Always on Memorial Weekend, PaddleFest is Buena Vista’s kickoff for summer fun and adventure! Paddlers, both professional and amateur, descend upon Buena Vista from all over the region to hone their skills or to just be a part of this exciting river party. This event includes kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) workshops, demos, races, and river competitions.
PaddleFest is an interactive, hands-on experience for participants to learn and share. This is also an exciting event for the spectators.
There are multiple events hosted in town, including a flat-water demonstration at Town Lake, a playpark on the Arkansas River, vendors in the South Main Town Square, and a concert. PaddleFest is committed to providing opportunities for children to learn new skills and experience outdoor sports in a safe and fun environment.