The 2008 Festival on the 12th & 13th July 2008 is the 30th anniversary festival.
It has several events and attractions over the two days, usually including bands on at least two stages, a road parade, boat shows/races a raft race for local teams and a firework display. On the last occasion, it also had a salsa stage and a base jumping demo. Along with the normal attractions of the fun fair etc, the River Festival also hosted the sports village, where local sports clubs could come and demonstrate their wares.
The last Festival, (2006) had the following exhibitors:
Bedford River Festival is notable as the second largest free outdoor event, after the Notting Hill Carnival.