**Due to COVID-19 and the resulting state policies, the 2020 Boatnik event has been cancelled.
Since 1959, Boatnik has been held every Memorial Day weekend along the Rogue River in Grants Pass, Oregon. For more than 50 years families have enjoyed this five day event that supports the children and youth programs of the communities of Southern Oregon. This is an activity-packed weekend! You'll find boat races on the Rogue River, a parade in Downtown Grants Pass, a golf shoot-out at Riverside Park, a men’s fast pitch tournament, an animal petting zoo, and fireworks on Friday and Sunday at Riverside Park. This is held as a fundraiser by the Grants Pass Active Club and proceeds benefit the entire community. Bring the whole family for this one!
May 21- May 25, 2020
Schedule of Events
-Carnival: The carnival begins Thursday afternoon at 1:00 and runs till midnight each night through Monday at 8:00. Located in Riverside park are featured rides for all ages. On the lower level are the main carnival rides and booths. The upper section, closer to Park St., features kiddie rides to create a safer age appropriate atmosphere.
You can purchase per ride tickets or all day arm bands at Boatnik or pre-sale armbands are discounted. Also featured are 100+ gift, craft and food vendors lined up on the central parking area and the crafts section continues into the grass area toward 7th St.
-Concert - 7:00pm, Bad Company former singer Brian Howe hits the stage. Gates open at 6pm with the famous Irish Rock band "The Young Doubliners" opening at 7pm.
-Fireworks - 9:45pm -10:15pm
-Boatnik Parade Route 2020 Grants Pass 5K Freedom Run - 9:30am
-Parade: Starts at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Theme - "To those that serve and protect our children"
-Brewfest: Saturday, 1-6 PM
-Golf Shoot-Out: Friday through Sunday, 130 Yard Shot into the target in the middle of the Rogue River. Head-to-head match play for First Prize! Limited participants - hurry and sign up now! Maximum 64 players only! Entry Fee - $75.00
-Watch the fireworks at dusk (about 9:45pm)
-Hydroplane Time Trials: 10:00am - 12:00pm
-Brewfest: 1:00pm - 7:00pm
-Fireworks Display: dusk (about 9:45pm)
-Tom Rice Memorial Whitewater Hydroplane Race: 1pm - finish
-Active Club Memorial Day Observance (Please be respectful and keep noise to a minimum during the ceremony): 12-12:30pm
-Annual Monday Sundae Ice Cream Giveaway Free to all ages Sponsored by Dairy Queen & Umpqua Dairy: 1:30pm - gone