Family Fun Days

Information for the 2017 Avon Descent Family Fun Days will be announced throughout the coming event year.


For an idea of what to expect, please see the below information for the 2016 Family Fun Days

For some perfect family fun, check out the Family Fun Days!

The 44th annual Avon Descent takes place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 August 2016. Competitors from around the world take on 124 gruelling kilometres of white water and marathon flats in a two day time trial in both paddle and power craft.
Spectators can enjoy action on the water from riverbank events with race commentary, free entertainment and much more to be found at the Avon Descent Family Fun Days in Northam, Toodyay, Belmont and Bayswater.
The Northam Avon Descent Association is proud to work alongside the EMRC, local Councils and sponsors to support such an exciting event. The collaboration between all parties makes this event truly unique in providing a stage for international, interstate and local competitors without forgetting its community roots. See more details at

Avon Descent Festival - City of Swan
Sunday, 7 August, 10am - 3pm at Fishmarket Reserve, Guilford

The City of Swan Avon Descent Festival returns with gusto! Join us to cheer on the competitors from the amazing riverfront vantage point and enjoy a packed program of onstage entertainment from Ricochet Circus, Josephine and Goggles and Belle Harvey. Meander around the reserve to experience the Artonomy Art Trail, circus workshops, roving entertainment, amusement rides, craft activities, artisan markets and gourmet food truck fare or simply lay back on a picnic rug and soak up the atmosphere. There is something for all ages and all entertainment is completely FREE!

Avon River Festival - Shire of Northam
Friday 5 August ,10am – 3.30pm at Bernard Park, Minson Avenue, Northam
Celebrate the excitement of the start of the world’s greatest white water event at the Shire of Northam’s Avon River Festival. There will be entertainment by Murphy’s Lore, a street parade, amusements and rides, free family fun zone, largest freworks display in the Avon Valley and food.
Toodyay International Food Festival
Saturday, 6 August, 10am - 3pm at Stirling Park & Duidgee Park, Toodyay

Combine the thrills and spills of the Avon Descent with dozens of mouth-watering international cuisine stalls and free family entertainment all on the banks of the Avon River. The main stage will come to life with a diverse range of performers inspired from around the globe.

Basso's Community Gathering - Town of Bassendean
Sunday, 7 August

New this year! A fantastic community gathering is coming to Bassendean. Cheer on competitors at this great event or visit one of the many picturesque riverside reserves along the river. More details coming soon!
Viewing locations include:
Success Hill Reserve, Point Reserve, Pickering Park, Sandy Beach Reserve, Ashfield Parade Reserve.

Avon Descent Family Fun Day - City of Belmont
Sunday, 7 August, 11:30am - 3:30pm

Get up close to all of the action at the City of Belmont FREE family fun day. Enjoy live race commentary on the banks of the Swan River, FREE children’s activities, a FREE Mix 94.5 Gourmet Grill, the Junior Sports Expo, bicycle maintenance, helicopter rides and much more. If you are a City of Belmont resident with an Opportunity Card, take advantage of your free and discounted offers during the day (limits apply).

Family Day 06 Bayswater

Avon Descent Finish Line Family Day - City of Bayswater
Sunday, 7 August, 11am - 5pm at Riverside Gardens, Bayswater

Nothing beats an exciting finish! Join support crews and spectators to welcome competitors over the Finish Line at the City of Bayswater Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day. Enjoy a sensational FREE day out for the whole family! Bouncy castles, children’s rides, face painting and live commentary will be on the loud speakers as competitors come over the Finish Line.

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