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River Rocks Music Festival promises fun on the banks of the Congraree River

Festivalgoers rock out at a past River Rocks festival.
Festivalgoers rock out at a past River Rocks festival. File

The River Rocks Music Festival gives folks the chance to spend the afternoon on the banks of the Congraree River while supporting a good cause.

The festival will happen rain or shine, from noon to 8 p.m. on April 13.

So, what exactly can you do on the banks of the Congaree at the ninth annual River Rocks Music Festival?

A lot. You can:

▪ Listen to five bands play from 1-8 p.m.; Justin Townes Earle, The Artisanals, Little Stranger, Stagbriar, & The Dubber

▪ Eat from local food trucks and drink libations from SweetWater Brewing Company

▪ Let the kids play in an area that will have a bounce house, rock climbing wall, balloon art and more.

▪ Learn about macro-invertebrates that thrive in local rivers and witness live demonstrations

▪ Stroll and browse through the local artisans area

▪ Make your own art at the arts and crafts table and take home a lasting creation to remember the day.

▪ Participate in activities and demonstrations and find out more about how you can help Congaree Riverkeeper work to protect and improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation on the Congaree, Lower Saluda and Lower Broad Rivers through advocacy, education and enforcement of environmental laws.

If you go

River Rocks Music Festival

When: Noon-8 p.m. April 13

Where: At the Congaree River near Founder’s Park, 555 Williams St.

Parking: At Founder’s Park (the UofSC baseball stadium) parking lot on the corner of Williams and Blossom streets. The entrance is on Williams Street.

Tickets: $12-$15. Go to www.eventbrite.com. Children 12 and under are free.

Notes: Listen to music, eat, drink, play and support the conservation efforts by the Congaree Riverkeeper. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome. Bring chairs or blankets, but no outside food, beverages, or coolers are allowed.