Our Favorite Events In And Around Knoxville

Whether you’re into film or food, music or holiday merriment, there’s a little something for everyone in K-town. Explore our list of annual events and consider planning your next trip to coincide with one of the city’s fun outdoor festivals, including spring’s four-day Big Ears Music Festival, the Knoxville Film Festival in late August or May’s International Biscuit Festival, an event devoted exclusively to biscuits and the songwriting, art and pure pageantry a perfect biscuit inspires.

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Auto Show

A proverbial candy store for car lovers, the annual News Sentinel Auto Show showcases the future of the automobile industry as dozens of manufacturers present their latest and greatest at the Knoxville Convention Center.

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Big Ears Festival

A weekend of visionary music, exploratory art and southern hospitality, the Big Ears Festival explores connections between musicians and artists, through film, performance and visual arts in historic downtown Knoxville.

February

Auto Show

A proverbial candy store for car lovers, the annual News Sentinel Auto Show showcases the future of the automobile industry as dozens of manufacturers present their latest and greatest at the Knoxville Convention Center.

March

Big Ears Festival

A weekend of visionary music, exploratory art and southern hospitality, the Big Ears Festival explores connections between musicians and artists, through film, performance and visual arts in historic downtown Knoxville.

April

Dogwood Arts Festival

A spring celebration of the region’s rich arts, culture and natural beauty. as several blocks of downtown Knoxville are transformed into a lively street fair.

Outdoor KnoxFest

A two-day urban adventure packed with activities for the avid adventurer to those who simply love to get out and play. Experience Knoxville from a bicycle seat, canoe, trail, slack line and more.

Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival

This three day festival draws thousands of fans to Knoxville's Historic Old City for what’s considered to be Knoxville's most highly anticipated annual music event, the Rhythm N' Blooms Music Festival.

Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair

Spanning over 14 city blocks and spilling out into Market Square, the Rossini Festival Italian Street Fair celebrates the fun and excitement of Italian opera. Drawing in over 60,000 guests, the event features 100+ food & beverage vendors, local and regional artisans, interactive activities, and over 800 multicultural entertainers performing on five outdoor stages.

May - August

Concerts on the Square

Summertime is a music lover’s haven, with free outdoor concerts showcasing national and local artists every Tuesday and Thursday evening at historic Market square.

May

International Biscuit Festival

Love Biscuits? Follow the aroma of freshly baked biscuits to the International Biscuit Festival, drawing over 20,000 people into downtown Knoxville each year. Highlights include sampling eats along Biscuit Boulevard, the Miss or Mister Biscuit pageant and Biscuit songs.

Vestival

An annual arts and heritage festival celebrating the rich history of Vestal - the South Knoxville neighborhood once a vibrant industrial community. Loved by all generations, music, art, food, and more fill this event, held at historic Candoro Arts and Heritage Center.

July

Festival on the 4th

Festival goers will be treated to good food, good fun and a performance by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. Rain or shine, this free festival begins at 4pm and concludes with a fireworks display on the Festival and Performance lawns of World’s Fair Park.

July-August

Shakespeare on the Square

Experience Shakespeare the way it was originally enjoyed- outdoors! From mid-July to mid-August Shakespeare on the Square offers two magnificent plays nightly on Market Square.

August

Knoxville Film Festival

Held at Knoxville’s arthouse theater, the Knoxville Film Festival has become the region’s destination for independent cinema. Festival goers can enjoy an exciting weekend filled with great films, networking opportunities and fun-filled social activities.

September

Tennessee Valley Fair

A 98-year old tradition, the Tennessee Valley Fair held annually at the Chilhowee Park, showcases East Tennessee heritage, agriculture and the arts. There’s something for everyone from exciting rides, concerts, livestock shows to delicious fair food and so much more.

October

Boo At The Zoo 

BOO! at the Zoo features 12 nights of family Halloween fun perfect for preschool and elementary-aged children. Little ones will enjoy trick-or-treating along the BOO! Trail, a ride on the Zoo Boo Choo Choo and the only “haunted” carousel in East Tennessee, the Scary-Go-Round, that goes backwards!

Brewer's Jam

Great entertainment and fantastic local food make up the Brewer’s Jam, an annual beer and music festival at the World's Fair Park. Come sample unlimited craft beers from regional brewers and mingle with fellow brew aficionados while jamming out to live music.

November - January

Christmas in the City

Join in the holiday merriment at Knoxville’s most anticipated winter festival, with plenty of family fun at events like the downtown tree lighting ceremony at Regal’s Celebration of Lights, a Singing Christmas Tree, Holidays on Ice open air ice rink and the popular WIVK Christmas Parade.