Sunbury River Festival

Friday, August 19, 2022 | 4PM-10PM
Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 10AM-10PM

Sunbury Riverfront Park & Cameron Park, Sunbury PA

Sunbury River Festival

Sunbury River Festival is brought to you, in part, with support from:

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***PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE VENDORS AND ACTIVITIES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE RIVER WALL THIS YEAR***

For over three decades, Sunbury River Festival has welcomed thousands of visitors to Sunbury for a weekend celebration of family fun, live entertainment, food and of course, the beautiful Susquehanna River, 2022 will be no exception!

The festival theme for 2022 is Art Comes Alive!  We are looking forward to showcasing local and regional artists, and creating an exciting, educational, and participatory experience for the community and visitors to the festival.

Sunbury River Festival kicks off Friday evening and carries through Saturday night, culminating in a live music performance and fireworks…it’s fun for everyone! 

2022 Sunbury River Festival Map

FRIDAY SCHEDULE

Food & Vendors | Riverfront Park | 4PM – 10PM

Live Painted Mural Project | Riverfront Park | 4PM-8PM

Rock Climbing Wall | Merle Phillips Park | 4PM-8PM

GREASE: Movie Sing-A-Long | Riverfront Park | 8:30PM-10PM

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

Food & Vendors | Riverfront Park | 10AM – 10PM

Annual Car Cruise In | Market Street & Cameron Park | 10AM – 2PM

Live Painted Mural Project | Riverfront Park | 10AM-6PM

Clyde Peeling’s Reptile Land | Riverfront Amphitheater | 11AM

AMK Dance Studio Performance | Riverfront Amphitheater | 1PM

VanGo! Art Museum on Wheels “Nature in Art” | Merle Phillips Park | 12Noon-6PM

Monopoly Quil (Live Music) | Riverfront Park Stage | 2PM-3:30PM

Trevor Confer (Live Music) | Riverfront Park Stage | 4PM-5PM

Community Drum Circle | Riverfront Park Stage | 6:30PM-7PM

Fireworks | Riverfront Park | Dusk (Approx 9PM)

Root Shock (Live Music) | Riverfront Park Stage | 7:30PM – 10:30 PM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (CLICK TO EXPAND)

What’s the address for Sunbury River Festival?

The festival takes place at Sunbury Riverfront Park.  For mapping purposes, you can use the address 30 S. Front Street, Sunbury, PA 17801.

Please note that the festival takes place on BOTH sides of the River Wall.  Much of the festival cannot be seen until you walk up and over the wall so be sure to walk over!

What are the festival hours?

Friday 4PM-10PM* 

Saturday 10AM-10PM*

*Festival vendors are only required to stay open until 8 PM, though many do stay open until 10PM and/or until the nightly entertainment ends.

Are you still accepting vendors?

No, the festival is full.  We cannot accept any additional vendors.

Where do we park?

There is no designated parking lot for Sunbury River Festival (no lot for the park in which it takes place). Visitors may park in city lots or any open spaces on the street and walk to the festival. There are hundreds of parking spaces within a few blocks of the festival. 

Do we have to put money in the parking meters during River Festival?

No!  The City of Sunbury graciously waives parking enforcement of metered spaces during the festival. 

Is there handicapped parking?

Because there is no designated parking lot for River Festival or the Riverfront Park, there is also no designated handicapped parking. Visitors may be dropped off at the festival entrance at Chestnut and Front Street.

Is there a shuttle?

No, there is no shuttle service.

Will there be fireworks this year?

YES, there will be a fireworks display on Saturday night.  It will start as soon as it’s dark enough.

Will there be a cardboard boat regatta this year?

NO, there will be no regatta this year (we hope to bring it back in 2023).

What time does the movie start on Friday?

As soon as it’s dark enough, probably around 8:30PM.

Where/when is the car show?

The car show is on Saturday from 10-2 (people showing cars arrive earlier, these are the public hours).  It is on Market Street from Front to 3rd around Cameron Park.

I’m showing my car, where do I check in?

Check in for the car show will be at 2nd and Market, between the courthouse and Weis Markets.  From Front Street, turn down Chestnut Street and make a left on 2nd.

Can we park our boats at the dock during the festival?

No. The docks were not put in this year because of the dam repairs. You may however anchor in the lake and enjoy the music from your boat.

Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities listed below are free to the community thanks to our generous event partners and sponsors.

Live music with Root Shock

Join us along the river on Saturday night for a free live performance with Root Shock, their “sound is at once commanding and cathartic, but never at the expense of a velvety, carefully placed jazz or neo-soul lick.”

Get all the details in our Facebook event.

Sunbury River Festival Car Cruise In, August 20, 2002 Downtown Sunbury PA
Join us for the Car Cruise-In
  • ADVANCE REGISTRATION FOR THE CAR SHOW IS CLOSED
  • You can register at the event on 8/20822
  • Pay the entry fee the day of the event at check-in
  • Souvenir t-shirt, goody bag, and trophies!
Community Drum Circle
Join us at Sunbury River Front park for a community drum circle on Saturday at 6PM.

Please come and bring you drum, tambourine, or any sort of hand percussion instrument you’d like to paly (or an extra to share).
Fireworks Saturday at Dusk

Please join us at Sunbury Riverfront Park on Saturday August 20 for fireworks with Just Lite It.

Teen Art Project!

Join local artist MARS for a collaborative mural project being live painted at Sunbury River Festival.

It’s open to teens aged 12-18. Get all the details and register here.

GREASE Movie Screening

Join us Friday evening at Sunbury Riverfront Park for a GREASE sing-a-long!

OK, OK, you don’t have to sing-a-long but it’ll sure be more fun if you do wink

Bring a chair, blanket, and your dancing shoes and meet us by the river.

The Valley's Got Talent is back!

Register for an audition now!

  • Auditions July 27 & 28
  • Main Event August 18
  • $700 is cash prizes!

This talent show is modeled after America’s Got Talent – any kind of talent, however off the wall, is welcomed and encouraged! Can you throw your voice? Sing? Dance? Play your teeth (yep, we’ve had someone play a song on their teeth before!!)? Make people laugh? Swallow swords? Do magic? Contort your body? Juggle while riding a unicycle? You get the idea, all talents are welcomed!

VanGo! Museum On Wheels

VanGo! Museum on Wheels is part of the Susquehanna Art Museum.  The mobile exhibition this year is called Nature in Art and it features eight pieces by artist Victoria Fuller. Her work explores the interconnectedness of nature and humans.

The VanGo! will be on site at Merle Phillips park Saturday from 12Noon to 6PM.

Clyde Peeling's Returns

You’ve let us know how much you love visiting with the Clyde Peeling’s critters so they’ll be back again this year!

You can find them Saturdy at 11AM at the Riverfront Amphitheater.

General vendor registration for the 2022 Sunbury River Festival is closed! 

Mark your calendars for 2023 – Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 20!

Sunbury River Festival News

Sunbury River Festival is a wonderful family friendly and free event for the community.  It is also one of two annual fundraisers for Sunbury’s Revitalization, Inc.  This event could not happen without the generous support of our event partners. You can learn more about them by clicking on their logos and/or names.

 

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