Biddeford + Saco
RIVER JAM FESTIVAL
Friday & Saturday
Sept. 14 – 15, 2018
NO ADMISSION — FREE!
When two cities come together, beautiful things happen. Heart of Biddeford and Saco Main Street, with the support of amazing partners and sponsors, are collaborating to make the 2018 River Jam Festival the best celebration of life on the Saco River!
Join us in the heart of Biddeford and Saco’s downtown and mill districts for FREE family fun, great music, food trucks, entertainment and much more!
Want to VOLUNTEER and get a free River Jam t-shirt? Sign up here!
SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
The 2018 schedule is being finalized, but please review last year’s schedule for a general idea of the event! Go to the Schedule page for details on each event.
FRIDAY SEPT. 15 2017
6-10:30 p.m. Battle of the Bands, Saco Island Behind Run of the Mill (New!)
Presented by Yesah Digital and Bottom of the River Sound, the Battle of the Bands is an exciting competition for bands with the majority of their members under 25 years of age. Youth, high school, college and beyond will compete for a prize package that includes professional recording studio time, a music video, and cash! Six incredible bands have been chosen, so come hear a great night of music and cheer for your favorite band to help them win the grand prize!
4-10 p.m. Fringe Fest, Shevenell Park, 147 Main Street, Biddeford
Art, beer, music, food, and more! In Shevenell Park, take in a temporary public art installation coordinated by Maine Center for Creativity, enjoy a beverage from Banded Horn, Dirigo Brewing, and Barreled Souls, and enjoy live music by soul revival band, The Youngerbloods (out of Norway, Maine). On Main Street, enjoy exhibits for National Park(ing) Day where groups take over parking spots and convert them to active spaces for pedestrians. Go spot to spot and grab a bite from one of our participating restaurants: Palace Diner, Cowbell, Portland Pie, and Biscuits & Co. Or, get your bike fixed by the Community Bike Center’s Bike Doctor, reimagine Shevenell Park with Engine’s designers, check out the wheat paste murals, write your dream on the Before I Die Wall, play some games, find out what Ferry Beach Parks Association offers, and check out live printmaking with Pickwick Press from Portland.
5-9 p.m. Influx: A Multimedia Installation Event at the Pepperell Mill Campus
During this Grand Opening, patrons will be able to explore artwork that is inspired by the past, present and future of the mill, the natural elements of the nearby river and ocean, as well as the activities of the people in the mill and surrounding urban areas. Artists will be present at the opening event, and an event map will be available to guide patrons to explore the installations and to become familiar with the mill campus and area businesses.
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Daytime, Mechanics Park and Water Street, Biddeford
8 a.m. River Jam 5K (starts at Clifford Park in Biddeford). More info and Registration here. Register by Aug. 30 for your free River Jam 5K tech t-shirt!
10 a.m. River Jam “Dash to the Sea” Kayak and Canoe Race. Registration and information right here for the recreational 4-miler and competitive 8-miler. Register by Aug. 30 for your free River Jam t-shirt!
Noon-4 p.m. Family Fun and Engine’s Maker’s Market in Mechanics Park
Enjoy an entire afternoon with amazing entertainment from Sellam Circus, a curated Makers Market, a 95-foot long inflatable obstacle course, BBQ favorites, and activity/food tents by local non-profits! Great musical entertainment by BillyBilly from Noon-2 p.m. and more to come!
Noon- 3 p.m. Take a Canoe Out on the Saco River! Rumery’s Boat Yard.
Get out on the Saco River! We’ll have canoes and life jackets so you can see the shores of Biddeford and Saco right from the Saco River.
SOLD OUT : 3:30 p.m. River Jam Boat Tour: Discover the Saco River.
5:30-7:30 p.m. River Jam Boat Tours: Discover the Saco River. Rumery’s Boat Yard. The perfect early evening break during the River Jam Festival! Float down the Saco River on a charter boat. Your 90 minute tour is an amazing opportunity to enjoy this unique view of the Saco! Get your tickets here.
Evening, Saco Island (Behind Run of the Mill).
4 p.m. Gates open on Saco Island, Food trucks and Run of the Mill Beer Tent ready to go!
5 p.m. Epic Season (full band). Check out their website here.
6:30 Amy Allen (full band). Check out Amy’s music here.
8 p.m. Spencer Albee (full band). Watch great Spencer Albee videos here.
9:30 Mallet Brothers (full band). Find out about their new album here.