Your Riverbend Festival 2022 weekend guide


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Riverbend Festival kicks off tomorrow, and whether you love it or hate it, it’ll likely impact your weekend in some waythat’s why we created a festival guide for everyone.

In the meantime, we’ll be jamming out to this Riverbend Festival playlist. Still hoping to grab tickets? They’re on sale here.

Road closures

  • Riverfront Parkway | Between N. Molly Lane intersection + E. Aquarium Way
  • Chestnut Street | Between W. Aquarium Way + Riverfront Parkway
  • Power Alley | Between W. Aquarium Way + Riverfront Parkway

On Sun., June 5, the following closures will also take place:

  • The southbound lane of Market Street between Cherokee Boulevard + E. 1st Street beginning at 8 a.m.
  • Full closure of Market Street (including pedestrians) will begin at 10:45 p.m. + reopen once fireworks end

Where to park this weekend

  • Republic lot | 201 W. Aquarium Way | Closest lot to the festival
  • CARTA North lot | 115 W. 3rd St. | Within close proximity
  • EPB lot | 10 W. MLK Blvd. | A further walk (but has coffee on the way)

If you’re hunting for cheaper parking, check out this guide. You can also utilize Chattanooga’s newest electric transportation business Whip (or Chattanooga’s bike transit system) if you prefer not to drive.

Where to eat nearby

While the festival will offer a variety of concessions, if you’re in the mood for some local eats + seats (plus air conditioning), check out these nearby spots:

  • Agave & Rye, 185 Chestnut St. | This spot can get pretty busy, but the margs are worth it
  • Big River Grill, 222 Broad St. | The perfect hangout for a break from the sun
  • Scottie’s on the River, 491 Riverfront Pkwy. | Take a stroll down the Riverwalk to grab a bite at this spot
  • Sitar Indian Cuisine, 200 Market St. | This spot is one of our all-time favorites
  • Stone Cup Café or Rembrandt’s, various locations | If you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up, check out one of these nearby local coffee shops

What you can’t bring

  • Non-clear bags, framed backpacks, or bags larger than 12x12x6 (think: similar to stadium rules)
  • Coolers
  • Hammocks
  • Glass containers — or any outside food + beverage
  • Pets
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards, scooters + bikes
  • Wagons or carts
  • Tents or shade structures
  • Chairs (your lawn chair should sit this one out)
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