Clarksville, 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.
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
5:00pm Emma Feldman
5:45pm Lydia Walker
7:15pm Not Easily Broken
7:45pm Sons of Levi
8:30pm Dionne Jermeia
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
- 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.
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