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With the 2021 FIBArk Whitewater Festival just around the corner, a breakdown of some of the event highlights. The festival makes its return after a smaller focus of the events in 2020 due to the OCVID-19 pandemic. The festival runs from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20.

This year, the water events are free (as in past years) but in order to support FIBArk’s nonprofit youth paddling program, the live music will be ticketed. This will also help keep numbers down to comply with current health guidelines.

Event registration is open and must be done online by noon on June 17. Tickets may be purchased at the Salida Chamber of Commerce; cash only will be accepted.

The community came out to watch the Slalom Races while practicing social distancing and face mask-wearing. FIBArk 2020 Photo by Brooke Gilmore

At 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, FIBArk will kick off with the Raft Rodeo at the Salida Whitewater Park and the Tenderfoot Hill Climb.


  • SUP Surf contest at 11:00 a.m. at the Salida Whitewater Park
  • SUP Dual Slalom, Colorado SUP Championships at 5:00 p.m. at the Salida Whitewater Park
  • Pine Creek Race will begin at 5:00 p.m. at Pine Creek Rapids


  • Slalom Race at 9:00 a.m. at the Salida Whitewater Park
  • Freestyle Finals, Pro at 3:00 p.m. at the Whitewater Park
  • Hooligan Race at 5:30 p.m. at the Salida Whitewater Park


  • The Downriver Marathon begins at 8:50 a.m. at the Salida Whitewater Park
  • The Crazy River Dog event will be held at 12:30 p.m. at the Whitewater Park
  • SUP Boxing World Championships will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Whitewater Park

To view the full schedule of river and land events, click here. To register, click here.

The concert lineup for Friday includes:

  • Pint and A Half at 12:00 noon
  • Groove Speak at 2:00 p.m.
  • Round House Assembly at 4:00 p.m.
  • Dragondeer at 6:00 p.m.

Saturday’s music line up:

  • Lola Rising at 12:00 noon
  • Heavy Diamond Ring at 2:00 p.m.
  • Blue Recluse at 4:00 p.m.
  • Leadville Cherokee at 6:00 p.m.