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

Posted by Holly Whitfield | September 29th 2018 2698 0

Updated October 2018. 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 is moving to a new location – River Arts Fest will shut down Riverside Drive between Jefferson and Union on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28.

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 8:30 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 27 – 28, 2018
Riverside Drive

Originally published Oct. 2012. Updated Oct. 2018.


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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