Special Events


Saturday, October 18th:

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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Lead Sponsors:

About Shiverfest

Shiverfest is Riverbend’s most entertaining night of the year, with 600 visitors enjoying a fun, family friendly event with engaging activities sprinkled throughout our site.

As the name evokes, Shiverfest is a slightly spooky but always friendly fall festival. Halloween is the prevailing theme with pumpkin decorating, a trick or treat trail, and storytelling around the campfire after our costumed visitors have trekked the infamous Haunted Trail. Back by popular demand will be our Forgotten Friends reptile show, moon bounce, pony rides and more. New this year is ghostly stargazing to search the night sky for celestial signs of Halloween. Sustenance for all is available and in-kind donations of adult beverages will also be available.

Riverbend’s Purpose and How Your Contribution Helps

Riverbend teaches environmental principles to children through a direct connection with nature, inspiring respect for our natural world and action as aware, responsible and caring citizens. Support from Shiverfest directly supports our education programs for children. Last year our school initiatives reached 8,600 students through 17,000 program visits with 70% from underserved communities.

This year, 15% of the proceeds from Shiverfest Sponsorships will be used for our Sponsor-a-Camper program, providing children from low-income families with an opportunity to develop their love of nature in our popular Exploration Summer Camp.

Established in 1974 as a wildlife refuge on the remaining land of a local estate, we have evolved into a dynamic center for important nature and science education initiatives that are impacting future generations of environmental stewardship. Riverbend now serves more than 15,000 people annually through our programs plus an additional 600 volunteers help to restore and maintain our 30 acre preserve.


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Ticket Purchasing Information

Tickets, while they last, are $12 in advance* or $15 at the door. Children 3 and under are free.

*Pre-registration closes at 5pm on Friday, October 10th.

Skip the lines at sign in! Admission wrist bands will be sent in the mail the week of the event for all pre-purchased tickets.

Click here to purchase tickets to the Shiverfest Family Event




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