The Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce that AC Entertainment has chosen Chattanooga as the new venue for the popular Moon River Festival. The festival will take place Sept. 8-9, 2018, at Coolidge Park in Chattanooga’s scenic North Shore District.

The lineup for the 2018 edition of the festival will be announced Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Tickets will be available March 22, 2018 at 10:00 am EST at MoonRiverFestival.com.

“We are thrilled that Moon River Music Festival is moving to Chattanooga. Early September is a great time of year to animate the city between summer and fall events, and we’re expecting 8,000-10,000 festival attendees per day. Coolidge Park is an incredible outdoor venue for entertainment with its view of the river and mountains. Not only will this festival be a new and exciting event for visitors, friends and family, but it also enhances Chattanooga as one of Tennessee’s top music destinations,” said Barry White, president and chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Festival founder Drew Holcomb released a statement today about the move and the exciting future of Moon River:

Hello friends,

In 2014, we started Moon River Music Festival to showcase my hometown, Memphis, Tennessee, in all of its underrated glory. For the last few years we have done exactly that, and brought people from all over the country to see Memphis and experience our incredible festival. We are very proud of what we have accomplished. 

As we outgrew the stunning and historic Levitt Shell, we realized we had an opportunity to dream, and we have set our sights on expanding the original vision of Moon River. 

I have lived in various parts of Tennessee my whole life. I'm biased, but I think it’s one of the greatest places in the world. In our dreaming and searching for a new home, we realized we could showcase other parts of my home state, Tennessee, and we have found the perfect place, Coolidge Park, in downtown Chattanooga. 

Chattanooga is primed for a music festival like Moon River, and the city has opened its arms to us. It is the gateway to the Appalachian Mountains and one of the most beautiful cities in the region. Coolidge Park is right in the center of town, connected to one the world’s largest pedestrian bridges, Walnut Street Bridge, overlooking the Tennessee River. 

We can’t wait for you to continue in this wonderful adventure with us. We will see you this Fall in Chattanooga!

–Drew Holcomb

For the latest news and updates from the Moon River Music Festival, fans can visit MoonRiverFestival.comFacebookTwitter, and Instagram or sign up for the Moon River Festival newsletter.

ABOUT COOLIDGE PARK:
Coolidge Park, located on Chattanooga’s North Shore, is one place where you can overlook the beautiful Tennessee River, play in an interactive water fountain, stroll across on one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges-the Walnut Street Bridge, test your skills at rock climbing, picnic with your family in plenty of open green spaces, admire a military memorial, and even ride a tiger on the 100-year old restored antique carousel. Coolidge Park is adjacent to local entertainment, art galleries, shops, and restaurants and serves as a venue for numerous concerts, festivals, and special events. It is also part of the Tennessee Riverwalk, a 13-mile long public greenway that runs along the Tennessee River - from the foot of Lookout Mountain to Chickamauga Dam. In 2006, The Peace Grove was added to Coolidge Park includes a circular landscape of trees planted to represent each of Chattanooga’s Sister Cities and celebrate the city’s global friendships around the world.

ABOUT AC ENTERTAINMENT:
AC Entertainment is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in creating, producing, booking, and marketing first-class live entertainment experiences - from festival and concerts to all types of special events. As producers of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Sloss Festival, High Water Festival, and Big ears Festival, and through the 1,000+ concerts they present nationally each year, AC takes special pride in those unforgettable, spine-tingling moments that everyone remembers, long after the lights have come up. For more information on AC Entertainment, visit ACEntertainment.com.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jake Whitener
Moon River Music Festival
(510) 305-4350
Whitener@BigHassle.com  

Mary Howard Ade
Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau
(423) 314-5296
maryhowarda@chattanoogacvb.com