Events & Activities

2017 – Monday, July 17

Just Add Water: Deluxe River Exploration
Dates: 7/17 – 7/20
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street
Description: Deluxe River Exploration is a Just Add Water art and science class for ages 9 through 12 being offered by The Phipps Center for the Arts as part of its Summer Art Camp program. During the four action-packed days of this class, participants will help with a river clean-up effort and work with artist to transform the trash and recyclables collected to create a “skin” for Scrappy, RiverFest’s mascot sculpture of a splashing bass. Throughout the week, students also will paddle kayaks on the St. Croix River, meet with naturalists and environmental educators, and learn how to make a difference in the world.  The instructor for Deluxe River Exploration is Liz Malanaphy, who has taught Just Add Water classes at The Phipps for six years. Experience hands-on fun for young artists and scientists who want to learn more about the world around them. Liz is a mother of five who has worked with hundreds of students in Hudson through the Hudson Destination Imagination program and other various community projects.
Bring a sack lunch each day. The class fee is $199. For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit Deluxe River Exploration on the Phipps Center’s website.

2017 – Tuesday, July 18

Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-up
Time: 10  – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Lakefront ParkRiver Clean-up
Description: The river clean-up is a core activity of the Hudson RiverFest. Community volunteers form teams (bags and gloves are provided) get out on the river bank collecting trash and working to help clean-up the river. While the goal of RiverFest is to get people out to enjoy the river, the river clean-up is the “purpose” for the celebration. Meet at the Bandshell for the Lakefront Park for the  park area clean-up. For more information contact For more information contact Buck Malick at 715-386-7010 or cmalick2@gmail.com.
View instructions for the River Clean-ups.
Following the clean-up, RiverFest will host a picnic lunch for the clean-up volunteers at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park).

Refashioning Scrappy
Dates: 7/19  & 20
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Just Add Water art and science class work to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for “Scrappy,” the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.

Toddler Story Time at the Library
Time:
10:15 a.m.Hudson Area Library
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: River themed stories, songs, crafts and activities. Presented by Mary Moriarty Davis, Children’s Librarian.
(For children talking to age 3)

Pop-up Art Activity at the Art Bench
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Pop-up Art + Nature activities on the Art Bench Trail are hands-on opportunities for all ages to learn about nature, be creative, and interact with a National Park Service Ranger. Pop-up Art + Nature activities were developed through a partnership of The Phipps and Belwin Conservancy in Afton, Minnesota.

Stay & Play Story Time at the Library
Time:
11 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: River themed stories, songs, crafts and activities. Presented by Mary Moriarty Davis, Children’s Librarian.
(For children ages 3-5)

Carpenter Nature Center presents Animals of the St. Croix Valley
Carpenter Nature Center Time: 11:30 a.m.  – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description: Carpenter Nature Center is an environmental education facility with the goal of fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. With campuses on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix River, CNC is able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing quality educational opportunities. Join Nature Center staff to learn about the wildlife of the St. Croix River Valley and meet live animal ambassadors, including frogs, turtles, snakes and a bird of prey. Find out what you can do to help protect the river valley ecosystem and the amazing animals that live in the Valley.

Paddleboard Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) paddleboard rentals are available through St. Croix SUP Company. For a flat fee of $25, please mention RiverFest when making your reservation. Reservations at st.croixsup@gmail.com or 651-271-1643.

Kayak Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Kayak rental are available through Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters. Reservations at 1-715-425-7378.

Grade School Program at the LibraryHudson Area Library
Time:
1 p.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Resource Educator Aleisha Miller talks about “Who polluted the St Croix River?”
(For grade school age children)

PJ Story Time at the Library
Time:
6:15 p.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Night on the River with stories, songs and activities
(For school age children)

ENVIRO-FUN ShowThe Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppet Show
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: The Toonies will bring together viewers of all ages in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Learn about the many ways of reducing the amount of trash we generate — rethink, reuse, recycle!

2017 – Wednesday, July 19

ScrappyRefashioning Scrappy
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description:
You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Just Add Water art and science class work with instructor  Liz Malanaphy to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for Scrappy, the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.

Stories for All at the LibraryHudson Area Library
Time: 11:15 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Animals with Naturalists Melissa Dupont.
(For children age 0-5)

Paddleboard Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) paddleboard rentals are available through St. Croix SUP Company. For a flat fee of $25, please mention RiverFest when making your reservation. Reservations at st.croixsup@gmail.com or 651-271-1643.

Kayak Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Kayak rental are available through Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters. Reservations at 1-715-425-7378.

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Time: 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Boat Launch
Description: Join a paddle with KakAttack around the river font and bay area. Anyone is welcome to bring your own kayak or canoe.  Wahoo! Adventures offers kayaks/paddles/life-vests for a $40 rental fee including  the gear and a safety lesson before the group departs. Reserve your kayak at www.mywahooadventures.com. View their calendar and scroll to July 19th to the registration link for Hudson’s RiverFest Paddle.
Rental reservations are also available from Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters at 1-715-425-7378.

Evening Prairie Hike
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Carpenter Nature Center’s Wisconsin Campus Trail, 300 East Cove Road, Hudson. View map: (http://carpenternaturecenter.org/about/wisconsin-campus-trail-map)
Prairie BirdDescription: Join Missy Sparrow, a prairie plant specialist form the Wisconsin DNR, and Jennifer Vieth, Carpenter Nature Center’s director, for an evening hike through the prairie. We’ll be looking for blooming forbs and grasses as well as listening a looking for birds. Field guides and binoculars will be available to use or you may bring your own if you have them. This is a FREE event but space is limited and reservations required at 651-437-4359.

2017 – Thursday, July 20

Refashioning Scrappy
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Picnic Point (south end of the park)
Description:
You are invited to watch as students from The Phipps’ Just Add Water art and science class work with instructor  Liz Malanaphy to transform the trash collected during the river clean-up to create a new “skin” for Scrappy, the splashing bass mascot of RiverFest.

Hudson Area LibraryToddler Story Time at the Library
Time:
10:15 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: River themed stories, songs, crafts and activities. Presented by Mary Moriarty Davis, Children’s Librarian.
(For children talking to age 3)

St. Croix Sailing School Open House
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Northeast corner of 1st & Buckeye Streets
Description: Stop by the St. Croix Sailing School Open House for brief sailing clinics and information about the school.

Paddleboard Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) paddleboard rentals are available through St. Croix SUP Company. For a flat fee of $25, please mention RiverFest when making your reservation. Reservations at st.croixsup@gmail.com or 651-271-1643.

Kayak Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Kayak rental are available through Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters. Reservations at 1-715-425-7378.

Carpenter Nature Center presents Pollinators
ButterflyTime: 6 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park
Description:  Visit Carpenter Nature Center’s booth at the RiverFest Concert to learn about pollinators! Pollinators are a crucial part of all ecosystems, and they are also responsible for pollinating crops on which humans rely. Simply put, we can’t live without them! Get to know the diversity of pollinator species native to Minnesota and Wisconsin including butterflies, bees, birds, and more. Understand the current issues threatening the health and survival of pollinators. Discover the actions you can take to protect pollinators and help them thrive.

RiverFest Partner Display Booths
Time: 6 – 8:15 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: RiverFest partner organizations will have booths with information and demonstrations before and during the concert.

St. Croix Valley Community Band Concert 14RF_ConcertGirlSmall
Time: 7 – 8:15 p.m.
Location:   Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: RiverFest Musical Extravaganza features the St. Croix Valley Community Band, under the direction of Kris Tjornehoj. The music will be themed around the river. You won’t want to miss this fun-filled family evening.

Kids can stop by the craft booth to create their own one-of-a-kind sun/river stick.  During the concert, kids will have an opportunity to use their sun/river stick along with the band. You can also stop in at The Phipps lobby to make an sun/river stick from July 3 to July 21, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See the RiverFest mascot Scrappy on display! Created by sculptor Mary Johnson in 2013 the splashing bass figure with a metal armature. Each year students from the Phipps Center for the Arts “Just Add Water” art and science class help complete the sculpture by processing and re-purposing the litter collected in Hudson during the river cleanup to create a new “skin” for Scrappy.

2017 – Friday, July 21

RiverFest Nature Boat Cruise
Time: 6:30 – 8:45 p.m. – Boarding at 6 p.m., Departs at 6:30 p.m. SHARP!
Location: Lakefront Park Grand Duchess boat, 98 Walnut Street
15GrandDuchessDescription: Explore the St. Croix River Valley with Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center Naturlists. Learn about the natural history of the area and meet a few live animal ambassadors from Carpenter Nature Center. Come aboard the Grand Duchess for a beautiful sun set cruise. St. Croix RiverFest tickets will be seated on the 2nd level. Binoculars will be available to use for bird watching or you may bring your own if you have them.
Details on Afton-Hudson Cruise Line’s website at www.StCroixRiverCruises.com or call 651-436-8883.
Cruise Reservations required:
RiverFest Cruise: $18 plus tax  for Carpenter Nature Center presentation and cruise only (no dinner). Cash bar available (no credit cards or checks accepted on the boat). 
RiverFest Cruise and Dinner: $37.95
for Carpenter Nature Center presentation, cruise and dinner. Cash bar available (no credit cards or checks accepted on the boat). 

Paddleboard Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) paddleboard rentals are available through St. Croix SUP Company. For a flat fee of $25, please mention RiverFest when making your reservation. Reservations at st.croixsup@gmail.com or 651-271-1643.

Kayak Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Kayak rental are available through Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters. Reservations at 1-715-425-7378.

2017 – Saturday, July 22

Kids Fishing Derby
Time: 8 – 10 a.m.
Location: Lake Mallalieu, southwest bay, west of 2nd Street, bay across from Corky’s Pier up North Street to Bridge street.
Description: Sponsored by the St. Croix County Sportsman’s Alliance, Hudson Rod, Gun and Archery Club and other partners, the derby is for children ages 6-12. Mentors, bait and fishing poles will be provided. There are prizes for all.  Led by Buck Malick at cmalick2@gmail.com.

Hudson Area LibraryRagamuffin at the Library
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hudson Area Library, 700 1st Street
Description: Ragamuffin, a large raccoon, tells of animal life along the St. Croix River. (For children of all ages)

Civil War Encampment & Ice Cream Social
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.CWPrescottGuards
Location: the Octagon House Museum, 1004 3rd Street
Description:
  Local Civil War re-enactors will stage an encampment on the lawn of the Octagon House Museum. Re-enactors from the Prescott Guards will share stories of the every day life of the Civil War soldier. Enjoy and old fashioned Ice Cream Social fundraiser with baked goods, sundaes and floats with demonstration of hand-churned ice cream and samples.

Log Rolling Demonstration  (tentative event)
Time: 1-3 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park Boat Launch
Description: Watch the Hudson Log Rolling Club demonstrate log rolling techniques.

Kayak Rentals
Time: Reservations available throughout the week
Description: Kayak rental are available through Kinni Creek Lodge & Outfitters. Reservations at 1-715-425-7378.

Ragamuffin at Willow River State Park
Time: 7 – 8 p.m.
Location: Visitor Center, Willow Rive State Park
Description: Ragamuffin, a large raccoon, tells of animal life along the St. Croix River.
(For children of all ages)

Sunday, July 23

NADanceNative American Celebration
Time: 12 – 4 p.m.
Location:  Lakefront Park Bandshell
Description: Gather by the river to enjoy a Native American Celebration featuring: Dancing by Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company; Speaker James Knutson-Kolodzne; Native Dancing Demonstration with Drums by Native Boys; Cultural demonstrations and more. Learn about the cultural heritage of different tribes or bands participating:  Ojibwe, Sioux, Potawatomi, Ottawa,  Ho-Chunk and St. Croix Chippewa.

Native American Cultural Booths and Displays
NATOW (Native American Tourism of Wisconsin); OPOS Tours & Travel; St. Croix Wild Rice Pow-wow display; and more.

RiverFest Closing ~ Water Ceremony
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Lakefront Park, Bandshell
Description:  To conclude the annual RiverFest celebration, the RiverFest committee invites guests to join in a Water Ceremony. Participants are asked to bring a small container of water from their own water source.

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