FUNC Fest - August 9 & 10, 2024

Calling all water sports enthusiasts and fun-loving folks to come out and enjoy the annual Fun on the Uncompahgre, aka “FUNC Fest” for two fun-filled days of activities, both on and off of the water. The event will occur at the Montrose Water Sports Park in Riverbottom Park on August 9 and 10, 2024. 

FUNC-y Line-Up!

FUNC Fest features a full schedule of water sports competitions, live music, activities for the whole family, local vendors, a food truck village, and a beer garden!

Live Music @ the Montrose Rotary Amphitheater and Riverbottom Park

FUNC Fest 2024 kicks off with FREE live music on Friday, August 9, at the Montrose Rotary Amphitheater! Heavy Dimond Ring performs at 6 p.m., followed by Desert Child at 7:30 p.m. A food village will complete the festive spirit with food and beverages from 5 to 9 p.m.

Along with FUNC-y fun on the river on Saturday, August 10, at the Water Sports Park, live musical entertainment will round out the day with DnG Railroad performing at 6 p.m., followed by Cousin Curtiss at 7:30 p.m.

Water Sports Competitions

  • FUNCy Down River Kayak Rodeo
  • Mighty Unc SUP and Kayak Cross
  • Riverbottom Downriver Race
  • Western Slope River Surf Competition
  • Youth Flow Boogie Board Championships

Competition Registration

Online pre-registration for FUNC Fest competitions is preferred and will be available on this webpage as soon as registration materials are finalized. Day-of-registrations for competitions will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, at the registration booth adjacent to the Montrose Water Sports Park.

Volunteer

Multiply the fun by assisting with the event! We need volunteers to help with on-water competition assistance, wayfinding, timing water safety, competition judges, and more! Please email your Adult Volunteer Waiver or Minor Volunteer Waiver to kschroer@cityofmontrose.org.

Camping and Accommodations

Looking for a good place to bunk down for FUNC Fest? Limited camping and shuttle service will be available. More information to follow.

Montrose has lots of CAMPING & RV options as well as many HOTEL locations to choose from.

Food Trucks and Vendors

A variety of food, drink, merchandise, and service vendors enhance the event. Interested in becoming a vendor at the event? Complete the Vendor Application & Agreement or contact Event Manager, Katie Schroer at kschroer@cityofmontrose.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming an event sponsor? Complete the Sponsorship Form and return it to Pavilion and Community Events Manager, Katie Schroer at kschroer@cityofmontrose.org.

Events Schedule

Friday, August 9

  • 5:00 p.m.: Food Truck Village and Beer Garden (provided by Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club) Open (closes at 9:00 p.m.)
  • 6:00 p.m.: Opening act begins (Heavy Diamond Ring)
  • 7:30 p.m.: Headliner act begins (Desert Child)

Saturday, August 10

  • 9:00 a.m.: Registration for all events (closes at 1:00 p.m.)
  • 10:30 a.m.: Riverbottom Downstream Race (rafts, kayaks, paddleboards, IK’s) (ends at 11:30 a.m.)
  • 11:00 a.m.: Kids activities open  (close at 4:00 p.m.)
    • Balloon animals
    • Face painters
    • Montrose Children’s Museum activities
  • Noon: Youth Bodyboard Comp-Flow Fury Boogie Battle Championships (ends at 1:00 p.m.)
  • Noon: Food village and beer garden open (closes at 9:00 p.m.)
  • Noon: FUNCy Downriver Kayak Rodeo PRELIMS (ends at 1:00 p.m.)
  • 1:30 p.m.: Mighty Unc Kayak and SUP cross competition (ends at 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.: Western Slope River Surf Comp PRELIMS (ends at 4:30 p.m.)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Western Slope River Surf Comp FINALS (ends at 6:00 p.m.)
  • 6:00 p.m.: Opening act begins (DnG Railroad)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Intermission - Awards at the FUNC Fest Community Stage
  • 7:30 p.m.: Headlining act begins (Cousin Curtiss)
  • 8:30 p.m.: Last call for food truck village and alcohol

Large paddle-board carrying 6 people goes through a rapid on the Uncompahgre River.

About Montrose Water Sports Park

The Water Sports Park (WSP), located on the Uncompahgre River in Riverbottom Park in the heart Montrose’s premier parks complex, consists of 1,000 feet of river channel. The WSP is one of the largest in the state of Colorado and one of the few in the U.S. to be accessible by ADA standards. Designed with all citizens in mind, from ankle waders to expert kayakers, the WSP is complemented by terraced spectator and beach areas, allowing a safe space for viewing right on the river. Sustained irrigation flows on the Uncompahgre River make the park an enticing destination through late summer, long after other parks have lost their luster.

Get More Info!

Visit the Water Sports Park Page

To contact our Pavilion and Community Events Manager, Katie Schroer, email kschroer@CityofMontrose.org or call 970.252.4880! You can also call the Montrose Visitor Center at 970.497.8558 for general information on FUNC Fest.

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