On July 5th, 2014, St. Johns Riverkeeper and the Riverside Arts Market (RAM) are partnering to host “River Ruckus”, a family festival celebrating two of our region’s most important assets – the St. Johns River and RAM. River Ruckus will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Riverside Arts Market, 715 Riverside Avenue, Jacksonville.
The day’s events include: a flotilla of watercraft on the river, a celebrity jump into the St. Johns, kid’s fishing clinic and crafts, stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons, free boat trips, live local music, craft beer from SweetWater Brewing Company, plus all the great art, produce and food vendors that the Riverside Arts Market offers every Saturday.
St. Johns River Flotilla: 11:00 a.m. – Flotilla participants led by First Coast Outfitters will depart from the boat ramp next to River City Brewing Company in kayaks, canoes, SUP boards, and whatever floats, traversing the river to RAM for a round trip adventure. Prizes will be awarded for the best decorated vessel! Rentals available through www.firstcoastoutfitters.com.
St. Johns River Celebrity Jump: 12:00 p.m. – Local celebrities and community leaders led by JumpingFish will jump into in the St. Johns to raise awareness about the river’s recreational uses and the need to protect its health.
SweetWater Brewing Company’s “Save Our Water” Campaign: SweetWater Brewing Company is launching its “Save Our Water” campaign to protect our right to clean water and tasty beer! Paper fish purchased for $1 and $5 donations will be displayed on the RAM stage, with proceeds going to help support St. Johns Riverkeeper. The campaign will run from July 4th to Labor Day with a fundraising goal of $10,000.
The Finest Live Local Music: Enjoy great music on RAM’s riverfront stage throughout the day.
10:30 – 12:15 p.m. Al Poindexter and the River Rise
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Canary in a Coalmine
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. This Frontier Needs Heroes
6:00 – 9:00 p.m. RickoLus / The Little Books / Four Families (featured artists)
- Free Boat Tours on the St. Johns River with Freedom Boat Club, leaving every 30 minutes from the RAM dock.
- Kid’s Craft Station includes “make-your-own” fishing lures with the St. Johns Riverkeeper Education Director, Jennie Busey.
- Stand up Paddleboard lessons and rentals on the water with All Wet Sports. Learn to SUP while watching the sunset!
- Hook the Future kid’s fishing lessons on the Hilltop Stage from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Join Captain Don Dingman for lessons on catching the big one, while spending a day on the water together.