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What type of music is at the Festival?

There is a wide variety of music every year including country, jazz, blues, international, rock, etc. We work very hard to provide as much variety as possible with the resources provided to bring this event to the public.

Will your Festival have any art & craft or retail dealers?

Yes. We will have artists displaying and selling original artwork, photographs, jewelry, paintings and more in the Arts Galore area. The Marketplace consists of retail vendors of all sorts, in a flea-market style setup.

Are shuttle buses available?

No. Public Transportation buses will be running until 9:00pm each night. There is a temporary change in the transit bus route, however. The Downtown Bus Depot, located along Franklin and Legion Streets, will be closed this year. The bus depot is located in the middle of the Festival grounds; since the Festival is reaching massive proportions, we appreciate the alternate arrangements the transportation department has made.

How do I get to the Festival and where can I park?

Directions to get to the Festival from your location can be found here. Parking is available anywhere you can find a space. The parking garage downtown is available and can be accessed from Riverside Drive by turning onto Commerce Street. There is also a parking lot off Madison Street. Please be mindful of the residents and homes downtown. Certain parking spaces may be restricted. No parking space can be guaranteed. For more detailed information on parking spaces visit the City of Clarksville Parking Authority interactive map. 

Will the Festival provide anything for children?

Yes! The Rivers & Spires Festival is an event for all ages. The Family Fun Zone is a special area just for kids 2-12 years-old and their family, with tons of activities, such as entertainers, games and many other fun things to do. Check out the details of the Family Fun Zone.

What is the Rivers & Spires Festival?

An awesome annual event held in April in Historic Downtown Clarksville. Rivers & Spires Festival is a three day outdoor event, featuring 5 stages of entertainment, Festival of Nations, free children’s activities, car shows, parades, shopping and… well you can see it all on the website! Last year an estimated 45,000 people enjoyed music, food, shopping and of course people watching.

What are the hours of the Festival?

Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 10:00pm with limited activities.

Friday evening the Festival opens with all stages and booths set up from 5:00pm – 10:00 pm.
**Toddler Town is open from 5:00pm-7:00pm**
**Family Fun Zone is open from 5:00pm-9:00pm**

Saturday all stages and activities run between 10:00am – 10:00pm.
**Toddler Town is open from 10:00am-7:00pm**
**Family Fun Zone is open from 10:00am-9:00pm**

Is there an Admission Fee?

No, the Rivers & Spires Festival is a FREE event. Generous sponsorships from many local and regional companies as well as hundreds of volunteers from the community allow the event to remain free to the general public. Because it is free admission, we ask you not bring in any outside food or beverages. Rivers & Spires Festival is possible because of our sponsors, volunteers, and the sale of food and beverages at the event.


How does this affect businesses in Downtown Clarksville? 

Most of the businesses participate in the Festival and have booths. Press releases, road closures and other information is publicly announced in the newspaper and through our website here. We work closely with the City to make sure the Festival and the Downtown environment works together harmoniously.

Downtown Merchant Applications

Clarksville Transit System

Clarksville Transit Center will be closing their Legion Street station during the Festival. On Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, the alternate staging area for the Clarksville Transit Center will be behind the Disciples of Christ Church on Cooper Place, between Union and Academy Streets. The Routes themselves will not change and any questions can be directed to 931-553-2429.  Service from the Legion Street Station will resume as normal on Monday, April 24.

Where can I book a hotel room?

Visit Clarksville has a complete listing of accommodations in and around the area. We encourage you to stay with one of our festival sponsors – Country Inns and Suites and Best Western Plus. Ask for special rates. Check out the Visit Clarksville website

What should I leave at home?

Coolers, outside foods or beverages, refillable containers, glass bottles, skateboards, roller blades, pets,  laser pointers, remote controlled drones, and weapons of any kind.

Can I bring in a canopy or an umbrella?

Canopy style awnings and large-scale shade umbrellas will not be allowed in the Festival grounds. These items block the view of other persons, and everyone deserves the right to see the stages…including you.

Can I bring a cooler with outside food or beverages to the Festival?

No. The Rivers & Spires Festival is a FREE event and all proceeds from food and beverage sales go to the Festival to help offset cost.

Can I bring my dog, cat or pet lizard?

Animals are not allowed at the festival except service animals. Crowds, heat, and chaos are not a good combination for your favorite fur family member.

What should I bring to Rivers & Spires Festival?

A small lawn chair or blanket, cash for tickets, a hat, sunblock, sunglasses, your whole family and a great attitude!

What if it rains?

Hopefully it won’t, but the Festival must go on RAIN or SHINE! If the forecast calls, bring an umbrella and come out anyway!

Is the Festival accessible to people with disabilities?

ADA Parking is available in the parking garage off Commerce Street in front of the Montgomery County Sheriffs Department. This will give a person the opportunity to be right in middle of the Festival site. Service animals are welcome, however household pets are discouraged.

If I cannot find my answer on the website who can I contact?

You can contact Theresa Harrington, Festival Director, 931-647-2331 or email:

Who organizes the Rivers & Spires Festival?

The Festival is sponsored by the City, County, and Visit Clarksville with many other partners helping to make it an outstanding event. Rivers & Spires Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It takes approximately 600 volunteers to do this event each year. This event is community driven with many organizations helping to make the event successful.

Can I volunteer for the Rivers & Spires Festival?

Yes. Go to the Get Involved page. We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and resourceful people with an appreciation for festivities. If you are interested in being part of this exciting cultural event fill out the form on the website and someone will contact you.

I am a member of the media – do I get special access?

Perhaps. Contact Theresa Harrington, 931-647-2331 or email, to determine what type of media credentials you may require.

My group would like to be involved in the Children’s Parade. What do I have to do?

Great! Simply contact the Children’s Parade Director Lori Barnes ( or fill out the application in the Apply section.

I have a business I would like to promote at the Festival. What are my options?

First, visit the Apply page to determine what type of vendor application best fits your business. Then fill out the application and the Committee Chairperson will be in contact!

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