Riverbend Beach 


Don’t miss Riverbend’s biggest attraction – Riverbend Beach, presented by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, WDEF News 12, the Creative Discovery Museum and the Springhill Suites by Marriott. Riverbend Beach has become a Riverbend Festival highlight, as thousands of festival goers flock to the Beach to experience the creation of a sand sculpture in the heart of downtown Chattanooga.

When visiting Riverbend, be sure to check out the TVFCU stage under the Walnut Street bridge for some great music.

Be sure to check back for updates as we near Riverbend 2017.

Fantastic Team Sandtastic

When we began the creative process for Riverbend Beach, we were well aware that nothing like this had ever been done in Chattanooga before and we would be starting from scratch. So we quickly decided that when it comes to the challenging logistics of constructing an urban beach, we needed some professional assistance. After a little research, we hired Team Sandtastic from Sarasota, Florida to create a masterpiece sand sculpture at Riverbend Beach. 

To some, building sand sculptures for a living may sound like a pipe dream, but for Team Sandtastic’s founder, Mark Mason, it’s a dream come true. Mason and three other sculptors and various associates create an average of 50 to 60 sand sculptures a year at locations around the globe. They have 30 years of sand sculpting experience, World Champion titles and a Guinness Book World Record. 

Using sand and water, they create sculptures up to 28-feet tall. The detailed process is exciting to watch as Team Sandtastic’s artists sculpt from the top down using a wide range of tools – from rakes and shovels to cake decorating spatulas and dental instruments.

Team Sandtastic’s performance has been a huge hit, so be sure and stop by Riverbend Beach next year and watch them create another masterpiece.

Learn more about Team Sandastic.

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Riverbend festivalgoers admire the TVFCU sand sculpture as they walk to place their chairs before the evening concerts.


A vintage-looking sign adorns the beach shack.


A giant birthday cake-themed sand sculpture helps TVFCU celebrate its 80th anniversary.


Workers prepare the 220-ton sand area for Riverbend Beach, which includes a themed sand sculpture, News 12 desk, beach shack and children’s play area.


A packed crowd at the TVFCU Stage.