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Clarksville’s Riverfest Festival bigger than ever

Clarksville's Riverfest CelebrationClarksville, TN – Join the City of Clarksville and Miller Lite along the banks of the Cumberland River as we celebrate Clarksville’s river heritage at the 28th annual Riverfest Celebration, September 10th-12th, 2015.

This FREE, three day music and arts festival features three stages of local and nationally-known and diverse entertainers, cultural groups, delicious food, and fun for the entire family.

Clarksville's Riverfest Celebration 2015

Thursday, September 10th

The Festival kicks off on a new night, Thursday, September 10th, with the Riverfest Art Experience at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center and Amphitheater at Liberty Park. The Riverfest Art Experience begins at 5:00pm and includes an Art Show, Film Festival, Food Truck Rally, and performance by Temptations Legacy group, Serieux.

Make sure you get the VIP treatment and reserve your tickets today at www.clarksvilleriverfest.com

Friday, September 11th

Riverfest continues Friday, September 11th at McGregor Park with a 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony at 4:45pm on the Miller Lite Stage, followed by performances by the Fort Campbell Band, The Rocketmen, Tina Brown Band, Serieux and more.

First Baptist Church will host Christian performers Sons of Levi, Dionne Jermeia, Bellarive and more on the Riverbend Stage.

Festival visitors will experience a brand-new stage this year. The Wicked Good Sandwiches stage will be near the boat launch and include alternative rock bands from across the mid-South.

Wicked Good Sandwiches Stage

5:00pm     Earnest Ernest
6:00pm     New City Savages
7:00pm     Whiskey Angel
8:00pm     Dusty Mahan & The Bootleggers
9:00pm     Queen City Heist

Miller Lite Stage

4:45pm  September 11th Commemoration with Fort Campbell
5:00pm  Fort Campbell Band
5:30pm  Cultural Performances
7:00pm  The Rocketmen
8:00pm  Tina Brown Band
9:00pm  Serieux – A Temptations Revue

Riverbend Stage

5:00pm     Emma Feldman
5:45pm     Lydia Walker
6:30pm     Risen
7:15pm     Not Easily Broken
7:45pm     Sons of Levi
8:30pm     Dionne Jermeia
9:30pm     Bellarive

Saturday, September 12th


The entertainment continues at 10:00am Saturday, September 12th. The Miller Lite stage will feature David Perez, Cole Washburn, and a host of other country artists.

On the Riverbend stage, watch as local dance academies strut their stuff followed by a Step Show hosted by Daymar Institute.

Saturday evening, the Miller Lite stage will light up the RiverWalk with performances by Music for Mercy, Sonia Leigh, Corey Farlow, Brooke Eden, and at 9:00pm, star of the hit ABC series “Nashville” Charles Esten.

On the Riverbend stage Jenny Leigh, The Rocketboys, and more will perform.

Wicked Good Sandwiches Stage

12:00pm  Lacey Caroline
12:45pm  Brother Ryan & Co.
1:45pm    The Rumps
2:45pm    Resistance House Band
3:45pm    Auction The Secret
4:45pm    The Nick Jones Project
5:45pm    Jungle Fever
6:45pm    The Great Affairs
7:45pm    August Christopher
8:45pm    Blue Matches

Miller Lite Stage

12:00pm  David Perez
1:00pm    Cole Washburn
2:00pm    Lana’s Dance Centre
2:30pm    Tiger Taekwondo
3:00pm    Ballet Folklorico Viva Panama
5:00pm    Music for Mercy
6:00pm    Sonia Leigh
7:00pm    Corey Farlow
8:00pm    Brooke Eden
9:00pm    Charles Esten

Riverbend Stage

11:45am    Natalies Dance Network
12:00pm    Francy and Julia
12:45pm    Acro Dance Express
1:00pm     Sarah Spencer
1:45pm     Stars Dance Studio
2:00pm     Mercedes Johnson
2:30pm     Lana’s Dance Centre
2:45pm     Cast & Crowns Dance Troupe
3:00pm     Step Show hosted by Daymar College
4:45pm     Distinguished Steppers
5:00pm     Clemency
6:00pm     Jill and Kate
7:00pm     Jenny Leigh
8:00pm     The Rocketboys

‘Earth Explorers’ Kids Area

North Extension by O’Charleys
Inflatables: Friday 5:00pm to 8:00pm and Saturday 10:00am to 8:00pm

Children can explore hands on games and activities while learning about the environment and cultures. Don’t miss the walking parade at noon on Saturday, September 12th. Families, clubs, and even businesses can decorate their paper bag using this year’s theme and show it off to the Festival. Prizes will be awarded!

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged online at www.clarksvilleriverfest.com

Most games and activities are free for the children to participate. This includes the booths operated by our partner organizations, craft area, and walking parade.

Children WILL be required to purchase a wristband if they wish to use the inflatables. The cost is $10.00 per person and is valid for unlimited rides on both Friday and Saturday. The same wristband MUST be kept on if you will use it both Friday and Saturday. No replacements will be given.

New this year – PARENTS: Save time and headache! Pre-order your child’s wristband online today and pick it up at the Clarksville Parks and Recreation Main office (102 Public Square) through September 10th or at the Will Call Booth at the Festival.

Be A Diver Scuba Experience

Boat Launch Area – Friday and Saturday
A giant 60×40 tank will let visitors, ages 10 and up, test their scuba skills for FREE. The experience is brought by DEMA, the national diving education association, in partnership with Water Dogs Scuba.

Human Foosball Tournament

North Extension by O’Charleys
Saturday, September 12th, 10:00am – 8:00pm

Grab five of your favorite friends and compete for your chance to win ultimate bragging rights! Six-man teams will compete in this life-size version of your favorite table top game in one of three divisions: Youth (10-17 years old), Adults (18-30 years old), and Semi-Pro (31 years old and above). Cost is $60.00 for the entire team ($10.00 per player).

Register your team today at www.clarksvilleriverfest.com

Cardboard Boat Regatta

Boat Launch Area
Saturday, September 12th, beginning at 10:00am

This fan favorite is back for the ninth year. Boats are constructed from recycled materials and raced down the Cumberland River in a 100-yard dash. Divisions include: adult, youth (with adult), civic/churches, businesses, and local government agencies. Don’t miss this spectacle – will they sink or swim?

Food and Drink

Food and drink are available to purchase with tickets ONLY. Tickets are available at six different ticket booth locations. No outside food or drink is allowed at the festival.


Over 80 vendors with everything from handmade art, retail items, to great information from local businesses. You’ll want to visit them all!

Road Closures and Park Information

Friday, September 11th and Saturday, September 12th

  • 6:00am – Both south bound lanes and center turning lane closed. Only one north bound and one south bound lane will be open for two-way traffic.
  • 7:00pm until midnight –  Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic from Spring Street to College Street.
  • 12:00am midnight – Far south bound lane only closed.

The courtesy boat dock and boat ramp at the RiverWalk will be closed through Sunday evening.

Boats can be anchored on the county side of the channel during the festival, however, no boat may anchor in the channel or on the RiverWalk side of the channel. River traffic may be subject to safety checks.

There is no swimming in the event area after sunset, from the Train trestle to the Red River/Cumberland River confluence.

These regulations are subject to change at any time.

Parking and Shuttles

Free parking will be available at Austin Peay State University’s Dunn Center parking lot. Shuttles, taking patrons to Riverfest, will run every 30-45 minutes on Saturday only, beginning at 10:00am and continuing until 11:15pm.

Riverfest parking will not be permitted at Two Rivers Business Center at any time or at Riverside Drive businesses during their business hours. Handicap parking will be available at designated parking lots directly across from McGregor Park.

Festival Policies

  • No pets allowed
  • No outside food or drinks allowed
  • No coolers allowed
  • No weapons of any kind to include handgun permit carriers (pocket knives not allowed)
  • No roaming solicitation allowed
  • No flash photography, camcorders, or recording devices during headlining concerts (after 8:00pm)
  • No fights or foul language
  • No amplification devices allowed

Any violation of these policies will result in immediate confiscation of items and/or expulsion from the festival.

About Riverfest

Riverfest is Clarksville’s longest running community Festival. Now in its 28th year, Riverfest brings over 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. Music, art, family events, and more will fill McGregor Park.

Admission and entertainment at the Festival are free and open to the public. To stay up to date on the latest Festival happenings visit the Festival website, www.clarksvilleriverfest.com, and sign up for the Festival newsletter.

The Festival is brought to you by the City of Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department. For questions please call 931.645.7476 or visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com


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