A 501(c)3, nonprofit organization, RiverArtsFest charges a small admission fee that helps us sustain our festival and expand our offerings year to year. Proceeds, donations and sponsorships support community art projects, area college art scholarships, Artists in the Schools residency programs, and other arts-related organizations and events throughout the year. 

In 2016, RiverArtsFest was named one of The Best Festivals & Fairs in Tennessee by Travel Magazine.

ADMISSION & WRISTBANDS

Five dollar admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Friday night is free to all. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted only at the Huling (north) entrance, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

Admission Rules & Policies

  • NO PETS
  • NO COOLERS
  • NO SKATES
  • NO BIKES – except Midtown Bike customers for service – bike racks will be available at festival entrances

Residents with complementary official RiverArtsFest wristbands will be permitted to enter and exit the secured festival perimeter with their pets and bikes (walking) only as needed to reach an exit, grassy area, etc.

ARTISTS MARKET

Nearly 200 fine artists from across the nation will be lining South Main selling original work. On Friday, only a portion of the booths will be lit at night and open for business. A complete list of artists can be found here. 

MUSIC

See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing all three days. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.

ACTIVITIES

Our Hands-On-Art stations will be open Saturday and Sunday for children of all ages to tap their inner artists by participating in our special art project. Sponsored by the Art Center, activities are creative, simple and make a great keepsake. 

ART DEMONSTRATIONS

Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists at Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills. 

PAYMENTS/ CREDIT CARDS

Most artist accept credit cards; however, the festival will have an ATM on site for patrons. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR

South Main Businesses  |  South Main Residents