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.
ADMISSION & WRISTBANDS
$5 admission gets you daily in- and out- access to the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Children 10 and under are free. Race 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.
RACE FOR THE CURE PARTICIPANTS, FREE ADMISSION WITH RACE BIB.
Admission Rules & Policies
NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
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.
Nearly 180 fine artists from across the nation will line Riverside Drive selling original work. A complete list of artists can be found here.
See our full line up of local musicians and bands performing each day. The festival grounds will also feature strolling musicians and performing artists.
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.
Check out the artists lineup and schedule for our Artists At Work area, featuring local artists demonstrating their craft and skills.
Most artists accept credit cards; however, the festival will have an ATM on site for patrons.
Please make alternate route decisions if traveling downtown. Riverside Drive will be closed between Jefferson and Beale, with traffic diverting up those streets to Front Street.
Also note that Race for the Cure is taking place downtown Saturday morning. Please expect delays and additional street closures before 10AM.