Knoxville Festival Fun

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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, 4/22/22 10:00AM-8:30PM, Saturday, 4/23/22 10:00AM-8:30PM & Sunday, 4/24/22 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, 4/10/22 10:00AM-3:00PM
Cost: FREE
This outdoor spring celebration features nurseries, gardening vendors, local handmade wares from artists and crafters, food trucks and more!


Cinco Fest

JC Penney Parking Lot
11534 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934
Friday, 4/29/22 6:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $50 Early Admission, $40 General Admission, $45 At the Gate
The Southern Tequila & Taco “Cinco Fest” is in its fourth and largest year! Over seventy 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, 4/30/22 Time TBA
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, 5/7/22 11:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: $10 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

199 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston, TN 37763
Saturday, 5/7/22 11:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: TBA
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
Saturday, 5/28/22 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.


Dolly Fest

Old City Knoxville
Friday, 6/3/22, Saturday, 6/4/22 & Sunday 6/5/22, Times TBA
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 Festival

World’s Fair Park
Knoxville, TN 37902
Saturday, 5/14/22 2:00PM-11:00PM
Cost: $45-$150
This event will feature Grammy-award-winning headliner Blues Traveler, 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 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, 5/21/22 8:00AM-10:00PM & Sunday, 5/22/22 8:00AM-6:00PM
Cost: $25 Two Day Pass, $20 All Day Saturday, $15 Half Day Saturday, $15 Sunday, 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.


Knoxville’s Caribbean Jerk Festival

Volunteer Landing
Knoxville, TN
Sunday, 5/29/22 12:00PM-8:00PM
Cost: $25 Early Bird General Admission, $25 Children Ages 2-16 General Admission with Unlimited Rides, $10 Children 2-4 General Admission
This festival is bringing the island vibe to downtown Knoxville! This is a family friendly festival with many activities to offer kids from 2 to 92! There will be live music, games, train rides, shopping and, of course, delicious food! Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs!


Bike, Boat, Brew, and Bark

Volunteer Landing
Knoxville, TN
Saturday, 6/5/22 9:00AM-8:30PM
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, 6/18/22 8:00AM-4:00PM
Cost: FREE
The Lavender Festival features 120 artisan vendors, food trucks and children’s activities. Extra ticketed areas include an Herb Cooking Demonstration and Tennessee Wine Garden.


Knoxville Cheese Festival

TAPestry Event Space/Barrelhouse by Gypsy Circus
621 Lamar Street, Knoxville, TN 37917
Saturday, 6/23/22 12:00PM Early VIP Entry, 1:00PM General Admission Entry
Cost: $45 VIP Tickets, $30 General Admission, One child 12 and under is free with purchase of an adult general admission ticket.
Sample local, domestic and international cheeses and learn from the experts about how to pair cheeses with other foods, ciders, beers and wines.


Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival

Lenoir City Park
City Park Drive, Lenoir City, TN 37772
Saturday, 6/4/22 9:00AM-5:00PM and Sunday, 6/5/22 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
Opening TBA. Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9:00AM-2:00pm
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
Date TBA
Cost: TBA
Come out to enjoy local artists and craft vendors, live music, food, and a huge children’s area. More details to come regarding events and concerts.


KARM Dragon Boats Festival

The Cove at Concord Park
11808 South Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
Saturday, 6/4/22 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, 6/18/22 1:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $50, Designated driver tickets $20.
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.


Kuumba Festival

Market Square
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37902
TBA
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
Saturday, 7/23/22 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.


Knox Food Festival

World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Friday, 8/19/22 2:00PM-9:00PM & Saturday, 8/20/22 11:00AM-9:00PM
Cost: TBA
This festival is bringing international flavors to the Knoxville community! There will be food, dancing, singing, games and shopping from around the world. Friends and families are welcome!


Knox Asian Festival

World’s Fair Park
Downtown Knoxville, TN 37901
Sunday, 8/28/22 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
Sunday, 9/4/22 3:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: $20 Advance Tickets, $30 At the Gate, $10 Non-Wing Eating Adults, Children under 8 are free.
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!


Greek Fest

St. George Greek Orthodox Church
4070 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
Date TBA
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, 10/1/22 5:00PM-10:00PM
Cost: Early bird tickets are $25, Regular tickets are $35.99 until 9/23/22, late tickets are $45.99 until 9/30/22, Day of $55.99.
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, 10/8/22 7:00PM-10:00PM and Sunday, 10/9/22 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, Knoxville, TN 37725
Saturday, 10/22/22 2:00PM-8:00PM & Sunday, 10/23/22 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 even 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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I’m a former TV news producer turned stay-at-home mom to my daughter Madeline and toddler 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 as I chronicle this challenging and rewarding adventure we call motherhood!

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