Overview of Main Day's Events
12:00 A large maroon is fired from the Kentish Lady on the river by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton and River Festival Chairman, David Naghi to open the event
11:30-20:30 Dance and music performances at Coronation Square at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre
14:30 Raft Race begins from the High Level Bridge to the town bridge
22:00 Firework Finale from the roof of Fremlin Walk
21:00 Paddleboardng light display on the river
Coronation Square Stages at Lockmeadow
11:30 Kent Academy of Musical Theatre
12:15 Rock Choir
13:00 Musn't Grumble band
14:20 The V Twins band
15:10 The Tuneless Choir
15:40 Lookin' Back band
16:30 Vocademy Singers
17:00 Rock Paper Scissors band
17:50 Ellie-Hope Suzanne - singer
18:20 Rush Hour band
19:10 Bloco Fogo Samba band
19:40-20:30 The Square Pigs band
All Day Picnic area
All Saints Church
12:00-16:00 All Saints Church will offer tower tours and serve afternoon teas. 12 - 4pm
12:00-16:00 The historic number 26 corporation bus will run between All Saints to Gallagher Stadium
Archbishops Palace Gardens
All Day The community comes together at Maidstone River Festival. Visit Palace Gardens, adjacent to the Kentish Lady mooring, to visit local organisations and charities where there will be activities and fun.
11:00-15:00 One of the finest collections of carriages in Europe
Thai Orchid and Draysons Bar
12:00-23:59 Draysons Bar will have entertainment on the riverfront terrace.
12:00 The restaurant will offer great views of the fireworks for diners.
15:00 Maidstone United vs Lewes - tickets available at the gate from 12.30
12:00-16:00 The historic number 26 corporation bus will run between All Saints to Gallagher Stadium.
10:00-15:00 The Mugglestone Steam Punk Festival takes place on River Festival day and you will see some of them parading along the riverfront in colourful outfits.
All Day Town Quay Activities
10:00 Pre- River Festival GB SUP 10km race from Lockmeadow
12:00 Walk along the riverbanks, chat to the boat owners and watch activity on the river
River Festival Raft Race from High Level Bridge to St Peter's Bridge
21:00 Light up paddleboarders display
River Market ME16
12:00-18:00 A craft market not to be missed in the Market buildings at Lockmeadow