River Festival

Riverfest street closings this weekend

People watch the activities on the Arkansas River from the Douglas Avenue bridge in a previous Riverfest.
People watch the activities on the Arkansas River from the Douglas Avenue bridge in a previous Riverfest. File photo

The list of street closings for Riverfest is long. The general theme seems to be that if you’re driving downtown, be ready to take alternate routes, especially for the opening ceremony Friday night.

Police advice

Be patient: “People just need to be courteous, have some patience and follow any street signs that someone might approach while driving,” said Lt. James Espinoza, spokesman for the Wichita Police.

Give yourself time: “This is a big event for Wichita and people really need to leave their homes in plenty of time,” Espinoza said. “The city and Riverfest have provided areas for people to park.”

Lt. Joe Schroeder, who is helping coordinate the police support, said the main streets for people to remember are that Douglas will be closed from Main to Waco and Waco will be closed from Douglas to Central.

Respect barricades: “If there’s police cars in the street or a closed sign, don’t go down it,” Schroeder advised. “Don’t drive around barricades: it will get you a citation unless you’re directed to.”

Here is the list of streets that will be closed this weekend:

Food Court

Now through 11 p.m. Sunday, June 9

Century II Drive between Douglas and Main

Kennedy Plaza

9 a.m. Friday, May 29 through 1 a.m. Monday, June 1;

Monday, June 1 through Thursday, June 4: 2 p.m. - 1 a.m.;

2 p.m. Friday, June 5 through noon, June 8:

Douglas between Waco & Water

N. Civic Center Place at Douglas.

Willis Corroon Dr. at Douglas.

RedGuard Stage Area at WaterWalk

Now through 11 p.m. Tuesday, June 10:

Wichita Street between Lewis and Hyatt Driveway

Water between Waterman and Dewey

Waterwalk Plc/Lewis between Wichita Street and Water

Noon to midnight, Thursday, June 4;

9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, June 6;

Lewis (including Lewis Street Bridge) between McLean and Wichita

Wichita Street between Lewis and Dewey

Sundown Parade

Parade Route

Friday, May 29:

Start: Central and Main; south on Main to Douglas; west on Douglas to Waco; north on Waco to Third; Staging on Main, north of Central to 11th Street between Water and Market.

Parade Staging:

Friday, May 29

5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Main from Central to 11th

Elm from Water to Market

Pine from Wichita to Market

Wichita from Murdock to Central

Wichita from Murdock to Eighth

Water from Murdock to Elm

Eighth from Water to Market

Ninth from Water to Market

10th from Water to Market

Central stays open for cross traffic for as long as practical.


Friday, May 29, 6-9 p.m.

Main from Central to English

Second from Market to Waco

First from McLean to Main

Waco from Douglas to Central

Third from Riverview to Market

Central from Market to Nims

Greenway from Central to Waco

Douglas from McLean to Market

William from Market to Main

Murdock form Waco to Market

Water form Douglas to Third

Note: Any traffic exiting the Core Area or to/from the Broadview Hotel, Century II personnel and Hyatt Service will access via Douglas from McLean.

Note: Northwest portion of 1st and McLean intersection remains open for traffic.

WPD ultimately controls the actual times of street closings and openings.

Fireworks - Opening & Closing Night

Viewing along the Arkansas River from Lewis to First Street

9 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, May 29 and Saturday, June 6:

Douglas from Water to Sycamore (Noon. - 11 p.m.)

Second/First from McLean to Waco (5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.)

McLean from First to Maple (5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.)

Civic Center Place at Douglas. (Noon – 11 p.m.)

Willis Coroon at Douglas. (Noon - 11 p.m.)

Waco from Douglas to First (5:30 – 11 p.m.)

Sycamore from McLean to Douglas (Noon – 11p.m.)