Staff photo by Tim Barber/ Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds entertain festival-goers as they brave the heat in 2019 at the Moon River Festival at Coolidge Park.

This story was updated Friday, August 6, 2021, at 5:15 p.m. with more information.

Moon River 2021 organizers announced on Friday that a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend.

Organizers made the announcement on their Facebook page at 10 a.m. The short message reads: "For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 72 hours [3 days] of first day attending Moon River."

Moon River is set for Coolidge Park on Sept. 11-12.

About 11,000 people from all over the nation are expected to attend the festival, and the policy mirrors the one implemented by the Lollapalooza Festival two weeks ago in Chicago. That event is also a city festival, meaning attendees come and go daily for shows in the afternoon and evening.

The Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee, is the week before Moon River and is a camping festival that allows for daily visitors as well. It is sold out with most of the 80,000 attendees staying on the 700-acre farm throughout the four-day event. Bonnaroo organizers have not announced COVID-19-related plans or guidelines to date.

Request from organizers

We ask that you not attend if any of the following is true for you or anyone in your party:

— Within 14 days before attending the festival you have tested positive, or been exposed to someone who has tested positive for, COVID-19.

— Within 48 hours prior to attending the festival, you have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking muscle pain/achiness, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nasal congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or any other symptoms associated with COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

— Within 14 days prior to attending the festival, you have traveled to any international territory identified by federal or applicable state or local governments as being subject to travel or quarantine advisories due to COVID-19.

Lord Huron will headline Moon River on Saturday, Sept. 11, and Wilco is the headliner on Sunday, Sept. 12.

Also performing on Sept. 11 beginning at 12:30 p.m. will be Rebirth Brass Band, Allison Russell, Chattanooga native Amythyst Kiah, Overcoats, Shovels and Rope, Mipso, Hippo Campus, Yola, Lake Street Dive and Dawes, with Lord Huron taking the stage at 9:15 p.m.

The Sunday schedule starts with the Seratones at 12:30 p.m. and is followed by American Aquarium, Molly Tuttle, The National Parks, Indigo Girls, Madison Cunningham, Old Crow Medicine Show, COIN, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, Dr. Dog and then Wilco at 9:15 p.m.

Drew Holcomb co-founded the festival in 2014 in Memphis and moved it to Chattanooga in 2018 when it outgrew the venue in Memphis. It is now produced by AC Entertainment, co-founders of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee.

Contact Barry Courter at or 423-757-6354.



— Each day, bring a printed copy of your vaccine card, vaccine record, or printed result negative COVID-19 test (showing test date). Regardless of your vaccination status, we ask that you please also bring a mask.

— Bring your festival wristband.

— If you are unvaccinated, wear a mask throughout your time onsite.

— Please also remember our updated bag policy – clear bags only – and no liquids are allowed to be brought into Moon River.

— Based on the latest advice from health officials, Moon River will ask that patrons wear masks in any indoor spaces at Coolidge Park, which includes the Lookout Lodge, the carousel, box office, VIP hospitality lounge and the Friday night VIP event. All fans attending the festival must bring a mask each day.

Additional information from organizers

— We will have increased hand sanitizer stations on-site, and our cleaning crews will do frequent cleanings in high touch areas.

— These policies are subject to change, in accordance with state and local guidelines and changing circumstances. — We will be updating procedures as necessary as we get closer to Sept. 11. For the most up-to-date information check and follow our social media accounts.

— As a reminder, the last date you would be eligible to be considered “fully vaccinated” would be Aug. 28, 2021, with a Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine. If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines or need resources to find a vaccination location near you, please check