Festivals

Alive After Five
39 weeks per year
Music series to help Knoxvillians "come alive after five" in the Friday evenings.
At Knoxville Museum of Art
865-525-6101

Auto Show
April
See the best that Knoxville and local car dealers have to offer. Produced by Knoxville News Sentinel.
At Knoxville Convention Center
865-342-6863

Bark in the Park
April
Fund-raiser for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley, featuring thousands of dogs and their two-legged companions.
Location To Be Announced
865-573-7627

Bearden Village Festival of Art
April
Street fair featuring music, songwriters and storytellers, food and beverages, crafts and art activities and children’s events
At Homberg Drive/Bearden Village
865-637-4561

Boomsday
September
Food, beverages, entertainment and one of the largest fireworks show in the Southeastern United States.
At Volunteer Landing
865-215-4248

Brewer’s Jam
October
Annual regional Craft Beer & Music Festival. Unlimited craft beer samples from regional brewers. Great entertainment and fantastic local food.
At World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn
865-522-1604

Cherokee Heritage Days
August
The Cherokee demonstrate tomahawk throwing, blow gun weaponry and the chores associated with everyday life. Experience friendship dancing, storytelling, crafts, face painting and open hearth cooking.
At James White Fort
865-525-6514

Christmas in the City
November through December
Two-month celebration featuring the annual Riverlights Festival’s Boat Parade, Fantasy of Trees, performance of The Nutcracker by the Appalachian Ballet and the Santa Claus Parade
Throughout Knoxville
865-215-4248

Country Market Days
September
Kick off fall at Ramsey House Plantation as you explore over 50 craft dealers, view historic craft demonstrations, and listen to local music – a full weekend of crafts, food, music, and fun!
At Ramsey House Plantation
865-546-0745

Davy Crockett’s Birthday Party
August
Each year on the second Saturday of August, the East Tennessee Historical Society hosts a birthday party fit for a "King of the Wild Frontier"– and your family is invited! The party promises something for family members of all ages with hands-on crafts and games, storytelling, and, of course, birthday cake.
At East Tennessee Historical Society
865-215-8824

Dogwood Arts Festival
April
Annual celebration features dogwood trail, open gardens, arts and crafts shows, food, music and family fun.
Throughout Knoxville
865-637-4561

Dogwood Arts Parade
April
Annual parade along Church Avenue, Gay Street and Depot Avenue.
At Downtown Knoxville
865-637-4561

Dogwood Village House and Garden Show
February
See the finest in the house and garden trade. Part of the Dogwood Arts Festival.
At Knoxville Convention Center

Earthfest
April
Sponsored by the city of Knoxville’s Solid Waste Office, event features live entertainment, arts and crafts, environmental exhibits and food
At World’s Fair Park
865-215-2872

Fantasy of Trees
November
A wonderland of holiday decorations and lights along with event-long entertainment, children’s activities and shops.
At Knoxville Convention Center
865- 541-8000

Feast with the Beasts
August
Enjoy the tastiest offerings from area restaurants while in the company of exotic animals.
At Knoxville Zoo
865-637-5331

Festival on the Fourth
July 4
An American celebration, complete with food, refreshments, a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, games and, of course, fireworks.
At World’s Fair Park
865-215-4248

Foothills Craft Guild Fall Show
November
See over 135 booths of traditional & contemporary crafts by Tennessee’s finest artisans at the Foothills Craft Guild Annual Fall Show.
At Chilhowee Park
865-470-0669

Foothills Fall Festival
October
The #1 family event in East Tennessee. Enjoy music from local and famous entertainers, works from over 75 artists and crafters and the kids can explore Children’s Adventure Land.
At Maryville, Tennessee
Fall_Festival@ci.maryville.tn.us

Greek Fest
September
Enjoy authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and folk dancing and shop for imported Greek items.
At St. George Greek Orthodox Church
865- 522-5043

Halloween
October
Knoxville has several spooky events in October. Boo! at the Zoo with the Knoxville Zoo, Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tours with Blount Mansion, Hearth Scares Walking Tours with James White Fort, and KPD’s Safety City Halloween event provides alternatives for Halloween fun.

Head of the Tennessee Regatta
October
Nearly 2,000 rowers from at least 15 states converge on Fort Loudoun Lake to compete in one of the oldest rowing events of its kind in the United States.
At Sequoyah Park
865-633-9214

Hola Festival
September
The Hola Festival, organized by Hola Hora Latina, celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month by dedicating a full day to showcasing Hispanic culture, traditions and heritage while providing a hands-on educational experience.
At Several Locations in Knoxville
865-588-1923 ext. 251

Honda Hoot Rally
June
More than 20,000 motorcycle enthusiasts zoom in for five days of events.
At Chilhowee Park
800-727-8045

Kuumba Festival
June
Names for the Swahili word that means "creativity," event showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, theater, music, storytelling, games and food.
At Chilhowee Park
865-215-1450

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January
Celebration includes a parade, memorial service, a Black Inventors Exhibit and a tribute featuring the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Choir by the Knoxville Symphony and Chamber Orchestra.
Throughout Knoxville

Nativity Pageant of Knoxville
December
A professionally directed pantomime drama, combines a cast of over 90, moving narration, realistic sets, authentic costumes, and live animals to create a beautiful and powerful presentation of the Christmas story.
At Knoxville Civic Coliseum
865-579-5323

Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair
May
Annual event draws thousands to celebrate the color, fun and excitement of Italian opera; featuring food, beverages, artisans, activities, amusements and multicultural entertainment on three outdoor stages.
At Gay Street
865-524-0795

Saturday Night on the Town
June
Knoxville’s grand street party features live music, food, refreshments and a kid’s area.
At Gay Street
865-588-6511

Shakespeare on the Square
July-August
Shakespeare play festival presented annually by the Tennessee Stage Compnay.
At Market Square
865-546-4280

SKA Weekend
August
Concert of multiple bands benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank – held at Old City.
865-521-0000

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
September-October
Every fall the Great Smoky Mountains come alive with a burst of color. This countywide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, celebrates with decorating contests, special events, local craft shows and much more.
At Sevier County
Sevierville 888-738-4378
Pigeon Forge 800-251-9100
Gatlinburg 800-568-4748

SpringFest
Spring
Enjoy springtime activity as the city celebrates the second annual Springfest with outstanding entertainment and unique special events.
At Pigeon Forge

Statehood Day
May
Celebration of Tennessee’s birthday, featuring period crafts and skills demonstrations and 18th century tavern food.
At Blount Mansion
865-525-2375

Sundown in the City
April-June
Outdoor concert series featuring local, regional and national bands. Thursday nights.
At Market Square
865-523-2665

Tennessee Fall Homecoming
October
The most extensive and authentic gathering of old-time musicians and pioneer-type craftspeople in the country. It features hundreds of people engaged in frontier, mountain, and rural activities, along with over 300 traditional, folk, early country and bluegrass musicians.
At Museum of Appalachia
865-494-0514

Tennessee Valley Fair
September
Exhibits, tractor pulls, livestock contests, music, food, rides and more!
At Chilhowee Park
865-215-1470
fair@tnvalleyfair.org

Tulip Festival
March-April
More than 20,000 tulips will be in bloom during this fifth annual springtime event
At Crescent Bend
865-637-3163

U.S. Constitution Week
September
Blount Mansion, a National Historical Landmark and home of a signer of the U.S. Constitution, hosts a series of special events in honor of U.S. Constituion Week.
At Blount Mansion
865-525-2375

WinterFest
November-February
Winterfest annual winter celebration is a four-month festival filled with special events, light displays and Southern hospitality to keep the whole family happy during the holidays
At Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Gatlinburg

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction
June
Silent/live auction, dinner, autograph session culminate with inductions ceremony at Bijou Theater.
At Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame
865-633-9000

Women Today Expo
March
The Women Today Expo, produced by Knoxville News Sentinel, brings the largest gathering of products and services for women in East Tennessee to Knoxville.
At Knoxville Convention Center
865-342-6864