Summer Fun on the River ... Classic!
Regional Parks presents the Russian River Festival, 31 days of outdoor adventure on Sonoma County's summer playground.
Throughout July, we will be sharing all the cool ways you can explore and enjoy the Russian River. Whether you're canoeing, picnicking, hiking, swimming or just lazing about, time on the river is a summer tradition, and the Russian River Festival connects you with a month of happenings all along the river.
You can join Regional Parks rangers for kayaking trips, nature walks and other events in the river parks. On July 27, we invite you to the Healdsburg Water Carnival, a day of old-time river revelry at Veterans Memorial Beach. This is a not-to-miss event with a floating parade, world-record wine barrel races, kids' games and local foods.
During the Russian River Festival, you also can join our recreation partners for paddling, camping, birding, fishing, conservation projects, historical reenactments, educational tours and much more. Plus, river communities are hosting firework displays, concerts, art shows, farmers markets and other summer must-dos.
Visit our activities calendar to pick your river adventure!
For more information about the Russian River Festival, contact Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.
Staying Safe on the River
Russian River beaches are extremely popular during the summer. However, for swimming, we recommend Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, the only public beach with lifeguards on duty daily in July and August. A seasonal dam is erected here each summer, creating calm conditions from late June through Labor Day, and swim boundaries are clearly marked.
Other Regional Park beaches are not patrolled by lifeguards, and you should use extreme caution if you enter the river at one of these beaches. Please follow all rules on posted signs. Know your abilities. Swim with a companion. Be aware of hazardous conditions such as drop offs and currents. Consider wearing a life jacket.
The Russian River Festival is helping to fund a new water-safety program for Regional Parks' river beaches. This river patrol program teams a park ranger with two open-water lifeguards The team travels to popular parks on summer weekends and talks with visitors in English and Spanish about staying safe on the river.
For more water safety resources, please see our swimming page.