365 Things to Do in Memphis #272: River Arts Fest

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 19th 2015 4010 0

The South Main Arts District is turning into a giant artists market and street fair for this weekend’s River Arts Fest. Assignment #272 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to spend a day at the festival.

River Arts Festival 2015 Jeanne Seagle

This year, the River Arts Festival poster artist is Jeanne Seagle. This image is via her Facebook page.

During the three days of River Arts Fest, South Main turns into a giant, family-friendly street fair with artists and vendors selling their work. The festival isn’t just about shopping. There will also be hands-on art stations, artists doing live demonstations of their techniques and tons of food from local vendors.

The organizers also do everything they can to pack the festival with local musical acts of all kinds. This year, there are about 30 local musical acts performing on the festival’s three stages on Saturday and Sunday – including Grace Askew, Amy LaVere, Devil Train, Alexis Grace, Joyce Cobb, and more. Click here to see the full lineup of entertainment.

On Friday night, River Arts Fest will host a special free art and music show from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the corner of GE Patterson and South Main featuring Marcella & Her Lovers, Motel Mirrors, and Hurray for the Riff Raff, and a selection of artist booths.

River Arts Fest will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission on Saturday and Sunday is $5 and is free for kids under 10. Leave the pets, coolers, skates, and bikes at home. More info here.

Go there:

River Arts Fest

October 23 – 25, 2015
South Main Arts District

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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