ARCADIA, Wis. – Ashley for the Arts was recently named the 2020 #1 Best River Road Music Festival by River Travel Magazine. The annual, three-day music and art festival, hosted by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc., takes place at Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wisconsin, the second weekend of August.

River Travel Magazine is focused on displaying communities and attractions along the great Mississippi River with the purpose of building area tourism by bringing international and local visitors. The Best of 2020 survey was comprised of three sections; 2020 Best Food and Drink, 2020 Best Attractions, and 2020 Best Places to Stay with over 180 categories which were voted by fans. Nominations for the survey came from eight states lining the Mississippi River.

Ashley for the Arts is a low-cost, family friendly event with a variety of fun for everyone. The festival features a talented selection of musical performances on three stages throughout the weekend. Previous headliners have included: Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, The Fray, Rick Springfield, the Beach Boys, Chicago, 3 Doors Down and more. Additionally, area schools’ musical departments demonstrate the region’s student talent. The park is also filled with over 100 art and craft vendors, food trucks, inflatables and games for the kids as well as interactive art opportunities, street performers and more!

As an official Wisconsin non-profit, Ashley for the Arts is dependent on funds raised through sponsorships and the generous support of over 4,000 volunteers annually. The organization is one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events, donating proceeds to more than 60 non-profit organizations, including participating schools, children’s charities and medical research.

Ashley for the Arts announced the cancellation of its 2020 event, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival plans to resume next year, August 12-14, 2021. To learn more, visit AshleyfortheArts.com and/or follow Ashley for the Arts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for event announcements.

View the Ashley for the Arts 2019 event recap video.


Ashley for the Arts is a non-profit initiative that provides the entire family with world class entertainment, art, exercise and family fun for a remarkably low cost. It is also one of Wisconsin’s largest charity events, donating over $590,000 in 2019 for more than 60 non-profit organizations, including participating schools, children’s charities and medical research. This music and arts festival was conceptualized and established by Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) in 2009 and takes place in Arcadia, Wisconsin’s Memorial Park.

For more information on Ashley for the Arts, visit www.AshleyfortheArts.com. “Like” Ashley for the Arts on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @AshleyfortheArt and Instagram @AshleyfortheArts.

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. (Ashley) feels that every person deserves more value for their money. Established in 1945, Ashley is the largest manufacturer of home furnishings in the world, and was named one of America’s Best Employers by Forbes in 2017. From design through fulfillment, Ashley is committed to delivering the world’s best home furnishing values, selection and service, and earning the loyalty and trust of its customers every day. Visit Ashley online at www.ashleyfurnitureindustriesinc.com and “like” Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. on Facebook.