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East Tennessee Summer Festivals - 2017 Edition

Posted: May 18, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Kate Spears

Warm weather in Knoxville means it’s officially festival season. There’s a little something for everyone of all ages and interests.

Here are a few of the Knoxville area festivals you might want to check out this season!

Children’s Festival Of Reading-

Saturday, May 20th, 2017, World’s Fair Park, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Bring the kids down to World’s Fair Park to enjoy some storytelling, music, arts, crafts, science exploration, food, and fun. This free event will feature world-class authors, illustrators, storytellers, and musicians. This year's lineup includes artists Adam Rex, Gwendolyn Hooks, Lita Judge, Sarah Weeks, Richard Sobol, and Mary Reaves Uhles. Plus, meet (in costume) Pete the Cat, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, Berenstain Bears Brother & Sister Bear, Corduroy, Where's Waldo?, and Bob the Builder. Your kid’s are sure to love it!

Open Streets Knoxville-

Sunday, May 21st, 2017, Magnolia Avenue, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Open Streets Knoxville brings together community groups and local businesses, giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, hula hoop, and much more - all in a setting that is fun and safe! More than a street festival, Open Streets Knoxville gives residents an opportunity to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe, fun, and family-friendly way. It encourages the use of active transportation and healthy living, and has a goal of giving residents an opportunity to rethink our streets as public space. Our goal is to host two events each year, with different neighborhoods hosting each event. The event is hosted by Bike Walk Knoxville, with significant support from the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the City of Knoxville.

The International Biscuit Festival-

Saturday, May 20th, 2017, Downtown Knoxville

The International Biscuit Festival has become one of the premier food events in the nation. After all, who doesn't love a good Biscuit? Do you love Biscuits and all their related bits and bobs? Check out the Biscuit Bazaar and Biscuit Boulevard, where the best Biscuit Bakers (and their friends) come together to tantalize your tastebuds. From jam to cheese to Benton's Bacon, you’ll find it all!  No festival is complete without a full roster of events, and the Biscuit Festival prides itself on being on the best. The Miss or Mister Biscuit Pageant, the Biscuit Songs competition, and the Biscuit Baking Contest, are just some of the Biscuit Festival’s awesome biscuit themed events.

Knoshville Jewish Food Festival -

Sunday, June 4th, 2017 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arnstein Jewish Community Center | 6800 Deane Hill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919

Enjoy traditional foods associated with Jewish culture crafted by some of the area's best cooks! Knoshville features bagels and lox, parve matzah ball soup, kugel, Mandelbrot, black & white cookies, Bundt cakes, challah, potato latkes, shakshuka, and more. All food is dairy or parve (no meat). We’ll also host Israeli dancing and two short 30-minute talks on Judaism and Jewish Dietary Laws for those who are curious. Admission to the event is free, with food available to purchase for dine in or take out. A minimum $10 food ticket purchase is required. Parking shuttles will be available.

Bark In The Park-

Saturday, June 17, World’s Fair Park, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Kick off the summer with all things” DOG” at HSTV’s biggest annual community event, Bark in the Park. Participate in activities for people and pooches; visit pet businesses and rescue booths while enjoying food and drink from our vendors. Stick around to find out which classy canines will be crowned Mr. & Ms. Bark at the end of the festival.

Lavender Festival-

Saturday, June 17, Historic Jackson Square, Oak Ridge, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The 19th Annual Lavender Festival celebrates health, herbs, and the environment.You’ll find live music under the large festival tent, shopping with artisan vendors, everything from homemade jam to fine art, a lively children’s tent, free cooking demonstrations and educational presentations throughout the day.


Friday, June 23rd, Downtown Market Square, 10 a.m. - 10 a.m.

June 24 and 25 will be at Knoxville's Morningside park and Haley Heritage Square

The Kuumba Festival is presented by African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA), an arts organization that focuses on positive social and community development by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. The Kuumba Festival (KUUMBA means Creativity in Kiswahili) was started in 1989 by local Knoxville artists and community activists who were looking to showcase local African American art and artists for the sole purpose of sharing, educating and exposing rich cultural art forms to the Knoxville community. This event gives African American Appalachian Arts Inc.(AAAA) an avenue to reach out and service the Greater Knoxville community through the offering of cultural arts activities.

So as you can see, there’s plenty of great festivals in the Knoxville area to choose from this season. Get out and enjoy yourself this year.


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