polluted runoff can affect the river where these creatures live
with our Enviroscape.
Browse the ART SHOW and Sale!
Love an Oyster at the Oyster Oasis
Taste an oyster and recycle the shell for oyster reef restoration on the Elizabeth River. Plan your very own oysterberg reef off your shoreline. Learn to garden oysters off your dock and try your hand at the shell jig. WIN a pearl necklace!
Don’t miss your chance to come aboard the Learning Barge, America’s greenest vessel that raises the next generation of river stewards throughout the school year.
Go Play! Go Fast! Go Fish!
Play Scoop the Poop Cornhole. Race in the Scoop the Poop Relay.
Cast your line for a fish aboard the Learning Barge.
Bring your BEST FRIEND!
And for extra fun be in the The River's Gone to the Dogs Parade at 2:00!
Dress your dog in a river-themed costume and you could
WIN A $50 Gift Certificatefrom a dog's preferred retailer!
Cotumes will be judged by pooch panel - made up of volunteer children.
Compost, Preserve, Protect
Worms in your closet? Take vermicomposting 101. Learn to make your own
rain barrel with the Chesapeake Master Gardeners. Protect pollinators with the
Norfolk Beekeepers and the Butterfly Society.
Plant native plants available for sale by Southern Branch Nursery.
Drink, Sing, Eat & Be Merry!
Be the first to try Smartmouth’s latest brew.
Sing a sea shanty with Bob Zentz. Enjoy a river-themed cupcake from Just Cupcakes, past competitors on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. And celebrate the River as we party with Skye Zentz.
Bring the Pooch! Have a Dog-Gone Good Time!
It wouldn’t be RIVERFest without our four-legged doggie friends!
Be sure to bring yours along.
Wear a River Critter
Wear a pelican hat, go on, we dare you!
Paint a mummichog on your face or craft a seahorse.
Thanks to our fantastic sponsors!
Rotary Clubs of Norfolk, Portsmouth & District 7600
HRSD Rover Cruises
Jim Squires and Karen Jones Squires