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Clarksville, TN – It’s hard to believe another year has passed and we are ready up for the 10th annual Rivers and Spires Festival, April 19th-21st. As usual there will be tons of free concerts, entertainment and activities. But, because it is our birthday, and we think a big one, the Festival has a few surprises up its sleeve, but you’ll have to come out and see!
If you’ve never been to the Rivers & Spires Festival or are new to town, put it on your calendar and get ready to have a great time. Lined with craft and food vendors, six music stages, kids’ activities and artisan booths, Historic Downtown transforms each year as the festival goes into full swing. Music is a big part of the event, with at least two artists on one of the many stages at any given time. But it doesn’t stop at just music. There is art, crafts, a children’s parade, food, drinks and fun to be found on every corner.
In case you haven’t heard, the award winning vocal group, Little Big Town will be the featured headliner at this year’s festival. Little Big Town will take the stage on Saturday night at 9:00pm. They are known for their string of hits over the past several years including “Boondocks”, “Little White Church”, “Good as Gone” and “A Little More You”.
Contemporary Christian artist Lincoln Brewster will make his Clarksville debut this year on Friday night. Listen as Lincoln shares his story and sing the songs that have made him a celebrated musician. Known for his acclaimed albums, Real Life, Today is the Day, All To You and Amazed, Lincoln will be sure to both inspire and entertain while at Rivers & Spires.
Rivers & Spires brings a wide variety of events to the streets of downtown Clarksville. Here are some of the events you can enjoy:
Come and shop with us in Historic Downtown Clarksville to find all kinds of unique art from local and regional artists. All pieces are handcrafted and/or homemade. Mediums include: woodworking, pottery, paintings, illustrations, fabric/clothing, jewelry, furniture and much more.
Aspire to Stardom
This award-winning Youth Talent Show features some of the area’s youngest entertainers. From singers to dancers, magicians to comedians, this show has it all. Those interested in competing must fill out and application and attend try-outs. If selected, you will perform in front of a panel of talent scouts! This could be your BIG BREAK!
Gearheads will delight in the Motor Madness that takes over the festival streets! Two car shows are part of this year’s festival: Memory Lane Cruisers featuring vintage vehicles of all makes and models and Corvettes on the Cumberland showcasing one of America’s most loved vehicles – the Corvette.
Once again, kids 12 years of age or younger and their accompanying adults can join all the fun – characters in costume, small floats and walkers – in the Eighth Annual Rivers & Spires Children’s Parade.
Clarksville’s Got Talent
Montgomery County’s amateur stars shine in this local talent competition. Tryouts begin before the festival, held in locations throughout Clarksville, and those who advance compete on stage in front of a live audience at the 2012 festival. There is a cash prize to the winner! Keep checking the festival website as more information is available.
Festival of Nations (formerly International Streetfest)
This Clarksville favorite has been redesigned and enhanced for the 10-year anniversary! The diverse cultures of the Clarksville community are showcased in an array of costumes, dance, food and visual arts. Festival of Nations is a whole world of culture, cuisine and entertainment in one area. Among the diverse regions representated are cultural experiences from Japan, Panama, China, India, Africa, the Phillipines, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico and many more!
The festival’s Thursday night kick-off party always features great food, music and entertainment for young professionals… and those who are just looking for a good time.
This area, located in the Madison St. UMC parking lot, teaches children and families about stewardship, recycling and Earth’s valuable resources. Local businesses can set up a booth to teach festival goers about their companies green initiatives.
Jazz N Wine
Located in the plush Trinity Episcopal Church Courtyard and grounds, Jazz N’ Wine is Rivers and Spires Annual Wine Tasting. Wineries from across the Southeast bring their best vino for samples and for sale! Enjoy the cooking demonstrations and live music from local songwriters as well.
Travel through our inflatable jungle, climb velcro walls, paint, create, or participate in all kinds of interactive entertainment! The Kidz Zone is a fun area filled with over 21 FREE events for kids of all ages to enjoy. Special kids entertainer will perform on Friday and Saturday at various times. Also look for Mascot Mania where all of your children’s favorite characters compete in fun games and silly challenges!
Last Band Standing
This rock and roll competition grows every year! Hundreds of bands from around the region submit their songs and those selected play on stage in a Battle of the Bands competition. Audience and guest judges choose the winner!
Open on Friday and Saturday the Marketplace is a plethora of vendors selling everything from sunglasses to antiques. This flea-market inspired area is a bargain shoppers paradise!
Quilts of the Cumberland
This FREE art show features quilts of all shapes and sizes. The artistic beauty of these pieces will amaze you. Juried exhibitions as well as non-juried exhibitions will take place at this year’s show. Those interested in participating in the exhibition may fill out an application.
Young ladies from across the state are invited to compete in the festival’s beauty pageant. Winners will advance to the Miss Tennessee USA and Teen USA pageant. River Queen is held Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at APSU Clement Auditorium. For more information visit the River Queen page.
Step Show presented by Daymar Institute
This hip-hop infused dance competition is certain to get you out of your seat! Multiple groups take the stage and perform unique dance numbers.
There will be a fireworks display Friday evening at 9:45pm, it should be visible from all over the downtown area.
Thursday, April 19th
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