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Sioux City's Rivercade Festival provides days of summer fun

One of the highlights of every July for Siouxland families is the annual Rivercade Festival! Since the Sixties, this festival has been celebrating the river and our local community, and it's still going strong. Here's what local families and visitors to Siouxland should know about Sioux City's Rivercade Festival:

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What is River-Cade

River-Cade is a local festival that started in 1964. Since then, the annual fun has included a wide variety of events and activities including a parade, concerts, pageantry, and much more. Some of the traditions have changed or disappeared over the years, but many continue strong to this day, and occasionally new fun is added to the festival. Whatever each year holds, it is sure to be a lot of fun! The River-Cade festivities are organized by the Port of Sioux City River-Cade Association and supported by many local businesses and individuals. 

Rivercade Parade

The Rivercade Parade is one of Sioux City's best, and the 2024 parade will be held on Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm, starting at Fifth and Court, then heading down Fifth Street to Pierce Street, and taking Pierce Street to the Long Lines Rec Center.  

Other Rivercade events

  • Smile Contest: The preliminary round of the Rivercade Smile Contest for kids ages 4 to 12 will be held on July 13th, 2024 at the Southern Hills Mall, with check-in at 1pm. Finalists get to ride in the Rivercade Parade before heading to judging at the Long Lines Rec Center after the parade.
  • Ice Cream Social: Siouxland is invited to a Dairy Queen Rivercade Ice Cream Social at the Long Lines Rec Center immediately following the parade.
  • Golf Tournament: There is a Rivercade golf tournament on July 13th and 14th at Green Valley Golf Course off Floyd Boulevard. 
  • Open Mic Night: Take your talents to the stage with this FREE open mic night at Vangarde Arts on July 18th, starting at 7pm
  • Royalty Coronation: Watch talented local young ladies compete for the title of Rivercade Queen and Princesses! In 2024, the preliminary rounds will be held on July 17th and 19th, and the coronation will take place on Saturday, June 20th, 2024
  • Skateboard Tournament: The RiverCade skateboard competition is sure to impress the crowds at Cook Park. In 2024, the skateboard tournament is scheduled for June 20th from 1 to 4pm
  • Volleyball Tournament: The RiverCade volleyball tournament for 2024 will take place at Jim's Lounge on Stone Avenue starting at 2pm. 
  • Car Show and Cruise the Loop: Enjoy classic cars at the Historic 4th Street Car Show and Cruise the Loop on June 27th.

Kingdom of Riverssance

Sioux City's annual renaissance festival is also run by Rivercade and is known as the Kingdom of Riverssance. It is not, however, held at the same time as the rest of the Rivercade festivities in the summer. Instead, Kingdom of Riverssance is usually held in early October at Riverside Park. The 2024 Kingdom of Riverssance Gathering is scheduled for October 4th and fifth.

More information about RiverCade

To find out more about Rivercade Festival visit the Sioux City Rivercade website or connect with them on the RiverCade Facebook page.


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