The Mid-South’s largest fine arts festival is back for a 12th year, but this time with a new location.
RiverArtsFest has taken place on South Main since its inception, but this year the festival will be held on Riverside Drive (between Jefferson and Union). While the change is mainly due to construction, the new location will allow the festival to accommodate even more vendors, live music shows, and activities.
Each year, more than 180 artists from around the county convene at the festival to exhibit and sell their latest works, making the RiverArtsFest one of the Mid-South’s most highly anticipated events. Last year more than 25,000 people attended the festival. With new partnerships, activities, and a new location, planners are expecting an even larger crowd this year.
“We expect our artists, festivalgoers and volunteers to fall in love the new location. What an amazing vibe and time it will be—shopping original fine arts and taking in music and live art demos—all set against the backdrop of The Mighty Mississippi. Plus our new location allows us to mix artists and activities together more seamlessly, while dotting food stations, three bars and merch tents along the way..”—Bonnie Thornton, RiverArtsFest Artist Market Director
RiverArtsFest is also introducing a new partnership with the Mighty Lights organization for a Saturday evening party on the Mississippi River. During the extravaganza, Mighty Lights is set to launch its illumination of the Hernando De Soto bridge. The festival will offer free entry after 5 pm, providing the best location to view the illuminated art, all while listening to local music.
In addition to Mighty Lights, there will be a variety of musical acts both days of the festival that range from classical music to soul tunes. Musical acts include: The Delta Cats, River Bluff Clan, Exodus Reggae Band, Lucky 7 Brass Band, Beth Luscombe Strings, John Mohead, Tennessee Mass Choir, and the Soul Shockers.
- The festival is taking place on two days: Saturday and Sunday October 27 and 28 from 10 am to 5 pm.
- Admission is $5 per person; free after 5 pm until 9 pm for Mighty Lights celebration (Saturday). Entry for children under the age of 10 is free.