“At 9 o’clock and on into the evening we’ll have
live music in the back room by Phillip’s Bird. They actually have trivia going
on there starting at 8, so people could show up early and do trivia, then come
on in to the back room and enjoy the live music. And maybe pick up a t-shirt
for the festival.”
The Ales portion of the festival takes place on
Friday and Saturday evenings, with live music at several venues.
“On the Armory lawn we have live music at 5:30 and
6:30 on Friday and Saturday with some great local bands. Then on Friday and
Saturday there are live music events throughout town. We have Qiet! playing at the Brewery Friday
night. There’s a burlesque show at the Adelphia
Music Hall on Friday. And some bluegrass music at Over the Moon Pizzeria.”
Saturday’s entertainment schedule also features
music at all three locations.
Then there are the Rivers.
Taylor says that, last year, about 25 boats took
place in an event on the Muskingum River. And she expects even more this year.
“On Saturday there’s a group paddle from Lowell to
Marietta – it’s about 14 miles. The whole group will paddle down the river
leisurely, enjoying the scenery and locking through at Devol’s Dam, then
continuing on to Marietta. That’s been a really popular event and it’s something
that is free of charge. You can bring your canoe or kayak and head up to the
Lowell put-in on Buell Island.”
Taylor says there’s also a "paddler’s dice run" on
both Friday and Saturday. That’s a 2.5 mile course on both the Muskingum and the
Ohio, with dice containers scattered about, all of which can be reached by
kayak or canoe.
Throughout the festival, there are also events for
bicyclists. That’s the Trails portion.
“On Friday and Saturday, there are group road rides
and mountain bike rides that depart at 10 am from the Armory lawn. We have everything from a family-friendly
around town ride to road rides that range from 15 to 50 miles. There’s mountain bike rides that range from a
beginner’s mountain bike clinic to 25 mile rides. We really have things for every skill level.”
Events wrap up on Sunday with group mountain bike
rides leaving from Wood County's Mountwood Park at 10 AM, and the irreverent
Mighty Muskingum Raft Race, which begins at 2 PM from Indian Acres Boat Ramp
down to the confluence.
For more information about the festival visit rtafest.com