#RIVERBEND2019: What to know about new wristbands, parking & shuttle services
Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival kicks off Wednesday with a new look and feel for attendees.
For the first time ever, the festival premiered its new Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology wristbands.
Organizers opted to use the bands for both admission and purchases.
You can register the bands at the Riverbend Festival website, where you can also load them with money by linking a credit or debit card.
If you’re using cash, you’ll have to load the money to the wristband at one of the “top up stations” inside the festival, which were formerly token stations.
As far as tokens are concerned, you can still put them to good use, according to festival marketing director, Amy Morrow.
“Now is the time to get your value for that money, to get your value for those tokens. You can transfer the tokens for this year only to those wristbands,” Morrow tells Channel 3.
Another change organizers are hoping will make the festival a more enjoyable experience is designated parking.
Morrow says they have close to 300 spots available for attendees. Some of those spots can be found near the Hunter Museum by the intersection of Houston Street and Riverside Drive.
For those who don’t want to deal with the hassle at all, Morrow says they also have the option of taking the shuttle bus.
“That shuttle comes around and it’s $1 per ride. It starts at 4:00 p.m., so it starts well before the festival begins. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and it runs until midnight,” she explained.
There are nine shuttle pickup locations for the shuttle. You can find a full list of those on the Riverbend Festival website. Drop-offs and pickups to or from the festival are at the front of the aquarium.
Morrow says people taking the shuttle should anticipate an 8-15 minute wait.