What's On

Here is the event line-up for 2024! Please keep checking back as we add new activities and confirm times. 

We hope to see you on the river on Saturday 27th July 2024.

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

11:30-21:00 Dance and music performances at Coronation Square at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre

12:00-12:00 Air Raid Siren - Warning (Event Open)

14:30 Raft Race begins from the High Level Bridge to the town bridge

21:00 Paddle sports light display on the river

22:00-22:10 Firmin Family Fireworks Spectacular - Finale from the roof of Fremlin Walk

22:10-22:10 Air Raid Siren - All Clear (Event Close)

Coronation Square Stages at Lockmeadow

11:20 Gurukul Arts and Dance Academy Maidstone Indian Association by Mrs Jeevitha Balaji

11:45 Talk 2night

12:20 Razzamataz

12:50 Studio33

13:55 Rock Choir

14:35 Looking Back

15:30 Stagecoach

16:10 AMDC (Arthurs Mason Dance Company)

16:40 Square Pigs

17:45 Soul Choir

18:25 Bloco Fogo

19:05 Mustn't grumble

20:00 Ellie-Hope

20:40 Beats Workin

Millennium Amphitheatre

All Day Picnic area

All Saints Church

10:00-15:00 All Saints Church bell tower will be open 10am - 3pm during the River Festival - Entry: Adults £1, Children Free! The view is amazing we highly recommend a visit!

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.

Carriage Museum

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.

Kentish Lady

All Day Town Quay Activities

River Medway

12:00 Walk along the riverbanks, chat to the boat owners and watch activity on the river

14:30 River Festival Raft Race from High Level Bridge to St Peter's Bridge

12:00-17:00 River Medway Canoes - Hourly canoe hire

12:30-13:15 River Medway Canoes - Water safety workshop 1

13:45-14:45 River Medway Canoes - Kayak taster session 1

15:00-16:00 River Medway Canoes - Water safety workshop 2

16:00 Raft Race Award Ceremony outside Kentish Lady

16:15-17:15 River Medway Canoes - Kayak taster session 2

Light up paddle sports display

River Market ME16

12:00-18:00 A craft market not to be missed in the Market buildings at Lockmeadow