Following last year’s wildly successful inaugural event, the Stripes® River Fest 2014 returns to the banks of the Concho River on Sept. 19-20 with a pair of concerts, the always popular Color Up 5K, a washer-pitching tournament, a kids court and the first Glow on the Concho.
A Tejano band from Uvalde, Los Palominos’ repertoir includes polka, rancheras, boleros, ballads and cumbias. Their hits include “Eres Lo Que Mas Quiero” and “Corazon De Crystal.” Los Palominos’ latest album, released last year, is “Siente El Amor.”
All tickets are general admission. Advance tickets cost $15. Ticket prices increase the day of the show to $20. Tickets can be purchased at cosatx.us/tickets, by calling 325-658-6464 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays or at:
- The McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
- Blair’s Western Wear, 4230 Sherwood Way.
- Pinkie’s Liquor Store, 1415 S. Bryant Blvd.
- Barbed Wire and Roses in Sunset Mall, 4001 Sunset Drive.
- Goodfellow Air Force Base’s Event Center Information, Tickets & Tours Office.
Also performing on Friday night are Los Tejanos, Ricky Valenz and Grupo Massore.
The fun continues at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, with the Color Up 5K, which starts at the Fort Concho Parade Grounds, winds along the Concho River and ends at El Paseo Pavilions. Registration at colorup5K.com/san-angelo is $40 in August, $45 in September and $50 on race day. Color Up is a non-competitive run in which the participants are bombarded with a rainbow of colored corn starch throughout the 3.1-mile course. Last year’s maiden run drew 2,200 participants.
Among the Saturday highlights of Stripes® River Fest 2014 are the annual Lily Fest at the world-renowned International Waterlily Collection in Civic League Park; a golf tournament at Santa Fe Golf Course; a kids court with a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses and games; paddle boating, canoeing and kayaking; the return of the Vega Washer-Pitching Tournament at The Bosque games court area; the Glow on the Concho; and a Texas Country music concert at the RiverStage. Most of this year’s activities have been consolidated between Irving and Oakes streets along the river.
The Glow on the Concho will be a fun, leisurely stroll along a designated downtown route with glow sticks and other glow-in-the-dark attire and accessories. It’s a free event.
Chris Brazeal will headline the Saturday night concert at the RiverStage, which begins at 8 p.m. Gates open at 7 p.m. Ticket sales information will be announced at a later date.
A native West Texan, Brazeal began playing guitar while a student at Odessa Permian High School. His band has opened for Texas Country stars Eli Young, Casey Donahew, Aaron Watson and Stoney LaRue. His latest album, “Sounds Like Home,” features the title track and the song “Small Town Saturday Night.” San Angeloan Judson Cole and Cory Michael will open the show.
Saturday’s packed lineup includes:
- 9 a.m.-11 a.m. – Color Up 5K fun run.
- 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. – Lily Fest, the annual celebration of the famed International Water Lily Collection at Civic League Park, 2 S. Park St. Presentations will be at 10 a.m. Free admission.
- 10 a.m.-noon – A three-player scramble golf tournament, Santa Fe Golf Course. Registration is $25 per player at the course’s clubhouse at 111W. Veterans Memorial Drive (formerly River Drive).
- 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. – Family Fair hosted by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts along El Paseo and at the museum, 1 Love St. Free admission.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Kids Court, featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses and games in the former Neff’s Park area. The cost ranges from free to $3 per activity. Unlimited access bracelets will be available for $5.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Street performers along the river walk.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Car show in the Neff’s Park area. Free admission.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Vendors in the Neff’s Park area.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Paddle boats, canoes and kayaks at Celebration Bridge. Cost of $1-$3.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Bocce ball and chess in The Bosque. Free.
- 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. – Skate demonstration/competition in the downtown skate park at 100 W. Veterans’ Memorial Drive (formerly West River Drive). Free admission.
- 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Girl Scout canoe races on the river from Celebration Bridge to Irving Street.
- 11 a.m.-7 p.m. – Vega washer-pitching tournament in the games court in The Bosque. Registration is $40 per team.
- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. – Chili cook-off with audience taste tests in the Neff’s Park area. Registration is $20.
- 1 p.m.-7 p.m. – Live music by the Soundstage Artists & Songwriters Association on the Chadbourne Stage under the Chadbourne Street bridge. Free.
- 8 p.m.-9 p.m. – Glow on the Concho, a stroll through downtown and along the river with glow sticks. The event is free; glow sticks and other novelties will be available for sale.
- 8 p.m.-midnight – Texas Country music concert with Judson Cole, Cory Michael and Chris Brazeal at the RiverStage. Ticket prices to be announced.
The first River Fest last fall celebrated the 100th anniversary of Santa Fe Park and the then-recently completed improvements to the Concho River downtown. The fest proved such a success that the Parks & Recreation Department, with City Council approval and the support of the title sponsor, Stripes® Convenience Stores, sought to renew the event.
“We were wowed by the public reception River Fest got last year, and we immediately knew we had to do it again this year,” Parks and Recreation Director Carl White said. “With the lessons learned from last year’s event, and with the generous support of Stripes®, we anticipate an even bigger and better party this year. Y’all come!”
We would also like to thank the following sponsors. Without their generosity, River Fest would not be possible.