Amy Smith of Lewiston Rowing steers a boat Tuesday morning up the Androscoggin River after positioning a marker just above the Bernard Lown Peace Bridge between Auburn and Lewiston. Smith and others were setting a course for Saturday morning’s first Riverfest Regatta. Rowboats with all skill levels aboard will gather at 7 a.m. at Simard-Payne Memorial Park by the river’s edge. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

The first Lewiston-Auburn Riverfest will take place Friday through Sunday.

The festival will include a regatta Saturday morning, a river race Sunday morning, and a riverside festival with a beer garden, food trucks, entertainment and more on both afternoons. The schedule is:


5-7 p.m.: Androscoggin Land Trust Paddle After Hours, launching on the Auburn side of the river behind Gritty’s Pub in Auburn.


7 a.m. to noon: Riverfest Regatta, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Museum L-A’s “Our Working Waterway” river exhibit open to the public; the museum will waive its usual $5 admission fee. River expert Peter Rubins and museum Executive Director Audrey Thomson will speak about river reclassification efforts and the exhibit.

Noon to 4 p.m.: Try a Boat, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston

Noon to 4 p.m.: Bands, beer garden, food truck, vendors, performances, and more; Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston

4 to 7 p.m.: Riverfest happy hour specials at participating local restaurants and pubs

6-10 p.m.: Twilight movie by Lewiston Fun/Films, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston


7:30 a.m. to noon: LA River Races, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston, and Auburn boat ramp

Noon to 4 p.m.: Try a Boat, Simard-Payne Memorial Park, Lewiston

Noon to 4 p.m.: Music, beer, food trucks, Festival Plaza, Auburn

For more information, check out their Facebook page.

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