Tag Archives: St. Croix River

Watch a video of the St. Croix Valley Community Band Concert

Did you miss the concert?  You can View a video of the St. Croix Valley Community Band RiverFest Concert on YouTube.

Thank you to the River Channel for recording and sharing this video.

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This concert was on July 20, 2023.

The St. Croix Valley Community Band Concert  with guest conductor Cassie Berchard and vocalist Colleen Raye is popular RiverFest event.  This FREE concert celebrates community and the scenic St. Croix River with something for people of all ages.

You won’t want to miss this fun-filled family evening! Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy the show.

The RiverFest theme song will be played for a sing-along. View the lyrics to the RiverFest, It’s the Best! song.

See the RiverFest mascot Scrappy on display! Created by sculptor Mary Johnson, the splashing bass figure is metal armature. Each year students from the Phipps Center for the Arts “Just Add Water” art and science class help complete the sculpture by processing and re-purposing the litter collected in Hudson during the river cleanup to create a new “skin” for Scrappy.

RiverFest Partner Display Booths

Come down to Lakefront Park EARLY to spend time at the Non-profit displays. RiverFest partner organizations and other non-profits groups will have booths with information, activities and demonstrations before and during the concert.

The kids will enjoy entertainment by The Bubbler, Steve Russell, with a display of giant bubbles at the pre-concert display booths starting at 6 pm.

Minnesota & Wisconsin National Scenic Riverway Tour

Take a boat cruise of the scenic St. Croix River Valley and enjoy a fajita dinner. Presentations about our National Treasure, the St. Croix River, and remarks from leaders representing Wisconsin and Minnesota. 

Wisconsin Gov. Evers and Minnesota Gov. Walz have been invited, as have Natural Resources, Tourism and National Park Service Department Heads. 

Enjoy the tasty build your own Fajitas and special 2 for 1 Margaritas along with a full cash bar.

Boarding starts 45 minutes before the start of your trip. The boat leaves at 6:15pm sharp

  • Things to know!
  • A Cash Bar is available on board for cocktails and beverages.
  • We do not accept credit cards or checks on the boat.
  • If you are booking a large party we suggest you reserve tickets all at one time, so we may seat you all together.

Book your cruise here or use the QR code above.

Please use the promo code: RiverFest2023 to receive a $10 discount.

Tickets are also available at StCroixRiverCruises.com.
Promo code: RiverFest2023 to receive a $10 discount.

Tricia & the Toonies ENVIRO-FUN Puppets

Watch a video of the 2023 RivrerFest Toonies Puppet Show Thank you to River Channel for sharing this video.

Tricia & the Toonies will bring together viewers of all ages in environmental awareness, teamwork and fun. Learn about the many ways of reducing the amount of trash we generate and to rethink, reuse, recycle!

Families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy the show.

Listen to the RiverFest song created by Tricia Haynes or view the lyrics to the RiverFest, It’s the Best! song.

Carpenter Nature Center’s Animals of the St. Croix

Join Carpenter Nature Center (CNC) staff to learn about some of the amazing animals that call the St. Croix River Valley their home and meet them up close!

CNC is an environmental education and conservation organization with the mission of fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world. With campuses on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the St. Croix River, CNC is able to preserve wildlife habitat while also providing quality educational opportunities.

Hudson & North Hudson River Clean-up

The annual river clean-up is a core activity of Hudson’s St. Croix RiverFest. Community volunteers get out on the riverbank collecting trash and working to help clean-up the river (trash bags will be provided). While the goal of RiverFest is to get people out to enjoy the river, the river clean-up is the “purpose” for the RiverFest celebration.

Families and individuals are encouraged to join the clean-up. Participants are reminded to observe current social distancing guidelines during the clean-up. Please view the River Clean-up Guidelines for instructions and details.

Meet at the Bandshell for the Lakefront Park area clean-up. View a map of clean-up locations.

Business or organizations please contact Buck Malick at 715-386-7010 or cmalick2@gmail.com to pre-register and receive your cleanup locations.

Drop off the trash collected during the river clean-up from 11am to 1pm at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park).

Following the clean-up, RiverFest will host a picnic lunch for the clean-up volunteers at Picnic Point (south end of Lakefront Park).

St. Croix RiverFest: River Deluxe Exploration

River Deluxe Exploration is an amazing class with instructor: Liz Malanaphy, for students who love the St. Croix River, science and art. Participate in RiverFest programs, paddle a kayak, and use trash from the river to transform the seven-foot tall RiverFest mascot, “Scrappy the splashing Bass!”

For ages 8-14. Bring a sack lunch each day. Class fee $209 (including kayak rental). For registration call 715-386-2305 or visit https://thephipps.org/education/summer-camps.