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Rivers & Spires to affect transit center, streets
Festival dominates downtown Thursday-Saturday
Posted Date: 4/17/2017
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville Transit Center will temporarily relocate its operations, and several downtown streets will close during the Rivers & Spires Festival, a music, arts and entertainment event that unfolds April 20-22 in Clarksville.

CTS, which provides nearly one million rides a year, will use an alternate staging area for its Legion Street Transit Center on Friday and Saturday. The temporary downtown operations center will be on Cooper Place, behind the Disciples of Christ Church, between Union and Academy Streets.

Bus routes in downtown will be affected, but routes outside of downtown will not change during the festival. For CTS information, call 931-553-2429. Service from the Legion Street Transit Center will resume on Monday, April 24.

Rivers & Spires has five stages of entertainment with more than 100 entertainers performing Thursday through Saturday. Events include children’s activities, arts and crafts, car and quilt shows, gaming, military exhibits, shopping.

Admission to the festival is free, and the hours of operation are 5-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Street Closures

These downtown streets will be closed for Rivers & Spires, according to the festival organizers:

Public Square in front of F&M Bank will be closed beginning at 7 a.m Wednesday.

All of Public Square; Franklin Street from First Street to Public Square; First Street from Franklin Street to Main Street; and Strawberry Alley will be closed beginning at 7 a.m Thursday.

Downtown will be blocked off from Public Square to Fourth Street, and Madison Street to Main Street beginning at 7 a.m. Friday. The streets will be closed all day Saturday and will reopen at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 23.

Accessible Parking

Handicapped parking is available on the first level of the parking garage off Commerce Street in front of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department. Enter Commerce Street from Riverside Drive to reach the garage.

Festival Rules

Rivers & Spires will take place rain or shine.

Animals (other than properly credentialed service animals), weapons (including permit holders), and drones are not permitted. Children 13 and under may not be left unattended.

Tickets for food and beverages will go on sale at booths throughout downtown when the Festival opens. Credit/debit cards will be accepted at the boots. Buy food and drink tickets early to avoid long lines.

Recycling is encouraged, and bins for plastic and aluminum will be plentiful.

Limited seating is available. Festival-goers are urged to bring folding or camping chairs.

About the Festival

The Rivers & Spires Festival is operated by a non-profit festival committee in connection with the Clarksville-Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has announced this will be the 15th and final Rivers & Spires. The City of Clarksville helps facilitate the downtown event, but does not operate the festival.

The City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department’s annual fall event, Riverfest, will be Sept. 7-9 in McGregor Park and Liberty Park on the Clarksville Riverfront.