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Bass Pro Outdoor Days is back for 2021! We are on hold in terms of what the festival will look like this year, but we will provide more information when it becomes available.

Welcome Bass Pro Outdoor Days!

All are welcome to come out on August 28, 2021 to enjoy live music, great food, and family-friendly, hands-on environmental educational activities at the annual Race for the Rivers Festival!

The festival serves as the headquarters for the Race for the Rivers canoe/kayak races. It’s the perfect place to keep tabs on the leaderboards as you mingle with the racers and peruse local food and crafts booths. Best of all, it’s a prime spot to watch the racers cross the flying finish line!

Following the success of last year's festival at Blanchette Landing, we will be holding this year's festival there too. This is also where the finish line will be. Blanchette Landing is about a mile North of Frontier Park.

The Festival kicks off at 10:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. The festival is FREE, including activities and music. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Days

We are honored to feature Bass Pro Shops at our festival! They will be adding to the fun with their Outdoor Days event, which is a celebration of education through outdoor adventures, the learning of outdoor skills, and the conservation advocacy of our natural resources and wildlife. Read More...

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Days


We are in the process of selecting food and drink vendors for this year’s festival but one thing’s for sure – we’ll have plenty of great food and beer! And of course the Leinenkugel Beer Garden.


All ages are welcome to join in the FREE festivities! However, please note that St. Charles does not allow pets on the park grounds during festival hours.

Fun for Everyone

  • Thoughtprocess Interactive Leaderboard: Check racing times (updated throughout the day) and see images from the race as they come in.
  • On-shore viewing: Bring a chair or relax on the grass as you cheer your favorite racers across the finish line.
  • On shore boat races: Fun for all ages
  • River rides: Paddle the Missouri River in a Junebug! Courtesy of Mrs. Pat Jones.  Visitors of all ages can experience the Big Muddy up close and personal in a voyageur class canoe (similar to those used by Lewis and Clark) with the experts from Big Muddy Adventures and Quapaw Canoe Company. Rides are FREE and are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. This is an active adventure and your shoes are likely to get muddy, so please come prepared.
  • Comfort station: Fill your water bottle for free!
  • Stream Trash Art: See what local artists have created using trash pulled from local rivers and streams.
  • Check out alternative fuel vehicles on display from GM.
  • Bike repairs and assistance from Bike Stop Cafe and Katy Bike Rental.
  • Boat corral: Check out the canoes and kayaks and talk to the racers.
  • Missouri Falun Dafa Association: Free demonstration.
  • St. Charles Area Radio Club: Learn about ham radio communications and listen as they monitor the progress of the racers along the course of the river.

Education and Conservation

  • Greenway Network Headquarters: Learn about the Greenway Network, buy Race for the Rivers Gear, and find out about becoming a member.
  • St. Charles County Soil and Water Conservation District and St. Charles County Parks: Work on the special projects team!
  • Missouri Master Naturalists: The Great Rivers Chapter engages Missourians in active stewardship of our state's natural resources through science-based education and community service using MDC nature trunks and other educational tools, such as a live aquatic macro-invertebrate display and a miniature stream table display. Learn about the positive benefits of protecting our state's natural resources.
  • Missouri Stream Team
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Stream Trailer
  • Sierra Club

Kids’ Activities

Stop by our expanded kids’ area where most activities are FREE:

  • Become a Green Hero: Visit the booths, learn something green, collect a bead, make a key chain or bracelet out of a T-shirt, and then return to the kids’ area to get your Green Hero prize.
  • St. Louis Children's Hospital Nutrition Spin-to-Win Wheel: Kids spin the wheel to learn the importance of the five food groups that are the building blocks for healthy eating habits. Plus learn how to grow healthy options for the whole family!
  • Learn how a stream works.
  • Pirates and a cannon.
  • Upcycled crafts
  • Water play area

Behind the kids’ area are some shade tents that you can use as a "home base" for you and your family. It's a great place to rest, gather, or picnic before exploring more of the festival. Please note that items left there are at your own risk.

Booths and Participants

  • Master Naturalist
  • RJ’s Real Italian Ice
  • Cardinals Nation
  • Wingnut Food Truck 
  • Great Rivers Greenway
  • Wild Bird Rehabilitation
  • 1Mississippi
  • Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation
  • Rams 5 Star Kettle Korn
  • Stromboli Love
  • Stream Teams United
  • Missouri Falun Dafa Association 
  • Champion Windows
  • Some Beach Outfitters 
  • Champion Windows
  • StL Ren Faire
  • Debbie Johnson ART
  • Wild Bird Rescue
  • Float MO
  • Paddle Stop New Haven
  • Soil and Water Conservation District


Want to get involved? Have more time than money? VOLUNTEER! The Race for the Rivers Festival needs you. Check out the volunteer page or contact us at greenwaynetwork@gmail.com.

Or stop by the Greenway Network’s booth on race day, where you can:

  • Sign up for Fall Dardenne Creek Monitoring Day
  • Sign up for National Public Lands Day
  • Learn about River Soundings Symposium
  • Learn about Mission: Clean Stream
  • Find out about other opportunities to get out and make a difference

Become a Vendor

Would you like to set up a booth at our festival? Becoming a vendor is a great way to participate in the festival while supporting a good cause! Here’s how to get set up:

  • Art and craft vendors apply here.
  • Educational, non-profit, commercial (but not art/craft), and food vendors please email Greenway Network at greenwaynetwork@gmail.com to register.
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The 2021 Race for the Rivers fundraising challenge is on! Our goal is to raise $10,000, all of which goes to the Greenway Network.

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