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Looking for things to in Knoxville? Here's a handy listing of annual events and festivals we've found in Knoxville that have web sites.


Use this handy listing to get the schedules, times, dates, and locations of festivals and events taking place in Knoxville and the surrounding area.
Whether you are visiting our city, or live right here in Knoxville you will find lots of information about things to do, special events, and entertainment taking place throughout the year.

March Events:

Pigeon Forge SpringFest - March thru June - Lots of special entertainment, Dolly Parade, rod run car shows and other fun events celebrating the coming of Spring in the mountains.

April Events:

Bark in the Park - Featuring thousands of dogs and their two-legged companions, this annual Fund-raiser for the Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is held every April.

Dogwood Arts Festival and Parade - Held every April, this annual celebration showcases the beauty of Knoxville with a parade, dogwood driving trails throughout the city, open gardens, arts and crafts shows, food, music and family fun. Phone: 865-637-4561

Earthfest - At Pellissippi State Community College in April each year. Earthfest if a FREE, "zero-waste" event with food, fun and entertainment for the whole family, including your pets!

Knoxville Auto Show - Held every April at the Knoxville Convention Center this show features all the new models and the best from Knoxville and local car dealers.

Sundown in the City - Free outdoor concerts held downtown in Knoxville's Market Square. A great opportunity to hear local, regional and national bands. Generally held every Thursday night from April-June.

May Events:

National Street Rod Show - Held in early May at Knoxville's Chilhowee Park, here's an opportunity to see more than 3,500 pre-1949 street rods, that come to Knoxville for this annual event. Features include live entertainment, manufactures exhibits displaying and selling the latest in street rod technology and Woman's World Arts and Crafts featuring some of the countries finest artisans. Also included is a vintage parts swap meet selling used automotive parts and automobilia.

Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair - Held downtown on Gay Street, every May, this Annual event celebrates the Italian opera and features entertainment on three outdoor stages. Lots of authentic food, beverages, artisans, and activities.

June Events:

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Held every June -At the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame facility in Knoxville -

July Events:

Festival on the Fourth - At Worlds Fair Park in Knoxville, this annual festival features fourth of July fireworks and a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Lots of food, refreshments, fun and games.

Shakespeare on the Square - At Knoxville's Market Square held in July-August This event features the plays of Shakespeare presented by the Tennessee Stage Company.

Walk, Rock N Roll With A Twist - For Knoxville's disABILITY Resource Center. At this unique event, held in July, you will have the opportunity to see & experience how a person with a disability navigates the world. Some events are a Beeper Baseball Tournament, where players are blindfolded, and must rely on their sense of sound to hit the ball and run to the bases. You can roll your way thru a wheel chair obstacle course, or try the blindfolded climbing wall. Navigate your way around the walking course that features lots of displays, live music, and a puppet show and face painting activities for the kids!

August Events:

Cherokee Heritage Days - Held at James White Fort in August. See tomahawk throwing, and blow gun weaponry demonstrations by the Cherolee Indians. Open hearth cooking, storytelling, crafts, face painting and other fun activities.

Davy Crockett's Birthday Party - Held every year on the second Saturday of August, the East Tennessee Historical Society hosts a birthday party honoring the "King of the Wild Frontier." The party features birthday cake, down home story telling, hands-on crafts and fun and games for all ages. Phone: 865-215-8824

Feast with the Beasts - This annual event held in August at the Knoxville Zoo features a unique dining experience with food entrees and the tastiest offerings to be found from local area restaurants. You get to eat in the company of exotic wild animals.

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September Events:

Boomsday Festival - Held every September at Volunteer Landing this is Knoxville's premier fireworks show and festival. Held along the Tennessee river with a spectacular night time fireworks waterfall cascading off the Henley Street bridge, It is among the largest fireworks shows ever produced in the South East and across the whole United States. With thousands in attendance for this annual event it features lots of food, beverages, and fun entertainment.

Country Market Days - Held every September: An opportunity to visit the Ramsey House Plantation and view historic craft demonstrations, hear lots of local music and shop for wares from over 50 craft dealers. Lots of food, music, and fun!

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival - Held in September-October - Sevier County
A Fall celebration featuring the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains when the turning of the leaves paint the entire area with a magnificent with a burst of color. The cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge, celebrate with special events, local craft shows and much more to showcase this special time of the year.

Tennessee Valley Fair Held every September, it features music, food, rides, exhibits, tractor pulls, fair event contests, judging, and more!

October Events:

Brewer's Jam - Held every October on the World's Fair Park Performance Lawn this annual regional Craft Beer & Music Festival features craft beer samples from regional brewers. Lots of fantastic local food to go with your brew, and free music entertainment.

Foothills Fall Festival - East Tennessee's #1 family event held every in October in Maryville, Tennessee. Features lots of special music from famous nationally known bands and regional entertainers. Lots of arts and craft displays featuring the works of over 75 artisians and crafters.

Greek Fest - This October event held at St. George Greek Orthodox Church features authentic Greek cuisine, live Greek music and folk dancing. Lots of crafts and imported Greek items.

Raccoon Valley BlueGrass Festival -Live bluegrass music on stage all day, and over 55 acres filled with crafts, vendors and lots of good food. Other features are antique cars and tractor displays, molasses making, children's area, petting zoo, chili cook-off and a museum filled with antiques. Many activities for people of all ages to enjoy.

Tennessee Fall Homecoming - Held every October at the Museum of Appalachia, this annual event features entertainment provided by over 300 traditional, folk, early country, and bluegrass musicians. See lots of craft making and exhibits that traditionally include people recreating the lifestyles and daily activities of mountain people, and early east tennessee pioneers.

November Events:

Christmas in the City Starting in November, this is a two-month celebration held throughout Knoxville. Major events include the annual Riverlights Festival's Boat Parade, Fantasy of Trees, a performance of The Nutcracker by the Appalachian Ballet and the Santa Claus Parade

Fantasy of Trees - At the Knoxville Convention Center starting in November every year. See wonderful holiday lights and decorations with lots of entertainment, children's activities and shops.

Foothills Craft Guild Fall Show - Held at Chilhowee Park every November this event features over 135 booths of traditional & contemporary crafts by Tennessee's finest craftsmen.

Smoky Mountain WinterFest - Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge - November-February An annual four-month festival filled with special events, Christmas light displays, parades and lots of fun activities for everyone.

December Events:

Nativity Pageant of Knoxville - Held in December at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium, it features a unique drama and professionally directed presentation of the Christmas Story featuring live animals, realistic sets, authentic costumes and a cast of over 100 people

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