River Jam Festival

River Jam Festival

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What a great community event; thanks to everyone who worked to create a variety of experiences to appeal to all. 👏👏👏The free kids activities were impressive & I just wish more of them came out to participate.❤️
More fun!
Fantastic time! Thank you
What a gift this festival is to our area! I was there both nights. Lots of fun and lots of talented performers! It's an event I look forward to every year.
Beverly Lowe Obremski
A little stretch after the race.
Just before the 5k.
Tonya Usher Earnhardt here’s the schedule for tomorrow!
I just seen it advertised on TV it says there will be a hundred foot water slide is that correct?
Food trucks? Beer trucks? Locations?
The Youngerbloods are thrilled to bring sweet soul and fired up funk to the River Jam stage. We can’t wait to feel y’all! 💜

HOB presents the 2019 River Jam Festival with events in Biddeford, alongside the beautiful Saco River on Saturday, September 21, 2019! Our co-conspirator, Engine, hosts the Fringe Fest the night before, on Friday, Sept. 20 to get the weekend going!

River Jam is a two day festival in downtown Biddeford, Maine, held alongside the beautiful Saco River. Join us Friday night for Fringe Fest and Saturday for a full day of family fun, including live bands and food trucks throughout the day and evening! Fun activities, local vendors, crafts and a good time are guaranteed!

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We have until 8 p.m. this evening!!

We have until 8 p.m. this evening!! - https://mailchi.mp/0af5b05ca27b/cast-your-vote-for-biddeford-819777

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Cast your vote for Biddeford!

Cast your vote for Biddeford! - https://mailchi.mp/heartofbiddeford/cast-your-vote-for-biddeford

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River Jam photos have arrived! Fringe Fest, 5K, Dash to Sea, Makers Market, Performances and more!!! Do you have any? Tag us!
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Photo Credit: Wizardly Media , Mary Lee Taylor Photography and many others!

Thank you Engine: Propelling the Creative Community for throwing an awsome Fringe Fest! Huge thanks to Maine Community Foundation for their generous support.
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:Photo Credit goes out to multiple volunteers: Wizardly Media , Mary Lee Taylor Photography and many other volunteers.

Thank you Engine: Propelling the Creative Community for throwing an awsome Fringe Fest! Huge thanks to Maine Community Foundation for their generous support.
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:Photo Credit goes out to multiple volunteers: Wizardly Media , Mary Lee Taylor Photography, and many other volunteers.

For the foodies out there! This is for you. Tag us if you have any photos. More photos of last weekend to come!
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Photo Credit to Wizardly Media and Mary Lee Taylor Photography

For the foodies out there! This is for you.

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We came. We Saw. We River Jam'd!!

We came. We Saw. We River Jam'd!! - https://mailchi.mp/d220ff6e3ec3/we-came-we-saw-we-river-jamd-819649

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Fringe Fest and River Jam 2019 Recap!

An amazing weekend in Biddedford, right on the Saco River, Sept. 20-21, 2019. Friday night's Fringe Fest produced by Engine: Propelling the Creative Community with generous support from the Maine Community Foundation and Saturday's River Jam Festival produced by Heart of Biddeford, two organizations collaborating for two days of arts, music, entertainment!

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Congratulations to the amazing runners and walkers— individuals and teams— in yesterday’s River Jam 5K.

Looks like there’s one discrepancy still to work out (the person wearing #9 had the bib on upside down and so there were two #6’s). So I would call these preliminary results:
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Heart of Biddeford

Spend your Saturday night at Mechanics Park w/ Kenya Hall Music

Kenya Hall Music 🎶 great drinks are available until 9pm

Don’t miss out on these great performances! Samuel James, The Youngerbloods, and Kenya Hall!

Don’t miss out all the great fun ! Come to Mechanics Park!!

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One of our youngest just passed through the finish line! Everyone rocks!

Yesss! Our 5k participants are going strong across the finishing line!!!!!!

We got some kpop fans in Maine!

Come to Fringe Fest now until 9pm on Main street! Amazing talents and food all in one place!!!

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Schedule – RiverJam Fest

The day has finally arrived! River Jam kicks off tonight with the Fringe Fest! See the full line-up of events at http://riverjamfest.com/schedule/

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North Star Chiropractic Clinic

What's the Mom's Tent? Listen to the lovely Dr. Rebecca from North Star Chiropractic Clinic describe the environment she'll be creating on Saturday, so families/moms can nurse, rest or change diapers in a quiet space if they'd like! Thank you, Dr. Rebecca!

Visit us Saturday in Mechanics Park at River Jam Festival for tons of family friendly fun! 🙌🏼🤰🏼👶🏻🤱🏽✨

Stop in and see the new digs for The Art Certificate Program: TACP, right on Main Street in the midst of Fringe Fest this Friday night!

This week we were finally able to move into our new location, right in downtown Biddeford! Stop by 148 Main Street during the @riverjamfestival Fringe Fest this Friday evening and get a tour of our new space! Then on Saturday find us at the Makers Market in Mechanics Park from 12p-4p, and purchase some handmade creations! #biddeford #riverjamfestival #makersmarket #artstudio #maine #artcertificateprogram #creativetrails

So pumped up that River Jam kick off in less than 48 hours!

For an easy access to all events' details and music performers appearance by day and time, check out the event schedule here or on our website, riverjamfest.com!

To add to the experiences, 6 food trucks and 3 beer trucks will join the event at 4 pm at Mechanics Park:

Check their pages and show them some

Owners of the Mills have all pitched in, working to make River Jam an exciting event for all who live and work in the mills, plus visitors to the area!

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Schedule – RiverJam Fest

Interested in Historic Biddeford? If so, then enjoy one of three (or all three) historic tours happening at River Jam! On Saturday, September 21st choose from a historic mill tour, a walking tour of Main Street or a charter boat tour of the Saco River. View more details under Events on Facebook or at http://riverjamfest.com/schedule/

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2019 River Jam & Fringe Fest Volunteers

Love free t-shirts? Enjoy a terrific music festival? If the answer is yes to both of those, then consider volunteering at River Jam Festival. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available - check out the form at shorturl.at/ijltM

docs.google.com Please check off times you are available and would like to volunteer. We will get back to you asap to confirm! You will get a free, awesome River Jam t-shirt for volunteering for one shift, plus our huge Thanks!!

Thank you to Floras Muse for again sponsoring our Fringe Fest: Pie Luck, a Potluck of Pies foraged flowers to beautify our tables again this year. Fringe Fest takes a village! Thank you, Rayne. Visit Flora's Muse here and see some of Rayne's beautiful work. https://www.florasmuse.com/

We're so grateful for our Gold Sponsors, without whom River Jam would not be possible! Town & Country Federal Credit Union Maine, Prime Motor Group, Suger, Keep It Local Maine, GWI, Journal Tribune, Port Property Management, Saco Mill #4, The New Lincoln Mill, Fathom Companies, Oak Point Associates – Architecture • Engineering • Planning, Fiber Materials Inc.and City Theater!!!!

[09/03/19]   Free entry in our River Jam Kids Sprint, part of HOB's River Jam 5K! Sign up your child to run our 1k course, and they could take home a winning prize. Sign up by September 20!

#RiverJamFest2019 #Music4OurHeartsAndBodies #letitbesummerforever

River Jam 2019 live music artists bring eclectic, energizing, and lets-get-moving diversity of performance styles.

All music acts will take place at Mechanics Park in Biddeford.

Beginning at noon, River Jam music kicks off with award-winning folk singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Matt Loosigian.

At 2:15 pm, Joan Kennedy Music band - contemporary crossover of country, blues, funk, and pop – will bring an extra vibe to the warm Saturday afternoon for us to listen and even dance a little bit.

At 4 pm, Samuel James -Biddeford-raised, Portland-based composer, musician, and storyteller – will take the stage. A live performance by Samuel James is part theater, part stomping-on-the-porch dance party, and part stand-up comedy.

At 5:45 pm get ready to “twist and shout” with The Youngerbloods. Their music is rooted in classic R&B and Jazz, while paying tribute to James Brown and Otis Redding.

At 7 pm, after a whole day of exciting events – from the 5K to the Makers Market, a Giant Slip-n-Slide, delicious and diverse food and drinks, River Jam 2019 will close with the voice of the incredible Kenya Hall Music. Leaning heavily on Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, Kenya Hall inspires and elevates the world around her through her voice. Based out of Portland, Maine, Kenya Hall has shared stage with incredible local and national acts such as The Roots, Dr. John, Rustic Overtones, Nigel Hall, Shemekia Copeland, and many more.

What better way to end the day and say so-long to summer?

#maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #riverjam2019

#BeerInspiration #beertrucks #lessthan3weeksleft till #RiverJamFest2019

3 of our local, crafted with love, hops and a few secret ingredients beer breweries are joining River Jam on Saturday 9/21 at 4pm at Mechanics Park:

Banded Brewing Co.

Nuts & Bolts Brewing

The Run of The Mill Public House and Brewery

Are you ready? We are!

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#SaturdayFoodInspiration #only3weeksleft till #RiverJamFest2019

Ahhh, the aromatic smell, the deliciousness, the you-must-try-all-of-them of our hand-picked food trucks at River Jam 2019.

Beginning at Noon at Mechanics Park on Saturday 9/21, The Run of The Mill Public House and Brewery will have their food truck for us to grab lunch while strolling the Maker’s Market.

At 4 pm 5 trucks will sell their tasty food:
El Rodeo Go
Fishin' Ships
Run of the Mill
Texas Grace Kitchen
And Biddeford own, Sweetcream Dairy with their RiverJam pops!

Are you ready for River Jam 2019? We are!!!

#thewaylifeshouldbe #neverendingmainesummer

Fringe Fest on Friday, Sept. 20 could not happen without the incredibly generous sponsorship of Town & Country Federal Credit Union Maine! In addition, "Connectivity" in a whole new way is coming to you at Fringe Fest, thanks to GWI!

River Jam could not happen without the amazing support of City Government Biddeford Maine and our Presenting Sponsors: Biddeford Savings, Pepperell Mill Campus, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution and University of New England!

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Rolling Stone magazine called her “A Soul Powerhouse.”

When you think it cannot get any better after a whole day of exciting events – from the 5K to the Makers Market, a Giant Slip-n-Slide, delicious and diverse food and drinks, River Jam 2019 will close with the voice of the incredible Kenya Hall Music. Leaning heavily on Soul, Hip Hop and Funk, Kenya Hall inspires and elevates the world around her through her voice. Based out of Portland, Maine, Kenya Hall has shared stage with incredible local and national acts such as The Roots, Dr. John, Rustic Overtones, Nigel Hall, Shemekia Copeland, and many more.
Her musical artistry weaves together indomitable vocals with a fierce blend of soul and funk that leaves long-lasting memories in her audience.

What better way to end the day and say so-long to summer?
#maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #riverjam2019

River Jam & Fringe Fest, Sept. 20-21, 2019

We can't wait for you to see everything coming for this year's River Jam!

HR Running Club Team Challenge

The HR Running Club challenges you to pull together a team for HOB's River Jam 5K on Sat., Sept. 21. What a fun way to start the day, with a speedy course, and great prizes!

#TheBigReveal of #RiverJamFest2019 #artists

You don’t have to be born in the 60s or 70s to sing along and dance to classic American R&B and soul hits!

Everybody come “twist and shout” with our early evening River Jam band (starts 5:45 pm), The Youngerbloods in Mechanics Park.

YoungerBloods is Melvin Gradiz, a blues guitarist fresh from New Orleans (guitar & vocals) and dynamic singer/songwriter and cabaret performer, 'Mama' Meg (vocals). The duo began writing original music rooted in Jazz, Soul and R&B, while also paying tribute to vintage legends such as James Brown, Otis Redding, and The Beatles.

The full band offers impeccable style, energetic performances, and a dynamic repertoire that promises a spectacular viewing and listening experience for young and old -- all while grabbing something to eat and drink from our food trucks and beer tent.
#maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #riverjam2019

7 spots left in our curated Makers Market during Saturday's River Jam Fest. Apply at the link below: https://forms.gle/iDohbQZPcSTSVRav8

Our Story

Enjoy a weekend of music, arts, and outdoor events, with something for everyone! Friday night’s kickoff, Fringe Fest, is co-produced by local arts organization Engine and the Heart of Biddeford. Saturday’s River Jam Fest is the Heart of Biddeford’s signature event of the year. All of it is free to attend.

VOLUNTEER! Want to VOLUNTEER and get a free River Jam t-shirt? People interested in volunteering should reach out to Nehemie Joseph, our volunteer coordinator, at or fill out an application online.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20, 2019:

5-9 p.m. Fringe Fest. Join us for the Fringe Fest, a celebration of community in downtown Biddeford to kick off River Jam weekend! Enjoy art, beer, music, food, and more, right on Main Street! The event starts at 5 p.m. on Main Street & Shevenell Park. You can enjoy a beverage from one of Biddeford’s Breweries, sample food from local restaurants, participate in a variety of activities and dance to live music. SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2019:

DAYTIME, Mechanics Park, Water Street in Biddeford 8 a.m. River Jam 5K Road Race 10 a.m. Dash to the Sea Kayak Race 1-3 p.m. Try a Boat Ride on the Saco River Noon-4 p.m. Family Fun in Mechanics Park. Annual watermelon seed spitting contest, Engine's Maker's Market, Kid's games, BBQ and entertainment. Sign up for a chartered Boat ride on the Saco River, a historic Main Street walking tour or Mills Museum tour - watch our website for information on times and signing up!

In the EVENING, in Mechanics Park, Water Street in Biddeford Music continues and folks can enjoy the Beer Tent & Food from a variety of delicious locations!!

Music in Mechanics Park


  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Matt Loosigian: Matt is a dynamic, spirited performer who gets all the kids up and dancing.

  • 2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Joan Kennedy Band: Encompassing a career which has spanned more than 3 decades, Canadian born & raised singer/songwriter Joan Kennedy has accumulated more accolades and awards than most. She’s recorded 6 albums with MCA & Koch International, toured Canada, USA, & Europe, starred in a 2-season television series and was 2nd to only Garth Brooks in the 1990’s as Canadian Country Music Radio’s most played artist.

  • 4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Samuel James: With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands.

  • 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. The Youngerbloods: Funk, Soul, R&B that will make you want to dance! We play a mix of vintage classics and original songs that will uplift & inspire audiences of all ages. They’ll thrill you and make you want to twist the night away! They’re The Youngerbloods!

  • 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. Kenya Hall: Leaning heavily on Soul, Hip Hop, Funk, and the seed of what makes a rock and roll artist — Kenya is here to deeply inspire and elevate the world around her.
  • There is no gate fee to enter and enjoy any of the events thanks to funding from the City of Biddeford and Presenting Sponsors Biddeford Savings, Pepperell Mill Campus, and Saco & Biddeford Savings.

    Fringe Fest Presenting Sponsors are Town & Country Federal Credit Union and GWI.

    The River Jam Gold Sponsors are City Theater, Fathom, Journal Tribune, Lincoln Mill, Keep it Local, Port Property Management, Prime Motor Group, Saco Mill#4, Suger, and the University of New England. River Jam’s Silver and Bronze Sponsors are Tulu Salon as well as Saco Valley Credit Union and Think Tank Biddeford.

    The 5K Road Race is Presented by Oak Point Associates and Fiber Materials Inc., with support from Hobson & Co., Metta Studios, P&C Insurance, PeoplesChoice Credit Union, Forever Fit, Time & Tide Coffee and Thyme & Honey Bakery.

    River Jam is hosted by Heart of Biddeford in partnerships by Engine, along with support from the City of Biddeford, Biddeford+Saco Chamber, and Saco Main Street.

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