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Rivers and Spires Festival wraps up today with Activities, Music Galore

Rivers and Spires FestivalClarksville, TN – The 11th annual Rivers and Spires Festival concludes today in Historic Downtown Clarksville. The event gets started at 10:00am with food vendors, arts and crafts, and kids’ activities. The Children’s Parade with start at 1:00pm.

There will be acts and music going on five separate stages all day and into the night. And one of the best things about Rivers and Spires, is that it’s free and open to the public.

CMA Award Winning Jo Dee Messina hits the Pubic Square Stage tonight at 7:00pm. (Jake Harsh)
CMA Award Winning Jo Dee Messina hits the Rivers and Spires Public Square Stage tonight at 7:00pm. (Jake Harsh)

Dove Award winning, contemporary Christian group, Building 429 on their Give Me Jesus tour brings their inspirational message to the Family Fun Stage, located in the First Baptist Church parking lot, at 5:00pm.

The headliner for tonight is Grammy nominated country musician Jo Dee Messina. She will be on the Public Square Stage starting at 7:00pm.

She will perform some of her biggest hits that made her a superstar and one of country music’s leading ladies. Songs such as “Heads Carolina, Tails California”, “Bye Bye”, “I’m Alright”, “Stand Beside Me” and “Bring On The Rain” will make up a concert you don’t want to miss.

The concerts is free and open to the public.

Rivers and Spires includes a variety of events. A list of some of these events is listed below.


Arts Galore

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!


A combination of sampling, teaching, cooking and great friends makes for one exciting experience. Enjoy nearly 40 different craft brews and all the festivities that surround the drinks. Tickets are required for this area and can be pre-purchased or sold at the gate. IDs will be checked at the gate.

Car Shows

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.

Children’s Parade

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 ninth annual Rivers & Spires Children’s Parade.

Festival of Nations (formerly International Streetfest)

This Clarksville favorite has been redesigned and enhanced! 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!

Green Zone

This area, located in the Madison Street 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 patrons about their company’s green initiatives.

Family Fun Zone

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 20 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!


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!

Montgomery County Animal Control Mobile Adoption Trailer

The Montgomery County Animal Control and Adoption Services will be unveiling its new Mobile Adoption Trailer during the Festival. The trailer will be parked at the corner of Hiter and Commerce Streets in the Kid’s Zone of the festival.

This adoption trailer has many great features, including heat/air conditioning, running water, see-through sides for easy viewing of the animals and 22 kennels.

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.

U.S. Army’s Orange County Chopper

At the Military Appreciation area, the U.S. Army’s famed Orange County Chopper will be making its first appearance in Middle Tennessee since 2011. The detailed motorcycle will be on display both Friday and Saturday at Rivers and Spires.

From children’s activities, arts & crafts, car shows, military exhibits, Brewfest, shopping and so much more this is truly an event for the whole family.

Come out this weekend to Downtown Clarksville and experience the Rivers and Spires Festival.

2013 Rivers and Spires Event Schedule

Saturday, April 20th
Stompin in the Alley
10:00am | Strawberry Alley Stage
The Tabernacle Dance Teams
10:00am | Courthouse Stage
Kindermusik with Abby
10:00am | Family Fun Zone
Dance Force
10:30am | Courthouse Stage
Meet and Greet Mascots
10:30am | Family Fun Zone
Harris Holt Martial Arts
11:00am | Courthouse Stage
Cumberland Heights Glee Club
11:00am | Family Fun Stage
Lew-E Circus
11:00am | Family Fun Zone
Barksdale Elementary Bengal
11:15am | Family Fun Stage Map
Natalies Dance Network
11:30am | Courthouse Stage
HUI HAWAII O tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club
11:45am | Family Fun Stage
Kriegisch Martial Arts
12:00pm | Courthouse Stage
Mommy and Me Yoga
12:00pm | Family Fun Zone
Montgomery Central Elementary School Honor Choir
12:15pm | Family Fun Stage
Folklore Dances from Mexico
12:30pm | Courthouse Stage
S.T.A.R.S. Dance Studio
12:45pm | Family Fun Stage
Static Calm
1:00pm | Strawberry Alley Stage
Woodlawn Elementary School Chorus/Drum Team
1:00pm | Family Fun Stage
Rock 101
1:00pm | Courthouse Stage
July Michael and Band
1:00pm | Public Square Stage
Zumba for Kids Zumba for Kids
1:00pm | Family Fun Zone
D4G (Dance For God) Northeast Baptist Church
1:30pm | Family Fun Stage
Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama
1:45pm | Family Fun Stage
Future Soldier Swear-in Future Soldier Swear-in
1:45pm | Courthouse Stage
Last Train
2:00pm | Courthouse Stage
Saints of Havana
2:00pm | Public Square Stage
Filippino American International
2:00pm | Family Fun Stage
Stone Cold Fire
2:00pm | Strawberry Alley Stage
Okawa Baize Karate
2:15pm | Family Fun Stage
Move with the Mascots
2:30pm | Family Fun Zone
Safe Harbor
2:45pm | Family Fun Stage
Mike Short Jr and StateWide
3:00pm | Public Square Stage
Grace Note Youth String Orchestra
3:00pm | Courthouse Stage
Lew-E Circus
3:00pm | Family Fun Zone
Cooking Show
3:00pm | Brewfest Stage
Water Fun and Safety Too
3:00pm | Family Fun Zone
3:00pm | Strawberry Alley Stage
CSA Youth Chorus and Percussion Ensemble
3:30pm | Courthouse Stage
Henry Macafee
3:30 pm | Brewfest Stage
Lydia Walker
3:30pm | Family Fun Stage
The Ladies of Lada, Throupe Thalia
4:00pm | Courthouse Stage
The Rooted Wings
4:00pm | Brewfest Stage
Just Off Main
4:00pm | Strawberry Alley Stage
Dixie Highway Band
4:00pm | Public Square Stage
Brandon Maddox
4:30pm | Brewfest Stage
Panamanian Dance
4:30pm | Courthouse Stage
Building 429 – Give Me Jesus Tour
5:00pm | Family Fun Stage
Lew-E Circus
5:00pm | Family Fun Zone
Cooking Show
5:00pm | Brewfest Stage
5:00pm | Courthouse Stage
Chris Janson
5:30pm | Public Square Stage
Sean Shaver
5:30pm | Brewfest Stage
Black Velvette Band
5:45pm | Courthouse Stage
Last Band Standing
6:00pm | Strawberry Alley Stage
Heidi Jean
6:00pm | Brewfest Stage
Jo Dee Messina
7:00pm | Public Square Stage
7:00pm | Courthouse Stage

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