Knoxville and East Tennessee festivals

Discover is an annual guide to living in Knoxville and East Tennessee.


Dogwood Arts Festival

When: April 3-30

Where: Various sites

What: Annual celebration features dogwood trails, open gardens, arts and crafts shows, food, music and family fun.

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Sundown in the City

When: 6-10 p.m. Thursdays for 12 weeks beginning April 9

Where: Market Square

What: Knoxville's outdoor concert series featuring local, regional and national bands.

EarthFest 2009

When: April 18

Where: Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Hardin Valley campus

What: Celebration featuring entertainment, food vendors, arts and crafts, children's events and nonprofit exhibitors.

Dogwood Arts Festival Parade

When: 7 p.m. April 24

Where: Gay Street

What: Annual parade along Gay Street


Rossini Festival and Italian Street Fair

When: April 25

Where: Gay Street and Market Square

What: Annual event draws thousands to celebrate the color, fun and excitement of Italian opera; featuring food, artisans, activities, amusements and multicultural entertainment on outdoor stages.

Civil War Living History Days at Ramsey House

When: April 25-26

Where: Ramsey House Plantation, 2614 Thorngrove Pike

What: Civil War encampment with drills, demonstrations and a skirmish each day, as well as demonstrations on period clothing, period cooking, music and more.

Kuumba Festival

When: June 27-28

Where: Chilhowee Park

What: Named for the Swahili word that means "creativity," event showcases visual arts, folk arts, dance, theater, music, storytelling, games and food.

Festival on the Fourth

When: July 4

Where: World's Fair Park

What: An American celebration, complete with food, refreshments, a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, games and, of course, fireworks.

Shakespeare on the Square

When: July 16-Aug. 16, Thursdays-Sundays

Where: Market Square

What: Shakespearean play festival presented by the Tennessee Stage Company, featuring "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Hamlet."

The Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race 2009

When: Aug. 22

Where: Volunteer Landing

What: One-of-a-kind fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley includes carnival for children, food vendors and music.


When: Aug. 30

Where: Volunteer Landing

What: Knoxville's annual "goodbye to summer" extravaganza features food, beverages, entertainment and one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.

Hola Knoxville Hispanic Heritage Festival

When: Sept. 19

Where: Market Square

What: Festival to celebrate Hispanic culture and traditions

Tennessee Valley Fair

When: Sept. 11-20

Where: Chilhowee Park

What: Exhibits, tractor pulls, livestock contests, music, food and rides.

Pellissippi State Hot Air Balloon Festival

When: Sept. 25-26

Where: Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Hardin Valley campus

What: Music, food and, of course, balloons

John Sevier Days

When: Sept. 26-27

Where: Marble Springs State Historic Site, 1220 W. Gov. John Sevier Highway

What: A birthday celebration for Tennessee's first governor includes re-enactors, crafts, music and period children's games

Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Festival

When: October, TBA

Where: 265 Patt Road in Powell

What: Fifty-five acres of bluegrass music, crafts, vendors, food, antique cars and tractors, a petting zoo and more.


When: Oct. 24

Where: First Lutheran Church, 1207 N. Broadway

What: Authentic German food, music, children's activities, German arts and crafts for sale and more.

Christmas in the City

When: Late November-December

Where: Throughout Knoxville

What: Two-month yuletide celebration featuring the Fantasy of Trees, Celebration of Lights, Christmas Market, performances of "The Nutcracker" by the Appalachian Ballet and the Santa Claus Parade.


Norris Dam's Annual Spring Wildflower Hikes

When: April 4

Where: Norris Dam State Park and TVA reservation (River Bluff Trail Head and Lower Clear Creek Trail Head

What: Guided hikes along trails of Norris Dam State Park and TVA reservation will acquaint hikers with the identification, natural history and folklore of the spring wildflowers.

Earth Day 2009 at the Oak Ridge Civic Center

When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, April 25

Where: Oak Ridge Civic Center and Bissell Park

What: Interactive and educational exhibits, hands-on activities, food, green product vendors and live music

Clinch River Spring Antique Fair

When: May 1-2

Where: Downtown Clinton

What: Antiques, children's games, entertainment and food

Secret City Festival

When: June 19-20

Where: A.K. Bissell Park

What: Celebrate the unique history and heritage of Oak Ridge, an original Manhattan Project site. Events include World War II re-enactment, living history display, music, antiques, arts and crafts and more.

July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot

When: July 4

Where: Museum of Appalachia

What: The event features music, arts and crafts, demonstrations of old-time activities and the "shooting of an anvil."

Anderson County Fair

When: July, TBA

Where: Clinton

What: Exhibits, livestock, entertainment, midway rides, games, food and more.

30th Annual Tennessee Fall Homecoming

When: Oct. 8-11

Where: Museum of Appalachia, Norris

What: Recognized as a top event in the region and nation, the homecoming showcases traditional mountain skills, crafts, music, food and demonstrations and country, bluegrass and mountain music.

Clinch River Antiques Festival

When: October

Where: Downtown Clinton

What: Antiques, children's games, entertainment and food

7th Annual Holiday Homecoming

Where: Norris Dam State Park

When: December

What: Celebrate the holidays by strolling through the decorated cabins, along with Christmas caroling, craft making and Santa


Herb and Wildflower Day

When: April 4

Where: Townsend Visitors Center

What: Hikes, wildflower programs, wild edibles demonstrations, pottery and more

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

When: April 22-26

Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

What: An opportunity to take hikes, nature walks, flower identification walks, birding trips, photography tours and lectures.


Townsend in the Smokies Spring Festival and Old Timers Day

When: May 1-2

Where: Townsend Visitors Center

What: Bluegrass music, storytelling, wildflower walks, games, arts and crafts demonstrations and more.

Old Timers Day in Cades Cove

When: May 2

Where: Mill at Cades Cove

What: Storytelling, mountain music and reminiscing

New Midland Plaza Spring Arts and Crafts Fair

When: May 8-9

Where: New Midland Plaza, Maryville

What: Art and crafts, pony rides, food, Medic blood drive, garden club plant sale and more.

Big BBQ Bash

When: May 9-10

Where: Springbrook Corporate Center, Alcoa

What: Two-day barbecue competition raises money for local charities and includes live entertainment and food vendors.

Lily Barn Daylily and Bluegrass Festival

When: June

Where: Lily Barn, Townsend

What: Enjoy daylilies in bloom while listening to bluegrass music; food and more

Christy Fest

When: June 17-21

Where: Townsend

What: Celebrate "Christy," a novel written by Catherine Marshall, and the television show and movies based on it by meeting the cast, touring the film site and more.


Freedom Fest

When: June 27

Where: Alcoa Duck Pond

What: Family and children's activities, music and a fireworks show

41st Annual Smoky Mountain Classic Softball Tournament

When: July 10-12

Where: Maryville

What: One of the nation's premier slow-pitch softball tournaments.

Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day

When: Sept. 25-26

Where: Townsend Visitors Center

What: Bluegrass music, storytelling, arts and crafts demonstrations and more.

Old Timers Day in Cades Cove

When: Sept. 26

Where: The Mill at Cades Cove

What: Storytelling, mountain music and reminiscing.

Foothills Fall Festival

When: Oct. 16-18

Where: Maryville

What: Weekend full of live concerts, arts and crafts, food and children's activities.



Strawberry Weekend

When: May 9-10

Where: Ritter Farms, Rutledge

What: Homegrown strawberries, tomatoes, recipe contest and local bluegrass music.

Grainger County Tomato Festival

When: July 24-26

Where: Rutledge

What: Children's activities, art show, music, food and the famous "Tomato Wars."

Clinch Mountain Bluegrass Festival

When: June 12-13

Where: Longmire Farms, Blaine

What: One of the fastest-growing bluegrass festivals in East Tennessee

Bean Station Harvest Pride Days

When: Oct. 17-18

Where: Bean Station

What: This event celebrates the life and culture of the area with crafts, food, entertainment and exhibits.


Mountain Makins' Festival

When: Oct. 24-25

Where: Rose Center

What: Celebration of the traditions of Appalachia through music, dance, art and crafts, storytelling, food and more.


Strawberry Plains Spring Festival

When: May, TBA

Where: Strawberry Plains

What: Entertainment, children's games and educational and community service booths, arts and crafts booths.

June Jubilee

When: June 13

Where: Downtown Dandridge

What: Annual event features crafters, antiques, entertainment and a taste of local food.

Jefferson County Fair

When: July 30, Aug. 8

Where: Jefferson County Fairgrounds

What: Exhibits, livestock, entertainment, midway rides, games, food and more.


Taste of Loudon

When: May 3

Where: Lenoir City Park

What: Food from area restaurants, music, inflatables, bungee trampoline and outdoor market.

Garrison Weekend

When: April 25-26; May 30-31

Where: Fort Loudoun State Historic Area, Vonore

What: An event where you can interact with historians as they demonstrate tasks common to a frontier English fortification, and an 18th-century Cherokee camp.

Strawberry Jam Festival

When: May 16

Where: Maple Lane Farms, Greenback

What: Food, fun, live entertainment for the entire family.

Loudon May Fest and U.S. Highway 11 Antique Alley

When: May 14-17

Where: Loudon County Courthouse lawn

What: Antiques, arts and crafts, yard sales, flea markets, live music and great food in an event that stretches from Meridian, Miss., to Bristol, Va.


Rockin' the Docks

When: May 23 and July 4

Where: Lenoir City Park

What: National and regional musicians and fireworks.

47th Annual Lenoir City Arts and Crafts Festival

When: June 6-

Where: Lenoir City Park

What: More than 220 regional artists and craftspeople with items ranging from glassware and ceramics to jewelry and baskets.

27th Annual Smoky Mountain Fiddler's Convention and Arts & Crafts Show

When: Sept. 11-12

Where: Legion Field, Loudon

What: Authentic bluegrass music at its finest, with food and arts and crafts.

Great Island Festival

When: Sept. 12-13

Where: Sequoyah Birthplace Museum, Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

What: Cherokee dance, food, arts and crafts, 18th-century trade fair, re-enactments

Tennessee State Bar-B-Q and Fall Festival

When: Oct. 9-10

Where: Lenoir City Park

What: Food, live music, nationally sanctioned and state championship barbecue competition and arts and crafts.


Harriman Cruisin' 2009

When: April 11

Where: Harriman

What: Food, crafts, contests, door prizes, music, antique and classic cars and trucks.

Thunder Road Festival

When: April 18

Where: Rockwood

What: Bluegrass music, vendors, quilt displays, fried pie/stack cake and pie competitions, a Hillbilly and Daisy Duke look-alike contest and more.

Miss Polk Salad Festival & Pageant

When: May 9

Where: Harriman

What: Includes the Miss Polk Salad Pageant, food, crafts, live entertainment and more than 200 vintage automobiles on display.

Rockwood Family Fall Festival

When: October, TBA

Where: Downtown Rockwood

What: Games, children's activities, craft vendors, food, petting zoo and live music.

Smoke on the Water

When: July 4

Where: Kingston's lakefront

What: Celebrate Independence Day with a fireworks show over Watts Bar Lake, parade, boat and raft races, music, dancing, children's activities, food, vendors and more.


Wildflower Pilgrimage Week

When: April 22-26

Where: Various venues

What: Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with more than 150 hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the park.

Bloomin' Barbeque and Bluegrass

When: May 15-16

Where: Downtown Sevierville

What: Tennessee State Championship Cook-off, lots of bluegrass bands, crafters, children's activities and, of course, lots of barbecue prepared by top cooking teams from all over the nation.

Gatlinburg Scottish Festival and Games

When: May 16-17

Where: Mills Park

What: Parade, Highland athletic games, food vendors, Highland dancers, bagpipe bands, border collie demonstrations, entertainment, Scottish clans, whiskey tasting and much more.

Gatlinburg's Fine Arts Festival

When: May 16-17

Where: Gatlinburg

What: Enjoy a day along the river, featuring an art exhibit with local and international artists, live entertainment and wine and cheese.

Gatlinburg's Old Timers Day: The Park Was My Home

When: June 6

Where: Gatlinburg

What: Residents gather to reminisce about the days before the establishment of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Dumplin Valley JuneFest

When: June 11-13

Where: Kodak

What: Bluegrass festival. Experience great bluegrass music at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Fourth of July Midnight Parade

When: July 3-4

Where: Downtown Gatlinburg

What: Lighted floats, marching bands and giant helium balloons in a parade that starts at 12:01 a.m. July 4.

Fan Fest

When: July 18-19

Where: Smokies Park

What: Inaugural event will feature a two-day appearance by cast members of the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard" and a concert by Merle Haggard.


Sevier County Fair

When: Sept. 7-12

Where: Sevier County Fair Grounds

What: Hometown county fair with livestock, beauty pageants, home crafts and arts, food and fair rides.

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

When: Sept. 17-19

Where: Kodak

What: World-class bands, camping on the farm, food and arts and crafts.

Smoky Mountain Homecoming

When: Oct. 3-4

Where: Robert Tino Gallery, Sevierville

What: Craftsmen dressed in period attire performing their work, roving storytellers, mountain music and games for children.


Bluegrass Music Festival

When: Late August

Where: Big Ridge State Park

What: Bluegrass, gospel, and old-time country music bands perform.

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