River Fest

Save-the-Date & RSVP

Thursday, April 11, 2024 
3:00 PM -10:00 PM 
Sewell Park

Featured Artist Tyga


Attractions, Vendors, and Sustainability Partners

  • Airbrush Tatoo Artist

    Caricature Artist

    Corn Hole


    Face Painter

    Human Gyro Orbitron

    Meltdown Action Game

    Rock Wall

    Spike Ball

    Uproar Demolition Ride

Food Vendors
  • Larry’s Barbeque

    Lone Star Kettle Corn 

    Kona Ice

    Pingo de Mel Brazilian Bakery


  • 4779 

    Cattle Country Music Festival

    Feng Shui Shop 

    Firulais Co. 

    Jacky’s Boutique 

    Kalinas Boutique 

    Kirc Studio 

    Mikayla McDonough 

    Sammy Snacks 

    San Marcos Playing Cards 

    Siriwan Boutique 

    The Birck and Mortar District Apartments 

What to know before you go + FAQ

Students at River Fest

Attendance at River Fest is limited to current Texas State University students. All attendees must receive a wristband upon entering River Fest. There are no exceptions for outside guest. 

  • All attendees are subject to search. We recommend that you travel with few items on your persona to reduce wait times at entrance.

    Items not allowed within gates: 

    • Alcohol and/or drugs
    • Outside food or drink 
    • Professional cameras (i.e. cameras with detachable lenses and/or flashes)
    • Amplified sound
    • Large flotation devices 
    • Lawn chairs
    • Weapons of any kind

    You can be asked to leave. River Fest Staff and University Police Department reserve the right to eject attendees from festival. 

  • Empty reusable water bottles will be permitted. Water filling stations will be available around River Fest.

    You CANNOT bring your own food and drinks. Food and drinks are available for purchase from various food vendors.

    Alcohol will NOT be served at River Fest. All alcohol and drug laws will be strictly enforced by security and University Police Department. 

    Animals are NOT allowed to enter. Service animals will be allowed to enter.

  • For accommodations due to a disability, contact Student Involvement & Engagement at getinvolved@txstate.edu at least 72 hours prior to start of event.

    Parking: ADA parking will be available for attendees with a valid Accessible Parking placard, permit or license plate. 

    Communication Access: American Sign Language interpreters will be available during the headliner performance. 

    Service Animals: Service animals are permitted throughout the festival. Service animals must remain under the control of its owner at all times. No emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals are allowed. 

    Vendors: All vendors are accessible and located throughout the venue. If assistance is required, please confer with a staff member or event volunteer. 

    There is a first-aid tent staffed by trained personnel located at the pavilion to manage any issue. Check festival map for locations. 

  • The fest was created as a student-focused event for Texas State University students. 

    All attendees are required to show a valid Texas State University Identification Card (ID) when entering the fest. 

  • Texas State University prioritizes the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff. 

    University Police Department: Texas State University Police Department, along with security personnel, will be present at all entry points of entry and located around the festival. 

    All alcohol and drug laws will be strictly enforced by security and University Police Department.

    First Aid Tent: A first-aid tent staffed by trained personnel and stand-by ambulance service will be present for the entire duration of festival. 


  • The San Marcos River is a point of pride for Bobcats everywhere and we are taking the necessary precautions to ensure guest won’t negatively impact the river. Though we won’t be restricting guests from entering the river, we will be monitoring to ensure no trash or debris makes it’s way in.

    Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Student Involvement and Engagement will be hosting a River Clean Up on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 AM in Sewell Park. 

  • Unfortunately, we are no longer taking performers for our 2024 River Fest. Please be on the lookout in the near future for a call for performers for our 2025 River Fest and other opportunities.

  • Yes. 
    Students may leave and re-enter River Fest between the following times: 

    • 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM (CST)

    For re-entry: 
    Students must keep their wristband on and show their student identification card in order to re-enter. 

    No re-entry after 7:00 PM. 
    Students will NOT be allowed to re-enter River Fest after 7:00 PM.


  • Yes.
    All participants must sign a waiver before and in order to participate in attractions. 

  • Bobcat Stadium Parking Lot.
    It is recommended to park in the Bobcat Stadium Parking Lot. Parking is available TXST color parking permits.  

    We suggest you ride the Bobcat shuttle or walk to avoid longer exit lines. 

  • Though we welcome alumni back throughout the year for various TXST traditions, River Fest is currently only open to current TXST students.

  • River Fest will happen rain or shine! 

    Rain site is located at University Events Center / Strahan Arena. 

  • Unfortunately, we are no longer taking vendors for our 2024 River Fest. Please be on the lookout in the near future for our vendor interest form for our 2025 River Fest and other opportunities.

  • Unfortunately, we are no longer sponsors for our 2024 River Fest. Please be on the lookout in the near future for our sponsor interest form for our 2025 River Fest and other opportunities.

  • Yes.
    Food vendors will be stationed all day and selling food and beverages. See above for list of food vendors.

  • It’s more like a music festival. River Fest includes multiple performances by various selected artists, attractions, and photo opportunities. 

  • The first performance starts at 3:30 PM. 

River Fest Map

River Fest - Updated Map
Students at River Fest

About River Fest

River Fest is a 20-year-old tradition that allows students and the TXST community to relax, participate in activities, and enjoy live music. Take a deep dive into the River Fest experience, this April, by enjoying all the festival has to offer. Everything from world class cuisine to a jump in the river, River Fest has something just for you.

  • River Fest began in 2003 when Student Association for Campus Activities (SACA) decided to put together an event that would allow students to relax, play games, enjoy music, and have fun. River Fest has been one of SACA’s largest and final event of the semester, traditionally bringing in 3,000 to 4,000 people. A variety of artists have performed in River Fest’s past including: Bob Schneider, Gloriana and The Eli Young Band in 2007 and Shwayze in 2010. River Fest was cancelled in 2017 and Gaillardia Fest was introduced. This year SACA and Student Involvement and Engagement have partnered with the Student Government Association, Housing and Residential Life, and After Dark Entertainment to reintroduce River Fest to the Texas State Community.

Thank you to our sponsors!

SACA - Student Association for Campus Activities

Housing and Residential Life

Student Involvement & Engagement

Student Government Association 

AfterDark Entertainment 

The Marc 

Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Student Involvement & Engagement present: River Cleanup

Kappa Sigma Fraternity and Student Involvement & Engagement present: 

River Cleanup

Saturday, April 12, 2024
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sewell Park