Thursday, July 11

5:30pm - 8pm
Opening Celebration at Pioneer Park
Located at the Lion's Pioneer Park on School Blvd., this party includes the Car Show, the Monticello Community Choir and lots of fun for the kids. Bring the whole family to the Park on Thursday night and enjoy all the chemical free activities. No sign-up is required for the car show, just drive it over and park next to the others!

* Cool Car Cruising and Display.
* Concessions - Free Riverfest Logo Frisbee when you buy a sloppy joe meal.
* Petting Zoo featuring Exotic Animals!
* Pony Rides - Real live ponies from Walton's Hollow
* Temporary Tattoos by Monticello Royalty Candidates
* Wright County Sheriffs Dept. Child ID clinic
* Canine Demonstration
* KRWC Roadshow from 5:30-7:30
* Great River Community Band 7 pm
*Community Leaders Pie Eating Contest
*NEW AIrmaxx Trampoline Launchpad!

Pioneer Park is located near the Monticello High School, on the SW corner of the School Blvd. and Fallon Ave. intersection.


Friday, July12

7:30pm - 9:30pm
13th Annual Community Talent Show

View Photos from the Talent Show
Located at the Monticello High School auditorium. Admission is $3 for everyone. If you'd like to be part of the show, check out the Participate Page for more information.

Dusk, after the Talent Show

Sponsored by the City of Monticello. Come see the great display by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics “Magic in the Air”.
Between Eastview Elementary and Monticello High School.

Saturday, July 13

Shuttle Bus Service
Will be available on Saturday, 7:30am - 4pm and will make stops at the following:

  • 3rd St. and Walnut St. West City Parking Lot
  • 3rd St. and Cedar St. East Deputy Registrar Parking Lot
  • Monticello Middle School Parking Lot
  • New River Medical Center Parking Lot
  • East Bridge Park Parking Lot _ Across from the new Walgreens on River Street
  • Ellison Park - East end of park near log shelter.

Riverfest 5K Run/Walk and Kid's Fun Runs

View Photo Gallery of Riverfest 5K
5K starts at 8:30 am.
Fun Runs start at 9:15 am (250 Meter Toddler Trot, and 700 Meter Kids Run)

Certified course starts and finishes at West Bridge Park at the intersection of River Street and Highway 25 near downtown Monticello. It is a flat, fast, out and back course. Refreshments provided after the race.

For all the sign up information visit the Participate Page.

More race info and results will be posted at

Fun Run for Kids

Show up at West Bridge Park with your running shoes on. Registration for fun runs is free and takes place on race day. Toddler Trot is 250 Meters and The Kids Run is 700 Meters.


8am - 3pm
Riverside Art In The Park and Taste of Monticello
View Art In The Park Photo Gallery

Fine Arts & Craft Show with over 65 displays selling handcrafted items and "Taste of Monticello" food and beverage vendors. Held outdoors at Ellison Park along the banks of the Mississippi River. Enjoy local entertainment while you shop! Kids in the Park includes: Toy Bingo by the Monticello Women of Today, Mason's Kid's ID, Airmaxxx Trampoline Launchpad, and face painting by the Monticello Royalty. Shuttle bus available throughout the day for transportation.

This event is organized by the Monticello Chamber of Commerce.
For more information, please check the Monticello Chamber's Art in the Park Website or call 763-295-2700.

10am - 3:30pm (9:30 Registration)
2nd Annual Bean Bag Tournament

West Bridge Park in Monticello, 107 W. River Street.
$25. Two person teams, see the participate page for more info.
Download signup sheet!

7pm - 11pm
Street Dance at the Monticello Community Center with The Fabulous Armadillos

View Street Dance Photo Gallery
This year's band will be The Fabulous Armadillos. The dance takes place in the Monticello Community Center parking lot. Food, beverages and the beer garden will be on site. No outside food or beverages allowed.




Sunday, July 14

Shuttle Bus Service
Will be available on Sunday, 1:45 - 6pm and will make stops at the following:

  • 3rd St. and Walnut St. West City Parking Lot
  • 3rd St. and Cedar St. East Deputy Registrar Parking Lot
  • Monticello Middle School Parking Lot
  • New River Medical Center Parking Lot
  • East Bridge Park Parking Lot _ Across from the new Walgreens on River Street
  • Ellison Park - East end of park near log shelter.

Community Worship Service
Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and find a spot in the shade. Enjoy the summer weather with this outdoor worship service in Ellison Park. Service will be held at the far east side of the park.

Riverfest Parade
Parade Photo Gallery
The parade will again be on the new route, which starts on 3rd Street at the Legion Club and heads East to Walnut Street. Then it will take a right on Walnut Street and head South until 6th Street. The Parade will then take a right on 6th Street and head West to Minnesota Street where it takes a left and ends near the K-Mart. The parade will no longer cross Highway 25.

The 4-H Club and the Sons of the American Legion will be passing out candy before the parade and accepting donations to the foodshelf.

This year we are asking that both those riding in the parade and those attending the parade not spray water of any kind. We have had too many complaints and we risk losing parade participants if we continue to have water guns in the parade. We ask all parade attendees to help police this request.

We would like to have parade participates sign up early this year so we can mail them a notification of where they will line up in the parade. Get the Parade Sign up Form today! This will hopefully cut down on the confusion at the beginning of the parade and make it easier for everyone riding in the parade. Participants should start lining up at 11:00 with a parade start at 12:30. If you have any questions please feel free to call the Monticello Chamber of Commerce & Industry at 763-295-2700, or email, Jim Lindberg at 878-2443, or Frank Holmes .

2pm - 5:30pm
Ellison Park Celebration
View Photo Gallery
After the parade, head down to Ellison Park for the rest of the festivities!

  • Two shuttle buses will be provided from parade time until evening.
  • Lions Wellness Van will be at the park.
  • The Monticello Boy Scouts will be serving the traditional chicken dinner. New this year, the chicken dinner will be catered by Von Hanson's Meats of Monticello. The food will be served from 2 - 5:30 pm. Tickets are available at the park on Sunday. For the chicken dinner, adult meals are $7.00, children 12 and under are $5, and preschoolers are free with a paid adult.
  • Other concessions include hotdogs, snowcones, cookies and more.
  • Kids games for all ages including carnival games and inflatables.
  • Bingo Tent - Everyone Welcome!
  • KRWC AM 1360 Radio Road Show 2 - 3:30 pm
  • Duck Race on the Mississippi River. The drop happens at 3:30 pm on the Hwy. 25 bridge. Lots of information about this event is posted on the Duck Page.
  • Citizen of the Year Presentation at 4 pm.
  • Monticello Royalty coronation is at 4:30 pm.
  • Duck Race Winners announced at 5pm. Prizes will include multiple cash winners and grand prizes to be announced.

Contact Monticello Riverfest Committee:



This year's Saturday night street dance will feature

Exotic Animals
Thursday night at Pioneer Park


AirMaxxTrampoline Launchpad
Thursday night at Pioneer Park and Saturday at Art in the Park

Shuttle Bus Service
Will be available on
Saturday, 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
and Sunday, 1:45 - 6 pm
Stop #1 - 3rd St and Walnut St Lot
Stop #2 - Deputy Registrar
Stop #3 - Middle School
Stop #4 - New River Medical Center
Stop #5 - East Bridge Park
Stop #6 - Ellison Park

Website created by Eric for the Monticello Riverfest Committee