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What to expect: One week till Riverbend 2023

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Chattanooga’s original music festival continues to evolve as the celebration countdown is on to the 40th anniversary of Riverbend. The Riverbend experience has changed over the years and this year is no different; however, festival planners are implementing additions that will make this year’s festival a not-to-be-missed event.

Check out the Craft Garden!

The Blood Orange Greyhound, Dragonfruit Vodka Mule, Pineapple Mule and Pink Lemonade are all making their debuts at this year’s festival. In addition, Riverbend Blonde Ale produced by Hutton & Smith will be for sale.

Being a VIP provides privileges throughout the festival’s footprint.

The VIP guest experience begins with a dedicated entrance for the festival and continues with amenities located throughout the festival. Riverbend doesn’t allow camp chairs or other types of seats in the festival. This year, festival planners are not only making raised seating available for VIPs at the Ultra and Coke stages, but shaded seating in portions of the areas. VIPs will have exclusive areas for access to enjoy food offerings, bars and Coca-Cola products throughout the day. VIPs will also receive printed gift bags filled with mementoes from this year’s festival.

Valet bike parking.

Chattanooga is a bike town and planners want to keep your ride safe as you enjoy the festival.

Handicap Accessibility

This year, the handicap areas will be easier to access with parking in close proximity and ramps and seating areas located throughout the venue.

Cash to Card

Reverse ATMs will be located throughout the venue to allow guests to put cash in and receive a debit card to make purchases. Faster check-outs will keep the lines flowing.

New merch!

This year, the merch area will be offering denim ball caps, trucker caps, stickers, tees and a special 40th anniversary gold pin for collectors of the festival’s rich history.


Riverbend will celebrate their 40th anniversary; however, the festival is the youngest Tennessee Valley organization celebrating a significant milestone. TVA turns 90 this year and Unum is turning a remarkable 175. Party Central will be at Riverbend throughout the first weekend in June!

Special lighting, additional seating areas and of course, fireworks!

With specialized lighted and additional seating located throughout the festival, guests will easily find a spot to enjoy food offerings, find shade or just sit back and relax to music on the river. The end of Riverbend will be marked as it always has been: with fireworks!


Located throughout the Riverbend footprint are water stations allowing guests to fill their own water bottles at no charge. Guests will enjoy cool clean water provided at no charge.

The Super VIP Experience

The Super VIP experience begins with lodging at The Edwin Hotel where guests will have welcome gifts waiting on them. As the festival gets started a personal concierge and golf cart will be made available to get our VIPs to dining experiences with the artists and their bands, as well as exclusive access within the festival.

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