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 32nd anniversary of the annual Riverfest Celebration, Sept. 5-7, 2019.
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.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 5
The festival kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 5 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. Appetizers and drinks will be available, courtesy of North Meets South.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 6
Riverfest continues at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 at McGregor Park with a performance by Vanessa Williams on the Miller Lite stage, followed by performances by Justin Mobley and American Floyd. The Google stage will host local talent to include Ghost Town Remedy, Music for Mercy, #Stop22Tour leading up to FEVER.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 7
The entertainment continues at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Miller Lite Stage will feature local and regional talent to include Nicole Coley, Leaving Lennox, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Band, Jane Rose & The Deadend Boys, Emmalee, and Ethan Cole. At the Google Stage, watch as local dance academies strut their stuff, followed by demonstrations by Austin Peay State University’s College of STEM. Local entertainers will end the evening and include Hayley Payne, Austin James, Rufus Dawkins and Jerda Musick.
Saturday evening, the Miller Lite Stage will light up the RiverWalk with performances by Steve Rivers, Cody Parks and the Dirty South, and Maggie Baugh. Headliner Montgomery Gentry will take the stage at 9:15 p.m.
For the full entertainment lineup visit www.clarksvilleriverfest.com.
McGregor Park, RiverWalk North Extension
Families 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. This includes the booths operated by our partner organizations and craft area. Inflatables and activities will be available from 5-8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Families will be required to purchase a wristband if they wish to use the inflatables, game trailer or to shoot zombies with 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.
CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA
McGregor Park Boat Launch Area
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7
This fan-favorite, sponsored by US Bank, is back for the 12th 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), military, civic/churches, businesses, and local government agencies. Don’t miss this spectacle – will they sink or swim?
FOOD & DRINK
Food and drink are available to purchase. 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.
ROAD CLOSURES & PARK INFORMATION
Friday, Sept. 6 and Saturday, Sept. 7
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, the far southbound lane of Riverside Drive Closed.
The courtesy boat dock and boat ramp at the RiverWalk will be closed Thursday 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.
PARKING & SHUTTLES
Free parking will be available at APSU Campus on Home Avenue, directly off of College Street. Shuttles taking patrons to Riverfest will run every 30-45 minutes on Saturday only, beginning at 11:45 a.m. and continuing until 11:15 p.m. Please see www.clarksvilleriverfest.com 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. Service animals are permitted.
No outside alcoholic beverages allowed.
No coolers allowed.
No weapons, except as provided by TCA 39-17-13-51.
No roaming solicitation allowed.
No flash photography, camcorders, or recording devices during headlining concerts (after 8 p.m.).
No fights or foul language.
No amplification devices.
Any violation of these policies will result in 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. 5-7, 2019. Music, art, family events, and more will fill Liberty Park on Sept. 5, and McGregor Park on Sept. 6-7. Admission and entertainment at the festival are free and open to the public thanks to our partners Miller Lite, Google, Lamar Advertising, Clarksville Living Magazine, More announcements about Riverfest events and entertainment will be made soon. To stay up to date on Riverfest, visit the festival website, www.clarksvilleriverfest.com 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 or for ADA assistance, please call 931-645-7476 or visit www.cityofclarksville.com.