Chattanooga Police tips for a safe and happy Riverbend

CHATTANOOGA (CPD) – The Riverbend festival begins tonight and the Chattanooga Police Department and the City of Chattanooga would like to remind festival goers and community members of the following information.

Traffic Plan
The Festival site, Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway from Aquarium Way to Molly Lane, the southbound off ramp from Veterans Bridge, Power Alley from Aquarium Way to Riverfront Parkway, and Chestnut Street from Aquarium Way to Riverfront Parkway will remain closed to traffic through Monday, June 20.

From 3:30 p.m. until midnight on event nights from June 10 – June 18, Riverside Drive’s closure will extend from Lindsay Street to Molly Lane. Also, Aquarium Way from Walnut Street to Riverside Drive, Lookout Street from East 3rd Street to Riverside Drive, and Walnut Street from Aquarium Way to the walking bridge will be closed to traffic.

Parking and Transit Options
If it is not a legal parking spot, don’t park there. This includes:
• Entrance or exit ramps of highways
• Unauthorized use of disabled parking
• Private property
• Roadway medians

Note: Private property owners have the right to, and traditionally will, have an unlawfully parked vehicle towed.

Parking locations:

Park and take the Shuttle – CARTA: There is a Riverbend Shuttle at the CARTA station at the Choo Choo. You can park in this parking garage and take the shuttle to the event. Additionally the Carta Downtown Shuttles are free. For more details visit:

Park and ride a bike – Bike Chattanooga (bicycle transit system): Bike Chattanooga is a bicycle transit system featuring hundreds of bikes at over 33 stations located throughout Chattanooga and available for use 24/7, 365 days a year. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, system and neighborhood map, and docking points which release bikes using a member key or ride code. You must be 16 years or older to ride Bike Chattanooga. The station map can be found here:

Get a driver – Taxi and Uber service is available in the City of Chattanooga.

Walk it out – The downtown area has block to block sidewalks and is ADA compliant. Park your car a few blocks away, and walk down to the festival.

Alcohol Consumption
If you are 21 years of age or older you must get a wristband each night to purchase and drink alcohol.
• A valid driver’s license verifying 21 years of age or older must be shown when acquiring your wristband.
• Age verification wristbands are required for all alcoholic beverage purchases and consumption.
• Wristbands are available at all token and beer locations.
• Anyone violating Riverbend regulations, public law, or assisting others to do so will be removed from the festival and/or charged accordingly.

We will have officers out looking for intoxicated driving so we strongly encourage anyone drinking to drink responsibly. Walk, take a taxi, ride the bus or call an Uber.

Medical Services
First AID services are provided by Hamilton County Emergency Services and located throughout the festival site. If you cannot locate First AID services, ask an officer or volunteer for help. If it is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

More Riverbend Details
More details, inculding frequently asked questions, about the event can be found at:–faq

If you SEE something, SAY something. Alert an officer if anything seems out of place or concerning. If you can’t find an officer, alert a volunteer, and they will make contact with police. If it is an emergency, dial 911.

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