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Riverfest continues today

Clarksville's Riverfest 2013Clarksville, TN – The first day of the 2013 Riverfest Festival kicked off with absolutely glorious weather. The sky was clear, and the temperatures while warm were not excessive. Festival Attendence started out a little slow but grew steadily throughout the evening culminating in the concerts by Tina Brown, Backroad Brigade and, Skynyrd Lynard on the Miller Lite stage; and Sidewalk Prophets on the First Baptist Church stage.

The festival gets bigger and better every year, and this year is no exception. On Saturday Riverfest will kickoff with the Riverfest Regatta, with the second day of the festival officially opening shortly thereafter and running until 11:00pm. Among the attractions for Saturday are the recycled fashion show various displays by area dance studios, clubs, martial arts schools, and live musical entertainment all day long.

Johnny T will perform on the Gateway Realty Stage at 9:30pm Saturday. Country recording artist Phil Vassar will take the stage at 9:00pm as the headlining performer on the Miller Stage on Saturday.All concerts are free and open to the public.

Skynyrd Lynard performing on the Miller Lite stage on Friday NightSkynyrd Lynard performing on the Miller Lite stage
Skynyrd Lynard performing on the Miller Lite stage on Friday Night

For the complete schedule of activities continue reading below.

Photo Gallery

Images from Day 1 of the 2013 Riverfest Festival

Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone welcomes children to the festival with special fun-filled activities, just for them!

North Extension of McGregor Park’s RiverWalk. (Behind O’Charleys)

Saturday, September 7th, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.

Open to youth ages 6 and up.

Armbands can be purchased for $10.00. They are good for single day or both days. If returning for day two, the original armband that was purchased on day one must be worn or a new one must be purchased. No replacements will be given.


  • Pony Rides – cost is 2 tickets/ride; $1.00=1 ticket
  • Inflatables
  • A Mechanical Bull
  • Rock Climbing Wall – arm band
  • Motorized remote cars – cost is 2 tickets/ride; $1.00=1 ticket
  • Roaming magician, Russ Nowack – Saturday from 3:30pm-6:30pm
  • 501st Legion – Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm
  • Face painting provided by Tabernacle Church
  • Nashville Zoo’s Wildlife on Wheels Program

Quick Fit Challenge

In this multi-station challenge, participants complete a physical and educational health/fitness task for a chance to win prizes.

Challenges are located at the following booths throughout the festival.

  • Body Density Scan
  • Air Squats/Burpees
  • Nutrition Quiz
  • Flexibility Exercise

Recycled Fashion Show

Riverfest is proud to offer the 2nd Annual Recycled Fashion Show. This free event is intended to educate the general public about recycling in a fun and interactive environment. Students and adults of all ages are invited to show their created fashions made from recycled materials.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 4:00pm at McGregor Park, Green Zone

Judging Categories
All contestants will be judged according to the following areas:

  • Use of Materials
  • Creativity
  • Overall Look

Only one overall winner will be awarded, but a first, second, and third place winner will be awarded in both divisions.

  • 1st place: $75.00
  • 2nd place: $50.00
  • 3rd place: $25.00
  • Overall most creative design (from all entries): $100

River of Culture

Experience music, dance and stories from all across the globe in our River of Culture. The River of Culture area will be a community of diverse entertainment and educational experiences.

Participating cultural groups will be sharing the history and the development of their varied cultures through interactive booths. Among the many cultural groups to showcase their way of life will be Brazil, France, Japan, Latin, Panama and Hawaii.

Some groups will also be entertaining festival guests with exciting dances, musical performances, and story telling from their own culture.

North Extension of McGregor Park’s RiverWalk. (Behind O’Charleys)


Saturday, September 7th, from 10:00am to 8:00pm.

Riverfest Regatta

This year marks the 7th year for the annual Riverfest Regatta, where participants build their own boats using materials from a specified list, and race them on the Cumberland River. The heats are timed with the fastest time being declared the winner in the respective classes. The course is 100 yards long.

Saturday, September 7th, 2013 at 10:00am (Check in begins at 9:00am) at McGregor Park Boat Ramp


  • Adult Open
  • Youth w/ Adult (Parent or guardian must accompany participants 12-17 years of age in boat.
  • Business & Industry
  • Church/Civic Organization

The Competition
Boats will run heats. Each division will be run separately with the quickest time being declared the winner.

All boats/teams will be pre-judged prior to the racing competition. All awards will be announced and presented at the conclusion of the regatta.

  • Ship Shape Award: most creative boat design
  • “Cardboard Queen” Award: the prettiest boat in the regatta
  • Team unity Award: most spirited and most organized team (Looks don’t matter here!)
  • Team Attire Award: most creative team costumes
  • The Titanic Award: awarded to the most spectacular sinking of your vessel, all components of your boat must be recovered to qualify.
  • PLUS: First, second, and third place in all Divisions if your boat makes it across the finish line!!

Toddler Town

A free covered area, where young children can enjoy activities like play-doh, finger paint, smaller inflatables and more- all suited to their size and age. Area features seating for parents, a private diaper changing area, and stroller parking.

North Extension of McGregor Park’s RiverWalk. (Behind O’Charleys)

Saturday, September 7th, from 10:00am to 9:00pm.

Open to children ages 5 and under.

Tour d’Art

Artists of all ages are encouraged to enter their art in the Riverfest Tour d’Art exhibit for it to be featured at various locations in downtown Clarksville then judged for a chance to win cash and prizes!

The Tour d’Art art exhibit features three divisions:

Art Exhibits

  • High School
    September 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Customs House Museum
  • Amateur/Professional
    September 7th from 10:00am to 5:00pm at the Smith-Trahern Mansion
  • Senior
    September 7th from noon to 5:00pm at the Downtown Artists Co-Op

Miller Lite Stage

Saturday, September 7th
11:15am LoveSkrub
11:45am Ashleigh Russell
12:30pm Laney Evans
1:00pm Javier Sierra
1:45pm Alisa Damus
3:00pm Nicole Johnson
4:15pm Chris Monhollen
5:30pm Harrison Anvil
6:45pm Country Star
8:00pm Lyndsey Highlander
9:15pm Phil Vassar

Gateway Reality Stage

Saturday, September 7th
10:00am STARS Dance Studio
10:30am Gateways Cast & Crowns
11:00am Distinguished Steppers
11:30am Natalie’s Dance Network
12:00pm Acro Dance Express
12:30pm Kenwood Dance Team
1:00pm Lana’s Dance Centre
1:30pm The Dance Force
2:00pm Red River Ramblers
2:30pm Dominique Dy
3:35pm Tae’Shaona Matthews
4:10pm Marshall Dowdy
4:45pm Daymar Step Demo
6:20pm Clint Fisher
6:55pm Mira
7:30pm Steven Hawkins
8:00pm Skylar Cain
845pm Five Minus One Entertainment
9:30pm Johnny T

River of Culture Stage

Saturday, September 7th
1:30pm Natalie’s Dance Network
2:00pm Kreigisch Martial Arts LLC
2:30pm The Ladies of Lada, Troupe Thalia
3:30pm Filipino-American International Association
4:00pm Recycled Fashion Show
5:00pm Zumba hosted by the Clarksville YMCA
5:30pm Hui Hawaii O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club
6:00pm Harris Holt Martial Arts School
7:00pm Folklorico Viva Panama

About Riverfest

Clarksville's Riverfest 2013Riverfest is an annual two-day music and arts festival held in Clarksville, Tennessee along the banks of the Cumberland River. This free event features delicious food, activities for kids of all ages and multiple stages of live entertainment. Other fun activities include the Riverfest Regatta, Lighted Boat Parade, Recycled Fashion Show and much more!

Admission to Riverfest is completely free! It’s hard to beat two nights of free concerts with dozens of local, regional and national performers. Tickets and wristbands may be purchased for food, beverages and inflatables.

For more information about the Riverfest Festival visit, www.clarksvilleriverfest.com.


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