Waterfest Venetian Lights Boat Parade & Family Festival

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Date(s) - 08/04/2017 - 08/06/2017
All Day

Castle Rock County Park


Waterfest Weekend is August 4 – 6, 2017  (Always the First Saturday Every August!)  Waterfest is one of the biggest weekends of the year here in the Castle Rock Lake area!

Friday night begins the weekend with Family Movie Night at the Castle Rock County Park.

Saturday hosts a full day of fun-filled family activities at the Castle Rock County Park including the 5K Walk/Run, Bike Parade, Historic 40et8 Train Rides, Food Vendors, Live Music, Light Your Campsite Contest, Super Hero Visitors, plus all the usual campground activities of hiking, swimming, and lounging on the beach.

At dusk the Waterfest Venetian Lights Boat Parade departs from the Dirty Turtle Restaurant & Marina at O’Dell’s Bay on Castle Rock Lake.  This string of lighted and theme decorated boats meander the shoreline all the way to Castle Rock Park, showing off their original designs the entire way as crowds on shore cheer them on.

 Once the boat parade reaches Castle Rock Park (around 10pm), the spectacular fireworks show begins!  People enjoy the display from the park, the shorelines, and even from their boats in the harbor.  Its a climactic ending to a fabulous day!

Join the Boat Parade!  There will be a $500 “Best of Fleet” prize, plus cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place boats as well.  Participants are also entered into a drawing for additional prizes.  Registration is free and forms are available at various locations or you may print them off at www.juneaucounty.com/waterfest.  Haven’t decorated your boat before?  NO PROBLEM!  We have inverter & LED light kits available at cost to help you get started!  Contact us for details (608) 427-2070 or JCEDC@JuneauCounty.com.

This event is funded by local businesses and organizations in appreciation and support of tourism in our area.  Tourism has a huge economic impact on our local economy, so we at JCEDC encourage our local businesses to take advantage of this busy weekend by advertising Waterfest specials.  If you wish to sponsor the parade this year please call (608) 427-2070 or email JCEDC@JuneauCounty.com.  Thank you!