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For Riverbend 2023, A Look Forward That Looks Back

Riverbend 2023 graphic
Friends of the Festival

The Riverbend Festival began forty years ago - in 1982 - at Ross’ Landing on the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga.

Back then, few visited the riverfront, home to boarded-up buildings.

But the festival lit a spark for the community to gather, celebrate and imagine what the riverfront could become.

Next year, Riverbend celebrates its 40 year legacy.

Samantha Wright is the festival’s director of sales.