Hernando De Soto Bridge


Andrea Zucker

August, 2018

About the Festival

This year, find the RiverArtsFest on Riverside Drive, right on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi River. Nearly 200 talented artists and makers from across the country will gather in Memphis for the largest juried market and street festival in the region. 

Peruse booths for Memphis art, crafts, apparel, jewelry, gifts, paintings, and many other creative items. Hear Memphis music all day Saturday and Sunday at the RiverArtsFest stage and pop-up performances throughout the event. The Hands On Art stations will be open for kids to explore their artistic talents, and the Artists At Work area lets you see your favorite artisans behind-the-scenes, making their creations.

Bring the whole family, but please leave pets, coolers, bikes, and skates at home. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted.

RiverArtsFest is open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are just $5, and free for kids ages 10 and under. 

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Mighty Lights Grand Opening

This year is a special one for the festival - which not only will celebrate its new home on Riverside Drive along the Mississippi River - but will serve as the official Grand Opening for the Mighty Lights project. Mighty Lights is a synchronized two-bridge light show that will illuminate the Memphis riverfront on the Harahan Bridge (Big River Crossing) and the Hernando de Soto Bridge (colloquially known as the "M" bridge).

The Harahan Bridge opened for pedestrians and cyclists in October of 2016 and lit up in thousands of colorful LEDs for colorful light shows after sundown. Upon completion of light installation at the Hernando de Soto Bridge, both bridges across the Mississippi will project simultaneously, creating the biggest nightly light show on the Mississippi that will play every hour on the hour, from sundown to 11 p.m.

Be the first to experience the full power of Mighty Lights on Saturday, October 27 at this year’s RiverArtsFest, who will offer free admission after 5 p.m., and get an expansive view of both bridges.

Additionally, public spaces such as Tom Lee Park, Martyrs Park, Mud Island and river-facing attractions will welcome the community to view the Mighty Lights for the first time.

Follow along on Mighty Lights’ Facebook!