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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 29th 2018 4521 0

Updated October 2019. Photo credit: Allen Gillespie / Memphis Tourism

Downtown Memphis will turn into a giant artists market and street fair for this year’s River Arts Fest. Assignment #272 in the 365 Things to Do in Memphis is to spend a day at the festival.

This year, the event in its new (as of 2018) location – River Arts Fest will shut down Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27. More about this year’s road closures:

At River Arts Fest, you can definitely shop for art from the more than 200 booths, but the event isn’t just about shopping. There will also be hands-on art stations, live music stages, and tons of food from local vendors. About that live music: organizers do everything they can to pack the festival with local acts of all kinds.

Tickets are $5 per person, and kids ten and under can get in for free. However, on Saturday after 5 p.m., the fest is staying open (and free) in celebration of the Mighty Lights bridge lighting ceremony.

The fest is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday (admission charged until 5 p.m., artists’ market open until 9 p.m.) and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Leave the pets, coolers, skates, and bikes at home.

Go there:

River Arts Fest

October 26 – 27, 2019
Riverside Drive

Originally published Oct. 2012. Updated Oct. 2019.


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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  1. Kimberly says:

    Looking forward to this year's fest!

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