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Tampa Riverfest is back

The seventh festival includes Hillsborough River races, a wiener dog costume contest, and a lantern parade.

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Take in those scenic Riverfront views at the massive event

Photo by Keir Magoulas

We’ve got news for you, TBAY. It’s nearly time to party on — and alongside —the Hillsborough River. The massive (and free) Tampa Riverfest is booked for Friday, May 6-Saturday, May 7.

Here’s a few reasons to get amped for this year’s event:

  • Hit the River Saturday, May 6 with hundreds of your fellow Tampanians in canoes, paddleboards, and surfskis for the Urban Kai Paddle Invasion. Choose from six-mile or twelve-mile race courses — and win prizes.
  • Bring Fido along for the wiener dog race and costume contest also Saturday, May 6. Read more.
  • Extend the Cinco de Mayo celebration to Saturday, May 6 at the new “Riverfiesta” at Curtis Hixon Park with ample braised beef and mojo chicken tacos, Cuban nachos, and ropa vieja bowls.
  • Close out the festival by taking part in the Riverfest Lantern Parade. Purchase a DIY kit online (starting April 1) and attend a lantern-making workshop at Armature Works.

Read more about the event.

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