The Riverbend Festival, or Riverbend (named for the bend in the Tennessee River) by locals, was started in June 1982 as a five night festival in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We are now celebrating over 35 years as Chattanooga’s premier event. The annual festival has evolved into four nights and ranks in the top 10% of all American festivals. The International Festivals and Events Association has presented the festival with many awards, including several in 2018. Attendance continues to grow for the festival and some individual nights have attracted thousands of people, with 350,000 people attending over the 8 day period in past years. There’s a wide variety of performers covering almost every music genre that perform at the festival. The 4 are stages set along the backdrop of the Tennessee River at Ross’s Landing, also known as the Scenic City’s front porch.