Every year we host a handful of special events in Asheville to bring people to the river and celebrate its beauty. These events showcase the creativity, weirdness, and passion for the environment exhibited by our community. Our events are free to attend so anyone can come and show gratitude for this incredible river. Gather your friends and family and join us as we learn, dance, float, and party beside the French Broad River!
Earth Day is a great time to cherish our connection to the natural world! Every year RiverLink celebrates the holiday with its annual Earth Day Kid’s Festival. We invite families and people of all ages to come out and enjoy environmental education, arts and crafts, performances and more! The event will be hosted at the Salvage Station in Asheville and is free to attend. Bring the kids out and help instill them with a lasting love for our beautiful planet. This event is put on as part of WNC for the Planet.
Over the years RiverFest has brought thousands of people down to the banks of the French Broad River to enjoy live music, local beer, food, and sunsets over the third oldest river in the world. RiverFest serves as a fundraiser for RiverLink, and a chance for us to celebrate our beautiful river and incredible community. The proceeds from the event goes to support our on the ground work throughout the watershed. Come join us for our biggest party of the year!
The Anything That Floats Parade is where people from all walks of life come and express their creativity on the river. Teams work together to create all sorts of river vessels; some simple, some elaborate, some made from recycled materials, and others made with lots of flair. The sky is the limit, as long as it floats. The whole parade is hosted during the annual RiverFest Music Festival at New Belgium where people can watch the floats go by from the liquid center deck.