Knoxville Festival Fun


Warm sunny weather has arrived in East Tennessee AND there are plenty of fun family festivals to look forward to this spring, summer and fall!

Knoxville Festival FunDogwood Arts Festival

World’s Fair Park
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Friday, 4/26/24 10:00AM-7:00PM, Saturday, 4/27/24 10:00AM-7:00PM & Sunday, 4/28/23 10:00AM-5:00PM
Cost: FREE
The Dogwood Arts Festival is one of the most celebrated cultural events in Knoxville! It will feature over 100 art vendors, live music, food trucks and entertainment for the entire family!

Mayapple Marketplace

Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920
Sunday, 4/14/24 10:00AM-2:00PM
Cost: FREE
This outdoor spring celebration features nurseries, gardening vendors, local handmade wares from artists and crafters, food trucks and more!

Children’s Festival of Reading

World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 5/18/24 10:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE
Get in the groove for summer library club, bust a move with much-loved storybook characters, and meet favorite authors and illustrators! You’re invited to the celebration of books and imagination, music, storytelling, arts and crafts, food, live music, science and discovery, children’s performances, toddler town and more! 

Southern Tequila & Taco Festival

Mayor Ralph McGill Plaza
101 N Campbell Station Road, Farragut, TN 37934
Friday, 4/26/24 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $70 Early Entry Admission, $50 General Admission, $60 At the Gate
The Southern Tequila & Taco “Cinco Fest” is in its fourth and largest year! Over 100 tequilas and mezcals, every available Mexican beer and, of course, tacos from the area’s finest restaurants and food trucks!

Rossini Festival International Street Fair

Downtown Knoxville & Market Square
Saturday, 4/20/24 10:00am-9:00pm & Sunday, 4/21/24 12:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: FREE
The Rossini Festival is Knoxville Opera’s perennial celebration of the performing arts. The public is treated to non-stop entertainment on five outdoor stages showcasing everything from opera, classical, jazz, gospel and dance.

Strawberry Festival at Narramore Farms

199 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston, TN 37763
Saturday, 5/4/24 11:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $10.00 (Over Age 2)
Make plans to attend this “berry sweet” family time on the farm! There will be fresh strawberries, local vendors, delicious strawberry treats, food trucks and farm fun activities. You will also be able to pick your own fresh strawberries!

Vestival at Candoro Marble

681 Maryville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920
Saturday, 5/11/24 12:00PM-5:00PM
Cost: Free
This annual arts and music festival is held on the historic Candoro Marble Company grounds. Enjoy music, art, food and more!

Lenoir City’s Rockin’ the Docks

199 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston, TN 37763
Date TBA 1:00PM-10:30PM
Cost: Free
This all-day festival takes place each year on Fort Loudon Lake. Thousands of people gather to enjoy live bands, food, fireworks and much more! There is also a children’s play area. Follow Lenoir City Parks & Recreation on Facebook for the latest information.

Rhinestone Fest for the Love of Dolly!

Old City Knoxville
Friday, 6/7/24 & Saturday, 6/8/24 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Dress up in your Dolly best for a weekend of art, music, history, food and fun celebrating Dolly Parton! There will also be performers, a Dolly-themed Maker’s Market and even more!

Southern Skies Music & Whiskey Festival

World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 5/11/24 11:30am-10:00pm
Cost: $60.00-$156.00
This event will feature Old Crow Medicine Show, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Maggie Rose and more. There will also be food trucks, craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, a Maker Market and more.

Splash Pad Opening Day

Knox County Splash Pads
Opening Date TBA
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!

Scottish Festival & Games

Townsend Visitor Center
7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
Saturday, 5/18/24 8:00AM-10:00PM & Sunday, 5/19/24 8:00AM-6:00PM
Cost: $30.00 Two Day Pass, $20.00 All Day Saturday, $15 Sunday Only, Children 15 & under free both days.
You don’t have to be Scottish to enjoy this festival! Experience all Scottish heritage has to offer including games, performers, vendors, food and more. There will also be cultural and education presentations. There is also an impressive list of children’s activities here.

Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Festival

Townsend Visitor Center
7906 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, Townsend, TN 37882
Saturday, 5/4/24 10:00am-6:00pm 
Cost: $13.73 General Admission, $31.30 VIP Parking
Bigfoot sightings, guest speakers, live music, 75+ vendors, and 30+ food trucks!  You can also participate in the 5K race. For more information on the 5K, click here

Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark

Volunteer Landing
Knoxville, TN
Date & Time TBA
Cost: FREE
A place for bikers, boaters, beer-lovers, and dog-lovers to unite outdoors for boating demos, craft beers, and more!

Lavender Festival

Historic Jackson Square
Oak Ridge, TN
Saturday, 6/15/24 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: FREE
The Lavender Festival features 130 artisans, food trucks and children’s activities. 

Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival

Lenoir City Park
City Park Drive, Lenoir City, TN 37772
Saturday, 6/1/24 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, 6/2/24 10:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $3.00 donation
Come out to enjoy the outdoors with over 200 crafters, home baked goods, and more!

Safety City Knoxville

165 S. Concord Street, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 215-7103
Dates TBA Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00am-2:00pm. Closed July 4th.
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!

Knoxville Brewfest

Area around the fountains and lake at the base of the Sunsphere and Tennessee Amphitheater, Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/22/24 1:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $25.00-$60.00
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 CureDuchenne. Please note children are not allowed at this event.

Grooves in the Garden

2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Saturday, 7/20/24 5:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: $55 Early Bird, $65 At the Door
This annual outdoor festival features a DJ and live band that plays hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2000s. Food and retail vendors will be on hand as well as a cash bar. Adults only please. 

Grainger County Tomato Festival

7480 Rutledge Pike, Rutledge, TN 37861
Friday, 7/19/24 12:00pm-6:00pm & Saturday, 7/20/24 9:00AM-6:00PM
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.

International Food Festival

World’s Fair Park
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Saturday, 8/10/24 11:00AM-5:00PM 
Cost: General Admission $1.00, 50 Food Tickets $50.00, 100 Food Tickets $100.00
The International Food Festival is an event that brings together 35,000 people from different backgrounds to celebrate food, culture, and community. Over 25 countries will be represented by food vendors. There will also be performances on stage, bounce houses,
face painting, balloon animals, crafts, henna artists and more!

Knox Asian Festival

World’s Fair Park
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Saturday, 8/7/24 6:00PM-9:00PM & Sunday, 8/8/24 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

World’s Fair Park
525 Henley Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Sunday, 9/1/24 3:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $20.00 Advance Tickets, $30.00 At the Gate, Children under 8 are free.
Come out to sample 8,000 pounds of wings while enjoying the outdoors and live music.

Greek Fest

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Friday, 10/20/24 11:00am-10:00pm; Saturday, 10/21/24 11:00am-10:00pm; Sunday, 10/22/24 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $2.00 Adults, $3.00 Weekend Passes, Children under 12 are free.
A celebration of Greek culture, food, singing, dancing and more! Opa!

Water Lantern Festival

Chilhowee Park
3301 East Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37914
Saturday, 7/27/24 6:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: Early bird tickets are $28.33 until 3/31/24, Regular tickets are $35.99 until 7/19/24, late tickets are $45.99 until 7/26/24, Day of $55.99.
The Water Lantern Festival is an amazing experience where you’ll witness the magic of lanterns light up the water!

HoLa Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Saturday, 9/21/24 4:00pm-10:00pm & Sunday, 9/22/24 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.

Lakeside of the Smokies Balloonfest

295 West Dumplin Valley Road, Dandridge, TN 37725
Saturday, 10/26/24 2:00PM-8:00PM & Sunday, 10/27/24 2:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: $10 Early Bird Day Adult Ticket, $6 Early Bird Day Child Ticket, $12 Presale Adult Ticket, $8 Presale Child Ticket, $15 Adult Week of Ticket, $10 Child Week of Ticket. Two-day tickets are also available.
This festival prides itself on promoting community, friendship and fellowship while educating about hot air ballooning. Besides hot air balloons, there will be music, food, crafts and a wine garden.

Be sure to check with organizers for the latest information about these festivals! Wishing you lots of festival fun!



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