Longmont’s Annual Rhythm on the River Celebrates Music, Art, Nature & Fun

This year’s Rhythm on the River will be held Friday, July 13 & Saturday, July 14 in Roger’s Grove Park, 220 S. Hover Rd., from 6-10 p.m. both days. Enjoy two evenings under the summer stars at Longmont’s signature event celebrating the environment, the community, art and music. There will be live music and entertainment, kids’ activities, interactive art booths, a glow-in-the-dark 5K race, local food and beverages and so much more!

Live music will fill the air from 6-10 p.m. each night on two performance stages. Photo: Boulder Daily Camera

Live music performances will be the highlight of each evening from 6-10 p.m. Many local bands will take to the two stages set up for the event. For a full entertainment lineup, click here. Enjoy the tastes of Longmont as you visit Restaurant Row which will feature many food styles including: ethnic cuisine, vegetarian goodies as well as meats, lighter fare and desserts. Don’t forget to stop by the Beer & Wine Garden to cool off with an ice-cold brew from some of Longmont’s craft breweries.

Kids will have a chance to create their own art, play on inflatable, bouncy structures sponsored by Dizzy’s Fun Center, paddle and climb at the Outdoor Adventure Land, and illuminate their minds with he Longmont Public Library. Kids of all ages will enjoy cheering on the rubber ducks as they bob down the St. Vrain River during the annual St. Vrain Rotary Duck Race held Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.

Rhythm on the River takes place in Roger’s Grove Park. Photo: Boulder Daily Camera

New to this year’s celebration is the Kinetics Parade on the Pond at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. Kinetics are human-powered, all-terrain art sculptures built by local enthusiasts.  After the pond parade, the sculptures will begin their land journey that ends south of the Sunset Stage. Stop over to find out more about Longmont Kinetics and view the crafts up close and personal.

The annual Roger’s River Run 5K – Greenway Glow is a glow-in-the-dark race along the St. Vrain Greenway. The race will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Wear your best glow and party apparel to run, walk or dance your way through this fun race and after party. Early Bird race registration (ends on Thursday, July 12 at Noon) fees are $20/Adults and $15/Youth 14 & under and Seniors 60 & older.  Race day fees increase $5 on a space available basis. For more information or to register, please call 303.651.8406 or click here.

Admission, parking and shuttle services are FREE. Shuttles will run from 5:30-10:30 p.m. each night. Parking is available at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd. For more information on Parking and Shuttles, click here.  Want to ride your bike? Bicycle racks are located at the Fairgrounds and near the Main Pavilion – make sure to bring your lock.

Rhythm on the River began in 1995 as a small celebration for the opening of Roger’s Grove Park along the St. Vrain Greenway. Roger Jones was an avid outdoorsman whose dream was to give the community a park/arboretum to visit in the middle of the city. In 1995, the family donated funds to the City of Longmont for the purchase of the property adjacent to the Boulder County Fairgrounds. He and his wife also had a passion for music and art, hence the name Rhythm on the River. The event theme was created around the environment and the Jones’ passion for the arts. Since that first year, the event has kept with the theme of educating visitors through music, art and interactive components.

For more information, full schedule of events, and more, click here or call Longmont Recreation Services at 303.651.8404.