Home to more festivals than nearly anywhere else in the region, Knoxville celebrates culture, cuisine, and creations from all walks of life. Ranging from Hola Festival to KUUMBA, Biscuit Festival to Greekfast, nearly every weekend of the year is jam packed with exciting events and performances. Knoxville plays host throughout the city, making THE TENNESSEAN Hotel within easy walking or short driving distance of all the fun. Visit the City of Knoxville's page to see the full annual line up.
FESTIVALS EVERY WEEKEND OF THE YEAR....almost
Big Ears Festival
March 22-25, 2018 In an interactive collaboration between artists and musicians of every musical genre, Big Ears celebrates the interaction between music, film, performance and the visual arts. This year the Mill & Mine proffers its magnetic venue space to be the gracious hosts of this international artistic event.
Dogwood Arts Festival
April 2018 Downtown Knoxville morphs into a lively jubilee, celebrating regional arts, culture and natural beauty. The three-day merriment consists of free tastings, demonstrations, performances, exhibitions, crafts and community in a street fair atmosphere at the heart of town.
International Biscuit Festival
May 19, 2018 ALL things distinctly Biscuit. Vendors compete for the formidable best biscuit award, relying on attendees’ palates to secure the crown. Downtown is abuzz with biscuit-laced activities, from the Southern Food Writing Conference, Miss or Mister Biscuit Pageant, and Biscuit Songwriting to the Biscuit Art Exhibition and the fluffy, buttery morsels themselves.
Rhythm N’ Blooms
April 6-8, 2018 East Tennessee’s rich history is celebrated through musical performances at Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival. Local, regional and national musicians dazzle crowds on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the Old City.
Rossini Festival International Street Fair
April 14, 2018 Knoxville Opera hosts this multifaceted street fair of international culture and opera on Gay Street, Market Square and Krutch Park. Local operatic talent, entertainment, international cuisines, deluxe arts and crafts exhibitions and more burst from every crevice of downtown.
Knoxville Asian Festival
August 2018 Market Square and Krutch Park accommodate this jollification of diverse cultures, traditions and talents from the Asian continent. Music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products are showcased on every corner.
June 2018 Just what the name entails, Knoxville Brewfest is a fiesta celebrating beer Knoxville-style. Samples of infinite styles, colors, flavors and gravities make sizzling summer days feel cooler. A few of Knoxville’s most beloved food trucks add smiles to faces and bellies alike at the Historic Railway Station event.
Knoxville Film Festival
August 2018 Knoxville Film Festival honors the arts in Knoxville through the medium of film. Attend competitions between amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals, a student film competition, and workshops. Viewers are welcome and encouraged to share in the creative amusement at Regal Downtown West Cinema 8.
June 2018 Community activists showcase local African American art and artists to share, educate and expose rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community at KUUMBA Festival. Downtown converts into an African marketplace with food vendors, drums, dance, concerts and a parade.
October 2017 Knoxville’s oldest beer festival gathers microbrewers in World’s Fair Park to pour & celebrate an extensive sampling list of rare brews. Come for the beer, bands, bites and the beautiful backdrop but stay for the charitable giving - the proceeds go to Community Shares, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting social change organizations in Tennessee.
September 2018 Authentic dancing, delectable pastries, traditional cuisine and classic music transport attendees into Greek culture from the heart of the South. Conventional Greek garb and artisan goods are worn and sold so visitors can take home a piece of the festivities.
October 2018 Hola Festival salutes 24 Latino countries at this vivacious event with authentic food vendors, folk dance presentations, live music, a children’s area puppet theatre, a science show, and the yearly Parade of Nations on Gay Street. The Hola Festival honors Hispanic Heritage Month with color-clad costumes and music from every Latino country.
November 2017 - January 2018 'Tis the season for festive holiday drinks, merry greetings full of cheer, and a dash of peppermint in all of our fixings. To celebrate the holiday spirit, Fairgrounds Coffee Bistro is joining the Peppermint Trail of Treats: a collection of downtown Knoxville coffee shops, restaurants, bars and boutiques featuring assorted peppermint goodies. Fairgrounds' choice peppermint beverage is called Rudolph's Kiss, a seasonal latte with two parts peppermint, one part caramel, one part almond, milk and espresso. You may even meet Rudolph under our mistletoe.
December, 2017 Santa Claus himself makes an early appearance in the annual Christmas Parade through downtown Knoxville and the Old City. Families line the streets to savor the eye candy and wave at the characters atop floats dancing through the streets. Festive music greets the ears and light fills the eyes of all in attendance.
Tour de Lights
December 2017 Lights, garland, costumes and holiday cheer decorate the bikes and their riders pedaling through downtown, historic Fourth & Gill and Old North Knoxville. This 5-mile ride, a “Tour de (Christmas) Lights,” concludes with steaming hot cocoa, local treats and a decorating contest champion.
New Year’s Ball Drop
December 31, 2017 Suspended above Market Square, our glittering rendition of New York City’s New Year’s Eve ball drop takes place in the heart of downtown Knoxville. Starting its decent at 11:59:00, over 5,000 people crowd the Square to ring in the New Year with fireworks and friends.