Named for its unique location along the bend of the Tennessee River, Riverbend Festival has come a long way since its began in 1982 with 15,000 attendees. By 2001, it was pulling headliners like Rascal Flatts, followed by Pat Benetar in 2005, then 3 Doors Down in 2015. Riverbend Festival is now ranked amongst the top 10 percent of festivals in the United States and amasses almost 80,000 attendees per year. After missing a year due to Covid-19, Riverbend is back and celebrating its 40th anniversary for three-days at Ross’s Landing in downtown Chattanooga. This year, the weekend will be stacked with local food (yet to be announced at the time of this writing), firework shows and music from headliners Maren Morris, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Riverbend hosts a mix of more than 20 artists — across indie, rock, country, pop, jazz— who will perform on the not-at-all-corporate-sounding Coca Cola, Bud Light and Chevrolet stages. Feel free to dance barefoot on the open grass fields or sit back at one of the many picnic tables while taking in the music. There will also be a craft beer garden nestled between the Chevy and Bud stages, to the food tents lining the Riverfront Parkway.
- 80,000 people attend.
- Tickets range from $95-$6,000.
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- Children under 10 can enter the festival for free.
- Tickets are non-refundable.
- This is a card only event.