Knoxville Festival Fun

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While the world looks a little bit different now, there are brighter days ahead! Warm sunny weather has arrived in East Tennessee AND there are plenty of fun family festivals to look forward to this summer and this fall….

Knoxville Festivals

Mayapple Marketplace

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
Sunday, 5/24/20 10:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE
Come out to enjoy gardening vendors, local artists and crafters, food, beer, and kids’ activities.


Water Lantern Festival

Chilhowee Park

3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Saturday, 6/06/20 5:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: Early bird tickets are $25, Regular tickets are $35.99 until 5/31/20, late tickets are $45.99 until 6/05/20, Day of $55.99.
Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns light up the water!


Southern Skies Music Festival

World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 5/15/20 2:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: $45-$150
This inaugural event will feature live music on two stages, food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market and more. Some of the musical acts include hometown favorites The Dirty Guv’nahs.


Splash Pad Opening Day

Knox County Splash Pads
McFee Park: TBA; all others: Saturday, 5/02/20 (open through 9/27/20)
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.

Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark

Volunteer Landing
Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/06/20 Time TBA
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, 6/06/20 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, 6/07/20 10:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $3.00 donation
Come out to enjoy the outdoors at the 58th 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 date TBA.
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, 6/12/20 and Saturday, 6/13/20 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.


KARM Dragon Boast Festival

The Cove at Concord Park
11808 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
Saturday, 8/29/20 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 benefiting Knoxville Area Rescue Ministry.


Knoxville Brewfest

Area around the fountains and lake at the base of the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater, Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/20/20 4:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: $45 early bird rate. $50 after 5/31/20. Designated driver tickets can be purchased for $20.
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.


Kuumba Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37902
Friday, 6/26/20-6/28/20 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.


Grainger County Tomato Festival

7480 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge, TN 37861
Friday, 7/24/20 12:00PM-8:00PM, Saturday, 7/25/20 9:00AM-6:00PM, Sunday, 7/26/20 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.


Knox Asian Festival

World’s Fair Park
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Sunday, 8/30/20 10:00AM-6:00PM
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, 9/06/20 2:00PM-9:30PM
Cost: $30 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!


Knoxville Moms: Fall Festival Event

Muse Knoxville
516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914
Sunday, 9/27/20 2:30PM-5:00PM
Cost: $25 VIP Early Admission, $20 Family Admission
The popular Knoxville Moms Easter Egg Hunt gets a new fall spin but with the same sponsors, swag and fun! There will even be an egg hunt because families missed out on these activities in the spring. New tickets for this event will be released in August.


HoLa Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Saturday, 10/10/20 7:00PM-10:00PM and Sunday, 10/11/20 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.

With the evolving COVID-19 situation, be sure to check with organizers for the latest information about these festivals! Wishing you a happy and healthy festival season!

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Beth Wilkin-Waldmann
I’m a former TV news producer turned stay-at-home mom to my preschooler Madeline and baby Bennett. While I may stay at home, Madeline, Bennett and I are always on the go exploring Knoxville and making new friends. I'm a coffee addict, book lover, fashion-phile, occasional cook and bargain hunter. My guilty pleasures include Pinterest and bad reality TV. I believe a sense of humor is an essential survival skill. And--lucky me--my funny husband Andy always keeps me laughing. Follow me on Knoxville Moms Blog as I chronicle this challenging and rewarding adventure we call motherhood!

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