For the best view & experience download our mobile app for free.

Simply click on your app store below.

Maidstone River Festival 2024

A free event for everyone, run by local volunteers with financial support from local businesses.

The River Festival started more than 40 years ago and people of all ages in Maidstone have great affection for what was the county town’s biggest annual event.

We have dressed up boats, raft races, fun and games for all the family. There will be illuminated boats and paddle boarders in the evening and it will all end with a big bang the award-winning Firmin Family Fireworks Spectacular display which will go off from the top of Fremlin Walk in the town centre.

The much-loved annual Raft Race starts at 2.30 at the High Level Bridge when teams of daring rafters navigate the 650m stretch of the magnificent River Medway to the Archbishop's Palace. Join Now -

Overview of Main Day's Events

12:00 A large maroon is fired from the Kentish Lady on the river by the Mayor of Maidstone, Cllr Gordon Newton and River Festival Chairman, David Naghi to open the event

11:30-21:00 Dance and music performances at Coronation Square at Lockmeadow Entertainment Centre

12:00-12:00 Air Raid Siren - Warning (Event Open)

14:30 Raft Race begins from the High Level Bridge to the town bridge

21:00 Paddle sports light display on the river

22:00-22:10 Firmin Family Fireworks Spectacular - Finale from the roof of Fremlin Walk

22:10-22:10 Air Raid Siren - All Clear (Event Close)

Coronation Square Stages at Lockmeadow

11:45 Talk 2night

12:20 Razzamataz

12:50 Studio33

13:55 Rock Choir

14:35 Looking Back

15:30 Stagecoach

16:10 AMDC (Arthurs Mason Dance Company)

16:40 Square Pigs

17:45 Soul Choir

18:25 Bloco Fogo

19:05 Mustn't grumble

20:00 Ellie-Hope

20:40 Beats Workin

There will also be events at several locations around Maidstone, for the full list of what's on please follow this link -