Riverbend Announces 2022 Dates and Changes to Expect

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – “First of all, it’s just great to have Riverbend back,” says Retired Navy Captain Mickey McCamish who is the Executive Director of Friends of the Festival.

Just like Moonpies and Rock City, the Riverbend Festival is synonymous with Chattanooga. The summer music festival has been rocking the scenic city for 38 years but had to shut down due to COVID for the past two years.

“It’s a sure sign of a return to normalcy,” says McCamish.

Riverbend will kick off June 3rd to the 5th. A three day pass will cost $95. And crowds will be significantly lower than years past. In fact, the festival is only selling 15,000 wristbands.

“You know, we took a survey and one of the items in the survey was Riverbend is very crowded. Well we believe that so that’s why there’s only 15,000. Actually the survey just reinforced things we already knew, and crowdedness was one of them,” says McCamish.

Because there will be smaller crowds, the site has shrunk a little.

“Now the site will be reduced somewhat in that it will not up toward the Hunter Art Museum so the site will be from Chestnut Street all the way to the Olgiati Bridge,” says McCamish.

You will see local restaurants set up along Riverfront Parkway as well as traditional festival food and the various stages will be set up in the fields along the road.

“There will be three stages. Bud Light stage, Coca Cola stage and River City stage.”

There is no hint of a line-up yet but officials say after the holidays they will announce the performers.

In years past, wristbands were sold at locations throughout the region, this time they will only be available online at riverbendfestival.com.

“The wrist bands will be mailed to people and they’ll have a chip on them where they can load up financial information and use it at the vendors,” says McCamish.

Officials say security is a top concern. The Chattanooga Police Department and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will be providing security.

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