It's time once again for Chattanooga to throw a 9-day party down by the river.
Riverbend Festival organizers hope you're ready for a good time and have your wristband to catch some top of the line artists, as well as discover a few that are on their way up.
Here's a look at each night's main events:
- Hank Williams Jr. will be kicking off Riverbend on Friday June 8th.
- On Saturday June 9, The Wallflowers will be headlining.
- Luke Combs will be the main act on Sunday, June 10.
- Monday will be the Bessie Smith Strut, a night of blues on MLK Boulevard.
- Faith and Family night will take place on Tuesday, with Switchfoot headlining from 9:00-10:30 p.m.
- Dustin Lynch will be headlining Wednesday, June 13th for Military Appreciation Night.
- On Thursday June 14th, Flo Rida will take the stage.
- Friday, June 15, Third Eye Blind will make an appearance.
- Brett Michaels will close Riverbend 2018, headlining on Saturday, June 16th.
To see a full list of Riverbend's events, visit their website.
New at Riverbend this year:
- For the first time ever, they will be offering discount admission wristbands and tokens at Food City and Harry's Convenience Store locations.
- They will feature star seating available in the Starview Landing, which includes not only a prized view of performers, but exclusive options to purchase food and cocktails and restrooms. The premier package also includes a parking pass.
- The TVFCU Stage under the Walnut Street Bridge will be a Cool Zone, where jet-engine technology and misting tents will cool the area.
- Chattanooga Hot Tubs and Swim Spas will be offering a spot for ten lucky people to enjoy the festival in the Starview Landing Michael Phelps style - in a pool.
- The Bud Light Stage will have a late show on June 8, 9 and 16 from 10:30 p.m. to midnight.
There also will be a Riverbend Shuttle available every day of the festival except for Monday, June 11 for the Bessie Smith Strut. The seven pick up locations are: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga Choo Choo, YMCA-6th Street, Broad Street and 10th, Market Street and Houston, West 11th Street and Carter, 7th Street and Chestnut. Each ride is $1.
Before heading to Riverbend, here are some important things to know:
- Attendees cannot purchase anything inside the festival with cash-only tokens. They can be purchased at booths located throughout the festival.
- Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. nightly. No chairs will be allowed in until then.
- Wristbands must be scanned upon entering the festival and exiting. Not scanning out may mean you can't get back in.
- Smoking is only allowed in one of the seven designated smoking areas.
- Performances will happen - rain or shine - but are subject to change. There are no refunds regardless of the cancellation of events.
- Shirt and shoes are required.
- Umbrellas are allowed.
- Anyone consuming alcohol must have an age verification wristband and valid drivers license.
What not to do at Riverbend 2018:
- Don't bring backpacks. All other bags will be searched.
- Don't bring pets
- No bikes, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, or laser pointers
- No coolers, picnic supplies, glass bottles, or outside food/drinks
- Don't put your chairs in a spot BEFORE gates open
- Don't leave anything for the next day
- No camcorders or audio equipment - cameras are permitted, but may be restricted in some areas.
- No guns allowed (see more here)
To see a full list of all Riverbend policies, visit their website.
And if you're planning to enjoy the festival from the Tennessee River, make sure to follow these rules:
- Boaters must use navigational lights and anchor lights
- All vessels are required to have a Type B fire extinguisher
- All vessels must have at least one wearable USCG-approved life jacket per person
- Blood-alcohol content regulations -- 0.08 percent or higher -- apply to boaters and drivers
NewsChannel 9 plans extensive coverage of the Riverbend festival, starting with a roadshow in our 5:30 p.m. newscast Friday.