Green River Revival | U.S. National Whitewater Center

Green River Revival

Whitewater takes a back seat to green water at the 5th Annual Green River Revival. Kick of the festivities at the Color Me Green 5K, where participants will need the luck of the Irish to avoid the green dye as they run through the trails. The fun continues at 1:00pm when the river turns shamrock green and live music begins on Belmont Abbey Island.

Please visit our Festival & Concert FAQ for more information.


2014 Video Recap:

Saturday, March 14, 2015:

  • 10:00 a.m. – Color Me Green 5K
  • 12:30 p.m. – VIP Opens
  • 1:00 p.m. – Green River
  • 1:00 p.m. – Bombadil
  • 2:00 p.m. – Cornhole Tournament
  • 3:00 p.m. – Matrimony
  • 5:00 p.m. – VIP Closes

Festival Map



Due to high demand to attend Green River Revival, we expect heavy traffic entering the USNWC on 3/14/15.  We recommend for guests to attempt to enter the USNWC prior to 11:00 A.M. to avoid the heaviest period of traffic.  Due to congestion that typically occurs on I-485 and the Moore’s Chapel Road exit, we encourage guests to use the alternative I-485 route below for entry.  Please check the USNWC’s Facebook or Twitter handles for traffic updates throughout the day.




Looking to enhance your Green River Revival experience? Join us at the VIP Party for a premiere view of the music, festivities, and the bright green rushing river. The VIP fun begins at 12:30pm and goes to 5:00pm, offering a catered meal, private bar, restrooms, and exclusive viewing deck for tic
ket holders.

  • Price: $75 per person
  • VIP tickets are on-sale until midnight of Thursday, March 12th, 2015



Pick your partner and channel the luck of the Irish in the USNWC’s first Corn Hole tournament of 2015. The contest takes place on Belmont Abbey Island as denoted on the festival map above.

  • Price: $30 per team


Used Boat & Bike Sale

One man’s used gear is another man’s treasure at the USNWC Used Bike and Boat Sale, taking place on Saturday, March 14th. As we increase and improve our current fleets with new equipment, we release some of our used bikes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards for you to purchase at a great price.  Find more information on this event here.

Questions / Comments

  1. Laurie March 18, 2015 at 7:39 am

    I’m curious — what do you use to turn the water green? And how does the water get back to normal afterward?

    • usnwcadmin March 19, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Laurie, we use a concentrated liquid dye and UV light naturally breaks it up making it environmentally friendly.

  2. James March 17, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    How do you get rid of the green water after this event?

    How long does the river stay green?

    • usnwcadmin March 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      Hi James, UV light naturally breaks up the color dye. The river only stayed green for a matter of days.

  3. Dan Annis March 13, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I’m new to Charlotte, came from Cincinnati, OH. I really want to check out the place, and may find it interesting to bring the family to this event. If we just want to spectate, walk around, see what all USNWC has, is there an admission for that? And since there is activities going on tomorrow with the Green River and such, is there certain hours or restrictions for those just wanting to see what there is to offer?

    • usnwcadmin March 13, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Dan, we have a $5 parking fee that will be your only admission to enter. We’ll have activities going on all day tomorrow that you will be able to view.

  4. Courtney March 12, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Will the river still be green on Sunday?

    • usnwcadmin March 13, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Hi Courtney, the river should still be green on Sunday.

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