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, Art in the Making residency programs, and other arts-related organizations and events throughout the year. Learn more about RiverArtsFest community reinvestment

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

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ADMISSION & WRISTBANDS

$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. There are north and south entrances. Credit cards are accepted at all entrances, and an ATM will be stationed within the festival grounds. 

SPECIAL EVENT SATURDAY EVENING! In celebration of Mighty Lights, the festival will be running extended hours Saturday night with free admission beginning at 5PM. The artists market will close at 8:30P and the festival at 9P. Please visit the Mighty Lights website for more details.

Admission Rules & Policies

  • NO PETS

  • NO COOLERS

  • NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

  • NO SKATES/SKATEBOARDS

  • NO SCOOTERS

  • NO BIKES

parking

Downtown Memphis offers plenty of parking within walking distance of the festival. For a full listing of garages, check out this handy map provided by the Downtown Memphis Commission.

ARTISTS MARKET

Nearly 180 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here.

MUSIC

See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. 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 into 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 artists accept credit cards; however, the festival will have an ATM on site for patrons.