July 21-22, 2023
Festival Fun in the Heart of Colorado
The 14th Annual Royal Gorge Whitewater Festival (RGWF) features whitewater competitions and land-based recreation events to celebrate the whitewater season on the Arkansas River. Enjoy summer flows in a fantastic whitewater setting in historic Cañon City, Colorado. Held in the refurbished and family-friendly Centennial Park, the Whitewater Festival pairs boats, bands, and beer for a weekend of fun-filled (and whitewater-fueled) events. It's the biggest party of the summer in Cañon City and one not to be missed! Proceeds of this event benefit the Cañon City community. All are welcome to register for events or to watch the fun unfold!
$5 - Adults
FREE - Children 12 and under (with adult)
Purchase a 2-day festival XpressPASS for $10 at the following locations:
Royal Gorge Chamber Alliance (424 Main St.) - Cash or credit card
Kaleidoscope Inspiration (602 Main St.) - Cash or credit card
My Brother's Place (625 Main St.) - Cash only
Gift Chateau (731 Main St.) - Cash only
Express passes are available starting July 1 at the above locations. They'll allow you to head to the front of the lines at festival gates.
Thank you for your help in keeping the festival safe and enjoyable for all!
See a downloadable version of the schedule here. Please note that some events are subject to change due to weather, water level, etc.
Festival Map & Location
Bike Parking and Gear Storage
Ride your bike or scooter to the Whitewater Festival and park it in the 'Gear Storage' area. This will be a secure location staffed by volunteers (donations accepted), located in the basketball court area at Centennial Park. Bring your own lock! You can also store paddle boards and kayaks in between events.
Friday, 3:00 pm - close
Saturday, 9:00 am - 11:00 pm