Join us for a family friendly Festival, 5K Run/Walk/Talk and a 1K Tot Trot to support the

7:30am Registration Opens for 5k/1k Fun Run

8:00am Festival Opens

9:00am 5k Run, Walk and Talk

9:00am Educational Activities

10:00am 1k Tot Trot

10:30am Yoga Session and Live Music

12:00pm Educational Presentation

1:00pm Festival Ends

Come Run, Walk & Trot on the River!

San Diego River Park Foundation is excited to announce the revival of Riverfest, a family-friendly festival, fun run and activities that celebrate the preservation of the San Diego River and specifically the “Western 9” (the last nine miles of the San Diego River leading to the Pacific Ocean).

Riverfest is on 5/22/22 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.! Come out for our 5K Run, Walk, Talk and a 1K Tot Trot hosted by Milestone Running. We encourage you to dress up as your favorite bird and show your support for our feathered friends. Prizes will be awarded to participants in various categories. Proceeds go towards supporting and caring for the wildlife, habitat and further research along the San Diego River.

Date and time

Sun, May 22, 2022
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM PDT


Riverwalk Golf Club
1150 Fashion Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108
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Refund policy
No Refunds


Our festival is FREE and open to the public. If you would like to contribute to caring for the wildlife, habitat and further research along the San Diego River, we suggest a donation of $5 per person to attend.

What To Expect

  • Relaxing and Cleansing Yoga Session
  • Fun Run Awards Ceremony
  • Live Local Music
  • Educational Activities
  • Visit our Community Partners’ Booth
  • Beer Garden
  • Food & Drink Vendors
  • Outdoor
  • FREE Parking
  • 5k & 1k Fun Run

5k Run, Walk & Talk Information

  • Day of registration opens at 7:30am.
  • All ages welcome!
  • Two (2) aid stations along the course. Mile 1 and half way point.
  • Bathrooms are located at the start, half way and at finish line.
  • Photo finish as you cross the bridge over the San Diego River.
  • This event is not a chip timed event. However, there will be a clock at the finish line.
  • Interactive course map
  • 231 ft of elevation gain/loss
  • Remember this is a fun run or walk event.
  • We encourage you to dress up as your favorite bird and show your support for our feathered friends.

1k Tot Trot Information

  • Day of registration opens at 7:30am.
  • One (1) water station at the turn around (0.31 miles)
  • Photo finish as you cross the bridge (over the San Diego River)
  • Interactive course map
  • 45 ft of elevation gain/loss
  • This run are for those 17 and under (and encouraged to be joined by their parent/guardian)
  • We encourage you to dress up as your favorite bird and show your support for our feathered friends.

What To Bring

  • Extra shirt (cotton or poly blend) to have the Riverfest logo applied to your shirt
  • Sunscreen – There is minimal shade on the course and festival area
  • Towel/Blanket – Yoga is on the grass
  • Foldable chair if you wish to enjoy the finish line or listen to live music
  • Food, Beverage, Beer (ID required) and Vendor Items available for purchase


Bring a shirt!

  • Bring your 100% cotton or polyester blend shirt and we will apply our Riverfest logo using a heat press
  • The size of the logo will be approximately 4″x 1.5″
  • Bring a colored shirt. The ink we are using is white.

Your running bib will double as a bandana.

  • One side of the bandana has map of the San Diego River.
  • The other side will have an area for you to fill in your name. When folded appropriately, it will serve as a bib for the run.
  • We will have safety pins for you to apply your your clothing.

Customize your handmade medal.

  • Local Scout handcrafted Medals that can be planted to preserve nature.
  • Made of flour, salt, water and native plant seeds.
  • Decorate your medal before you plant them.
  • After you’re done enjoying your medal, return it to the earth and watch native San Diego plants grow!

Public Transportation – Prizes for alternate transportation

  • Fashion Valley Transit Station across from Riverwalk Golf Course.
  • Human-powered transportation – Secured storage area for bikes, skates, scooters, etc.

Parking Information

  • FREE
  • Riverwalk Golf Club Parking Lot (1150 Fashion Valley Rd #1102, San Diego, CA 92108)
  • Overflow parking:  Fashion Valley Mall, lower level Parking Garage “1A”.

Bib Pick-Up

You can pick up your bib at Milestone Running‘s Store in North Park (2545 El Cajon Blvd D, San Diego CA 92104).

  • Thursday (5/19) and Friday (5/20) from 4p-6p
  • Saturday (5/21) from 10a-12p
  • Enjoy 15% off (full price) shoes and apparel if you should need anything.

You can also pick up you bib at the event starting at 7:30a from our registration tent.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I attend the activities after the run, even if I don’t sign up for the run? YES! We welcome everyone to join us for FREE yoga, educational activities, live music, vendors and more.
  • What is included in my race registration? Event entry for 5k or 1k, reusable race bib (bandana), Riverfest logo application on the garment you bring and a handcrafted medal that can turn into a flower garden! Stay for all the free activities – yoga, live music, educational activities, vendors and beer garden and more.
  • Will I need a ticket for this Riverfest? NO! Riverfest is a free, public event to walk around the vendor area. If you wish to join the 5k/1k fun run, then you will need to purchase a bib.
  • How can I volunteer for the event? We’d love the help! Sign up to volunteer for this event HERE.
  • How will the Riverfest logo be applied? We will use a heat press along with a screen printed transfer to apply the logo onto your garment. Be aware that this process is permanent and there is a possibility this will damage your garment.
  • What will be at the aid stations? Water and snacks
  • Where can I view photos from the event? We will share these photos for FREE on our within our Facebook photo album – Riverfest 2022.
  • Can the parent/guardian run with their kid? YES! If you want to accompany your child during the 1k Tot Trot course you are more than welcome to.
  • Is this event stroller friendly? Yes! Strollers are welcome both the 5k and the 1k. Don’t forget to decorated strollers too!
  • Is this a dog friendly event? Mostly – Your pet cannot get on the putting greens and will need to be monitored and leashed at all times. You must clean up after their messes.

Have a question you don’t see answered above? Send us an email

Thanks to our partners for helping us make this event happen! Please be sure to support and thank them!