The annual Summertime Riverfest, featuring Australia’s Biggest Duck Race, will once again be making a big splash on the Brisbane River in order to raise funds for cancer research.

The PA Research Foundation’s festival will take place on Sunday 18 October at Riverside Drive, West End, where thousands will flock to the river’s edge to be a part of the fun and festivities the day has to offer along with the iconic race that quacks the nation—Australia’s Biggest Duck Race!

The festival is in its ninth year, and this year is bound to be better than ever with additions to the race day activities, a riverstage, chill out zone, and a special Kids Zone.

“We encourage everyone to come on down for the day and check out some of the amazing new attractions,” says PA Research Foundation CEO Damian Topp.

The highlight of the festival is Australia’s Biggest Duck Race. It’s a great race that could win one lucky duck a $40,000 car, a boat or even a holiday. The show stopper will be watching 40,000 yellow rubber ducks tipped into the Brisbane River turning the water into a sea of yellow as they race along a 100m course in the fight against cancer.

Music and entertainment will quite literally take to the water this year with the addition of the festival’s first-ever river stage at the iconic duck race. The Pradella Riverstage will provide festival goers with a perfect way to chill out along the river banks while enjoying a Sunday session with some of Brisbane’s best local artists. Headlining the stage will be The Empressarios, who have a huge following in and around Brisbane with their blues and swing style music. The line-up of acts ranges from a sixteen-piece jazz band, rockabilly through to funk, reggae, and hip-hop. The Pradella Riverstage is all about creating music that is fun, infectious, and keeps you tapping your toes or dancing from start to finish.

There will also be chill-out zones for kids and adults alike.The Allianz Global Assistance Duck In zone (for 18+ audiences) will feature  Brisbane artist Shanon Watkins whose music has been described as a cross between Ben Harper and Jack Johnson with soulful vocals, acoustic guitar, melodies and lyrics all uniquely Watkins.

The St. George Gone Quackers Kids Zone is exactly as the name suggests, its the area for kids to hang out, have fun, learn and explore. You can get up close with some of Australia’s furry animals or pat a python with the Channel Ten’s Totally Wild Stage Show, sing and dance along with street characters, explore your inner artist and make your very own yellow rubber race duck. There’s also face painting and zorbing, which makes the kids zone the perfect chill-out zone for the whole family!

There will also be a Celebrity Duck race, and who doesn’t love a bit of competition between celebrities? Channel Ten news reader Josh Holt and Kids Show Host Duane Strauss will race duck against duck with the talking heads from 4KQ radio (Mark Handy and Gary Clare) to see who will be the mightiest duck of them all in the Celebrity Duck Race. Those brave enough will embark in a giant inflatable duck on the Brisbane River and prepare for a feathery battle down a 50 metre course. Be prepared for a laugh or two as this race never disappoints!

For more information on this festival, please see the Event Guide.