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Celebrate Riverfest’s 31st anniversary
Three-day music and arts festival, Sept. 6-8, 2018
Posted Date: 8/27/2018
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Join the City of Clarksville and Miller Lite along the banks of the Cumberland River to celebrate Clarksville’s river heritage and the 31st anniversary of the annual Riverfest Celebration, Sept. 6-8, 2018.

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


The festival kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the Riverfest Juried Art Show. This free event will be at 5 p.m. at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center at Liberty Park and feature art from local talent. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


Riverfest continues at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 at McGregor Park with a performance by JUzT CAUz on the Miller Lite stage, followed by performances by Kings Avail, Vinyl Square and Chased by Giants. The Google stage will host local talent leading up to Spencer’s Own.


The entertainment continues at noon on Sat., Sept. 8. The Miller Lite Stage will feature Regular of The Obscene, Not Easily Broken, the Fort Campbell Band and a host of other artists. At the Google Stage, watch as local dance academies strut their stuff, followed by showcase of

Saturday evening, the Miller Lite Stage will light up the RiverWalk with performances by Payton Taylor and The Beagles. Headliner Sister Hazel will take the stage at 9:15 p.m. with a high-powered show fueled by their hit songs “Lighter in the Dark”, “Champagne High”, and “All for You”,

Riverfest has partnered with Z97.5 to host Last Band Standing on the Google stage later in the evening.

For the full entertainment lineup visit


McGregor Park, RiverWalk North Extension

Children can explore hands-on games and activities while learning about the environment and cultures. Enjoy performances on the International Stage by cultural groups every hour on Saturday.

Most games and activities are free for children in the Family Zone, presented by Agero. This includes the booths operated by our partner organizations and craft area.

Inflatables and activities will be available from 5-9 p.m. Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. Families will be required to purchase a wristband if they wish to use the inflatables, play in the Retro Arcade, climb the rock wall and shoot zombies, presented by Clarksville Zombie Hunters. The cost is $10 per person and is valid for unlimited use 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.

Be a diver! A giant 60-by-40 foot 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 Waterdogs Scuba.


Montgomery County Conservation Club to McGregor Park, RiverWalk North Extension

8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

Paddle your way to fun and prizes at our annual canoe and kayak race. This year's Riverfest course is approximately 6 miles in length. The Rally is open to youth ages 13-17 and adults. All experience levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced. Cost is $20 Adult, $10 Youth. Register your team today at


McGregor Park Boat Launch Area

1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

This fan favorite, sponsored by US Bank, is back for a 11th year. Boats are constructed from cardboard and 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 are available to purchase and this year the festival will continue Riverfest Cashless, powered by Square. No more waiting in line to get tickets or cash! Simply bring your credit card or debit card, and leave the hassles of cash at home.


Over 40 vendors will be dispensing everything from handmade art and retail items to great information from local businesses. You’ll want to visit them all! Vendors will accept cash or credit card.


Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8
-6 a.m., both southbound lanes on Riverside Drive and center turning lane closed. Only one northbound and one southbound lane will be open for two-way traffic.
-7 p.m. until midnight, Riverside Drive will be closed to through traffic from Spring Street to College Street.
-Midnight, far south bound lane of Riverside Drive 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 J.R. Corman Train trestle to the Red River/Cumberland River confluence. These regulations are subject to change at any time.


Free parking will be available at APSU Campus on West Avenue, directly off of North Second Street. Shuttles taking patrons to Riverfest will run every 30-45 minutes on Saturday only, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until 11:15 p.m. Please see for exact pick-up location.

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 p.m.)

No fights or foul language

No drones over McGregor Park

No amplification devices allowed

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

About the Festival

Riverfest is Clarksville’s longest running community festival, and brings more than 30,000 people to the banks of the Cumberland River in an arts and recreation celebration. This year, the Riverfest will be Sept. 6-8, 2018. Music, art, family events, and more will fill Liberty Park on Sept. 6, and McGregor Park on Sept. 7-8. Admission and entertainment at the festival are free and open to the public thanks to our partners Miller Lite, Google, Lamar Advertising, Q108, Z97.5, Clarksville Living Magazine, The Beaver 100.3, Rewind 94.3, Urgent Care, Queen City Disposal, Gateway Financial, Mary’s Music, Hudson, Sam’s Club More announcements about Riverfest events and entertainment will be made soon. To stay up to date on Riverfest, visit the festival website, and follow “Clarksville Riverfest” on Facebook. The festival is brought to you by the City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department and Miller Lite. For information call 931-645-7476 or visit