Knoxville Festival Fun

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Knoxville Festival Fun - Festival and events in and around Knoxville.There are lots of reasons to celebrate the arrival of spring in Knoxville! Here are my top two: The warm sunny weather AND an incredible lineup of festivals for your family to enjoy! Get out your calendars because you don’t want to miss out on all this family fun! There is something to check out nearly every weekend in spring and summer…and even into fall!

Farragut Book Fest for Children

Farragut Town Hall
11408 Municipal Center Drive, Farragut, TN 37934
Saturday, 4/06/19 10:00AM-1:00PM
Cost: FREE
This free event will feature story tellers, art activities, music, magic, book signings by local authors and more!


Mayapple Festival

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
Sunday, 4/07/19 10:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE
Come out to enjoy gardening vendors, local artists and crafters, food, beer, and kid’s activities.


Rossini Festival

Gay Street and Market Square (Downtown Knoxville)
Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 4/13/19 10:00AM-9:00PM
Cost: FREE
An international street fair full of food and multicultural music of all sorts! And, of course, the YMCA FunZone is a must for your kiddos! They expect close to 100,000 people at this event annually. Here’s a pro tip from the KMB team: Wear your “little” and avoid a stroller. You will be able to navigate the crowds much easier! If you have a child that is too big to wear and loves to wander, bring the stroller because it will be easy to get lost in the packed and narrow street!


UT Orange & White Game

Neyland Stadium
Saturday, 4/13/19 6:00PM
Cost: FREE
Come out to support the Vols as they take on each other for a spring practice!


Water Lantern Festival

Chilhowee Park

3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Saturday, 4/13/19 5:30PM-10:00PM
Cost: Early bird tickets are $25, Regular tickets are $30 until 3/31/19, Late tickets are $35 until 4/12/19, Day of $40.
Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns light up the water!


Kite Festival

Pearson Springs Park
1467 Montvale Station Road, Maryville, TN 37803
Sunday, 4/14/19 10:00AM-4:30PM
Cost: FREE
Come fly a kite or sit and watch the professionals. Kites will be available for purchase on site or you can bring your favorite kite from home! Entertainment and vendors will also be present. Bring your own chairs and picnic blankets to enjoy the day!


Earthfest

Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum
2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Saturday, 4/20/19 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: FREE
Come out to learn more about how you can help your planet! You can bring the kiddos along to check out the youth area so they too can learn all about how they can help too!


Southern Tequila and Taco Festival

Across from The Cotton Eyed Joe
11221 Outlet Drive, Knoxville, TN 37932
Friday, 4/26/19 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: General admission tickets are $40, $50 at the gate. Designated driver tickets are $15.
Head out for tequila tasting, margaritas, live music, and tacos all in benefit of Remote Area Medical!


Volapalooza

World’s Fair Park
963 Worlds Fair Park Drive, World’s Fair Park, TN
Friday, 4/26/19 TIME TBA
Cost: FREE for UT students. Stay tuned for details about ticket prices for the public. 
Join us for live music, food trucks, vendors, and other entertainment to celebrate the end of the school year.


Dogwood Arts Festival

Market Square (Downtown Knoxville)
Knoxville, TN 37902
Friday, 4/26/19 10:00AM-8:00PM, Saturday 4/27/19 10:00AM-8:00PM, Sunday, 4/28/19 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: FREE
Several blocks of vendors, arts and crafts booths, culinary artists, and a children’s station for all ages to enjoy!


Splash Pad Opening Day

Knox County Splash Pads
McFee Park: Saturday, 4/27/19; all others: Saturday, 5/04/19 (open through 9/08/19)
Cost: FREE
Head out to one of your favorite splash pads as they open for the summer season! Need help finding one? Check out our past post with a list of them here!

McFee Park Splash Pad.

Taste of Farragut

11240 Kingston Pike (Old Kroger Parking Lot)
Friday, 5/03/19 6:30PM-9:30PM
Cost: $30 in advance, $35 at the gate. Children 12 and under $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Tickets are available at Knoxville Ticket locations: Knox Graphics (10965 Kingston Pike), Goin’ Postal (11519 Kingston Pike), Water Into Wine (607 N. Campbell Station Road), CH Interiors & Gifts (12556 Kingston Pike), online and by phoning (865) 656-4444.
The goal of this regional festival (formerly known as the Farragut Food & Wine Festival) is to showcase “best bite” samples from Farragut’s area eateries, as well as to provide the opportunity to pair those bites with wines, beers and ready-to-drink cocktails (ID required) from Farragut’s wine distributors.


Spring Pet Fair

Village Veterinary Medical Center
11301 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934
Saturday, 5/04/19 11:00AM-2:00PM
Cost: FREE
Enjoy face painting, bounce house, police dog demos, tour the hospital, and see what it might be like to be a vet for the day!


Vestival Festival

Candora Arts & Heritage Center
445 Candora Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
Saturday, 5/11/19 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: Donation Suggestion of $5-$10
Vestival is the festival that honors and celebrates the heritage of the South Knoxville community of Vestal. The festival includes music, numerous arts, crafts and food vendors, children’s activities, and history info about Vestal and South Knoxville.


Tennessee Strawberry Festival Parade

Dayton, TN
Market Street and 2nd Avenue
Saturday, 5/11/19 1:00PM
Cost: FREE
Drive down to Dayton for a festival you won’t want to miss! Also enjoy craft and food vendors, live music, a children’s area, and a carnival.


Children’s Festival of Reading

Worlds Fair Park
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 5/18/19 10:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE
Enjoy arts and crafts, story-telling, games, food, a Book Parade, and so much more, all provided by the Knox County Public Library.


Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark

Volunteer Landing
Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/01/19 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: FREE
A place for bikers, boaters, beer-lovers, and dog-lovers to unite outdoors for boating demos, craft beers, and more!


Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival

Lenoir City Park
City Park Drive, Lenoir City, TN 37772
Saturday, 6/01/19 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, 6/02/19 10:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $3.00 donation
Come out to enjoy the outdoors at the 56th Annual event with over 200 crafters, home baked goods, and more!


Safety City Knoxville

165 S. Concord Street, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 215-7103
Open ONLY Mondays and Thursdays starting 6/01/19 through 7/18/19 9:00AM-12:00PM and 3:00PM-7:00PM
Cost: FREE
Bring your bikes with helmets, battery-powered cars, non-motorized scooters (no skateboards), doll buggies, or walking shoes for open riding and play through the miniature Knoxville cityscape. There are also two playgrounds and picnic areas to enjoy!

Safety City.

Secret City Festival

A.K. Bissell Park
Oak Ridge, TN
Friday, 6/07/19 and Saturday, 6/08/19 10:00AM-11:00PM
Cost: TBA
Come out to enjoy local artist and craft vendors, live music, food, and a huge children’s area. More details to come regarding events and concerts.


Lavender Festival

Jackson Square
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
Saturday, 6/15/19 8:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: TBA
Come out to celebrate health, herbs, and the environment at this festival complete with live music, a children’s area, artisan vendors, cooking demonstrations, and educational presentations.


KARM Dragon Boast Festival

The Cove at Concord Park
11808 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
Saturday, 6/22/19 8:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE to Watch
Watch people take to the water in homemade dragon boats — it’s a sight to see! You can even get in on the action! Register your dragon boat team (think family, co-workers or friends) and spend a fun day on the water benefitting Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry.  


Knoxville Brewfest

Area around the fountains and lake at the base of the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater, Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/22/19 4:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: $45 early bird rate. $50 after 5/31/19. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $20. **Tickets are on sale now and have sold out in previous years!**
If you’re looking for something new to try and you love beer or cider, this is a fun date idea! Breweries, beer and enthusiasts from all over will gather for a summer afternoon sampling fresh beers of all colors, styles and flavors, all to benefit Cure Duchenne. Please note children are not allowed at this event.


29th Annual Kuumba Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37902
Friday, 6/26/19-6/30/19 12:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: FREE
Named for the Swahili word that means “creativity,” this event showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, theater, music, storytelling, games and food. 


Knoxville Moms Blog 6th Annual Beat the Heat

McFee Park
917 McFee Road, Farragut, TN 37934
Sunday, 7/14/19 3:30PM-5:30PM
Cost: TBA
Beat the heat this summer and join Knoxville Moms Blog for our 6th Annual Beat the Heat event at Town of Farragut’s McFee Park and Splash Pad. Stay tuned for more details and ticket information!


Grainger County Tomato Festival

7480 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge, TN 37861
Friday, 7/26/19 12:00PM-8:00PM, Saturday, 7/27/19 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 7/28/19 12:00PM-5:00PM
Cost: FREE
Parade Magazine has named the Grainger County Tomato Festival one of the top 10 festivals in the United States! Come celebrate the delicious, juicy tomatoes we all know and love! This is a family event with plenty to do for kids of all ages. 


5th Annual Knox Asian Festival

World’s Fair Park
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Sunday, 8/25/19 11:00AM-8:00PM
Cost: FREE
The festival brings together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and a healthy lifestyle. Each participating country will showcase its unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products. See website for more details.


Big Kahuna Wing Festival

Worlds Fair Park
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 9/01/19 1:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $25 in advance at Big Kahuna Wings Bar & Grill or online on sale TBA or $30 at the gate. Children under 8 are free. Includes 25 wings.
Come out to sample 8,000 pounds of wings until your heart is content, while enjoying the outdoors and live music, all the while benefiting the Empty Stocking Fund, Big Heads Big Hearts, Second Harvest Food Bank, UT Culinary and Pellissippi State Community College Culinary Arts!


HoLa Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Saturday, 9/28/19 7:00PM-10:00PM and Sunday, 9/29/19 11:00AM-6:00PM
Cost: FREE
Come out to enjoy music, dance, food, arts, crafts, heritage tables, a Parade of Nations and children’s activities in celebration of the Hispanic culture.


Bark in the Park After Dark

Lakeshore Park, Marble Hall and Pavilion
6410 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919
Saturday, 10/06/19 TIME TBA
Cost: TBA
Participate in activities for people and pooches, visit pet businesses and rescue booths while enjoying food and drink from our vendors. Stick around to find out which classy canines will be crowned Mr. & Ms. Bark at the end of the festival. Stay tuned for more details about this popular event!

What are your favorite spring/summer festivals around town? Have we missed one? Be sure to comment below and let us know!

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