1.855.734.7829
 

blog9aLong before the hip Southside district, long before the galleries and boutiques came to North Shore with the Walnut Street bridge reopening, and ten years before the Tennessee Aquarium was built, the Riverbend Festival was one of the first signs of life in a blighted, polluted town.

The city was down on its luck. It was dirty and dangerous and no one came to downtown after dark. Locals had moved to the suburbs, and none of the vibrant riverfront nightlife we now associate with Chattanooga existed. That changed when several powerhouse local businesses and foundations came together and brought The Commodores, Beach Boys, and Rick Springfield as part of a Five Nights Festival that later evolved into the Riverbend Festival we know today.

Those early concerts were held all over downtown, from Engel Stadium to Ross’s Landing. It wasn’t until later that the festival settled on the riverfront. And from there it grew, along with the rest of downtown and the riverfront, into a thing of local pride and Chattanoogan culture. The Riverbend Festival has become a part of this city, one of the most popular (if not THE most popular) events on the yearly calendar.

Riverbend has seen major acts over the years, including Huey Lewis & the News, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Willie Nelson, Train, Three Dog Night, The B-52's, Little Richard, ZZ Top, The Black Crowes, America, The Alan Parsons Project, Daughtry, Earth, Wind & Fire, Jars of Clay, moe., Ricky Skaggs, Steve Miller Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams, Jr., Kid Rock, Boyz II Men, Cheap Trick, Pat Benatar, LL Cool J, Keith Urban, Michelle Branch, Styx, Blues Traveler, Nickel Creek, Rascal Flatts, Collective Soul, and Lynard Skynard.

The festival has grown from 5 nights to 9, and expanded to include a beloved Faith and Family night that represents the multi-generation tradition Riverbend has become. Each year families eagerly pick up their Riverbend pins from the local businesses that sell them and visitors pour into Chattanooga hotels for the event. Some locals even take off work during Riverbend week to fully immerse themselves in the spirit of fun that takes over the city. Whether you’ve been to Riverbend each year or never before, don’t miss this year’s celebration of music and urban revitalization!

Published in Chattanooga Events
attractions in downtown Chattanooga, things to do in Chattanooga, Chattanooga electric shuttle, Chattanooga pedicabs Chattanooga art, art in Chattanooga, Hunter Museum, Sculpture Garden, Chattanooga bed and breakfast, Chattanooga boutique hotel Chattanooga attractions, thing to do in Chattanooga, Chattanooga events, Tennesssee River, Chattanooga Market, paddleboarding, biking Chattanooga, Hamilton Place Mall, Lookout Mountain, IMAX Theatre, the Hunter Museum Chattanooga bed and breakfast, Chattanooga downtown hotel, hotel downtown Chattanooga, Chattanooga boutique hotel, Chattanooga urban inn Chattanooga downtown attractions, things to do in Chattanooga, 4 Bridges Art Festival, Rock City Gardens, Chattanooga events, biking Chattanooga, outdoor activities in Chattanooga Chattanooga events, biking Chattanooga, Chattanooga attractions, outdoor activities Chattanooga events, outdoor activities in Chattanooga, River Rocks Festival, hiking near Chattanooga, Chattanooga Oktoberfest, fall activities, fall attractions Chattanooga events, Riverbend Festival, things to do in Chattanooga Chattanooga getaway, Chattanooga hotel, downtown Chattanooga hotel, botique hot Chattanooga, girls trip Chattanooga restaurant, downtown Chattanooga restaurant, dining in Chattanooga, fine dining Chattanooga Chattanooga venues, private parties, Chattanooga, Chattanooga wedding venues, Chattanooga restaurants, downtown Chattanooga restaurant Chattanooga wedding venue, Chattanooga rehearsal dinners, Chattanooga bed and breakfast, Chattanooga weddings, Chattanooga shower venues Chattanooga weekend getaway, Chattanooga attractions, things to do in Chattanooga, Chattanooga bike rentals, hiking in Chattanooga, outdoor activities in Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain, Signal Mountain, Tennessee River, Chattanooga Chickamauga National Bat Chatttanooga events, Nightfall Concert Series, Chattanooga hotel, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, Warehouse Row, downtown Chattanooga hotel downtown Chattanooga attractions, Chattanooga Market, Hamilton Place Mall, Warehouse Row, Coolidge Park, Hunter Museum, Chattanooga events, things to do in Chattanooga luxury hotel Chattanooga, Chattanooga bed and breakfast, bed and breakfast Chattanooga, Chattanoog boutique hotel, downtown Chattanooga hotel Riverbend Festival, Nightfall Concert Series, Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Market, Track 29, Rhythm and Brews, Riverfront Night, Southern Brewer's Festival, 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival, attractions in Chattanooga, Chattanoga nightlife, Chattanooga b shopping in Chattanooga TerraMae Applachian Bistro, restaurants in Chattanooga, downtown Chattanooga hotels, Chattanooga urban inn, bed and breakfast Chattanooga, Chattanooga boutique hotel Warehouse Row, Chattanooga hotel, Chattanooga bed and breakfast, holiday shopping, Chattanooga boutiques weekend getaways, hiking near Chattanooga, Ruby Falls, Rock City Gardens, Wine Over Water, Chattanooga Oktoberfest, River Rocks Outdoor Festival, fall attractions in Chattanooga, things to do in Chattanooga