This month the DNA's 2016 Riverboat Cruise sets sail down the Mississippi. What's the story behind this annual tradition?

The event dates back to 2011, when then DNA President Ken Hudson suggested sponsoring a riverboat cruise fundraiser to enable the DNA to fund its charitable contributions. The DNA worked with Memphis Riverboats Captain Dale Lozier to offer discounted trip tickets to DNA-ers. The event was a big hit from the beginning, giving DNA members and friends the opportunity to enjoy an "Old Man River" experience.

If you've never been on the cruise before, here's what you can expect. You'll spend the Sunday afternoon on a two-decked riverboat propelled by a paddle wheel (called a "sternwheeler"). You'll take in the beautiful and unique vantage point of Memphis and its skyline from the river. You'll likely hear the stories of Memphis and the Mississippi River from historian Jimmy Ogle while sipping your favorite beverage and enjoying music from the on-deck DJ with your friends and neighbors. If you stay after for the raffle, you might win a Memphis-themed gift!

"My favorite part is being on the river," says downtowner Sharon Leicham, "I imagine I could be in a Mark Twain story. To me, it's magical."

This is an event you don't want to miss, so mark your calendars for the event and purchase your tickets here

DNA Riverboat Cruise

  • 4pm - Pre-party at Beale Street Landing's Riverfront Grill
  • 5pm - Board the Boat!
  • 5:30pm - Set Sail...and raffle when we get back!
  • Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door